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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. 
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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Clay
rolling pin
4X16" template
lg. yogurt containr
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music box insert  
turn table adapter
turn extender
underglaze
clear gloss glaze
cutting tool
sponge
brushes
glue

Step 2: Music box supplies

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(I get my supplies from national art craft, but most craft stores carry music boxes)

Step 3: Ceramic process

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roll clay for cylinder base of music box, fit 4X16 template

Step 4: Cut

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carefully cut the shape

Step 5: Turn into cylinder

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gently turn your clay into a cylinder shape

Step 6:

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give about a 2" overlay of clay at seam.

Step 7: Bottom

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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

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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

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roll clay big enough to fit the top of a large yogurt container. Carefully cut around the edge. 

Step 10: Lid

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Make a hole in the center of the top

Step 11: Dry

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Let the clay dry on a board. Do not put the lid on or it may cave in. 

Step 12: Smooth edges

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when the clay is leathery or hard, use a sponge to smooth the edges

Step 13: Topping

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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

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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)