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Mouse or chicken with a hollow body- a little bit trickier.

There’s a trick to making birds and animals with hollow bodies. A hollow body uses less clay and is lighter and will dry out more quickly. To make a hollow body make two pitch pots and stick them together ….

I’ve written another blog post with more pictures showing how to make a hollow ball with pinch pots.

Use about 150g of clay to make a chicken or mouse. Your Dipsy ball of clay will make one of each.

Make two pinch pots and join them to make the body. Make a hole in the body and roll one end of the body to make it pointed for the nose – more pictures to follow.

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Make a hollow ball with two pinch pots.

A hollow ball can be used as a base to make many animals or birds and many other things. It can be a bit tricky at first but practice makes perfect!

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Stay at home chicken – easy

This chicken is made with a solid body like the mouse in the previous post. Use about 150g of clay – a Dipsy Dragon ball of clay will make 2. (Any ammount of clay will do if you stick to the fractions given)

Stay at home chicken!
This picture shows how to divide the clay up for all the chicken bits!
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Stay at home mouse – easy

Here are some instructions for making a mouse with a solid body. This is fine for airdry clay but not a good idea if the mouse is going to be fired in a kiln. Instructions for a mouse with a hollow body that can be fired are given in a later post.

If you use about 150 grams of clay. Your ball of clay from Dipsy dragon will make 2 mice or other animals.

**Remember to scratch and wet both surfaces of the clay when you stick bits of clay to each other**

And now you have a mouse!
You can use an extra bit of clay to make a heart or anything else for the mouse to hold.
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Easter chick

This chick is also based on a cone like the bunny in the last post. Start with two equal sized balls of clay.

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Raku dragon

Just out of a Raku firing glazed with red crackle glaze and white crackle features.

He is 20cm tall and selling at a bargain price of £32. Can be posted.

Fired in our electric kiln to cone 05 1046 degrees. Reduction in straw on a bed of sawdust. Peter was disappointed he wasn’t shiny – I’ll have to do some in the Spectrum Cosmic Copper glaze!!

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Quick little dragon

The larger dragons have taken about 2 hours each to make so I need to make some smaller simpler ones. I wanted to time how long it took but had people in the shop buying things!! Probably between 30 mins and 1 hour.

Only the body is hollow.

Here he is drying off with his larger friends.