Shara Jane Fall Ornies – Week 4

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Getting Started:

Use a marker to make the sections of your pumpkin.  Draw a line around the center of the ball dividing it in half, then divide each of those areas in half.  Divide remaining quarters in half.  Using knife like tool press in on all lines about 1/8”.    For Button Boy press cinnamon stick into top and press down so that ½” – ¾” of the stick is showing.  Remove cinnamon stick.  For Boo press dowel into top on an 20 degree angle.  Remove dowel. 

Mix 5/8” – ¾” of QW and divide into 4.  Roll one piece into a coil with pointy ends about 2” long.  Lay on center of one section and press and fill in entire section starting at points and working to center.  Repeat for next section.  Use tool to reline sides of section.  Continue in the same way with the two remaining pieces of clay.  Mix another 5/8” – ¾” of QW and continue filling in sections and relining sides of sections.   When done reline sections and pick the best side for the face.  For Button Boy reinsert cinnamon stick.  Fold over small piece of wire for hook and press in front of cinnamon stick.  You could also wait and see how ornament hangs and at the end insert hook into top of cinnamon stick and glue in place with super glue gel.  For Boo reinsert dowel. (video)

Video to show you how to insert dowel for Boo


Adding Hat:

Mix 1/2” of QW and roll into a cone about 1 ½” long.  Pat on fat end with finger to indent and then use pointy tool or pencil and roll around to open up.  Then pinch out a little with fingers.  Slip hat over dowel and press into place.  Tilt tip to the side.  Fold over piece of wire and insert into top side of hat.  Allow to cure.  (video)

Finishing Boo:

Mix 1/8” of QW and divide into two with the one piece being slightly smaller than the other.  Using smaller piece roll into a ball then an oval.  Align on face and slightly flatten then using little finger press and indent. Divide remaining ball in half and roll into ball for nose.  Press into place and then pinch with fingers to make slight point.  Divide remaining clay in two and then pull of very small ball from each.  Roll larger balls and place on face for eyes and slightly flatten.  Place small balls on top of each eye on the same side. Allow to cure.  (video)

Button Boy

Making Buttons and Leaves:

Mix ¼” of QW and pinch and flatten into pancake, then lay on parchment paper and cut out two leaves using small hand cutter.  Let sit 10 minutes.  Remix remaining clay and pull off a ¼” ball and a 3/8” ball to make the buttons.  Roll and then gently press and then push eraser of pencil, dowel, or paint brush handle in center to form button.  Using pointy tool or pencil put 4 holes in center for button.  Pick up leaves and shape them and pinch back together.   Allow to cure.   

To finish leaves mix up a sliver of QW and pull off small ball.  Cut 3” piece of wire and lay on back of leaf, lay ball of clay on top and blend onto leaf.  Allow to cure.  (video)


For the mouth mix up 1/8” of QW and roll into a coil about 2” long.  Position below center and across a whole section with the ends extending into the adjoining sections. Have ends extend up.  Begin patting and pressing into place.  Cut through center of mouth with exacto knife, and then divide mouth into 6 starting with a center cut then dividing each side into 3. Mix sliver of QW.  Pull off 3/8” ball for nose and roll into a 1” cone, press and shape into nose and place on face. Pull off two small balls for eyes and attach to back of buttons and then place on face.  Pull off small ball of clay and press into indent for stem, insert stem and leaves.  Fold over piece of wire and insert for hook or super glue gel to top of stem.  Allow to cure. (video)


Making Small Pumpkin:

Mix 1/2” of QW and pinch and flatten into pancake, then lay and press onto 1 1/2” Styrofoam. Ball.  Begin pressing and patting until the entire ball is covered.  Then roll to make smooth.  Push down on work surface to flatten the bottom a little.   Cut 3” of wire and twist together to make top hook. Press into top center of ball leaving about ¼” of the twisted area above the pumpkin so that you can put a little stem on it. Let sit about 10 minutes. Create 8 sections in pumpkin using knife tool.  Allow to cure.  

Making Wings:

 Mix ¼” of QW and roll into an oval. Lay parchment paper over pattern and lay clay in center of pattern.  Begin pressing an d patting to fill in space.  Cut in half using blade.   Allow to cure.(video)

Making Legs:

Mix 1/4” of QW and divide into two.  Roll each piece into a coil about 2 ½” long.  The top of the leg I want to be a little fatter than the bottom of the leg.  Lay on parchment paper and gently pat top of leg to make a little flater.  Gently flatten top and using tool put hole in top of each leg.   Allow to cure.   (video)

Birds Beak:

Cut 1/8 ” of  QW and roll into a ¾” long cone.  Press onto ball.  Allow to cure about 10 minutes.  Using exacto Knife begin cutting from center front point on one side.  Repeat on other side.  Reshape beak if needed.   Allow to cure. (video)

Birds Eyes and Stem of Pumpkin:

Mix a sliver of QW and pull off  two  ¼” balls.  Lay on top of beak and gently press into place.  Using point of tool or pencil push hole in center of each eye.  Pull off 1/8” ball of QW and lay on top of wire of pumpkin.  Press and pat to form stem.  Allow to Cure.  (video)

Attaching Pumpkin to Bird:

Mix 1/8 of QW and roll into a ball.  Gently press top of bird to work surface to slightly flatten.  Flatten clay with fingers into a 1” circle and lay on top of flat spot on bird. Blend edges to the bird.  Sit pumpkin on top and press into place.  If it is not staying add a little super glue gel.  Allow to cure.  (Video)

Making Feet:

Mix 1/8” of QW and press and flatten until about 1/8” thick.  Cut a star using the smallest star cutter, reroll and cut second star.  Lay point of leg between two points of star.  Pulls points on each side of leg.  Pull off small ball and lay on center over point of leg.  Repeat for second foot.   Allow to sit about 5 minutes.  Any extra clay pull off small pieces and pinch very thin and press and blend onto Styrofoam that is not covered with QW.  Do this anytime you have extra clay making sure not to place it where you will have to insert something such as the legs or tail. 

After waiting 5 minutes pick up legs and continue to blend clay to leg.  Blend piece of clay on top of foot into rest of foot.  Begin shaping toes by pulling two side points forward.    Tap end of points to slightly round.   If they are still hard to work with wait 5 more minutes and continue shaping.  Allow to cure.   (video)

Bird Tail:

Mix 1/8” of QW and roll into a ball.  Lay ball on back of body aligned front to back and side to side.  Press firmly and blend edges to Styrofoam.  Fold wire in half over pencil to make tail feathers.  Insert first one  into center back and then other two a little lower on each side.  When happy with placement press clay against wire.  Allow to cure.  (Video)

Finishing Bird & Attaching Wings:

Mix a little bit of QW at a time and cover remaining Styrofoam with a thin layer of QW.  Mix 1/16” of QW and divide into two.  Roll into a ball and place where you want the front of the wing to be attached.  Shape into a triangular shape and attach front of wing to it.  Blend clay to back of wing.  Position wings and blend any excess clay onto body.    Insert flag behind wing into body.  Allow to cure. (Video)