TUTORIAL: Mini Bird’s Nest Charm

Here’s something a little different. It’s a delicate bird’s nest holding three duck egg blue eggs and their mummy bird. It sits comfortably on your finger, ready for you to show off to your friends. I hope you enjoy! 

What you’ll need:

  • Polymer clay (duck egg blue, brown)
  • Cutting tool
  • Varnish (I use regular Fimo varnish)
  • Dark blue or black acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush x2
  • Gold metallic powder
  • Liquid clay
  • Hot glue gun
  • Very strong craft glue
  • A plain ring (I used gold)
  • Dried moss

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Step one:
Begin with a small ball of brown clay and press it down with your fingertips until it curves upwards at the edges. Carry on until you’re left with a bowl shape, similar to the photo above. It doesn’t have to be too neat as it’ll be covered up later. This will just be your base.

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Step two:
Roll out a bunch of long, very thin pieces of brown clay, wrap them around your base at different directions (but mainly horizontally) and trim off the excess. This step is quite time consuming but simple. Continue until all of the base is covered. Have some of the ends flicking out very slightly so that they look like twigs. Basically, don’t be too neat about it!

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Step three: 
Wash your hands thoroughly and roll out some egg shapes using your light blue clay. Place them in the centre of your nest and stick them down using a few dots of liquid clay.

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Step four: 
Take another larger ball of blue clay and mould it into a shape similar to the one in the photo above. It is kind of like a curved, upside down triangle shape. Stick it down with more liquid clay.
Cut a teeny tiny triangle shape and push it onto the side of the head to act as a beak. Bake everything until hard. This should take approximately 20-35 minutes on gas mark 4 (180 degrees Celsius).

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Step five: 
Use a tiny bit of water mixed with the metallic powder to add in your gold details. I dabbed a little onto the beak, along with some dots onto the eggs.

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Step six:
Use your glue to stick down little pieces of moss. My bag of moss was mixed with tiny pieces of twigs which I used, too. Leave to dry completely.

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Step seven:
Paint in a very small eye and varnish everything evenly. Leave to dry and it’s ready to attach to your ring! I used a hot glue gun for this part because I wanted it to be extra secure.

 

Thanks for reading! Feel free to leave a comment with any questions, suggestions or constructive criticism.
Please check out the rest of my site for more craft tutorials, and share them with any friends you think might be interested.
Have fun creating! :)

 

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