Friday, September 19, 2014

Make An Armature For An 8 to 12 Inch Doll


This doll maker is using white floral tape to cover any exposed armature wire, and the aluminum foil and aluminum duct tape covering the wire (you can also use masking tape). She used foil for bulking out the body on this size doll. Most smaller dolls do not need to have the bulk added. The object of bulking out the body is to apply a layer of polymer clay that is uniformly about 1/4  inch to 1/2 inch thick to ensue complete curing during baking.
NOTE: Notice that the foil is crumpled loosely around the wire; do not crush it tight.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Harry Potter

Harry Potter practicing spells! 1:12 scale sculpt from ProSculpt on a multiple wire, posable armature.  He is painted with Genesis paints, eyes are made on glass head pins, hair is viscose and costume is done in cotton lawn.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Coloring Liquid Clay

This article is a report on the testing done by a polymer clay artist as she created liquid clay in colors. This technique may be of interest to makers of art dolls:
http://www.garieinternational.com.sg/clay/shop/color_liquid_clay.htm

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sculpt Polymer Clay Baby Heads


These babies appear to be  6, 7 or 8 inch soft bodied dolls. In this video the doll maker demonstrates some of her techniques as she sculpts the head, arms and legs.

Another Sculpting Baby Heads Video



I love this YouTube video. these heads are so tiny and those little expressions are sooo cute! Thanks to this doll maker for sharing this demonstration with us.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

One Last Thought On Conditioning Clay

This post is one clay artists thoughts on mixing clay with a pasta machine vs a food chopper. Be sure to read it here:
http://magicbyleah.com/mini-food-processor-for-mixing-and-conditioning-polymer-clay/

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Choosing An Oven For Baking Polymer Clay

Thanks to this polymer clay artist for her information about baking; dos and don'ts, what's safe and what's not. Find it here: http://thebluebottletree.com/bake-polymer-clay-oven/

Friday, August 15, 2014

Painting Realistic Eyes

Thanks to this artist for her step-by-step photo tutorial, plus a detailed explanation, on how she paints realistic eyes. Find it here:
http://feavre.deviantart.com/art/How-to-Paint-Realistic-Eyes-Tutorial-382226377

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

Jack Sparrow

Jack Sparrow is a 1:12 scale ooak sculpt made with ProSculpt. Jack is set on a multi strand aluminum wire armature and is posable except at the neck. He is painted with Genesis paints and his dreadlocks are a combination of wool roving and Mohair that was needle felted together. His shirt is tea stained white cotton lawn, blue cotton lawn over dyed with purple was used to make his aubergine over vest and his pants are brown cotton lawn. Books are sculpted in the clay. His belts are leather with mini buckles. Tiny seed beads were used in his hair and the little pelts were made with the fur from cat toys. Still working on his compass, tricorner hat and pistol!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sculpting Hands Class

Here you will find a nice 12 step photo tutorial on sculpting a hand: http://www.miniland.ca/DollHand.html

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tips For Sculpting Hands

Thanks to this doll maker for sharing her sculpting shortcuts for hands:
http://sculptuniversity.com/articles/sculptingshortcuts_hands.pdf

Friday, July 18, 2014

Merlin's knight

Merlin's Knight is a 1:12 ooak sculpt made with Puppen polymer clay.  He is fully posable including the neck. His eyes are made on glass pins with iris contacts and his details are painted with Genesis paint.  His chain mail is made from Artistic wire that comes in a tube form.  The shield is made with a layer of buttons covered with aluminum tape, arm guards are also aluminum tape and the dagger is made from a nail and earring back. Belt is real leather. Dragon is a work in progress.

 

 
 
 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Pattern For A Corset/Bodice

Here is a web page with a link to get a ready made pattern to fit a 1:12 scale doll. The pattern is for a 3 piece corset; front back and shaped sides and is sized to a particular mannequin so be sure to cut the pattern from paper towel and adjust the pieces to fit your own doll's torso. It is sometimes difficult to get these 3 pieces shaped right when starting from scratch so our thanks to this doll maker for sharing her pattern:
http://www.cynthiahoweminiatures.com/corsettutorial.htm

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Making Half and Quarter Scale Dollhouse Dolls

Thanks to this dollhouse scale doll maker for her WIP as she constructs half scale and quarter scale dolls:
http://caseymini.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-smaller-better.html

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Body Proportions

This is a link to information on the body proportions of male and female, and differences because of the age of the figure being portrayed. Very helpful; check it out here:
http://design.tutsplus.com/articles/human-anatomy-fundamentals-advanced-body-proportions--vector-19869

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Skull Proportions

Are you trying to  make a skull under sculpt? This front and side view may help you with correct proportions:
http://dorian-b2.deviantart.com/art/Skull-Proportion-Study-340101642

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Forming The Shape Of A Head

This video trailer for a DVD demonstrates shaping a basic skull in preparation for sculpting facial features. The head is larger than the smaller scale dolls we sculpt but you may find it helpful to visualize the shape. View it here: http://ceramicartsdaily.org/ceramic-art-and-artists/ceramic-sculpture/ceramic-sculpture-video-an-introduction-to-figure-sculpting-in-clay/

Friday, June 20, 2014

More About Sculpting A Baby

Thanks to this doll maker for sharing her sculpting a baby photo tutorial. The web page is in Russian but you can translate it: http://eva.ru/house-and-hobby/read-2265.htm
For more about this topic be sure to check this blog's Index for "Babies and Children."

Monday, June 16, 2014

Undersculpt For Eyes - Part 1 of 2



This video demonstrates using Epoxy Sculpt as an under sculpt in the eye sockets, placement of the pre-made eyeballs into the epoxy, and when set, adding the eyelids. She also shares how she visualizes the planes of the head as she sculpts the face.

Undersculpt For Eyes - Part 2 of 2



This video covers adjusting the depth of the eyes as well as sculpting the back half of the head, inserting a wire armature, and ears.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Feather Wings

Here is a little pdf booklet about how to make small scale wings from feathers: http://sculptuniversity.com/articles/featherwings.pdf

Tips For Using UV Gel


Many doll makers use a UV gel product for coating eyeballs and for embellishments. There are several brands of these products to choose from. This video demonstrates how to work with them.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Polymer Clay Eyeballs

Creating eyeballs for your polymer clay dolls is both easy and affordable. This doll maker shares her method of making eyeballs from polymer clay and painting them with acrylic paint and a Micron pen. She begins by making a mold to control the size. See her complete tutorial here:  http://www.faewyckstudios.com/Polymer_Clay_Eyes_for_Dolls.pdf

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Easy Picture Hat

Here is a photo tutorial, with a pattern for a 1 7/8 inch brim, for making a basic picture hat for your miniature doll:
http://caseymini.blogspot.com/2011/04/i-want-queens-hat.html

Easy Pantaloons

Need to put pantaloons on your miniature doll?  This tutorial shows an easy, pretty way to make them no matter the height of your doll. It demonstrates attaching to your doll using the glue method (you could also sew them): http://www.miniatureart.com/Basics/drawers.html

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Under-sculpt For Your Doll's Head

You can make a skull from polymer clay to use as an under-sculpt for your doll's head. The size of the skull depends on the scale of the doll you are making. For small dolls the under-sculpt must be small enough to fit inside the doll's head, leaving space to add about 1/8  inch of clay over it; for larger heads, about 1/4 inch. Directions for forming a basic skull shape are found here:
http://madsculptor.blogspot.com/2011/02/back-to-basics-skull.html
and this photo tutorial demonstrates covering the under-sculpt with clay and sculpting the head:
http://madsculptor.blogspot.com/2011/10/alice-work-starts.html

Sculpt A Male Figure

Thanks to this doll artist for sharing his WIP photo tutorial of a nude male figure. Lots of sculpting tips included too:   http://www.pinterest.com/dennis0382/angel-of-music-tutorial/

Copyright Explained

Confused about copyright issues? Here are two links to some information that may help explain copyright and myth. The first article is about taking an on-line class and then what is required of you in regards to giving credit for your work: 
The second article is information about copyright in general and some myths you may have heard:

Saturday, May 24, 2014

More Techniques To Try With Genesis Paints


This doll maker said her baby head is sculpted with Living Doll polymer clay and is painted with Genesis heat-set paint that has been thinned with Genesis Thinning Medium. The head is larger than our small scale doll's heads but the techniques can be accomplished, just think smaller sizes.

Using Genesis Paint On Polymer Clay Dolls

In the jar, Genesis paint is like a stiff paste. You must remove a bit of the paint from the jar to your glass palette and stir/whip it to make it smooth and buttery. When left alone on a non-porous surface, it returns to its original state, without drying. You must heat set for it to dry. Genesis states on their web site that “transparent washes can be achieved by tinting the Thick Medium. Using the Thick Medium gives you a good layer of paint and the transparency that you need". Some doll makers mix a wash by thinning Genesis colors with odorless thinner. Genesis states that "thinning with a small amount of an oil solvent will not permanently thin the paint, as the paint will return to its original state as the solvent evaporates off". Read more about using Genesis products at: http://www.genesisartistcolors.com/instr.html


Then try these techniques:

To use as a blush on the body, apply a bit of the Thick Medium on to a flat glass surface and tint it to the color you desire. Work it to make it soft and buttery. The consistency is soft but thick and transparent. Take a very tiny amount and smear it on the glass palette until it is very thin layer. Then dab a cosmetic sponge into it. You want the sponge to pick up just a tiny bit of it. Apply to you doll using a pouncing motion where you want to add blush to the head and body.  Always apply a thin layer, heat set, and then add more until you achieve the depth of color you desire, like painting with china paints.

To use as a paint for features, mix the color you desire and work it to get it smooth and buttery. If you like to paint with a thinner consistency, you can add a small amount of Thinning Medium or Glazing Medium (has a shine). Genesis states that these two thinning mediums “are very efficient so additions must be very small”; the recommended maximum amount of medium to add to the color is 40%.

Be sure to check this blog's INDEX and click on the topic 'Painting" to read more about heat set and acrylic paints.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sleeve Patterns

This link is to a series of sleeve patterns for 1:12 scale dolls. If you change just the sleeves on your doll's costume you completely change the look of it. For variation, you can also add cuffs, ruffles, lace, etc. or just cut longer and turn under for a hem.
http://www.minidolls.com/showtutorial.php?pageID=Sleeve

Friday, May 16, 2014

Profile Grid

This drawing tutorial offers a grid to overlay your doll's profile helping you to check placement and depth of its features. A great tool to self critique using a photo of your sculpt:
http://foervraengd.deviantart.com/art/Face-Proportions-PROFILE-VIEW-250651485

Monday, May 12, 2014

Side Show Characterrs

Side Show Characters for a miniature club, summer fair project. They were inspired by the characters on circus side show banners. These are 1:12 scale ooak dolls made with FIMO classic and painted with Genesis paints. Both have Bunka hair. The strong man is dressed in a nylon fabric and the swami on the bed of nails is dressed in silk with a ribbon edging for his trim on his pants and shoes. Swami's bed of nails is made with 750 straight pins, cut to size!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Brow Mapping

Brows generally follow the brow bone. On humans, the brow hair grows there whereas on your doll, you will need to determine where the brow hairs will be placed. This mapping technique works for human makeup artists so it should help you design eyebrows on your OOAK doll:
  1. To do brow mapping, take a toothpick and hold it on the outside of the nose (not the nose wings) going straight up along the bridge. This is ideally where the brows should begin. Mark this spot.
  2. Then, by angling the toothpick from the outside edge of the nose, to the outside edge of the iris, and up to the brow, mark that spot as where the brow should arch naturally.
  3. Then, mark one more spot - where the angled toothpick hits the brow when it lines up at the outer corner of the eye, that's where the brow should end.
  4. Then connect the 3 dots on top by drawing straight lines connecting each point around the top outside edge of the brow. Fill in the shape with tiny hair lines from the base of the brow up into the width.
Want to see this done on a person? See a video clip here:
http://livewellnetwork.com/Mirror-Mirror/episodes/Get-the-Perfect-Brows-for-Your-Face/9437663

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Tips For Dressing Male Dollhouse Dolls

This doll maker uses the glue method for making costumes. She shared some tips about men's pants, shirts and jacket lapels here: http://miniprojects1.pbworks.com/w/page/46401576/Male%20clothing?mode=embedded    Be sure to check out this 'how to". Included are tips on sculpting male bodies too.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Anatomy Of The Nose

Here you will find a detailed drawing lesson that you may find useful when sculpting the planes of the nose on your doll's face: http://www.artgraphica.net/free-art-lessons/drawing-and-sketching/how-to-draw-noses.html

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Aged Hand And Foot WIP Photos

Thanks to this doll maker who shared his WIP. You will find great hand and foot detail photos that you might find helpful as reference for aged figures and for attaching a held object to a hand using a finger/hand/arm armature.
http://www.riccardoferrante.com/riccardoferrante-en/workinprogress.html

Friday, April 4, 2014

Bunka - Pulling Threads Demonstration


This video demonstrates pulling threads from Bunka cord to get the curly strands we use on doll costumes, hats and sometimes as wigging (see Uses For Bunka). Try each one of the pulls to see the thickness and curl they produce.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Little Stuff's Peacock Faerie

This little faerie is a 1:12 scale OOAK sculpt made with  Puppen and other FIMO clay blend. She is 5 1/2  inches tall with angora hair and Genesis painted details.  She is dressed in real peacock and other feathers .  She is watching the water ripple in the pond as her finger touches the surface. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Using Markers And Paint Pens

If you are having trouble painting your doll's eyes with heat-set or acrylic paints using a paint brush, you might want to try a paint pen or marker. The Sharpie product in this video is oil-based. Some alcohol-based art markers (like Prismacolor) will work too.

BUT, be sure to test any marker or paint pen on a scrap of baked clay first to ensure it is compatible with polymer clay. If it remains sticky or flakes, etc., it is not compatible. Also, if you are going to add a gloss over the paint or maker, be sure to test it too to be sure the gloss is compatible with the paint or marker ink.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Millinary Tutorial

This link will take you to one of my favorite tutorials for making basic period style hats:
http://www.cynthiahoweminiatures.com/hatmaking1.htm 
Many thanks to this doll maker for sharing her great photo tutorial. 
Be sure to check the topic 'Hats' in this blog's Index for lots more links and information about hat making.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Uses For Bunka

Bunka is a sort of chain-stitched/braided 4-ply rayon 1/16" round cord. It is unraveled or 'pulled' to make a tiny curly strand. You just find the right end and pull a thread. Bunka has many uses; some make curls for doll hair and some use it for trim on costumes and hats.
Here are links to some blog posts with some information about Bunka:
http://creativedoll.blogspot.com/2008/03/bunka-bunk-bunkawhat-heckis-bunka.html
http://kuoi.org/~nyssa/bunka.html
And finally, a video demonstrating the unraveling of Bunka to get those curly threads:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3isfV_ihfw

Monday, March 10, 2014

Making A Mermaid With A Spiral Tail

This doll makers has shared her mermaid WIP, from beginning the doll to how she made a spiral tail  including information about making scales. You can find it here: http://patriciarosestudio.blogspot.com/2014/02/spiral-mermaid-tail-tutorial.html

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

How To Make Another Simple Base


Don't have a flat piece of rock? Try Krylon ‘Make It Stone’;  a textured spray paint that makes wood look like colored stone (works on wood, metal, glass,  paper mache, plastic, craft foam, and ceramic).

Monday, March 3, 2014

How To Make A Base - Moon

This doll artist shared her technique for making a moon from Paper Clay over a wire armature. See how she did it here: http://www.hanniesarris.nl/page.php?page=Sculpting%20a%20Moon&lang=en

Saturday, March 1, 2014

How To Make A Small Base



NOTE: The product used in this video is Apoxie Sculpt,  a clay type 2-part epoxy sculpting compound (another brand we have used is Magic Sculpt). These products chemical cure. You mix a polymer resin and hardener together and it cures without heat in about 3 hours to a rock hard state. Some doll makers use them for an under-sculpt over a wire armature. See this blog's Index for more about 'Under-Sculpts'.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Make An Armature For A 5 1/2 Inch Doll

This doll artist shares a photo tutorial showing how to make an armature for use in a 5 1/2 inch push mold. She offers tips for fitting the armature into a mold too. Find the 5 pages here:
http://www.patriciarosestudio.com/html/tutorial-2-1a.html

Friday, February 14, 2014

More About Making Ball-Jointed Dolls

If you are thinking of trying to sculpt a ball-joint doll you may find a guide helpful. Thanks to this doll maker for sharing his illustrated tutorial (be sure to click the links at the bottom of his page to see all 5 parts): http://deskleaves.deviantart.com/art/Ball-jointed-doll-tutorial-part-1-303710466
And here are some photos of a commercial resin BJD that show the shapes of the pieces as it is assembled: http://astheresinworldturns.blogspot.com/2010/08/assembling-or-restringing-ball-jointed.html

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ball-Jointed Doll - Stringing - Part Two


NOTE: Part One of this video is on the post below.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ball-Jointed Doll - Stringing - Part One


Ever wondered how those BJD's were put together? Nothing is better then seeing one assembled to take the confusion out of the process. This video demonstrates how one doll maker strings her polymer clay BJD.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Landmarks You Should Know

One of my sources for human anatomy references is the web site Fine Art. The following two links are to landmarks you should memorize to enhance your ability to sculpt a figure:
http://www.fineart.sk/photo-references/figure-drawing-all-its-worth-andrew-loomis/036
http://www.fineart.sk/photo-references/figure-drawing-all-its-worth-andrew-loomis/037
The illustrations are from Figure Drawing For All Its Worth by Andrew Loomis (check this blog's Index by Topic for 'Books' where you will find a free source).


NOTE: You will find references photos of nudes on the Fine Art web site too: http://www.fineart.sk/

Thursday, February 6, 2014

How To Use A Photo Of An Iris For Doll's Eyes

Thanks to this doll artist for her tutorial on making eye balls; she is using a photo of a real iris on a quilting pin and using UV light to cure the 3D gloss coating:
http://www.pgmsculpting.com.php5-19.dfw1-2.websitetestlink.com/tutorials/
More info about how to use the 3D gloss product is found here: http://www.sakuracraft.com/lacquerpreparationnew.htm

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Making and Inserting Eyeballs

Would you like to insert eyeballs into your sculpt? You can, by making balls of polymer clay and curing them prior to inserting in the under-sculpt of your doll's head.  The face is then sculpted over the cured under-sculpt. You will find a tutorial for inserting eyeballs here: http://madsculptor.blogspot.com/2011/10/alice-work-starts.html

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Work In Progress (WIP) Tutorials

This blog follows a doll artist as she sculpts figures in polymer clay. Some tips are shared also. See them at this BlogSpot: http://patriciarosestudio.blogspot.com/

Alice in Wonderland Tutorial

Thanks to this doll maker who has shared her photo tutorial to make a 5 1/2 inch Alice in Wonderland doll; from clay to costume and everything in between. This tutorial demonstrates how to use a push mold, sculpting the details, how to use iris inserts for the eyes , wigging, and costuming including her shoes.  Find it here:
http://caterpillarstudio.blogspot.com/2014/01/alice-in-wonderland-tutorial.html

Friday, January 10, 2014

How To Make A Dollhouse Doll

This 7 part article provides instructions and photos of the basic construction for making a 1:12 scale poseable doll to live in a dollhouse:
http://miniatures.about.com/od/miniatureprojects/tp/Make-Miniature-Dolls.htm
These 5 1/2 inch to 6 inch miniature dolls are simple to make and take a very small amount of supplies; just wire, clay and wrapping. They are much simpler for beginners because the arms, legs and torso are wire wrapped with cotton yarn, or poly batting strips, and do not need to be sculpted. Only the head, hands and feet are shaped from polymer clay. The body can be dressed in simple costumes too. These tiny dolls are fun to make and turn out sooo cute...try making one!

Be sure to click on the 'how to' subjects listed in this blog's Index - Posts By Topic (scroll down the right panel) to find out more about wire armatures, sculpting, wigging and painting.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Point And Shoot Macro Photography

The small, and inexpensive, point and shoot digital cameras have become better over the years (6 megapixels and up). These cameras have close focusing abilities. The camera setting for extremely close-up photos of little objects, like small scale dolls, vary from camera to camera, but most have a macro focusing mode; it is set by clicking on a flower petal icon (see the owners manual for specifics). This article discusses some details about how to use these cameras that you may find helpful if you are considering posting doll photos anywhere on-line: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/indepth/photography/tips-solutions/art-and-craft-point-and-shoot-macro-photography

Monday, January 6, 2014

Another Sculpting A Likeness Video



This video shares the process of sculpting a likeness of a well known male movie star. Fun to watch! The clay being used is Sculpey Firm Gray, a soft oven cure clay.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Make A Simple Hat

This miniature blogger and doll maker called this the easiest hat she has ever made for a 5 1/2 inch doll. She shared the pattern and directions here:  http://caseymini.blogspot.com/2014/01/only-one-pattern-piece.html

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Sculpting a Likeness



This is an interesting demonstration that you may enjoy watching. To begin a portrait doll , find a good photo of the person; a front, side and 3/4 view of their face.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Tip for Getting Clay to Release From Push Mold

Tried tip by Patricia Rose to release clay from push mold-
Today I tried soaking a 5 1/2" doll mold in water for 2 mins. and  froze for 3 minutes after filling and it works really well!  The clay wants to release in the thin spots (arms and legs) from the mold just from soaking it.  I was able to pull a complete mold, minus the head, both sides at once with no problems. I always take off the hands and feet and make my own after pulling. Patricia suggests a longer soak and freeze time:
Click here to see Patricia's directions.

Tip For Smoothing Clay

Smoothing and Leveling longer clay surfaces. I did discover by mistake that if you put some clay oil on your finger (I accidently got some on my fingers while placing a drop in a lid to work with and did not want to waste it) and then rub the surface, you can level & smooth long sections of legs and arms easily. I usually have arms and legs that slightly "roll" up and down along the length of the limb. I used to spend a lot of time scraping them smooth after baking, because trying to drag unbaked clay just deformed the shape I had worked so hard to sculpt.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Making A Armature For Small Scale Dolls



Ever wished you could watch a doll maker construct an armature? This video demonstrates the process for a doll that is approximately 7 inches to 11 inches tall. Smaller dolls use smaller gauge wire but the process is the same.

You may find it helpful to hold the armature up to front, back and side drawings or photos of a skeleton to get the correct proportions and curve to the spine, neck and legs. You can find 7 and 8 inch ones here: http://www.morezmore.com/links.html

Monday, December 16, 2013

Eyelashes

This photo tutorial is on applying eyelashes to your doll's eyes. Check it out here:
http://sculptuniversity.com/images/stories/eyelashes/1.jpg

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

More About Hands



This video is an introduction to the volume and basic shapes of a hand. The sculptor is using Super Sculpey Firm Gray, an oven bake clay that is softer clay than most polymer clays used for OOAK doll making, however the forming of the hand is the same. Also demonstrated are practice sculpts of mouth, nose and eyes.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Guideline For Working With Undersculpts

Has this ever happened to you? You make an armature and add and bake an undersculpt. Then you add some top clay and begin to sculpt your doll but get sidetracked and your sculpt hangs around in your studio for awhile. When you get back to it, the top clay cracks and is crumbly and difficult, if not impossible, to continue sculpting. What happened? The oil in the top clay gets 'absorbed' into the baked undersculpt clay. So here is the guideline recommended by several doll makers; once the undersculpt clay is on the wire armature and is baked, it can wait for a very long time for you to finish it; but once you add the top clay over an undersculpt you must finish sculpting and bake your doll within a week.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Christmas Chocolates!

3" polymer clay faerie pigging out on all her Christmas chocolates. This tiny little doll fits inside a miniature tea cup ornament. She has chocolate on her face and fingers as she smiles that "I've reached sugar overload" state of bliss only chocolate can bring. Her face details are colored with ultra fine permanent markers and her little dress is made from flocked ribbon. Chocolates are free printies with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer gloss overlay. This lacquer is a sticky viscous liquid, which dries clear and glossy with a slight amount of give. Applied to a flat surface it creates a domed effect.
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Doll A Month Challenge

Our challenge to everyone is to create a doll a month...beginner or experienced doll artist. It is said that it takes at least 20 completed dolls before you can consider yourself a doll maker.

So, how long does it take to make an OOAK doll? We guesstimate that it takes about 30-40 hours; more or less! That is 1 to 2 hours a day, 4 to 5 days a week for 4 weeks. Very do-able for a hobbyist.

Challenge Rules:
1. Don't copy, create! Look for inspiration but incorporate that into your own design.
2. Develop your style! It may take you a few years to recognize that you have one, but everyone does.
3. Don't beat yourself up if things go wrong; it happens to us all!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Reference Images - Hands & Feet

As you know, visual references, both drawings and photographs, are important when you are sculpting. We found some that you may find helpful.

Thanks to this doll maker who has shared images of feet on her web page… you will find them here:
http://www.doll-tears.com/search/label/Feet%20references

And this site for photos of hands (click on the images to enlarge):
http://www.elfwood.com/farp/hand/

Monday, November 4, 2013

Tips For Painting Eyes

This is an interesting YouTube video demonstrating steps for painting eyes. The information applies to either acrylic or Genesis heat set paints. Acrylic paints air-dry between layers but when using heat-set paints be sure to use a heat gun to set the paint between layers (more information about heat guns in the topic 'Painting' in the index).

Friday, October 25, 2013

Exhibit - Merry Olde England



The One of a Kind Doll Makers Guild exhibited OOAK dolls at the Deltona Library. Some of the Guild's member's presented their original dolls: Classy Characters, JL Dolls, Little Stuff and Mini Friends.
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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Guidlines For Painting Eyes

This doll maker shares her guides for correctly placing the iris when painting a doll's eyes. You can see it here:  http://www.sculptuniversity.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=135:tips-for-creating-amazing-eyes&catid=38:freebies&Itemid=194

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

How To Fill A Push Mold With Clay

Some doll makers use commercial push molds, or a mold they made themselves, to start their polymer clay doll. The shaped clay that is taken from a mold is called a body blank. Starting with a body blank lets a doll maker begin with the correct amount of clay and then the clay is sculpted and detailed by the doll maker after the clay is removed from a mold.  Used in this way a mold is just a proportion aide for sculpting like any other tool. For more information, click on the topic Push Molds in the blog's Index.

Here is a YouTube video that demonstrates how to fill a plaster mold with polymer clay and release it.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Augmenting An Armature With Brass Tubes

Sometimes a doll needs addition support, such as an arm that is going to be holding a weight or a leg that is going to support the entire sculpt. There are lots of circumstances where you may want to augment your armature with a brass tube. This doll maker shows how to handle a brass tube when using it over a wire in a doll's armature: http://madsculptor.blogspot.com/2011/03/working-with-tubing-and-wire.html

To see a photo of the armature shown click on this link:
http://madsculptor.blogspot.com/2011/02/design-considerationssimple-armature.html

Then check this blog's Index for more about the topic Armatures.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Polymer Clay - Baking, Strength and Color

Testing polymer clays for strength and color after baking was done by this doll maker using FIMO Classic, FIMO Puppen, Sculpey Premo, Cernit, Kato and Prosculpt. She discusses bake temperatures and  FIMO clay mixes too (a blend of FIMO clays; Rose Puppen, Classic Flesh and Classic White). She shares her results here:
http://debwood.com/p198.htm
http://www.debwood.com/baketests/

Monday, September 30, 2013

OOAK Witch

1:12 scale polymer witch made with Puppen clay and Genesis paints. She has viscose hair and red glittered eyes. Her stockings are created with permanent micro markers sealed with Genesis thick medium and her clothes are a mix of fine green tulle, black cotton lawn and black cotton netting. She was flying along and decided to turn an oblivious downtown shopper into a frog and forgot to look where she was flying. So don't use with your wand while flying (like don't text and drive).

Monday, September 23, 2013

Making A Wing Using A Printed Transparency

Thanks to this doll maker for sharing his WIP video - making a wing for a very tiny doll using a transparency sheet. You can order commercial transparency sheets with wing designs from suppliers of doll making items; the sheets come printed with several types of wings and in various sizes. Please have patience, videos are sometimes slow to load.

Rules Of Thumb For Sculpting The Human Figure

This sculptor describes the 3 key areas for successfully sculpting your doll; proportion, the main body masses and balance. You can read his easy to understand rules here:
http://www.studiorealism.com/3-keys-to-sculpting-the-figure/

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Mouse Challenge - Something Different

Your challenge is to make a doll shaped like a mouse. How will you make yours? Stuffed soft body, needle felted, sculpted from clay, a combination?  Have some fun; no rules...just right!

Stuffed Mouse Tutorial

Here's a tutorial and pattern for creating a stuffed wool felt mouse (like the one pictured in this blog's July 2013 post - see below). This mouse is 1:12 scale for your mouse stump house. It has a 3 piece body pattern. For this mouse pattern and instructions:
Click Here

For a 2 piece body pattern, click this link:
http://miniatures.about.com/library/nosearch/printables/mouse-parts.pdf

Monday, September 2, 2013

Cleaning Clay Residue From Food Processors

Cleaning your clay (food) processor tip: After conditioning some green clay in my processor today, I needed to make sure all the green was out so that future projects would not be green! After scarping and cleaning as usual, I wiped the inside with a paper towel and it still had some green on it. I poured a little mineral oil in and wiped all of the inside using a paper towel and then washed with dish soap to remove the mineral oil, and no more green!

Looking for a glass bowl food processor? Do an internet search for 'glass bowl food chopper' to locate one. They do make them, but sometimes are hard to find.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Wood Nymph on Carousel by Little Stuff

This Little Wood Nymph is attempting to grab the ring while riding the zebra on a carousel. She is concentrating so hard on grabbing the ring that her tiny little tongue is sticking out as she balances on the zebra.  She is a 1:12 Ooak polymer art doll sculpted on a multi-strand aluminum wire armature.  I used Living Doll clay and Genesis paints. Wings are made from leaf skeletons adhered to Fantasy Film and coated with Gallery Glass.  Silk flowers were added to finish the wing design. Her eye lashes and hair are made from viscose fiber and her clothing is made up from pieces of silk flowers. The zebra is a thrift store find that I spruced spruced up and was the inspiration for the piece.  I used this doll to try out adding lashes and adding anatomical details to practices improving my designs.



Saturday, August 24, 2013

Products For Making An Under-Sculpt

Some doll makers use polymer clay over their wire armature to make an under-sculpt. The clay under-sculpt is baked, then covered with another layer of clay. The covering clay does not bond with the under-sculpt, but you can use an application of liquid clay as an adhesive.

Some doll makers use scrunched-up foil as their under-sculpt. Others use epoxy sculpt products.

A relatively new product, Sculpey UltraLight, is a lightweight and extremely soft clay that bakes so hard that it won’t crack or break, even in larger pieces. The manufacturer said that UltraLight is a great replacement for foil under-sculpts on wire armatures and when covered with a layer of polymer clay, the UltraLight chemically bonds together with the covering clay. It is much lighter then epoxy sculpting products.  

 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Conditioning Clay Using A Pasta Machine

This video is a short demonstration of how to condition clay by rolling it through a pasta machine as well as explaining why. Thanks to this video, you will know what to look for as you are conditioning your clay. The video requires you to register but it is free for you to view; just click on the arrow over the sheet of dark clay:
http://craftartedu.com/polymer-clay/polymer-clay-free-classes/donna-kato-free-basic-conditioning-polymer-clay-with-a-pasta-machine

Need a pasta machine? Find reviews of the different brands of pasta machines here:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/pastamachines.htm

And finally, a video demonstrating blending several different clays together.



Sunday, August 11, 2013

Make A Soft Body For A Small Baby Doll

Here is a  link to a pattern for a cloth body for a baby doll. This type of body requires flange ends on the sculpted head, legs and arms (there is a photo of the flange ends). Easy!
http://dollgarden0.tripod.com/doll/AllieBody2of5.jpg

So how big should you make the cloth body? Well, a baby's torso from newborn up to 1 year, varies from approximately one and one-half to one and three-quarters  head lengths (see a proportion chart for baby's age). So measure from the top of your doll's head down to its chin. Measure the cloth body and where the torso head lengths ends is where the baby's bottom should be.