Christi Friesen Inspired Polymer Clay Parrot Tutorial

Christi Friesen Inspired: Parrot Tutorial by KatersAcres | For Polymer Clay, Fondant, Gum Paste, Sugar Paste, Modeling Clay, and More!

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!


  • Polymer Clay in red, blue, white and bright yellow
  • Pasta Machine or Acrylic Brayer
  • Teardrop Kemper Cutter Set
  • Your hands
  • Tiny-medium sized beads for eyes
  • Bronze Mica Powder
  • Craft Oven to bake your figurine



  • Polymer Clay Parrot Tutorial Steps by KatersAcresCondition 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.

Don’t forget to sign up for our free emails to get more sculpting tutorials weekly!

Thanks for joining me today,

Happy Claying,

Like it? Love it? Help spread the love
  • 22
  • 4

2 thoughts on “Christi Friesen Inspired Polymer Clay Parrot Tutorial

  1. Cute! I had already made a parrot & posted it yesterday! 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *