Christi Friesen Inspired Polymer Clay Parrot Tutorial
Posted on July 16, 2013 in Tutorials by Katie Oskin
Christi Friesen Inspired:
Polymer Clay Parrot Tutorial
For the Friesen Project, we are finishing up one of my favorite books, “Birds of a Feather.” For this week’s extra-special tutorial, it is a Christi Friesen inspired parrot! Let’s get started!
- Condition your clay.
- Start with a walnut size lump of bright red clay.
- Shape the clay into a tapered log.
- Use your thumbs and “pull” out a head shape from the log.
- Again using a gentle “pulling” motion, pull a beak from the head area.
- NOTE: For a more whimsical look, make a separate beak and attach to the front of the face.
- Indent the area where the “neck” of the parrot is.
- Flatten the tapered end to your work surface lightly.
- Now gently raise the head into an upright position, squash gently and smooth for a realistic look.
- Using your teardrop Kemper cutter, cut a teardrop shape from a medium thickness of yellow clay.
- Affix it to the belly.
- Using your fingers, blend the edges of the “belly” into the stomach area.
Eyes & Feet:
- Again using your Kemper teardrop cutters, cut two small teardrops from a medium thickness of white clay.
- Place in the “eye” area.
- Attach black beads to the white eye area.
- Cut two teardrops out of a medium-thick slab of orange clay.
- Indent “toes” in the feet.
- Attach to the bottom of your parrot and blend the seams.
Tail & Wings:
- Using the Christi “Curl & swirl” method, add blue, red, & yellow curls & swirls of clay to make your tail in any pattern or design you choose.
- Use the same (or complementary method) to make the wings.
- If you so choose, put a “poof” on the head to add character to your parrot.
- If you have pulled a beak from the head section, use a mica powder to add pizzazz to the beak.
- Prop up the bird on something oven safe so his head and beak will not sag.
- TIP: I use foil balls to prop up my creations so they will not sag in the oven.
- Depending on the type of clay used: bake in the oven at 265 degrees, covered in foil, for approximately 45-60 minutes.
- NOTICE: Check your clay package instructions for appropriate baking times.
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