Nov 24, 2012

Nativity Tutorial - Mary

Mary!  She's here!  I love her.  She is made with all the same steps as the other figures but since she is the only female in group, we've got to give her a girlie look.  Let's get to it...

Supplies, you will need... 

clay in Chocolate (or a brown of some sort), beige, lavender, purple, and black 
Tin foil and a sharp tool, a tooth pick will work

Step 1:  Start by shaping a body and a small head out of your tin foil like shown.  Keep in mind the size.  If you've already made other figures, keep them close by for size comparison.  (I speak from experience here.  I once made a Mary taller than Joseph and it just didn't look right)

Step 2:  Break off and condition a piece of purple clay.  Once it is conditioned well, flatten it out and then place the tin foil body on top and then wrap up.  Smooth out your seams and make sure the bottom is flat and that the piece can stand on it's own.

Step 3:  Take two small balls of clay and shape them into arms and attach carefully, but firmly, to the body.

Step 4:  Next, using a small amount of beige clay, condition and flatten out and then wrap the tinfoil ball inside.  

Step 5:  Attach the head to the body and add two small beige balls to the end of the arms for the hands.

Step 6:  And, don't forget to add the nose

Step 7:  Next, we move on to the hair.  Start by taking a piece of chocolate/brown clay and break off a small amount.  Form it into a ball and then roll it out into a thin rope like shown above.

Step 8:  Take the rope of clay and carefully twist it so it looks like a spiral curl

Step 9:  Attach the curl to the top of the head and repeat the process until you have the look you'd like.

Here's mine with all the hair she needs.  Keep in mind, you don't have to put hair over the whole head, just put it in the front and on the sides.

Here's a side view - she looks a little funny with her bald head in the back but that's ok, her veil will cover it and no one will know.

Step 10:  Next, take a small amount of lavender clay, condition it and flatten it out as shown.

Step 11:  Carefully drape the flattened clay over Mary's head and press into place.  Be careful not to mush the hair too much.  Then, add two small black eyes and draw on a smile and you are ready to bake.

Step 12:  In a pre-heated 275 degree oven, cook your figure for 15 to 18 minutes.  Note:  It's a good idea to have a cookie sheet dedicated to clay use only.  You don't want to mix your clay and your food, even if you wash them.  And, it's wise to line your cookie sheet with a piece of paper as well.

That's it - She is done!