Love Birds....Love Nest.....Ceramic Birdhouse, easy to make for your Valentine
6"X7" oval template
*access to a kiln
Roll clay large enough to fit ^'X13" template
Using the hollow end of a glue stick make a hole as close to the center of the clay slab as possible.
Roll the slab into a cylinder shape.
roll another slab of clay slightly larger than the cylinder. Place cylinder on clay and cut around bottom edge leaving about 1/8 inch of excess clay.
Reach inside cylinder and gently press against the bottom edge at the same time push the clay up and against the outside of the bottom edge. Use your fingers on the inside so the pressure doesnt make the cylinder collapse.
Squeeze the top of the cylinder closed making sure the hole is in the front
Roll more clay for the roof
Place the oval template on the slab and cut
Place the clay on top of the cylinder
gently squeeze the clay across the top of the roof
using the pencil poke holes along the roof top These will later be used to hand the love shack.
when dry fire to bisque
use underglazes to paint the decorations on your love shack.
Be sure the glaze does not clog the holes in roof
fire the birdhouse again and then put the wire into the holes on the roof so you can hang it.
Present your Valentine with a hand made LOVE SHACK