𝐒𝐒𝐦𝐩π₯𝐞 πƒπˆπ˜ 𝐂π₯𝐚𝐲 𝐂𝐫𝐨𝐰 | 𝐌𝐚𝐀𝐒𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐏𝐨π₯𝐲𝐦𝐞𝐫 𝐂π₯𝐚𝐲 𝐁𝐒𝐫𝐝 πŸ’€

𝐒𝐒𝐦𝐩π₯𝐞 πƒπˆπ˜ 𝐂π₯𝐚𝐲 𝐂𝐫𝐨𝐰 | 𝐌𝐚𝐀𝐒𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐏𝐨π₯𝐲𝐦𝐞𝐫 𝐂π₯𝐚𝐲 𝐁𝐒𝐫𝐝 πŸ’€


Greetings and welcome to The Dream
Syndicate. Today we’re making a DIY clay crow- so let’s get crafting. First for
making a polymer clay bird, we’ll wad up some tinfoil into a shape that looks
like a bird’s body. We’re making crow, but you could really use this process to
make whatever bird you like. Next we’ll form our clay around that shape and then
add a little ball of clay for the head. I’ll just use my clay tool to blend this
crows head into its body. Before sculpting, I did some quick sketches of crows. In all I spent about 5-10 minutes drawing so I had a feel for what
a crow really looks like. I decided I wanted the crow a bit bigger, so I’m adding more clay and working on refining the body shape. Next I’m bending some
fine gauge armature wire in half and braiding it together, but I’m being
careful to leave a little extra wire on both ends untwisted. This is so important- this is how we’re gonna make our bird’s feet. We’ll just bend it into a u-shape
and snip off some excess wire. Now we’ll just take our clay tool and cut a little cavity for the birds legs to go into. By bending the leg wires at about the
halfway point will create a leg joint. Then I’ll just blend the power-on clay
over the wire. I’ve wrapped a strip of clay around the back of the sculpt to change the shape a bit and it’ll help the leg wire stay in it. Next we’ll poke some holes for the placement of the eyes. Here I’ve just added a cone shape to the
face that we’ll blend down into the crow’s beak. I’m going to use my pointy clay
tool, it’s a technical term, to press a line two-thirds of the way down across
the beak and sort of press in the lower part of the beak so that the upper part
looks like it overhangs it. And here’s what the final shape the crows body looks like. I’d previously made a bunch of clay beads from original white Sculpey
so I’ll put them in for its eyes. Next I’ll use these balls of clay to form the
crows thigh area. Then I’ll use larger balls of polymer clay
to create long flat tear-drop shapes to form the bird’s wings. What’s your favorite crow or even raven stories? Let me know down in the comments. With the Ghoultide Season coming up, I’m thinking of the movie “The Crow”. This crow sculpt is kind of a background element to a Jack O’-Lantern piece I’m working on- if you want to see the rest of the project, I’ll leave links to where you can watch it
get made. If I wanted to use clay to make a tail, I’d add a fan shape but I have
another idea that I think will look really cool that you’ll get to see
toward the end of the build. I’m just going to cut the loop of wire that we have remaining on the one foot here and spread his talons out. Next I’m going to
cut lengths of wire and wind it around his feet to form the middle and rear
talon. Here’s a close-up of the way the talon wires look when they’re all done I’m just going to mix up a bit of
plumber’s epoxy, which I’ll sculpt into the sort of palms of the crow’s talons.
Once this epoxy is mixed I have about 5 minutes to work with it. Here’s what the sculpted feet look like.
We’ll trim off the extra wire on the middle talon. I’m actually going to leave
a lot of the extra wire on the rear talon because it’s going to be useful to
attach this to a fence post that I want to put him on for a photo shoot. Now I’m
just going to lay down the base tone of cobalt blue acrylic since dark birds can
sometimes look like they have a blue tint to them. I’m using a mixed black
tone made from phthalo blue, raw umber, and alizarin crimson. When painting the body, the mixture has more phthalo blue to give it more of a blue tint. It’s helpful
to be able to set this clay sculpture down as I work on it and I found this
tiny clamp was perfect for that. For painting the eyes, I used the same colors, but this time the mixture uses a bit more raw umber to give it a warm brown
look. The feet and the beak are painted with the same colors as the body but
with a little white added to it. Paint doesn’t stick to armature wire
that well so if it’s really important to you that the legs don’t show any of the
wire through, you can coat it with a few layers or something like Modge Podge,
Crystal Clear, or a thin layer of resin epoxy to give the paint something to
adhere to. And now’s the part that I teased about earlier! I’m going to take
some Fabri-Tack and attach these black feathers I had around the house (as one
does) to form a tail. I think these tail feathers look great
and I’m loving how the crow looks set up in this photo! Thanks so much for watching. If you want to join me in making the imaginary a reality, don’t forget to
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  1. I really think this little sculpt’s something to crow about! In the spirit of the season, et me know what some of your favorite crow or even raven stories are down in the comments!

    You can see how the rest of the Jack O’-Lantern β€œHallow’s Eve” illustration was made here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRZukpIjjv8&list=PL_-zBZ2ikGTS9lup5vVfrlFkz6M33qMhe

    If you would like a β€œHallow’s Eve” print, you can get one here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/646405055/hallows-eve-halloween-jack-o-lantern?ref=listings_manager_grid

    MUSIC CREDITS
    "Darkest Child" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    "Dreamy Flashback" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

  2. Thanks again. It looks great.

    I was a little confused about the color shift of the clay, but realized that you must have baked it. Is there anything that we should know about the baking process?

  3. Why just 37 likes? It's a amazing video, with a clear vision of the miniature and good illumination. That's should have so much more likes ;-;πŸ’ I love it

  4. 2:24 I love so much the maleficent's crow and a character on a game who its called Raven ❀❀

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