Hi, it's Diana here, to show you step by step how to make your own bird bead!
First, form your clay into a small round ball. It should be about the size of a nickel.
Then, pinch two sides, as shown:
All I've done here, is flatten the sides a bit, and elongate the beak and tail. After that, an eye is made by poking the clay with a toothpick.
Now, you're going to make a little wing.
Once again, start with a little ball, then flatten it like so:
Then, pinch one side, to form a tear drop shape.
Now, you're ready to add paint. My advice is to use a paint spray. When leaving the painted bead to dry, lay it out on a piece of wax paper, or plastic wrap (so it won't stick while drying).
After that, add a bit of protection from mother nature, by coating it with glaze. I used Glastique finishing glaze by Globecraft & Piccolo.
Here is the finished bead, glazed up, beaded up and ready to wear:
You can make a bunch of these as gifts for the holidays, birthdays, or any time!