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Snowman Nose and Roses:
Mix 1/16” of QW and pull off a ¼” ball for snowman’s nose. Roll into a ¾” cone. Allow to cure. For the roses, pull off three ¼” or less balls and roll into a coil about ¾” – 1”. Lay on parchment paper and flatten with your finger. Let them sit about 5 minutes depending on clay. Give nose a little roll so there is no flat spot and turn up tip if desired. To make rose pick up and roll end in. Keep rolling on an angle so that the top edges flare out. Repeat for other flowers and allow to cure.
Mix 1/16” of QW and divide into two. Lay parchment paper over pattern. Roll into a coil that is about 1 ¼” long and has a point on each end. Lay on parchment paper over pattern and flatten slightly. Make sure there is a point at the tip and a point at the bottom so you can insert into the head. Repeat for second ear. Take skewer and press in center of each ear to make a little indent. Allow to cure.
Mix 1/16” of QW and lay parchment paper over pattern. Roll into a 1 ¼” cone and lay on pattern. Begin pressing and patting and filling in shape. Pinch tip to make pointy. Lay skewer with pointy end up on fat end of banner about ¼” in from end. About ½” of skewer should be above banner. Pick clay up and fold over skewer and blend clay together. Depending on the age of your lay let sit 10 t0 30 minutes. Using blade, lift banner off of paper. Lay back down having banner wave up and down. Allow to cure.
Mix ¼” of QW and roll into a ball and then press and pat it into a square. Lay parchment paper over pattern and then begin shaping cake so that it is flat on top and bottom and fatter in the center and thinner at the sides. Keep pressing to get a nice square shape and that it fills out the form. Lift and place toothpick up center of cake. (see Pattern) Reshape if needed. Allow to cure.
Pick up cake and cut off top of toothpick. Mix sliver of QW and pull off a ½” ball. Roll into a long coil a little bit longer than the width of the cake. This is going to be the cake stand so you want the center fatter than at the ends (a half moon shape). Lay on the bottom of the cake. Roll ¼” ball into small cone shape for bottom of stand. Lay on bottom of tooth pick and shape if needed. Allow to cure.
Mix 1/8” of QW and pull off small piece. Lay on back of cake stand to cover tooth pick and also on bottom and blend into place. To attach flowers to cake pull off 3 small balls about 3/16” and roll into a small cone and then flatten. Place on each side on top of cake, place the third one on one side on the back going up. Place first bud going down and the second one going up. The leaves should hold them in place, but if you are having trouble place a small ball of clay on the flower. Allow to cure.
Using 1” Styrofoam ball and exacto knife trim sides to make into a square. Mix 1/8” of QW and begin pinching QW and lay on sided of gift. Allow to cure.
To finish gift mix 1/8” of QW and pull off two ¼” balls. Roll each into a 1 ½” – 2” coil. Lay first coil on top of gift in center and bring down sides. Gently pat in place. Cut other piece in half and place against edge of ribbon and bring down side, gently pat in place. Repeat with other piece. For the bows make four 1/16” balls and a smaller one for the bow. Roll bow balls into coils about 1” and gently flatten. Let sit about 5 – 10 minutes. Place each on an angle to center with ends hangs down. When they seem stiff enough pick up end and fold back to center. Roll center piece into a small circle and place in center. Allow to cure.
Mix ¼” of QW and pull off a small ball for the bottom of the balloon. Pinch clay flat and cover 1” ball pulling and patting until it is covered. Roll to smooth out. Press down on any thick areas and spread clay out, and roll until you have a smooth ball. Add ball to bottom of balloon and then insert 6” wire into small ball and balloon. Pinch small ball around wire. Smooth out any indents and allow to cure.
Bouquet of Flowers:
Mix 1/8” of QW and divide into two with one piece being bigger than the other. Roll the smaller piece into a 1” cone and lay on pattern. Gently pat into place making the edges thinner than the center. Roll other piece into a ball and lay on top. Gently pat making the center higher than the edges.
For the bouquet, mix 1/16” + of QW, and pull off small balls, about 1/8”, for the leaves. Roll into balls and then into small cones and flatten. Begin placing leaves on ball overlapping cone and around edges. To make flowers pull off balls a little smaller than ¼”. Place on top of cone and gently flatten. Fill ball with flowers and then insert more leaves between them. Using pointy tool put hole in center of each flower. Allow to cure.
Getting started filling shakers:
You can fill your shakers with anything you want. You can use confetti or seed beads in different colors. Fill each shaker as full as desired. The bunny should be a little fuller to cover the tail.
Cover the bottom of the jars with saran wrap so that you don’t get QW finger prints on them. You can also keep wiping them with baby wipes as you work.
Adding Bunny Head, Hat and Ears:
For the bunny’s head use a 1 ½” Styrofoam ball and mix ½” of QW. Roll clay into ball and then pinch and flatten into a pancake. Lay on ball and then begin pressing and pulling the clay to cover the ball. Roll between hands to smooth out. Press and spread any thick areas on clay and then roll again. Continue working until you get it smooth. Press firmly to top of shaker. Mix ½” of QW for hat. Roll clay into a 1 ½” to 1 ¾” long cone and sit on top of head. Shape and then insert ears into front of head on each side. Allow to cure.
Snowie adding head and nose:
For the head use a 1 ½” Styrofoam ball and mix ½” of QW. Roll clay into ball and then pinch and flatten into a pancake. Lay on ball and then begin pressing and pulling the clay to cover the ball. Roll between hands to smooth out. Press and spread any thick areas on clay and then roll again. Continue working until you get it smooth. Press firmly to top of shaker. Insert nose into center front of face. Press clay around nose if needed. I like to have the nose turned up a little. Allow to cure.
Snowie adding Hat and Collar:
Mix ½” of QW for hat. Roll clay into a 1 ½” to 1 ¾” long cone, and sit on top of head. Allow to cure.
For the collar mix ¼” of QW and roll into a 4” coil. Lay center of coil on center front of shaker rim. Wrap around rim and connect in back. Begin flattening and pushing up until clay connects to the neck. Allow to cure.
For the band on the bottom of the hat mix 1/16” of QW and roll into a 3” coil. Lay front center of coil on front center of hat. Wrap around and connect in back. Blend back together. Gently flatten band. Allow to cure.
Collar on Bunny, ball on snowie hat and ball on banner:
For the collar on the bunny mix ¼” of QW and roll into a 4” + coil. Lay middle of coil in center front of shaker on rim. Wrap around to the back and then begin flattening. The collar should go from the rim up to the head of the bunny.
For the balls on the bottom of the hat mix 1/16” of QW. Pull off small balls about 1/8” and place around the bottom edge of the hat. Put three balls in the front skip the ear and continue adding them the whole way around. Work from back of ear to center back.
For the ball on the top of the snowman’s hat pull off ¼” ball. Using pointy tool put small hole in ball and sit on top of hat. Use Super Glue Gel if needed. For the top of the banner, pull off a ¼” ball and stick on top of skewer. Allow to cure.
For the birds head, start with a 1 ¼” Styrofoam ball and cut off ½” of the ball. Mix a sliver of QW and roll into a 2” coil and lay on top rim of jar. Pat down and lay piece of Styrofoam firmly on top. Allow to cure.
Mix ½” of QW and divide in two. Roll first piece into a 4” coil and wrap around birds neck next to rim. Press and push up to Styrofoam keeping the bottom of the clay thinner. You are trying to keep a round shape for the head. Take the other piece and roll into a ball and then pat into a 1 ½” pancake. Lay on top and blend edges together using a little extender. Keep shaping until you are satisfied with the shape of the birds head. Allow to cure.
Bird making Wings and Tail:
For the wings you will be using the center set of wings in the mold. Lightly spray mold with vegetable oil and pat off excess. For each wing mix ¼” of QW and roll into a 1 ¼” cone. Insert point into tip of wing and then begin pressing and filling in mold. You will want to make sure you get the clay right up to edges so that you don’t miss any details. Allow to sit in mold until clay is set and then remove from mold.
For the tail mix 1/8” of QW and divide in two. You will use the same mold you used for the wings. Check to see if you have enough oil on the mold, if not re-oil it. Roll each piece of QW into a 1 ¼” cone. You are going to lay the cone in the widest edge of the wing with the widest part at the tip of the wings .The bottom should fill two to three wing tips. Press into mold pushing the clay down and then up against the edge of the mold. Allow to sit in mold until clay is starting to set. Them remove and push edges together to form tail. If the tail has already set, join together with a little super glue gel. Allow to cure.
Mix a sliver of QW and pull off a ½” ball. Roll into a ½” cone and place on center front of face. Blend edges of beak to face. Reshape into nice little cone shape and then let sit 5 to 10 minutes before cutting beak open. Using exacto knife begin cutting at one side from the tip of the beak to the back of the beak. Do the same think from the other side. Use blade of knife to reopen. Reshape if needed and allow to cure.
Bunny Nose, Muzzle and Teeth:
For the bunny teeth start with a small piece of watercolor paper that is a little wider than ¼” and about ½” long. Cut a little v in bottom center to separate the teeth. Then trim from sides so that the teeth are about ¼” wide total. Then cut off top of paper on an angle on one side and then on the other side. Your teeth should have a little point on the top.
Cut a sliver of QW and pull off a 3/16” ball for nose and two 3/8” balls for the muzzle. Lay 3/8” balls beside each other just below center of face. Insert teeth up into clay and then shape ball for nose into a small triangle and lay on top of nose. Allow to cure.
Bunny Bow Tie:
Mix up a sliver of QW and pull off two ¼” + balls and roll each into a small cone. Flatten and pat back of each cone to square off the end. Lay pointed end just off center of top of collar. You want to leave enough room in the center for the knot. Lay other piece on opposite side. The wider ends should stand up. Pull off a 1/8” ball and lay in the center. Gently pat in place and allow to cure.
For the bunny tail mix ¼” of QW and roll into a ball. Place on center back about ¼” above bottom of shaker. Gently pat into place and allow to cure.
Bird Collar and Hat:
For the bird collar mix 1/16” of QW and roll into a 4” coil. Lay center of coil on front center of bird. Wrap around neck and cut off excess. Gently pat into place. Blend back in place. Pull off a ¼” ball for leaf and roll into small cone. Flatten and place on collar. For flower pull off ¼” + ball and flatten and place beside leaf. Insert pointy tool into center of flower. For hat mix ½” of QW and roll into 1 ½” cone. Sit on top of head and tilt a little if desired. Take a 4” piece of wire and insert into top of hat. Reshape if needed and allow to cure.
Bird attaching wings and tail:
To attach wings and tail mix 1/16” of QW and divide into three with one piece being a little smaller for the tail. Roll into balls. Put a ball on center front of each side of body and place wings on top of balls. Make adjustments if needed. Place small ball and roll into cone and place on top of tail and attach to back center. Allow to cure.
Bird attaching Banner:
Mix a sliver of QW and pull off ¼” ball. Position banner where you want it. Push ball of clay against dowel to hold it into place. Allow to cure.
Bunny attaching Arms and Cake:
Mix ¼” of QW and pull off small ball to attach the cake. Divide remaining clay into two and roll each into a 2 ½” coil. Put ball of clay on back of cake and position on body. It is right below the collar on the bunnies left side. Attach top of arms on each side of collar. Position the left arm and have the hand wrap around cake stand. Position the other arm so that the hand is touching the bottom of the cake stand.
Snowie adding Arms, Gift, Flowers and Balloon:
Mix ¼” of QW and pull off small ball to attach the gift. Divide remaining clay into two and roll each into a 2 ½” coil. If needed trim wire on balloon. Put rubber band around shaker and slip wire of balloon under rubber band. Attach top of Snowie’s right arm to collar. Lay flowers to top of arm and attach ball of clay to back of gift. Position gift and bring hand up over gift. On the other side position balloon using rubber band. Attach top of arm to collar and then wrap arm around balloon string. Allow to cure. Once cured you can position balloon.