Forming the Frog
Cut the rounded tip off another popsicle stick and push straight through the clay down into the inserted popsicle stick 3 times forming a “U” shape towards the body of the bird.
The fourth and final cut needs to be made at a 45 degree angle to properly split the airstream to produce a whistle sound.
Note: the above steps can be challenging, especially for younger students. The angles need to be exact to produce the whistling sound. The instructor may wish to complete these steps themselves at the leatherhard stage.Study the colors and patterns of real birds.
Using Mayco Fundamentals Underglazes, apply colors to the birds to mimic what can be found in nature.
Use Mayco’s S2101 Crystal Clear Brushing glaze to strategically darken the color of the underglaze in spots, and cover the tip of the tail where the mouthpiece is. Do not put clear glaze on the bottom of the bird.
Fire to Cone 04.
After firing, fill the whistle with water just to where the neck and tail pieces start to curve up. Blow into the mouthpiece to produce a burbling whistle! Note: The whistle is not water tight and the water will naturally evaporate out of the bird whistle over time.
Pour out extra water after playing.
Variations and Adaptations:
1lb low-fire white clay
Colors (for the Green Frog)