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1. The clay is basically white coloured m-seal. So it comes in two parts, the resin and hardener. These have to be mixed in equal parts until it is one uniform colour. I have used the entire packets in one small box of clay (costs INR 15/-). Once it is mixed completely you get one round ball of clay as can be see in the picture labelled as 1. Once this is ready you need to work fast since the clay starts to harden in about an hours time.
2. Take a small ball of clay from this and flatten it with a rolling pin. I use an old deo bottle wrapped in baking paper. Following this, I have used a round shape from the lid of a salt dispenser to cut out the round shape.
3. Once the round shape is cut, make the edges even. This round shape forms the base for the diya holder.
4. Take another small ball of clay and roll it into a long tube of suitable thickness. To the round base line this tube to form the border. Cut any remaining part of the tube that is not required. Using the tool try to shape the edges of the tube so that it combines with the edge of the round base. This is so that it binds together.
5. Take another small tubular piece of clay as seen in picture.
6. Attach this to the existing structure to form the neck and face of the peacock. You might need to hold this in position for sometime either with your finger or you can gently rest this againsta support. This is needed until the clay slightly becomes firmer else it will sag as soon as you let go.
7. Use the rolling pin to flatten another piece of clay. Make it as big as possible.
8. Cut it into the shape as shown in the picture and make the grooves. This is for the back wing which opens out in the peacock. The bigger you make this the better.
9. Attach this to the back part of the existing structure. At this point it also helps to support this back wing with something to curve it. I have used the same deo bottle that I used for rolling the clay.
10. Meanwhile to make the side wings flatten smaller pieces of clay and shape it as seen in the picture.
11. Attach the side wings as shown. I have also attached the tiny coiled tubes on the head.
12. Let the entire thing dry and harden.
13. Paint it and it will be ready. I have used Fevicryl colours to paint. I first painted the whole thing with sparkling pearl dark blue. For the back wing and neck I also painted on top with sparkling pearl emerald green. In addition to give the look and feel of feathers I made small yellow circles on the back wing. In the centre of the yellow circles I also painted the emerald green and dark blue colours in a concentric manner. I also used white and brown colours to highlight the eyes and beak.
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