A music box is a wonderful gift for just about anyone on your list. These are directions for making a ceramic music box with a rotating figure on top. If you dont have access to a kiln and ceramic supplies the process can be easily adapted to air dry clay and acrylic paints.
Step 1: Supplies
lg. yogurt containr
music box insert
turn table adapter
clear gloss glaze
Step 2: Music box supplies
(I get my supplies from national art craft, but most craft stores carry music boxes)
Step 3: Ceramic process
roll clay for cylinder base of music box, fit 4X16 template
Step 4: Cut
carefully cut the shape
Step 5: Turn into cylinder
gently turn your clay into a cylinder shape
give about a 2" overlay of clay at seam.
Step 7: Bottom
place cylinder on clay rolled enough to fit the size of the cylinder. cut an edge with about 1/5 inch edge.
Step 8: Attach bottom
reach inside cylinder and lightly hold clay around the bottom edge with you fingers. On the outside bottom edge gently push the clay up and press it against the bottom edge. Be sure your fingers are inside when you press or you may push the clay into an mashed shape!
Step 9: Lid
roll clay big enough to fit the top of a large yogurt container. Carefully cut around the edge.
Step 10: Lid
Make a hole in the center of the top
Step 11: Dry
Let the clay dry on a board. Do not put the lid on or it may cave in.
Step 12: Smooth edges
when the clay is leathery or hard, use a sponge to smooth the edges
Step 13: Topping
create a piece to place on top of the music box. I chose to make a bird. First I shaped the body and head out of the clay
Step 14: Beak and eyes
I made the birds eyes and beak, when you make the beak or any piece of clay that you want to attach to another piece, gently score the clay (put small scratches in the clay)