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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Owl Tealight Tutorial

I'm really quite pleased with my little owl tealight; not only is he pretty cute, but I love playing with clay and this little guy can be made in a jiffy!

First off...
Baking Soda Clay Recipe (courtesy of Mudworks, by MaryAnn F. Kohl, who calls it Play Clay)
1. mix 1 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup cornstarch in a saucepan
2. add 2/3 cup warm water and stir until smooth
3. over medium heat, boil and stir until it is the consistency of mashed potatoes
4. put on a board to cool some, knead it and play away!
5. store leftover clay in an airtight container - this will keep for several weeks
6. modelled figures will air dry very quickly and are pure white in color

Owl Tealight Tutorial
1. Make a nice smooth ball of clay about 2" in diameter.

2. Using your index finger, make an indentation on the back half of the ball.

3. While leaving a ridge all around the back edges, gently enlarge this indentation, making it the size of a tealight candle while also working the front part of the ball up to form the head of the owl. Smooth the back ridge and the place where the candle sits.

4. Using your index finger and thumb, make a small pointy ear on each side of the head

5. With your thumbs in front of the face and your fingers on the inside, gently massage your thumbs in small circles to make two round eyes, pushing a little stronger towards the middle between the eyes to make the beak and just above the eyes to make a brow. Use your small finger to smooth out each eye.
All done!

Here's a freshly-made owl on the left and the dried/hardened version on the right:

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