Friesen Friday: Polymer Clay Flamingo Tutorial
Posted on July 12, 2013 in 2013 Friesen Project, Tutorials by Katie Oskin
Polymer Clay Flamingo Tutorial
YAY! It’s HERE! The Friesen Friday project you’ve been waiting for! I think every week I tell you that this week’s project is my favorite, so I will definitely refrain from saying that again … but … this was so much fun!!! I LOVED IT! I could make lots of these and then make lots more. So without any further yakity-yak … let’s get started!
If you have not gotten your PDF copy of Christi Friesen’s “Birds of a Feather” book, please order the book here direct from Christi.
A Note About Voice
By this time, we are 7 months and approximately 24 projects into the total 40 projects in the 2013 Friesen Project. I hope that by this time you are working toward distinguishing yourself from Christi. If we can not do our own versions of Christi’s art, then we can never learn how we work with clay or how we can achieve our own unique style. Therefore, as my projects are starting to differentiate from Christi’s tutorial and what is presented in the book, I hope that your projects can be based in Christi’s style while allowing your own voice to shine through. Finding your “voice” is about finding what defines you as an artist.
Polymer Clay Flamingo Tutorial
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- BEFORE YOU BEGIN: A note before you begin. You always need to start a project with the END in mind. What are you going to do with your project, how will you display or wear it, what will you do with it? These are some basic questions that will help you in your process.
- Condition and blend your clay.
- NOTE: If you don’t want your polymer clay flamingo to be solid pink, blend multiple colors to create a new blend. Allow the colors to marble tightly so when you look at the clay it looks special, unique, and interesting.
- Make a ball out of all of your clay and cut it in half. At this point you will only be using half the clay to make the body of the flamingo. The rest will be used for his neck, wings and tail.
- NOTE: My flamingo is VERY different from Christi’s. Christi’s has wiggly wings and long feet, but my flamingo is also nesting so you can’t see his legs.
- To shape your body for a flamingo like mine, make a teardrop and pull out a tail and press it down firmly to the table top.
- Next add your neck as shown in Christi’s book on page 36. I too did my neck just as Christi showed in her book using a 28 gauge wire so it can keep it’s shape.
- I did my wings very differently from Christi using two base shapes with a joining curl.
- For my tail (which Christi’s does not have) I made using simple curls and swirls to make her bum look poofy (Yes, that is a technical term).
- Christi did her flamingo with awesome long legs made from beads, however my flamingo is nesting … so her legs are curled up under her and she’s just resting on her feet.
The Friesen Project
The Friesen Project is done in conjunction with Christi Friesen. All tutorials are retaught here with her expressed permission. Please make sure to read about the project here, and get answers to the most common FAQS here.
See you next Friesen Friday,
Until then, Happy Claying,