(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)
Here’s a cute couple of ornaments for you – a penguin and a robin…
Aren’t they adorable?! I’ve made the penguin to gift to my Dad for Christmas, the robin is for our own Christmas decoration collection!
Want to make some too? Here’s how it’s done…
Step 1: Gather your materials. You’ll need some air-dry clay, kebab sticks, wire cutters. You’ll also want some gesso, paint, paintbrushes, blu-tack/plasticine, mod-podge and sandpaper (not pictured). I printed some images of penguins and robins to refer to as well:
Step 2: Pull off four evenly sized lumps of air-dry clay:
Step 3: Roll them into smooth balls:
Step 4: Use your fingers to shape one ball into a robin shape. Start by elongating it to make it more egg-shaped, then pinch out a beak:
Step 5: Keep pinching and shaping, including making a little tail, until you are happy with the robin shape:
Step 6: Repeat with another ball to make a penguin shape, with no tail, a flatter beak, and a taller body than the robin:
Step 7: Shape the other two balls into fat oblongs, to make bases for the birds, and cut some lengths of kebab sticks to be the legs. Push them together, with short legs for the penguin and tall legs for the robin, and make sure they balance okay:
Step 8: Wet your fingertips and smooth over the cracks in the clay, until they pretty much disappear:
Step 9: Once you’ve smoothed it all over leave the birds to dry for a few days – I left them standing up for 2 days, and then laid them down for the last day, so the base would dry underneath:
Step 10: Apply a couple of coats of gesso all over the birds and bases:
Step 11: Paint two layers of brown paint on the robin and base, and two layers of black paint on the penguin. I used Martha Stewart Satin Craft Paints for my birds:
Step 12: Take the legs out to paint. You might have got some lumps of paint on them:
Step 13: If so you can use sandpaper to smooth them out:
Step 14: Stand the legs in a lump of plasticine or blu-tack, then paint the penguin legs orange, and the robin legs yellow:
Step 15: While they are drying, paint white eyes and bellies onto the bird. Then paint the penguin an orange beak, and the robin a yellow beak:
Step 16: Add blue waves to the penguin’s base, and green grass to the robin’s base:
Step 17: When all that is dry, use a pointy end of kebab stick to poke mod-podge into the holes on the birds and bases, so you can stick the legs back into place:
Step 18: Paint pupils on the eyes (small ones for the penguin, large ones for the robin), give the robin a red belly, and paint some lighter colours on the bodies for wings:
Then your clay birds are ready to gift or display! You could also give them a coat of varnish if you are worried the paint might chip off, the Martha Stewart paint I used is quite sturdy so I didn’t bother:
These make me smile!
Use a robin or a penguin on your next project
Use some clay (air dry or fimo/sculpey) to make an embellishment
Make two of something, one for a gift, and one for yourself
Would you keep these birds for yourself, or do you know someone who would love them?!
See you again in 60 minutes!