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Susan Garson makes a bird menorah.

Tips from Susan Garson:

• For beginners, a low-fire earthenware clay is very easy to work with.

• When building the base of the menorah, make sure the walls don't get too thin.

• The base of the menorah should dry out a bit before placing the bird on it.

• Make sure the body of the bird is a bit thicker so the candle holes fit.

• Scratch, score, and add some slip when attaching pieces of clay to each other.

• When finished building the bird menorah, cover it with plastic and let it dry for about a week.

• Make sure to bisque fire your bird menorah before painting it.

• A turntable is very useful when building and painting your menorah.

• Slip can be made from a little bit of clay and water. Mix it together.

• Supplies can be found at a craft or hobby store.

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Susan Garson forms a bird menorah

Susan Garson paints a bird menorah

Susan Garson talking about the supplies needed to build a bird menorah.

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Craft In America Educational Materials look further at Holiday as a concept in craft. Visit the EDUCATION section HERE > to see what's available and download a Lesson Guide.

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We filmed artist Chloe Darke for the FORGE episode. Learn more about the series HERE >

ArtistsLearn more about the artists in the HOLIDAY episode HERE >


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