The first step belongs to the biggest person! I cut a few pieces of wire around seven inches or so, then took the needle-nose pliers and curled the end around. This serves two purposes: it rounds the edge so there are no pokey edges, and is a stopper for the beads.
Maddie molded the peacock's body, using blue non-hardening clay. I asked her if she'd like plain air dry clay, and told her she could paint and add glitter-glue to it after it was dry, but she liked the blue clay.