Stress relief -- played with the clay for a couple of hours and it was so much fun. I'd forgotten how much good it does! :)
I conditioned the clay (warming it up a bit and making it more pliable. I used a pasta machine setting of 5 for the sides, roof and stones.
I covered all but the base of the birdhouse with the clay. TIP: Use Bake and Bond on the wood to secure the clay. Lay the clay gently to make sure you don't get any bubbles. Trim as needed with your clay blade or an exacto knife for those tight spots.
Texture the clay here and there as desired and then following the manufacturer's directions the project was baked at 275 for about 20 minutes since I did have some spots that were slightly thicker than 1/4 inch.
Next up is adding color. I still haven't quite decided on the medium yet... acrylic paint with a brush, eBrush with markers or paint or the airbrush. Might need to play a little and see which one I like best. I see a little more clay play today to test the best color application.