Update 4: I added yellow beaks and baked the owls today :-) They're so cute! I put them on baking paper and baked them in the toaster oven, without a tile or an aluminum foil tent (couldn't find any at home) and they came out fine. I know they're not perfect, what with fingerprints and specks of dust and dirt on them. Hopefully the next batch will look nicer! I'm making them into fridge magnets. I'll glue a magnet to their little backs and they're done! Thank you Nicola for a fun class! Looking forward to the next!
Update 3: Nicola's tip on how to get the clay to become less soft helped a lot! I completed the owls and they're ready to be baked. I know they're not perfect, especially their feathers... But they still came out cute, I think. I would like to try a polymer clay project with slightly bigger pieces - hopefully Nicola will teach one soon!
Update 2: After a night in the fridge, the polymer clay is still soft and that makes it hard to control. I made three owls (yet unbaked) but I think I'll redo this project using a harder brand of polymer clay. Maybe Fimo? I didn't have to condition this clay at all - it was soft straight out of the packaging. I guess it's more suitable for children and for larger scale projects. You can see in my owls so far that the feathers didn't come out so nicely and there's some dirt on them. Next time I'll be more careful with my work surface. Nevertheless they came out cute!
Update 1: I redid the bodies and the horns look better now. I also finished the eyes. It's a bit warm here so I put them in the refrigerator so they'll be less likely to lose their shape when I pick them up.
Start: I had a few minutes free before heading out to work this morning to start working on my owls! I used the glass surface of a kitchen scale as the owl preparation area.
I'd like to go back and fix their "horns" to look more like Nicola's owls' horns. And my toothpick was not smooth so it left some marks - so I will find smoother toothpicks to use.
I wasn't sure if I squashed the owl bodies too much? I guess with experience I'll know if they're too flat.
My attempt at picking the owls off the surface with a gentle sawing motion was not very successful - I ended up distorting the shapes and also sawing away at the bottom facing part of the owl. So I gently peeled the owls off the surface and that worked better for me.
Since I have five cats and their fur is everywhere, I left the owl bodies in a closet for the time being. My owls are not perfectly fur-free - but for a first try I think it's fine.
I'm enjoying the process so far! Thanks Nicola!