Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bird Ornament Tutorial

Part 1
Part 2
1- You can use oven baking polymer clay or DAS air drying clay to make the birdie. I used a little bit of FIMO clay I had left over from another project.

2-Knead the clay until it's soft and malleable.

3-Shape the clay into a round ball.

4-Turn the ball into a drop shape.

5- With the tips of your fingers pinch the chunky part of the drop
until you form the head of the bird.

6-Pinch the head of the birdie to form a beak
and flatten the pointy tip to make the tail.

7- Poke a hole through the back of the bird straight down until you see the tip of the toothpick in the bottom. This is where you'll thread the bird to hang as an ornament.

8- Poke the hole from the bottom with the toothpick to make a clean orifice.

9-Bake according to directions in the package or air dry if you used DAS.

10- The birdie is now ready to be painted! Use the toothpick to hold the bird while you paint it with acrylics.

11-Decorate the wings of the bird with snowflakes if you want a winter theme.
I used a piece of foam board to hold the bird in place and make it easier to paint.

12-Finish off all the details like the beak and the eyes and thread it with the string of your choice. I added a little wood felted bead I had laying around, but you can also use buttons or any kind of beads.

Now go and hang that cute birdie on your tree! :)

51 Lovely Comments:

Blogger ariadne said...

What a beauty! Again thank you for an inspiring tutorial! I think this will be a success with every one!But the prototype is always the best!Ariadne from Greece!

12/14/2010 11:16 AM  
OpenID sarahekershaw said...

Thank you, I really needed some inspiration to get going for this Christmas this year has been so strange with family moving thousands of miles away, I will make some of these and send them to family to say Merry Christmas, thanks once again for making me smile.

12/14/2010 11:24 AM  
Blogger Olivia said...

I love this! Thanks for posting a tutorial. My tree will be decorated with birdies as soon as I can hit up the nearest craft store!

12/14/2010 11:25 AM  
Blogger suz said...

This is so cool. Thank you for sharing the tutorial!

12/14/2010 11:26 AM  
Blogger raquel said...

gracias por compartir

12/14/2010 11:26 AM  
Blogger cb said...

such a great project! wish i had more time so many things!! but will put this awesome little project in my bag of tricks!


12/14/2010 11:27 AM  
Blogger Lili said...

thanks for the tutorial:) sweet bird, I shall make one with my little boy:)

12/14/2010 11:28 AM  
Blogger dls said...

Thank you..... Love the tutorial.

12/14/2010 11:30 AM  
Anonymous Janne said...

Thank you!

12/14/2010 11:35 AM  
Blogger Layla said...

this is awesome! I will definitelly do one for myself! :)

12/14/2010 11:46 AM  
Blogger Els said...

That's a lovely bird!! (like ALL your birds) But this one I will try.
Must have some FIMO left somewhere ..... !
Thanks Geninne!

12/14/2010 11:55 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

You are a genius, and a timely one at that. This makes me SO happy. Thank you!

12/14/2010 11:59 AM  
Blogger nowalinka said...

Thank You for a nice tutorial :)

12/14/2010 12:41 PM  
Anonymous marsha. said...

Love the little bird! Thank you for sharing how to make it!

12/14/2010 12:57 PM  
Blogger kristin said...

you sure make it look easy! can't wait to give this cutie a try... thank you!!

12/14/2010 12:59 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

This is REALLY pretty. I love every little detail.

12/14/2010 1:01 PM  
Blogger Claud said...

I love it - thank Geninne for keeping us inspired and for always teaching us new skills ;-)

12/14/2010 1:03 PM  
Anonymous suzanne b. said...

I love this and think I will try it! :) Thank you.

12/14/2010 2:15 PM  
Blogger manifattive said...

semplice e meraviglioso!

12/14/2010 2:15 PM  
Anonymous robin west said...

can't wait to get started! one question, is there a paint you recommend?

12/14/2010 2:15 PM  
Anonymous Rose said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial!

12/14/2010 3:32 PM  
Blogger SKIZO said...

Thank you for sharing
those amazing work
good creations

12/14/2010 3:50 PM  
Blogger Tia Eastwood said...

ooh thats so sweet! i will give this a go when i get time :)

12/14/2010 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Cynthia at Coffee On The Patio said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Such a sweet little bird.

12/14/2010 5:04 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

thanks for that lovely tutorial...nice share...happy holidays to you and yours! <3

12/14/2010 6:05 PM  
Blogger Rosalind said...

Gorgeous as usual. Love the new pics of the new house. What a clever family you have. God has blessed you with TALENT! Have a lovely Chritsmas.

12/14/2010 6:37 PM  
Blogger ruthie said...

awesome tutorial! makes me want to work with clay again :)

12/14/2010 7:10 PM  
Blogger Jennifer DeDonato said...

totally awesome! love the birds!!

12/14/2010 9:23 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

What fun, I will take some clay with me when we go away and make a few.
Thank you.

12/14/2010 9:46 PM  
Anonymous Sherry said...

Wonderful Idea. I always have a bird of some kind on my tree, but hadn't thought of making one from fimo clay. Thank you for the tutorial!

12/14/2010 10:40 PM  
Blogger Helmi said...

Thanks for sharing.
grt, Helmi

12/15/2010 12:39 AM  
Blogger Emmy van Swaaij said...

Thank you so much for this tuttorial Geninne :-) I will put it to use for our door-sign!

Thanks again!
its deeply appreciated!

12/15/2010 12:59 AM  
Blogger Robin Mac said...

Thank you for this wonderful tutorial, which I shall try out tomorrow. Cheers, Robin in Australia

12/15/2010 3:33 AM  
Blogger cardinal arts said...

hello! just happened by your blog through blue sky butterfly - and so glad I did!
what a lovely blog......full of beautiful photos...and interesting art
so many things to look at

12/15/2010 6:34 AM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

Thank you, I loved these birds when you did them earlier in the year.They are so cute., Lucy

12/15/2010 12:21 PM  
Anonymous Lesley said...

This is better than Edison's light bulb!


12/15/2010 1:30 PM  
Blogger Kirstin said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial. I'm taking time off over the holidays and plan to add this to my "fun stuff to do" list.

12/16/2010 9:10 AM  
Anonymous Lowest Unique Bid said...

Thanks a lot for this :-)

12/16/2010 11:27 PM  
Blogger ♥ maaria said...

How cute is this!
Just happened to find your blog today - was actually googling for doily stamp - and can't get enough of your beautiful work. Amazing!

Your blog is now on my list. I need to come back soon, as there is SOOO much to see. Thank you so muc h for sharing.

Te deseo Feliz Navidad desde Finlandia!

12/17/2010 4:47 AM  
Blogger R and A said...

Fantastic, I was trying to figure out what type of ornament to make with the kids. My mother used to make those elaborate beaded ornaments back in the 80's with the family. So thanks for the tutorial and adding a different spin to our tradition ^_^.

12/17/2010 11:58 AM  
Blogger ISA said...

oh! porfavor pido un video...hemos estado con mi hija tratando de hcerlo muchas veces, pero no nos queda muy bien.....!

12/20/2010 8:20 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

These are so cute. I am gonna have to try this...

12/22/2010 6:14 PM  
Blogger Thendral said...

This is soo cute!!!

1/01/2011 10:36 PM  
Blogger Regina said...

Olá Geninne, tudo bem?

Vi o seu trabalho no blog da Regina
do Casa de Retalhos, adorei


um beijo carinhoso

Regina Célia

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