Birds in a Cage
Term: 2 Year: 2014
Students at Patterson Lakes Primary School combined clay, Magiclay, wire and ribbon to create these colourful bird cages.
Coil Pot – roll a small slab. Cut a circle out with cookie cutter or trace a circle shape/template. Roll coils long enough to go around the base’s circumference. Add 3 to 4 coils to make cage walls. Blend and smooth the internal walls of coil pot. Reinforce the internal base connecting with the walls .with thin coils. Make internal pot smooth.
Stick in skewers (Straight from one side to the other.) to create 6 entrance holes for wire cage. Make holes larger to allow for shrinkage of clay. Fire
After firing, paint the base of cage with Vipon paints.
Create the bird on the perch with Magiclay and 1 pipe cleaner. Fold pipe cleaner into thirds, creating a triangular shape. Model bird and add feathers with joggle eyes. Stick bird with Magiclay onto perch. When dry, decorate with Posca Pens.
Construct wire cage from 3 wire pieces. Bend wire piece in half. Thread an end through a hole and the other end in the hole opposite. Hook wire into bottom of internal base. Do all 3 pieces. Twist the tops to bring together. Stretch sides of cage in an arc to give the illusion of a cylinder cage.
Add bird on perch to the wire cage. Attach perch by twisting the pipe cleaner to the top of cage. Decorate the top of cage with a ribbon.
Could decorate the base of cage with small feathers and Magiclay eggs.
Visual Arts Co-ordinator
Patterson Lakes Primary School