Howdy! In today’s tutorial, I’m going to show you how I made the top half of the fountain which we started the other day. If you missed that tutorial, you can find it here.
When I made my old fountain two years ago, I used a store bought miniature fountain for the top half. But this time, I decided to be more crafty, and made it myself using FIMO polymer clay. This fountain top has two tiers, but you can do many more following the same method. You can also use this part alone as a bird bath.
First, shape the two bottom pieces and the pillar piece.
Assemble the pieces like the photo below.
I made tiny clay balls and attached them on the side of the bottom piece for some decorations.
The balls might look a bit tacky, but if you squish them, they don’t look so bad.
Next, I added a horizontal band of clay above the balls for decoration, but mostly to hide the connecting areas. Once this part is done, bake the clay in the oven -or air dry, if that’s the type of clay you’re using.
Once the clay is hard, carve some decorative lines down column.
Proportionate to the size of your newly made bottom piece, shape a dish, which will sit on top of the pillar.
If you’d like, flip the dish over to add some decorations. At this point, bake the dish for a little bit so it is safe to flip again to decorate the other side.
Once the clay is half cured, flip the dish and decorate the top.
Add some extra clay around the rim.
Smooth out the added clay.
Add some textures.
Flip over the dish and attach enough clay on the middle so that it supports the bottom piece.
Stick in the bottom piece up side down.
Add some clay strips to hide the gap between pieces. Once done decorating, throw this back into the oven one last time until it’s completely cured.
I made the top dish the same way, just a bit smaller.
I was going to use this piece in black, but my husband suggested it would be better in off-white. So I went ahead on the safer route, and painted over the clay. To attach the fountain pieces, you just need a low-temp glue gun.
I did dark wash and highlights as usual afterwards.