How to create a miniature bird bath in polymer clay


Learn how to make a miniature birdbath for your fairy gardens and dolls house scenes using polymer clay.

Candy Chappill has created a beautiful garden scene series using a variety of clays and techniques.

This project focuses on making a gorgeous little birdbath from Cernit Nature clay but any polymer clay can be used. The miniature birdbath can be used to decorate your dolls house, miniature scene or fairy garden.

Miniature birdbath tutorial 

By Candy Chappill.

You will need

  • Cernit Nature clay
  • Roller
  • Spacers – 3mm
  • Round cookie cutter
  • Wooden ball
  • Flower cookie cutter
  • Wooden dowel
  • Saw
  • Spacers – 1mm
  • Moulding instruments
  • Strong glue
  • Resin
  • Blue colour

Method

1. Roll out your clay 3mm thick. Use a round cookie cutter to cut a circle, and bake in place over a wooden ball to create a domed bowl shape.

2. Roll out your clay 3mm thick and use a flower cutter to cut out and decorate your bird table base.

3. Cut a piece of dowel to approximately 3.5in (89mm) long. Roll out your clay 1mm thick, and wrap around your dowel. Bake in place, at a very low temperature, to avoid burning your dowel.

4. Make a bird shape. Start with two ovals, one small and one big, and use a mixture of moulding tools and tooth picks to add eyes, a beak and wings.

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5. Once all your components are baked, use some strong glue to assemble your bird table.

6. Mix some resin and add some blue colour. Pour into your bird table and leave to cure. Make sure your bird table is nice and level for this stage.

Ta-dah! Step back and admire your beautiful work. One bird bath, ready for your miniature garden!

Where can I buy Cernit Nature Clay? 

Visit The Clay & Paint Factory's website


Why not make something for inside your dolls house? Create your own miniature crochet rug and/or miniature books! Or check out more from the miniature garden series:

Miniature garden gate tutorial

Miniature dog kennel tutorial

Miniature garden wall