Friday, November 11, 2011

Let's talk Turkey!

Gobble, Gobble!!

I thought it would be fun to have a tutorial on a simple turkey.
This could be made in to a magnet or pin.

You will need:

Caramel Cernit
Opaque White Cernit
Poppy red Cernit just a pinch
Orange Cernit
Black Cernit just a pinch
Clay Machine
Clay Slicing Blade
Bamboo skewer
Sun like cutter from Flowers and leaves Makin's clay cutter set
5/16" Kemper Kutter flower
3/4" Kemper Kutter Round

Condition Opaque White clay and roll out in the clay machine on the 4th thickest setting. You can roll through the machine several times to get a nice smooth sheet.

Cut out one of the sun "like" shaped cutters and lay on work surface.

Condition and roll out the caramel on the 3rd thickest setting. Cut out one of the sun "Like" shapes.
Place the caramel one on top of the white one and off set it so the whites points show between the Caramel points.

Flatten the two together with the palm of your hand, preferably the rounded cup of your palm.

Cut out two circles of Caramel out of the round 3/4" cutter. Put them together and roll into a ball. Then using your forefinger roll on one side of the ball and rolling in to a bowling pin shape.

Like so!

With the back of the clay blade (careful now!) Make a mark about 1/8" to 1/4" down from the top of the small end of clay bowling pin shape.

Bend the tip over at the mark.

Place the bowling pin caramel shapeon the  two cut out sun "like" shapes and press the thicker end to the shapes like you see in the picture.

Make marks with the end of your blade around the turkey body where the indents are around the outside of the sun points in the brown flower/sun are. This step is optional, but does add a little more to the turkey.

Roll out the orange clay on the 2nd thickest setting and cut out two of the 5/16" flower.
Push them out of the cutter and pinch two of the petals of the flower together.

Place the flowers that are now feet, with the pinched petals in the back,under the thick flattened end of the bowling pin caramel shape.

Cut out another flower shape.
We are just going to use this for the size, so roll that flower in to a little ball.

Roll on one side of the ball  to shape it in to a shape it in to a little teardrop.

Just like this.
Place this little teardrop thick end first on the end of the bowling pin caramel top of the bowling pin.
You will able to see it in the picture after I put the eyes on.

Roll out a very small coil of black and cut off a tiny, tiny section.

Cut two of them and roll them into balls.

They a will be very small, like a 1/16".

Here is the placement of eyes and beak.

Now we are going to make the pieces for the waddle. Roll out a small coil of the poppy red.
Cut off  two short pieces and one long one.

Roll them all in to balls and then roll them in to elongated teardrops.

Place one of the two small ones on top of the head.
Then place the other.

You can see where the red pieces go, here.

Looking a little like a turkey now.

Poke two holes in the beak, so he can breathe.

With the side of the flower cutter mark the chest with marks for feathers.

Like this.

 Use the flowers cutter and cut out four flowers  out of the caramel sheet that is rolled out on the3rd thickest setting.

Put two together and roll in to a ball.
Do that with the other two.

Roll those into teardrops.

Flatten those teardrops.

With the back of the blade mark both wings on the tips.

Now mark the wings with the flower cutter and mark horizontal marks on the tips too.

Place the wings on the thick end of the body.

Your turkey is done.


  1. OMG....adorable! I am not familiar with Cernit, as I have not worked with clay in ages! Going now to look it up

  2. marie, you crack me up! is there anything you can't do??! i gobble up your fine instruction hee hee.

    this is an adorable turkey. just the right mood for the season.


  3. Well, stick a fork in me, that's gobble gobble adorable! Heeheeheeee! Have a wonderful weekend, oh Queen of Clay!

  4. Very cute! You are so creative!

  5. Ok, Marie, this is just too friggin' cute!!!! Love da toiky!!

  6. Thank you for sharing your tutorial ! Perfect timing, so adorable !

  7. Gobble! Gobble! He is SO cute! Thanks for sharing how you created him!!! :)

  8. I love the turkey! It's so cute.

  9. Marie - this is so cute! I can envision this as a cute pin to wear out for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing. :)

  10. OMG, I luaghed so hard while watching the turkey emerge from the single components. That's so funny!

  11. Marie you are so amazing. I wish I could spend a day... no a week with you in your work shop. In the mean time Congratulations you are the winner of the Glass Bead Book!!! Hurrraayyyy. Email me with your mailing address.

  12. A lot of people are not familiar with Cernit Sus. It is more popular in Europe for mostly dolls. I love it though and I really love the way my stuff looks after it is baked, but I absolutely adore the quality of the product and its strength.
    I am so glad you liked the turkey.
    Thanks for reading, you are the best.

  13. Thank you Cheese Thief!
    Oh by the way,that is the cutest avatar ever.

  14. Oh I am almost positive there are things that I can not do. But there is almost nothing I will not try to do.;-D
    Thanks kj, I am so glad you enjoy the tutes. I really love doing them.

  15. I would rather not stick a fork in you Bella!! LOL!
    Thanks you so much for the kudos, you are so good tome!

  16. Thanks Roberta, you are so sweet!

  17. Thanks Georgina LOL!!
    I love the way you say toiky!!

  18. Ya, I did try to get it up so people would have time to make it, Created with fire, I usually don't ;-D. I figured we would all be cooking the week before.
    Thank you so much!!

  19. You are so welcome Theresa (FMC), I am so glad you like it.

  20. Thanks Wanda and you are so welcome.

  21. I am so glad I could make you laugh Koko!!

  22. Thanks Nicole.
    OMG!! I am so glad, I love that book and can hardly wait gander at the gallery.

  23. Aaaahhhhmazing! That's what you are. Your work is so delicate. each pice a creation of love. I can just see how you love creating each little part... Tsup!

  24. Marie - I have half a mind to make one of these, just to show you how GOOD you are. ;) Mine would end up looking like the Lock Ness Monster! :) xox


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