A closer look....I love his eyes.
Okay, back to claying. I finished backing the bird with clay. I used Pearl Kato tinted light blue and lightly marbled it with alcohol inks.
First I pushed the wire bird into the sheet of clay and cut it out with an Exacto knife. When I am working with small amounts of liquid clay I use the lid from a medicine bottle.... not the child proof kind, the easy to remove kind.... like these. The caps are shallow and handy for seed beads and other small beads too.
So "My Favorite Tools for Day 3" is medicine bottle lids, smaller water bottle lids and drinking straws.
Next I remove the wire and using a paint brush I "paint" the liquid clay along the edges and under the woven wire areas.
here is how it looks before I replace the wire.
Next I cut off a 1 1/2" piece of the straw, I cut the straw in half lengthwise and then cut each half lengthwise into two narrow pieces. These little pieces are handy to use as scoops. I use one of the straw scoops to add a small amount of liquid clay to the bottle cap.
Then I use a straw scoop to add a small amount of bronze PearlEx to the liquid clay.
I also use the scoop to mix the PearlEx into the liquid clay.
If you are wondering what the heck I am doing all this mixing .... I'm going to use the bronze liquid clay to paint the beak on my bird. I made his eye with a small ball of clay that I indented with a stylus, I secured it to the eye area on the wire with a small dollop of liquid clay I then added liquid clay and a tiny black glass micro ball to complete the eye.
and now he is ready for the oven. Once he comes out of the oven I will use my heat gun to shine his beak and his eye.
Done for now. See you tomorrow.
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