Clay Kiwi Bird

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 4" egg, 2" ball, two 1" balls
  • Creative Paperclay Air-Dry Clay
  • Tan craft boa, 8" length
  • Wiggle eyes, two

Tools

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Mink Tan, Golden Straw
  • FM Brush Co. Kid Dynasty Set E Brushes
  • Pencil, cut into three 3-1/2" lengths
  • Toothpicks, two
  • Aleene's Original Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, toothpick, large zip-lock plastic bag, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

  • When working with clay, keep excess clay in air-tight bag until ready to condition. Put bird in zip-lock bag when working with clays.

STEP 2

  • On covered work surface, dip ends of two toothpicks into glue. Push toothpicks into one end of foam egg (body) and one end of 2" ball (head). Let dry.

STEP 3

  • Remove clay from package. To condition, roll clay in hands until soft, bending and rolling until pliable. If clay cracks, keep conditioning. Cover body and head with clay. Smooth edges.

STEP 4

  • Measure and cut pencil into three 3-1/2" lengths. Press one length into head (beak). Cover beak with clay, forming end into point. Smooth edges.

STEP 5

  • For wings, roll two 1-1/2"x2-1/2" clay balls. Form balls into ovals and press on sides of body. Smooth edges.

STEP 6

  • For legs, insert remaining pencils lengths into 1" foam balls (feet). Cover legs and feet with clay. Smooth edges. For toes, roll six tiny clay cones. Press three cones on each foot. Smooth edges. Push legs into bottom of body. Adjust feet so bird stands.

STEP 7

  • Use toothpick to add detail lines on wings and body. Let bird air-dry overnight.

STEP 8

  • On covered work surface, paint body Mink Tan and beak and legs Golden Straw. Let dry.

STEP 9

  • Glue wiggle eyes on head. Measure and cut 2" and 6" lengths from craft boa. Glue 2" length on top of head and 6" length around neck. Let dry.
by Linda Valentino
Clay Kiwi Bird
Clay Kiwi Bird