Friday, September 16, 2011

Painting Dolls With Acrylic Paint


Doll makers have a choice of mediums for painting on polymer clay; heat set paint, acrylic paint and sometimes a combination of both. There is no 'right' way or 'best' paint to use; only what you choose to use to achieve the effect you are trying to create on you doll.

Tip: To clean acrylic paint from cured clay, try a water soaked Q-tip.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Using Sculpey Mold Maker

One of the Sculpey products I really like is called Mold Maker. It is designed to create permanent, flexible molds and is soft enough to shape around even the most intricate details and, after baked, can be used with polymer clay. You can make your own body-blank molds.

Some doll makers use it to condition or soften firm clay. However, what I find most interesting about Mold Maker is that it makes polymer clay slightly flexible. Simply pinch off a pea size piece and knead it into a pound of polymer clay until thoroughly mixed. Some doll makers add a tiny (TINY) pinch to the clay they are going to use for sculpting hands. Caution! Too much makes the clay mushy.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Working With Wide Lace

In miniatures of all kind, scale is everything. That applies to all the trim you use on a doll's costume; buttons, buckles, ribbons and lace, etc. Because lace is so useful for costume construction, you will need to be especially careful of its scale. The YouTube video below demonstrate how to cut wide lace down to a usable scale.