Published on February 21st, 2014 | by Kristen Swain3
Let’s Play with Some Clay
I love to try new things. Sometimes they work out for me, sometimes they don’t. But when they do, I have so much fun, that it’s hard to stop creating. I have never considered myself much of a clay person. Never really worked with it in school, but having worked with some Fimo clay over the holidays making snowman noses, I thought that it could be fun to try to make some clay creations. It was a LOT of fun, and I could have happily worked on creations for several days. Even more joy was the cute reactions from the minions. They loved the items I created.
I will focus on showing you how I created this easy owl. Now, I will be honest, I’ve never worked with clay before so don’t be intimidated, you too can create this. Let’s play with some clay!
This is the package of Sculpey I chose to work with. I found it much softer then Fimo to work.
How cute is this guy? First thing, pick your colors. I pulled several colors from my package, and created the teal and pink by mixing red/pink/white for the pink, and teal/dark blue/light yellow for the teal. I also made the lime by mixing a light green with light yellow.
First, create your base owl with the dark brown. I made a circle, then pulled to points up at the top, creating the owl horn like extensions.
Then I rolled the orange into a ball, flattened it out, and kind of tucked the edges in to make a rounded form for the belly.
I used a pair of scallop scissors to impress into the orange clay and create ruffles.
Next, I rounded two balls of white. Rolled them into the ball, then pressed them down slightly to create the base for the eyes.
I made slightly smaller balls of teal, and added them to the white eyes.
Again, I did the same thing with some black for the eyes.
I took two balls, put them next to each other, then pulled down in the middle to create the heart. and added that to the chest.
I took some orange, and made a sort of triangle and created the beak.
Then used a needle to create the holes in the beak.
I used the same orange to create two wedge shapes for the feet.
Then I took my razor knife and added lines to look like toes.
Next I shaped leaf like shapes to create the wings.
I varied the colors.
Then, I layered on a couple more layers.
Lastly, with the clay I rolled two tiny pieces of white, and added them to his eyes.
To hang him, I added a jewelry pin that I cut the excess length off of.
And then baked him. at 275 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours.
Make him into a keychain, or necklace. You could mount him on a skewer for a plant stake as well.