249 Hummingbird Box Project
#249 – Hummingbird Box Decoration
Clay Casting Project
A unique and beautiful gift for him or her.

          


Materials Needed:

1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp: #249 – Hummingbird
Clay* - we used Creative Paperclay® which air dries to a paintable pure white (no oven needed)
1 clay casting* - #249 – Hummingbird (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions). Optional: Make 4 castings – one for each side of box.
1 wood box (we used a box designed to hold pens and pencils)
1 2” round cookie cutter
Sandpaper or emery board (fine grit)
Acrylic primer (spray can)
Acrylic paints: brown for background, reds and greens for bird and flower (choose your own colors)
Acrylic spray varnish

*Note:  Alternately, the casting for this project may be made from paper instead of clay (see Basic Paper Casting Instructions). The choice is yours. 
Instructions:

1.  While clay is wet, cut out casting using cookie cutter. Let dry.
2.   Sand rough edges smooth.
3.  Optional: Apply primer and let dry.
4.  Apply brown paint to background (or color of your choice) and let dry. Apply colors separately to bird, stem, leaves and flower petals, one color at a time (refer to photo), letting paint dry between colors.
5.  Optional:  Apply a coat of varnish for permanence. Note: Varnish will leave a more glossy finish.
6. Use hot glue to attach magnet to one side of box. Optional: Make 4 castings and glue one to each side of box.



Project above designed and created by Maggie Montgomery. Photograph by David Montgomery.





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