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Original Sculpey® Terra Cotta Ornamental Blue Bird

Original Sculpey® Terra Cotta Ornamental Blue Bird

Designed by Amy Koranek
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This clever little bird can keep your favorite houseplant company, or display on a shelf or table in your home. You can follow these directions for painting or personalize your bird by electing to keep it in the original terra cotta or even just a light whitewash.COMPLETION TIME: 60 Minutes to make and bake
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  • Acrylic paint in blue, white, dark gray, and black
  • Paintbrush
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Project Instructions

Step 1

    Getting Started:
Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Oven-Safe Work Mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Uncured clay may damage unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Be sure to cover your crafting area appropriately.

Start with clean hands, unwrap and knead clay until soft and smooth, or condition by running clay though a Pasta Machine. We recommend using a designated machine for clay purposes only. When working with multiple colors, clean hands with soap and water or baby wipes (we have found that baby wipes work best) before switching colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces firmly together. Wash hands after use.

    Baking (also called Curing):
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake/cure clay on an oven-proof surface such metal, aluminum foil, an index card or the Sculpey® Clay Mat at 275°F (130 °C) for 15 minutes per 1/4" (6 mm) thickness according to package directions. Oven safe glass or ceramic surfaces are also acceptable for baking/curing; however please note that the baking/curing times may take longer as the glass or ceramic surfaces take longer to heat up. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME.

Step 2

Start with 1/8 bar of Original Terra Cotta Sculpey®. You can make the size of your bird as large or as small as you like using more or less clay. Just be sure to make the shapes proportionate to each other.
Make a long-tapered piece that is thick on one end. This will be the body of the bird.
photo shows as described

Step 3

Make a shallow groove with the small Etch ‘n Pearl or other long thin tool. This groove will serve as a marker between the head and the body. Birds don’t really have a neck, so keep this groove shallow and smooth.
photo shows as described

Step 4

Use your fingertips to smooth out the groove creating a gentle taper between the head and the body.
photo shows as described

Step 5

Pinch a beak out from the front of the face. Use your fingertips to make the beak smooth and even.
photo shows creating the beak

Step 6

Gently bend the body to put the little bird into a sitting position. Push the tail area down flat to the work surface so that the bird can sit up on its own.
photo shows as described

Step 7

Make two teardrop shapes that are domed on top and flat on the back to be placed as wings. As you can see the wing pieces are about the same length as the bird from neck to tail tip.
photo shows making the wings

Step 8

Position the wings on each side lining them up from the neck to the tail.
photo shows adding the wings

Step 9

Pinch the tail out longer as needed to help it extend past the wing tips.
Make sure the wings are securely attached to the body. Wrap the sides of the wings around the sides of the body so that they conform to the curve of the body.
photo shows as described

Step 10

Flatten the entire bird to the work surface again to make sure it can sit on its own.
photo shows as described

Step 11

Now for the details. Use the medium (6mm) Ball Tool to impress eye sockets.
photo shows making the eyes

Step 12

Insert a little ball of clay into the eye socket.
photo shows finishing the eyes

Step 13

Use your fingers to pinch the eye socket around each eyeball. You can use the small (2mm)
Ball Tool to make little tear ducts making the eyes more oval in shape.

Use the small Ball Tool to gently impress nostrils at the base of the beak.

Use the flat Chisel Point to score a little line dividing the beak.
photo shows adding face detail

Step 14

Keep making sure the little bird can sit on his own.
photo shows as described

Step 15

Use the tip of the small Etch ‘n Pearl to drag texture lines in the wings, head, and body.
photo shows texturing for detail

Step 16

Here’s a close up of the direction the lines should run to create realistic texture.
Bake following the baking instructions. If you need to prop the bird up for baking, you can use a folded dish towel or aluminum foil.
Allow to cool completely before handling.
photo shows as described

Step 17

You can paint the bird as shown.
Blue paint for the body and the wings.
Paint the eyes black and the beak dark gray.
Water down the white paint to make little accent feathers around the eyes and across the neck. Allow the paint to dry completely.
photo shows finished bird