Clay

Iridescent Owl

By  Kellie Mowat  for  Staedtler-Mars Ltd.

size: varies

  • Iridescent Owl

Materials

  • STAEDTLER FIMO Polymer Clay: Mint Effects, Soft White
  • Silver wire, 18-gauge
  • Flat-backed pearl beads, two
  • Ribbon or string

Tools

  • Clay sculpting tools: roller, knife, shaper
  • STAEDTLER FIMO Gloss Varnish
  • Iridescent glitter
  • Oven-safe mug and oven
  • White craft glue

Basic Supplies

  • metal knitting needle, paintbrush, ruler
  • 1. Work clay with fingers until soft and pliable. Make two equal-sized triangles of clay, one of each color. Put triangles together diagonally to form rectangle; flatten with roller to 1/8" thickness. See Photo 1.

    Photo 1
  • 2. Fold clay square in half, short side to short side as shown. (Note: Do not fold solid white edge to solid green edge.) Roll to 1/8" thickness. See Photo 2.

    Photo 2
  • 3. Repeat Step 2 until desired gradient is achieved. See Photo 3, Photo 4, and Photo 5.

    Photo 3


    Photo 4


    Photo 5
  • 4. Create egg shape out of scrap clay. Cover egg with sheet of gradient clay, with whitest part at owl face and greenest part at owl bottom. Trim away excess and seal edges, blending in seams. See Photo 6.

    Photo 6
  • 5. Using white clay, add two flattened circle shapes for eyes, two cone shapes for ears, and one cone shape for beak. Blend in edges well. See Photo 7.

    Photo 7
  • 6. Roll small section of white clay to 1/8" thickness. Using clay knife, cut two teardrop-shaped wings. Press to owl sides. See Photo 8.

    Photo 8
  • 7. Make six small balls of white clay, roll into worms. Apply to owl front for toes in groups of three. See Photo 9.

    Photo 9
  • 8. Make indentations in flower shape in owl front for eyes and along bottom edge of each wing using end of knitting needle. See Photo 10.

    Photo 10
  • 9. Cut 3" length of silver wire. Form loop on one end; twist wire ends together on other end forming eye pin. Insert eye pin into top of owl. See Photo 11 and Photo 12.

    Photo 11


    Photo 12
  • 10. Suspend owl by eye pin on metal knitting needle into oven-safe mug. Bake according to manufacturer's directions. Let cool completely. See Photo 13.

    Photo 13
  • 11. Adhere pearl beads into eye holes using white glue. See Photo 14.

    Photo 14
  • 12. Coat inside of ears, eyes, toes, and wings with white glue; sprinkle with glitter. Let dry. Apply varnish. Let dry. See Photo 15. Loop ribbon or string through eye pin to hang.

    Photo 15
  • Tip
  • 1. Kitchen tools can be great clay tools as well. Run clay through a pasta roller on its thickest setting to blend or use a rolling pin to flatten.