"Flutterbye" Seahorse Ornament
Amy Wood sculpts a polymer clay "Flutterbye" seahorse ornament.
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Materials and Tools:
handmade plaster mold of an original designed seahorse body
black and purple acrylic paint
clear glitter paint
wire cutters, scissors, craft knife
clay shaping tools
bent oval piece of brass
paper wing template
clear industrial strength crafter's glue
1. Press conditioned polymer clay between two halves of the original seahorse mold. Trim away the excess with a craft knife. Remove the clay shape from the mold.
2. Hand-shape the nose and horns using clay-shaping tools. Use a bent oval piece of brass to press in the eye shape.
3. Cut a piece of wire and bend it around round-nose pliers to create a hanging loop. Insert the wire hook into the seahorse's back for hanging.
4. Cut four pieces of 20-gauge wire according to the pattern and lay out it out on the pattern to form the support of the wing structure.
5. Place the wire between two layers of duct tape. Press it flat and cut out the edges of the tape to resemble bat wings. The rigid wings with wire veins inside forms the wing structure.
6. Press the wings into clay body shape and remove them.
7. This forms holes to glue the wings in after the clay has been baked.
10. Paint the eyes with black acrylic paint. Allow to dry. Apply clear gloss to the eyes.
11. Paint a base coat of purple acrylic paint on the body. Let dry.
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