Planning a wedding can be a long and complicated process, but it can be fun as well, if you choose to take a real “hands on” approach. There are loads of different ideas that you can try out, which involve you doing arts and crafts, rather than buying everything in readymade. Although these ideas may take you a little more time, they can help to save money and cut the overall cost of the big day. If you want to, you can make some little clay bird table decorations by using wholesale jewelry supplies.
Which wholesale jewelry supplies to buy
Before you begin, you will need to make sure that you buy enough wholesale jewelry supplies to make all of the clay bird decorations that you will require for your table decorations. In order to make 30 clay birds you will need 5 metres of beading wire, 2 kg of modeling clay and 1 pot of jewelry glaze (which is suitable for use on porous modeling clay). In addition to these wholesale jewelry supplies, you should buy a pack of inexpensive material doilies, which have a surface that has prominent relief.
Where to begin
You should begin by making the body of a bird. Take a lump of the clay and roll it into a short, fat sausage shape. Bend one end upwards slightly and pinch it horizontally to make a tail shape, and then taper the other end both horizontally and vertically to create a face and beak shape. The whole sausage should now follow a loose curve shape. Gently place the body down to dry. If you have a spare sellotape tube or glass which you no longer use, it can help to place the body gently into one of these, to help it to maintain its curve. Quickly take a smaller piece of clay and roll it flat. Gently press the clay onto the doily so that the imprint from the doily can be seen. Carefully peel the flattened clay away from the doily, then cut out a heart shape. Cut the heart in half and use one half for each wing. Place on each bird and then leave to dry for around 6 hours.
Take 20 cm of beading wire from your wholesale jewelry supplies. Bend the wire in the centre to create an E shape with very elongate ends. Fold these elongated ends up to about 65 degrees. Once the birds are about half dry, stick these pieces gently into the birds to create little feet, and then leave the birds for another 6 hours to allow them to dry out even more. Once the birds are mostly dry, you can cover them in a clear protective glaze. Although this gaze dries clear, it helps to prevent the wings from falling off, and it gives the finished birds a more professional look. If you have a lot more time on your hands, you can finish the birds off with a splash of clay paint.