3D doves have several uses. They can be used as props, decorations, toys or even object for shooting with rifles or other weapons during skeet shooting. 3D doves are not difficult to make and you can make any size of dove right at home. If you make a dove larger in diameter than 2 inches, you will need to make an armature from newspaper or aluminum foil. Wrap the clay around this rather than forming the dove completely from clay to prevent the dove from taking several days to bake.
Things You'll Need
- White, black and orange polymer clay
- 22 gauge copper wire
- Cookie sheet
Cut the wire into two pieces of equal length with scissors. Make each piece twice as long as you want the final wingspan and body length of the dove. Twist the two pieces of wire together in the middle to make a "+" shape.
Press white clay around the wire frame to make the wings and body of the dove. Roll a ball from clay ant attach it to the end of the body to make a head. Fuse the line between the ball and the body to make a naturally shaped head and to secure the bond between the pieces.
Form the back of the dove's body into a tail shape. Push two short pieces of wire into the body and wrap yellow or orange clay around the wire to make legs. Form a small triangle of orange clay and place it on the dove's head for a beak. Roll two small balls from black clay and press them on either side of the bird's head for eyes.
Bake the dove on a cookie sheet at 265 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes per ¼ inch of thickness. For a 1-inch thick dove, you would cook the dove for 80 minutes.
- "Creating Life-Like Animals in Polymer Clay;" Katherine Dewey; 2000
- Disney Family Fun: Clay Critters
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