How to Make a Clay Birdhouse

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How to Make a Clay Birdhouse
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Gather your supplies.

Gather your supplies.

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Wedge clay and roll it out on the slab roller at the 1/2" setting.

Wedge clay and roll it out on the slab roller at the 1/2" setting.

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Turn the clay so the long edge is against the roller.

Turn the clay so the long edge is against the roller.

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Roll the clay through again at the 1/8" setting.

Roll the clay through again at the 1/8" setting.

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Transfer clay to your work table. Smooth with the metal rib.

Transfer clay to your work table. Smooth with the metal rib.

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Get you texture mat any pony roller.

Get you texture mat any pony roller.

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Press the texture into your clay.

Press the texture into your clay.

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Repeat the texture to cover the whole piece.

Repeat the texture to cover the whole piece.

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Place your pattern pieces on the textured clay. Trace around them before you cut.

Place your pattern pieces on the textured clay. Trace around them before you cut.

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Try to maximize your space as much as possible but remember to go with the direction of your texture.

Try to maximize your space as much as possible but remember to go with the direction of your texture.

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Cut your pieces every carefully. Try to keep the texture as clean as possible.

Cut your pieces every carefully. Try to keep the texture as clean as possible.

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Transfer to a ware board while you collect your scraps of clay.

Transfer to a ware board while you collect your scraps of clay.

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Wedge your scraps together.

Wedge your scraps together.

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Wedged!

Wedged!

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Roll your clay out on the 1/8". Transfer to your work space. (Can you spot my air pocket?)

Roll your clay out on the 1/8". Transfer to your work space. (Can you spot my air pocket?)

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Cut the roof pieces and base from un textured clay.

Cut the roof pieces and base from un textured clay.

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Maximize your space as much as possible.

Maximize your space as much as possible.

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Stack your pieces with paper towel between the layers and wrap in plastic. Wait until your pieces are leatherhard before building.

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Using a needle tool, punch through the paper template to outline where to cut the center hole.

Using a needle tool, punch through the paper template to outline where to cut the center hole.

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You will see a "connect the dots" when finished. The closer your dots are will make it easier to keep the perfect circle.

You will see a "connect the dots" when finished. The closer your dots are will make it easier to keep the perfect circle.

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Trace with the needle tool first.

Trace with the needle tool first.

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Cut out the center with a knife.

Cut out the center with a knife.

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Bevel the edges of all the side. A BEVEL is a cut made at a 45 degree angle.

Bevel the edges of all the side. A BEVEL is a cut made at a 45 degree angle.

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Do this to the vertical sides of the front and back and the sides of the house. Also do the top of the roof pieces (the short side.)

Do this to the vertical sides of the front and back and the sides of the house. Also do the top of the roof pieces (the short side.)

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This is a side view of the bevels.

This is a side view of the bevels.

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Slip and score the base.

Slip and score the base.

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Slip and score the edge of the back side and gently but firmly press into the base.

Slip and score the edge of the back side and gently but firmly press into the base.

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Stitch the sides together.

Stitch the sides together.

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Add a coil and smooth it in.

Add a coil and smooth it in.

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Slip and score the side bevel of the back piece and three edges of the back piece as shown. Gently but firmly press into the base and side.

Slip and score the side bevel of the back piece and three edges of the back piece as shown. Gently but firmly press into the base and side.

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Gently press the corners together. Be careful not to smudge the texture on the sides.

Gently press the corners together. Be careful not to smudge the texture on the sides.

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Stitch the sides together. Add and smooth a coil into the joints.

Stitch the sides together. Add and smooth a coil into the joints.

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Repeat on the other side.

Repeat on the other side.

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Attach the front piece by slipping, scoring, stitching, and smoothing. Again take care when pressing the corners together.

Attach the front piece by slipping, scoring, stitching, and smoothing. Again take care when pressing the corners together.

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Slip and score the edges of the roof piece as shown.

Slip and score the edges of the roof piece as shown.

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Slip and score the edges of the house where the roof will attach.

Slip and score the edges of the house where the roof will attach.

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Gently press the roof on. Clean up oozing slip with a damp sponge.

Gently press the roof on. Clean up oozing slip with a damp sponge.

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Smooth coils into the joints.

Smooth coils into the joints.

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Repeat on the other side. It will be difficult to smooth coils on the inside so make sure to press firmly but gently.

Repeat on the other side. It will be difficult to smooth coils on the inside so make sure to press firmly but gently.

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Clean up any oozing slip.

Clean up any oozing slip.

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Round and smooth all edges.

Round and smooth all edges.

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Add embellishments to your birdhouse. Be creative and have fun! You must have 10 details added for your project.

Add embellishments to your birdhouse. Be creative and have fun! You must have 10 details added for your project.

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All done ! Make sure your house dries slowly! If it dries too fast it can split at the joints.

All done ! Make sure your house dries slowly! If it dries too fast it can split at the joints.

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