Kingfisher Brooch

(Oyiie applique technique can be used successfully to mimic the fluttering feathers of birds. The glorious colours of a kingfisher are captured by the use of acrylic paint on this striking brooch.

Outline for the kingfisher's body and wings

Upper wing

Lower wing



♦ Baking parchment and pencil

♦ Nail varnish remover

♦ Artists' acrylic paints - black, orange, turquoise, white and blue

♦ Gloss varnish

Lower wing


1 Trace the outlines on to a sheet of baking parchment. Form a 8mm (5k in) ball of transparent clay, roll it into an oval and press it down on the traced upper wing outline, pushing it into shape. Flatten a 6mm (Kin) log until it is 3mm (Kin) thick. Cut slices and apply with your knife to the wing, starting halfway up and working towards the tip. Roll a 3mm (><in) log and flatten it in the same way. Cut and apply slices for the smaller feathers, overlapping the first row.

2 Roll a 10mm (X in) log and cut a 13mm (!*in} length for the body, a 6mm (A in) length for the head and a 3mm (Kin) length for the tail. Form all three pieces into ovals and press them down on the body outline, making the tail flatter than the other picas. Smooth the joins with a wool needle or modelling tool. Slice the body off the board with the knife and press it down on the upper wing, using the outline as a guide.

Make the lower wing from a 13mm (/*in) length of 6mm {Vi in) log and re-tfllitinto an oval 2.5cm (1 in) img. Press this on the lower dag outline, curving it into | tape. Slice off the board and toss it on the body, curving it the upper wing. Apply feathers as before, starting a few to hide the join with l&bodv and working round to fee wing tip. Repeat with sraller feathers, placing them [»cover the tops of the large jaihers.

4 Apply one long feather to the back of the tail and a few smaller ones at the bottom, smoothing the tops into the body. Texture the head and body with small marks. Roll a pointed log of clay and cut off 13mm (^in) from the point for the beak. Press it to the head and smooth the join. Mark a line along the beak. Form two tiny ovals for the feet, press on with the wool needle and curve the tops over. Pierce an eye socket and insert a tiny ball of clay. Mark a 'brow' line.

Bake the kingfisher for 20 minutes. When it is cool, brush all over with nail varnish remover to remove all traces of grease. Paint the bird in the colours shown above, grading the feathers from turquoise to blue at the tips. Leave the paint to dry overnight and then apply a coat of matt varnish to protect the paint. Put a drop of gloss varnish onto the eye. Glue on a brooch back (see page 22).

Roman Vase Pendant

Roman Vase Pendant

(3y/his elegant vase motif was popular with the Romans, who adorned many of their villas with spectacular mosaic floors.


♦ Clay - white, black, crimson, blue, yellow, green and transparent

♦ Tracing paper and pencil

♦ Gloss or matt varnish

♦ Silver milled cup pendant 20mm x 13mm (7. x '/.in)

♦ Silver chain mixtures

♦ Purple = small quantity of bine + crimson

♦ Pink = small quantity crimson + white

♦ Transparent blue = blue + transparent

Oalline for Ihe Roman vase mosaic

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IFill the finding with white clay following instructions on page 105. Trace the ¡¿utlineon to tracing paper, cut Hout and press it on the surface ¿theclay. Mark the lines with a in so that they indent the clay itly. Form a 6mm (Xin) log of bhck and roll it flat until it is ¡tout 1mm (Vv. in) thick. Cut a ipof this, 1.5mm ( wide, hod press it lightly on the board fe)keep it steady. Cut tiny ingles from the end of the <iripand apply them with your knife the outline.

2 Make larger, 1.5mm (J4 in), strips of purple, pink, yellow and dark green in the same way and apply 1.5mm (Me-in) squares around the outside of the pendant, alternating the colours. Start at the top and work down each side, making sure that the sides match.

3 Marble together blue and transparent clay and make 1mm (i&in) squares as above. Apply these in lines between the vase outline. Cut white squares for the background, aligning them with the border in concentric circles outside the vase and filling the area inside the handles. Finally, add a few thin black squares on top of the white squares inside the handles to continue the curl. Bake for 10 minutes and varnish sparingly with matt or gloss varnish to protect the mosaic.

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Oalline for Ihe Roman vase mosaic

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