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Getting Ready For Spring With Bird Houses
There are a ton of templates on the web for birdhouses, and so many of them are amazing, but we are going to pick one that we use in our studio a lot. It's a very simple, yet very interesting design that my customers love!
Heat Advisory: If you live in a very warm climate, you may want to consider vent holes to help regulate the internal heat when using it outdoors. I recommend putting 2-3 holes on each side, just below the leaf. Another tip for heat regulation is to place the birdhouse out of direct sunlight, for instance... hanging it in a leafy tree or under a porch roof.
Ready to get going? Grab your coffee and let's head to the studio. Ps... you may want to experiment a little... you can change this design up fairly easy. As a matter of fact, you can check out our post from August on Broomstick Feeders, and implement the design here.What you will need:
- Paper and pencil
- Slab of clay
- Cutting tools
- Scoring tool
- Slip or Magic Water
- Texturing items
- Underglaze (if you want)
- Design and cut out a template
- 1 front, 1 back, 2 sides, 1 bottom, 1 roof
- Lay your template on the slab of clay and lightly trace all the pieces
- Add texture, underglaze, writing etc... to the pieces
- Note; make sure you know how your pieces will go together (just in case you have a continuous design you want to meet at the corners)
- Place the template back over the pieces and cut them out
- Note; when you decorate the pieces, they may stretch a bit, so it's essential to lay the template back over them when you cut them out. You want to make sure the pieces still fit together properly.
- Cut a hole in the piece, you have decided was your front, for the opening and either cut a hole for the perch or make one out of clay
- Bevel sides (Xiem X-bevel is perfect), Score/slip the edges, and put it all together
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