- Quikwood is a two part resin. When mixed together you have about 20 minutes of open time before it begins to cure. It will fully cure in 24 hours.
- Only cut off as much as you need at a time.
- Make sure it is thoroughly mixed together (no swirls of color) or it will not cure.
- Do not wear jewelry especially rings when working with QW.
- Apply Avon Silicone Glove before starting and as needed when working with the QW.
- Use DecoArt Extender to blend QW being careful not to use too much or it will make your QW gummy.
- Before painting finished piece wipe with baby wipe to remove any excess oils.
Video on Quikwood Basics:
Note: When I am saying left and right it is Your left and right as you look at the doll.
Birdie – Making her feet:
- Cut 3/4″ of QW and divide in two.
- Roll each into a cone about 1 1/2″ long.
- Place on a piece of parchment paper with cones beside each other slightly apart in the front and touching in the back.
- Press slightly to flatten.
- Place flat end of 4″ egg on top of feet, making sure the egg is straight front to back and side to side. Front of feet should be showing. Allow to cure.
Video for Birdie’s Making Feet:
Birdie – Adding Neck
- Mark 3/8″ on 1″ dowel. Insert 5/8″ of dowel into 1/4″ Styrofoam ball.
- Cut sliver of QW and using about half of it, wrap it around the dowel next to head. blend into Styrofoam and then onto dowel. Use extender if needed. Allow to cure.
Video for attaching neck:
Birdie – Covering Face:
- Mix up 3/8″ of QW and press into thin circle by starting in center and flattening and then pressing and turning and flattening outside edges. You should have a circle about 2 1/2″. lay on head and press center firmly in place. Then blend and press clay until the head is covered.
- Gently blend until the head is fairly smooth. If needed use extender to blend clay. Allow to cure.
Video for covering face with clay:
Birdie – Collar/Attaching head:
- Cut 1/2″ QW and roll into a coil about 1 1/2″ long. Square edges using fingers.
- Making sure your collar is lined up with your feet, lay on top of doll and gently pat into place.
- Select the nicest side of your head for your face. Consider the position you want the head and then press into clay. If needed you can remove head and add a little super glue gel and then reinsert. Allow to cure watching to make sure the head stays in place.
Video for attaching collar and inserting head:
Birdie – Adding Arms:
- Mix 1/2″ of QW and divide into two. Roll each into 3″- 3 1/2″ coil. Allow to lay on parchment paper for about 8 minutes.
- Cut pole of birdhouse to 5″ long.
- Place top of arm on left side, you might need to put a little super glue gel to attach. Give arm a little tug and wrap around bird house, blend back in and attach hand to body.
- Attach top right arm next to collar using a little super glue gel. Give it a little tug and bring down next to body, turn up at elbow and then bend at wrist so the hand is extend out. You can rest hand on paint bottle until it is fully cured.
- Keep checking your arms until they are fully cured making adjustments as needed.
Video for adding Arms:
Birdie – Adding Nose, Hair, and Buttons:
- Mix 1/8″ QW and pull off small ball (<1/4″) and roll into a cone about 3/4″ long. Position on face and then pull any excess off of top of nose and blend into place. Cut to square bottom of nose using blade.
- For hair pull off two balls about 1/4″ each and place on each side slightly lower than bottom of nose. Press and lightly flatten. for curl on left side pull off a ball about 3/8″ and roll into a coil about 1 1/2″ long. Lay across forehead and pull end into a curl on left side. For right curl pull 1/4″ ball of QW and roll into a coil about 1″ long. Place on top right and bring down and at end roll up a curl. for second curl on left side pull off a ball a little less than a 1/4″ and roll into a coil about 1″ long. Begin rolling coil from end and then place behind other curls. For the final curl on the right side roll small ball and lay on top of first curl. Using end of tool or pencil insert into center of the curl from the front.
- For the buttons mix up a sliver of QW and divide in two with one ball being slightly larger than the other. The smaller ball should be about 1/4″ and the second one slightly larger. place balls on front below collar and slightly flatten. Using tip of tool or pencil and place two holes in top button and four in bottom button. Allow to cure.
- Before adding angel wings you might want to paint the dress and wings.
Video for adding nose, hair and buttons:
Birdie – Creating Tail and Wings for Birds:
- Cut 1/8″ of QW and roll into a coil about 3/4″ wide. Lay on a piece of parchment paper and flatten. Lay over pattern and trim to 3/4″ wide. Then lay over pattern and cut three tails.
- Using extra clay pull off a ball about 1/4″ and roll into small oval. Lay on pattern and gently flatten. The wings are about 1/2″ long and 1/4″ wide. Repeat until you have 6 wings. Allow to cure.
Video for making tail and wings of birds:
Birdie – Finishing Birds:
- Mix up an 1/8″ of QW and pull off 3/8″ ball and roll into and oval about 1/2″ long and 1/4″ + wide. Insert tail into body until the tail is about 1/2″ long, Having it tilted up.
- Cut 1/4″ of QW for the head and roll into a ball. Cut off tip (about 1/4″)of toothpick for beak and insert into head. Reshape if needed and then sit on top of bird body.
- Pick up two wings and attach to side of body, position as desired. Allow to cure.
- Note: if your birds are a little flat on the bottom we will add a little clay in the final step.
Video for finishing birds:
Birdie – Adding her Wings:
- Cut 1/4″ QW and roll into a ball. Place ball on her back, lay wings on back and position until they are straight.
- If you want to make an ornament cut about 3″ of wire and twist ends together and insert into clay.
Video for adding wings:
Flower – Adding Feet:
- Before starting drill hole for 3/16″ dowel in bottom of head and top of body.
- Cut 1 1/2″ of QW and divide in two.
- Roll each into a cone about 2″ long.
- Place on a piece of parchment paper with cones beside each other and front slightly apart and touching in the back.
- Press slightly to flatten.
- Place flat end of 6″ egg on top of feet, making sure the egg is straight front to back and side to side. Front of feet should be showing. Allow to cure.
Video for Adding Feet:
Flower – Attaching Neck to Body
- Cut sliver of QW and roll into 3/4″ coil, wrap around dowel 1″ from bottom. Blend clay to dowel on top side. Side dowel into doll and press in place. Blend clay to the body. Allow to cure.
Video for attaching Neck to body:
Flower – Attaching Head to Neck:
- Cut small sliver of QW. Roll into 3/4″ coil and wrap around the neck. It should sit about 1/4″ up on neck. Blend bottom of clay smoothly onto body. Level top of clay that will be the neck; then sit head down on clay on neck making sure head is straight. Allow to cure.
Video for attaching head:
Flower – Adding Hat:
- Cut hat brim from watercolor paper following pattern.
- Cut 3/8″ of QW and divide in two.
- Place hat on angle on head. Using 1/2 of the QW make a coil about 4″ long. Position hat on head on an angle and lay coil gently on hat next to head. Tug on clay if needed to meet in back. Gently press and pat to create a nice even hat band that touches both the head and the brim.
- Pull small ball off of the other piece of clay for the bow knot. divide remaining clay in two and roll into cones about 3/4″ long. Lay cones on parchment paper and flatten. Allow to sit about 5 minutes and then pick up and place on back of hat going up and out from the back center. Take remaining piece of clay and roll into a ball and place in center of loops and flatten. Keep checking to make sure loops continue to stand up. Allow to cure.
- For the flowers on the back of the hat mix up 1/8″ of QW. Pull off a ball about 3/8″ and lay slightly to the left of the center on the brim. Flatten and use tool to indent in center. Pull off a ball about 1/4″ and lay to left of flower and flatten slightly. Divide the remaining clay into three small balls and place to the right of the center flower with two on top of each other and one to the side. Using tip of tool press centers in flowers.
Video for making hat:
Flower – Adding Nose and Hair:
- Begin by mixing up 1/4″ of QW. Before attaching nose draw a mark on front of face for alignment. Pull off ball of clay about 1/4″ and roll into a cone about 1″ long. Place on face and blend if needed. Square off bottom of nose with blade.
- For the hair on the right side we are going to start with the two coils. To create them pull off two balls of clay about 3/8″ each. Roll first piece into a coil about 2 1/2″ long. Begin rolling it at one end until you are about 3/8″ from end. Place on head with curl standing out from face. Roll second coil same as first and lay it flat below other curl with end going behind other curl. Divide remaining clay into three balls. Place one next to hat in front of large curl, the second one in front below the large curl, and the third one in back above flat curl. Press each to slightly flatten and insert tool in center of each swirl.
- For the hair on the left side mix up 1/4″ of QW. Pull off 1/2″ ball and roll into a coil about 4″ long. Begin at one end rolling into a large curl. As you are rolling have the curl sit on top of the curl beneath it like you would be making a bee hive. Lay it on head and use tool to press tail up against hat. To make curl beneath it pull off 1/4″ ball and roll into a coil about 1 1/2″ long. roll into a swirl and lay on its side beneath the large curl. Pull off three balls about 1/4″ and place the first one in front of large curl next to brim. Place the other two curls behind the large curl with one next to the brim and the other right below it.
- Press each ball to slightly flatten and then insert tool in center of each.
Video for creating nose and hair:
Flower – Flowers:
- Cut 3/4″ of QW and divide into 4. Pull a 3/8″ ball off of the third flower and add it to the first flower. Roll the first flower into a ball and slightly flatten, press finger into center to indent. Using exacto knife cut down around outside to form petals.
- Roll the second flower into an oval and flatten to create a larger flattened oval. Press finger in center to create indent. Using exacto knife cut out from center to create petals.
- Roll clay for third flower into a coil about 3″ – 3 1/2″. Begin rolling at center out to create flower.
- For the remaining flowers pull half of clay from remaining quarter of clay and roll into a ball. Flatten slightly and push tip of tool or pencil into center. Divide what is left into two and roll into a ball and slightly flatten. Divide what is left in 2 and roll each into a ball. Place one in the center of the first flower. The other will be a small ball flower. Cut a piece of wire about 3″ long and insert into the side of the smallest flower. Allow to cure.
- To put stems on the remaining flowers cut 5 pieces of wire about 4″-5″ long. Using your round nose pliers curl the end of the wire and then fold over. Mix 1/8″ of QW and divide into 4. Lay wire to back of one of the larger flowers and wrap clay into a small coil around the wire. Blend and create a small pyramid shape on back of flower. Repeat for two other larger flowers. Divide remaining clay in two and attach wires to two smaller flowers the same way as the larger flowers.
Video for making flowers:
Flower – Attaching Flower Cone:
- Before attaching the cone to your doll you could basecoat them.
- Before attaching notice the placement of the cone. The cone is about 1 1/4″ down from neck and runs almost parallel with the center of the body, slightly to the left with the point tilted in.
- One option is to place white glue on the edges of the cone and hold in place with a rubber ban until it is secure. Use an old brush with water to clean up any excess glue.
- The other option is to attach the cone with QW. Mix up 1/4″ QW and divide in 2. Make two coils about two inches long. Place the first coil on the inside edge of the cone starting about 1/2″ from top. Push clay so that it is above edge of cone. Repeat on other side. Position cone on doll and then press securely in place. If any excess clay come out onto doll remove with blade. Allow to cure.
Video for attaching cone:
Flower- Attaching Arms:
- Notice position of arms, the left hand is holding the cone about 1/2″ – 3/4″ from the top. The right arm can either come down and then curl up or you can bend elbow and lift hand up and detached from body. Either way will be able to hold a sign.
- Mix 3/4″ of QW and divide in two. Roll each into a coil about 4″ long.
- Starting with left hand, attach arm to shoulder, give the coil a little tug to stretch and place hand on cone. Bend arm to create elbow. Gently pat to securely attach and blend at shoulder.
- For right arm attach at should and blend. Then give a gentle tug to stretch as you are attaching. Bend at elbow and attach arm up to wrist leaving hand free. Gently pat arm into place. Keep watching hand as it cures so that it can bend out and back but not touching) as it cures. I placed my timer on for 8 minutes. This will allow you to attach sign.
- If you are having hand go straight down and then turn up attach at shoulder and blend in place. Then give arm gentle tug and press and place going down side. Leave hand free and place timer on for 8 minutes, then fold hand up. Keep watching until it is cured.
Video for attaching arms:
Flower – Attaching Collar:
- Cut 1/8″ of QW and divide in two. Roll each into a cone about 1″ – 1 1/4″ long. Lay fat part of each cone at front center of neck on each side and wrap tail around neck. Flatten to make collar.
Video for attaching collar:
Flower & Birdie:
Flower & Birdie- Hearts:
- Cut 1/8″ of QW and divide it into two with the one piece being a little larger than the other.
- For Birdie’s heart take the smaller piece and divide in two. Roll two cones about 3/4″ long and place together on a piece of parchment paper. Slightly flatten and blend bottom together.
- For Flower’s heart divide the larger piece of clay in two and roll each piece into a cone about 1 1/4″ long. Lay together on a piece of parchment paper and slightly flatten. Blend bottom together and curl out top of heart.
- Allow hearts to cure and glue to dolls when finished.
Video for creating hearts
Finishing Flower and Birdie:
- Once you have completed your dolls you might find that they will not stand properly because of adding the different elements to them.
- Mix up a sliver of QW. If they are leaning backwards add a little clay to the back of their feet. If they are leaning to one side adding a little clay to the foot that is leaning. Keep adjusting until they stand freely.
- If your birds are a little flat on the bottom add a small piece of QW, roll into a small oval and blend into place.
Video for finishing Flower & Birdie: