Clay

Gnome Birdhouse

By  Sandy Rollinger 

size: 10"x7-1/4"x5-1/4"

  • Gnome Birdhouse

Materials

  • Wooden birdhouse, 6” tall
  • Polyform Sculpey Soufflé Clay: Poppy Seed, Cowboy, Cherry Pie, Sea Glass, Lagoon, Igloo, Latte, Mai Tai
  • Floral moss

Tools

  • Polyform Sculpey Clay Tool Starter Set
  • DecoArt Patio Paint Outdoor Acrylic Paints: Apple Green, Larkspur Blue, Pinecone Brown
  • Adhesives: Polyform Sculpey Bake & Bond, thick white tacky glue

Basic Supplies

  • paper plate (for palette), container of water, paintbrushes, ruler, damp cloth, clay roller, foil-lined baking sheet, oven, plastic placemat
  • 1. Condition clay separately in hands until soft and pliable. (Note: Use Bake & Bond to adhere clay to birdhouse throughout instructions.)
  • 2. Roll Latte to 1/16" thickness. Cut out several 3"x1-1/4" clay rectangles, sectioning some into halves or thirds. Apply Bake & Bond to birdhouse roof. Beginning at bottom, place 3"-wide section of clay onto roof. Mark vertical lines on clay to resemble thatching using needle tool. Cut small strip to cover front edge of roof; repeat process. Continue placing sections of clay onto roof, securing with Bake & Bond. Aim for rustic appearance, so do not perfectly align sections. Fill in other side of roof. Position clay strip onto roof peak; add detail lines using needle tool. Bake birdhouse following manufacturer's instructions; let cool completely.
  • 3. Form stems and small balls for mushroom dots from Igloo clay. Form cones for mushroom caps from Cherry Pie; press onto stems. Highlight caps with white dots. Form smaller cones from Latte; press onto small stems. Place mushrooms on baking sheet.
  • 4. Roll Sea Glass vines and shape small oval leaves. Curl vines; press on leaves. Place on baking sheet.
  • 5. For gnome, roll two 1"-long legs from Cowboy. Apply Bake & Bond to roof; press legs to each side using photo as guide. Roll two Poppy Seed logs, half of leg size; pinch and shape one end to form boots. Adhere boots to legs and roof. Form 1¼"-tall cone-shaped body and two log arms from Lagoon. Flute edges of body cone; adhere to roof peak over legs. Adhere arms to body. Insert toothpick into top of body. Mix ball of Igloo with pinch of Mai Tai for flesh color. Roll marble-size ball of flesh clay for head and three tiny balls for hands and nose. Press head onto body by inserting into toothpick. Flatten section of Igloo for beard. Adhere beard to face; wrap edges around sides. Texture beard using needle tool. Add Igloo eyebrows and mustache; texture using needle tool. Make two holes for eyes and one for mouth. Adhere nose and hand. Form and press tiny mushroom in one hand. Roll Cherry Pie cone for hat; adhere to head.
  • 6. Bake birdhouse in oven following manufacturer's instructions. Let cool before removing from oven.
  • 7. Paint birdhouse base Apple Green and house Larkspur Blue; let dry. Thin Pinecone Brown paint with water; paint roof and house. Remove paint with soft damp cloth for "antique" look. Let dry.
  • 8. Adhere vines and mushrooms to birdhouse using tacky glue. Adhere bits of moss to roof, base, and birdhouse using tacky glue. Let dry.
  • Tip
  • 1. Use Bake & Bond adhesive in small amounts. Too much adhesive may allow clay pieces to slide out of position before being cured.