The body of the peacock is created out of salt dough. We baked it the toaster oven for about 10 min. The base is plaster with pipe cleaners (about 1/8th of a pipe cleaner for each leg). After baking they poked two holes in the bottom of the body with a pipe cleaner..then placed it on the base. They painted the body & base with liquid watercolor(suggest a clear coat before putting feathers and such on). Then they added feathers, gems, and eyes. I was worried at first...the salt dough was very soft, we had to let them set up for awhile before placing them in the toaster oven. They ended up turning out great though. Salt dough is an alternative if you do not have a kiln...or the budget for clay.
I know the pictures are a little blurry....I was rushed as everyone was packing up to leave.