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.
For the chicken with a hollow body: divide your ball of clay into 4. Roll each 1/4 into a ball and use 2 balls to make the body.
Make a pinch pot with of two of your balls.
Make sure the rims of your pinch pots are the same size and if not pinch one a bit more to make them match. Then scratch, wet and gently rub the edge of both pinch pots to make them sticky. Stick the pinch pots together to make a ball smoothing over the join with you thumb or a blunt knife. Roll your ball gently on a flat surface to get it really round.
Make a hole in your hollow ball in order to change its shape. Pinch, roll and smooth the ball into an egg shape with a neck and bottom. – you can now continue with the instructions for the Stay at home chicken – easy.
To make a mouse with a hollow body divide the clay into 3. Roll each 1/3 into a ball. Use two of the balls to make the body and the other 1/3 for the rest of the mouse bits.
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.
This chick is also based on a cone like the bunny in the last post. Start with two equal sized balls of clay.
Make one of the balls of clay into a cone shape by rolling it first into a fat sausage and then rolling one end to make it pointy.
Make a hole in the end of the cone with a pencil and move the pencil around to make the hole bigger. Slap the cone on its bottom to make sure its flat.
Divide the other ball of clay into 4 and roll each into a ball. Two of the balls are for wings, one is for the head and the beak and the last one is divided into 3 for the two feet and the tail feathers.
Make the head into a ball and the beak into a triangle. Stick the beak on the head and pinch the head either side of the beak for the eye sockets. Dont forget to scratch and wet the surfaces that you are joining and wiggle the pieces into place to make sure they are stuck.
Take a tiny piece of clay from each wing piece, roll them into balls for the eyes and stick them in place. Make the feet and tail pieces into triangles, squash the feet flat and stick at the sides towards the front. Stick on the tail at the back shaping to look like tail feathers.
Make each of the wing pieces into squashed triangles and stick on at the sides. I used and extra piece of clay to make an Easter egg for the chick to hold.
You need a small lump of clay to make a bunny. Your lump should fit easily into your hand – divide your lump into 2 equal pieces. If you have got some clay from dipsy dragon the lump of clay will make 2 of these bunnies (see instructions below)
These bunnies are based on a cone shape for the body and you can adapt this for any creature that is happy to have a cone shaped body! I am sure you can use your imagination to use these instructions to make a dragon or an elephant or ….
Divide your lump of Dipsy clay into 4 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball. You will need 2 of these balls for your bunny so put the other 2 in a sealed plastic bag for later or give them to someone else.
Make one of your balls into a cone shape by rolling the ball into a fat sausage and then rolling one end to make it pointy.
Make a hole in the base of the cone with a pencil or similar and move the pencil round to make the hole at the bottom bigger. Bang the cone on its bottom with a ruler or similar to flatten it.
Push out the bottom of the cone on each side for the lower legs of the bunny.
Now divide the other ball into 4 equal pieces for other parts of the bunny. Roll these 4 pieces into balls.
One little ball is for the head, one is divided to make 2 ears, one to make 2 arms and the last one divided into 3 to make 2 feet and a tail. Make the head piece into a head shape.
Stick on the head – you need to scratch both sides of the join and then wet each side to make them sticky. ‘Wiggle’ the head against the body to get a good join. Make sure your head is facing forward! Now pinch the head to make eyes.
Roll the feet pieces to make little sausages and flatten them and add toes. The tail piece just needs to be a round ball. Stick on the feet and tail making sure your scratch, wet and wiggle them.
Roll the two arm pieces into sausages, flatten and shape hands at one end and shoulders at the other. Add the fingers on the hands. Scratch, wet and wiggle the arms to stick them on and then shape them round the front of the body. Then get ready for the ears.
Roll the ear pieces into pointy sausages and flatten then and curl them round to make them more like ears. One end of each ear needs to be squashed where it will stick on the head. Scratch, wet and wiggle to stick the ears onto the head. Poke holes for eyes and mark the nose and mouth and your bunny is done!!
Bunny photo shoot! I added an Easter egg I made from an extra bit of clay! I’ll add a bit of extra for this in the Dipsy bunny bags!
This is what I made from my other 2 balls of clay! I’ll post some pictures of what I did soon.
Coming soon: making animals with a round body
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He is 20cm tall and selling at a bargain price of £32. Can be posted.
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