Friday, January 13, 2012

How To Make Eyes For Your Doll

If you would like to insert pre-made eyes into your doll's head as you are sculpting it you will need a pair of glass eyes, beads or polymer clay eyes. These can be made or purchased.

Some doll makers like round eyeballs and some prefer flat backed ones. One technique for round eyeballs is to just roll tiny balls of polymer clay. Eyeballs can be soft fired or completely cured. Then insert the eyes in your doll head as you sculpt the head. The eyes can be painted before the doll head is baked or after. Experiment to find what works best for you.

Another option is to purchase ready made eyes; available in glass or polymer clay. Don't use the acrylic pre-made eyes as they don't take the heat when you bake your doll. You could also purchase white jade or other beads. White glass head pins will also work (not plastic).

So what size is correct for your doll? Click this link and scroll down to Human; the chart has the size in millimeters for various scales:

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Sculpting Ears

I found this excellent photo tutorial on sculpting detail to a doll's ear. Check it out:

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Using Anatomy References

The Guild's 2012 Resolution: to encourage doll makers to use a reference while sculpting their dolls.

The reason to use a reference is that it is very difficult to get human anatomy to look correct without it because, when you look at people from day to day, you automatically take in important details that help you distinguish one person from another and filter out any unimportant information, such as general anatomy. this is the reason many doll makers who sculpt from memory tend to make mistakes, especially when it comes to sculpting the face!  If you keep sculpting without ever using a reference, you keep creating the same mistakes, over and over.

So doll makers, take the time to check anatomy and use a photo while sculpting. You will be surprised how quickly you will improve!