- 1On clean work surface, remove clay from packages and condition each color separately by running through clay conditioning machine. Form solid aluminum foil body shape for owl measuring approximately 2”.
- 2Mix Burnt Umber clay with Black clay; press mixed clay over foil body shape. Push owl shape on work surface so owl will stand flat. Smooth edges and gently pull clay up over top edge to form feather ears. On base of owl, gently pull and form tail. Use needle tool to draw feather-like marks into clay. Cut plastic straw scrap in half; form cut halves into circle shapes. Press circle shapes onto top of owl (for feathers around eyes).
- 3For eyes, roll two small White clay balls; press flat. Roll two smaller Cadmium Yellow clay balls; press onto flattened white balls. Repeat with two smaller Black balls; press onto yellow balls. Repeat with two tiny White balls; press onto Black balls. Gently press eyes together. Press eyes into circle area outline by plastic straw circles; smooth brown clay over edges. For eyebrows, mix Burnt Umber and Black clays and form two half circles. Press and form eyebrows around top of eyes. Attach eyes and eyebrows at top of owl. For beak, form small Orange triangle shape; press below eyes. Use needle tool to separate top and bottom beak and poke two nostrils on top beak.
- 4For belly, roll small 18K Gold ball and run through pasta machine to flatten. Form oval shape; cut straight edge on top of belly. Roll Burnt Umber and Black clay together; form skinny rope. Slightly flatten rope and wrap around edges of belly. Press belly onto body under beak and close to bottom of owl. Smooth and blend edges. Use needle tool to make feather lines on belly.
- 5Mix Burnt Umber and Black clay; form two 1” balls. Gently press and form balls into wing shapes. Use needle tool to draw feather lines on wings. Press wings onto sides of owl.
- 6Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake owl on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool.
- 7On covered work surface, apply dark brown acrylic paint over body and head on owl. While still wet, use damp sponge to wipe off excess paint. Let dry. Apply glaze onto all areas of owl. Let dry.
by Miranda Farrand for Polyform Products (www.sculpey.com)