Paint

Clay Bunny Tablescape

By  Lianne and Paul Stoddard  for  Polyform Products

size: large centerpiece, 2-3/4"x2-3/4"; tall centerpiece, 2"x3"; napkin ring, 1-3/4"x1-1/2"

  • Clay Bunny Tablescape
  • Napkin Rings

Materials

  • Polyform Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay: Sculpey III White, Pearl, Ballerina; Soufflé Mai Tai, Pistachio
  • Small glass containers: round candle holder, 2-1/2"; dessert glasses, 1-1/2"x2-1/2", two
  • Fine iridescent glitter

Tools

  • Polyform Sculpey Tools: Premo! Metal Circle Cutters, Acrylic Roller, Clay Tool Starter Set, Style and Detail Set; Bake & Bond Adhesive
  • Linoleum cutter
  • Plum acrylic paint
  • Matte varnish

Basic Supplies

  • plastic egg, craft knife, ceramic tiles, oven, wire cutters or scissors, toothpicks, paintbrush, ruler
  • Preparation
  • 1. Condition clay in hands until soft and pliable. Wash glass pieces in warm soapy water and dry completely. (Note: Any size glass container can be used for this project.)
  • Centerpieces
  • 1. Make round ball of White clay large enough to create bunny face and wrap around chosen container. Place on ceramic tile and flatten 3/4 of ball using thumb. Begin forming two ears with remaining 1/4 of ball. (Note: Design should resemble mini chair shape with two backs.)
  • 2. Press round glass container into flattened section of ball, being careful not to press completely through clay. Remove container. Apply adhesive in indentation and replace glass. Press and smooth clay edges around container.
  • 3. Form bunny ears approximately 3/4" tall by 1/2"-wide up side of glass container using fingers. Smooth base of bunny and around head with fingers. When satisfied with bunny form, create 1/2"-long impression inside each ear using stylus. Mix Pistachio and Pearl clays; roll out two thin teardrops as long as bunny ear holes. Press teardrops onto center of ears; burnish in place with style tool.
  • 4. Sculpt bunny face using clay knife tool. Make "Y" shape on front center for nose and mouth. Add three lines on each side for whiskers. Make eyes using style tool. Flatten small piece of Ballerina clay, cut out 1/4" triangle for nose, and press to face.
  • 5. Cut toothpick to 1/2" length. Apply adhesive to one end and insert into center back of bunny for tail placement. Leave 1/4" of toothpick exposed. Roll 1/4" ball of Pearl clay; insert onto exposed toothpick end.
  • 6. Repeat Steps 1-5 using dessert glasses as base.
  • Napkin Rings
  • 1. Roll 1-1/2" ball of White clay. Place ball on ceramic tile and flatten 3/4 of ball using thumb. Begin forming two ears with remaining 1/4 of ball.
  • 2. Press plastic egg into flattened section of ball, being careful not to press completely through clay. (Note: To keep plastic egg from sticking to clay, apply water to clay before pressing egg down.)
  • 3. Form bunny ears approximately 3/4" tall by 1/2" wide with egg in place. Smooth base of bunny and around head with fingers. When satisfied with bunny form, create 1/2"-long impression inside each ear using stylus. Mix Ballerina and pearl clays; roll out two thin teardrops as long as bunny ear holes. Press teardrops onto center of ears; burnish in place with style tool.
  • 4. Sculpt bunny face using clay knife tool. Make "Y" shape on front center for nose and mouth. Add three lines on each side for whiskers. Make eyes using style tool. Flatten small piece of Ballerina clay, cut out 1/4" triangle for nose, and adhere to face. Remove egg from bunny; smooth out impression with fingers.
  • 5. Cut toothpick to 1/2" length. Apply adhesive to one end and insert into center back of bunny for tail placement. Leave 1/4" of toothpick exposed. Roll 1/4" ball of Pearl clay; insert onto exposed toothpick end.
  • 6. Cut hole in center of impression in bunny using 3/4" circle cutter.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Bake all pieces with glass pieces in place following manufacturer's instructions. Let cool completely.
  • 2. Carve hair for bunny using linoleum cutter.
  • 3. Lightly sand pieces. Apply paint to eyes using toothpick and to mouth and whiskers using paintbrush. Let paint dry completely.
  • 4. Apply two coats of matte varnish to clay surfaces. Apply additional coat of varnish to tails. While still wet, sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.
  • Tip
  • 1. Many household items can be used to texture the surface of clay before it is cured in oven. For instance, the cut lines in the bunnies could be created with a clay knife or toothpick. Experiment to create a texture you love!