Monday, February 25, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

Everyday Items To Use As Sculpting Tools

You do not need special or fancy (maybe expensive) sculpting tools to begin modeling polymer clay. There are lots of items around your house or that you can find that will work very well. This article, with photos, shows you some examples: http://cdhm.org/tutorials/learn-to-make-sculpting-tools.html

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Visualizing The Mass Of The Human Head

Sculpting a realistic human head is a challenge as nothing is more complex. There is a book, Drawing the Human Head by Burne Hogarth, that illustrates concepts of form and proportion as well as artistic anatomical facts. We found that approach helpful and are able to apply that method of visualizing the masses of the human head, the face and its features to sculpting, perhaps you will too.

Here is a YouTube video with a quick introduction to the major masses of the head:

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Making Feet Too Small and Hands Too Big?

A common mistake for beginning doll makers is misjudging the correct length of hands and feet to sculpt for their doll. If we use the height of our doll’s head as the unit of measure for average foot and hand length you can calculate them with these proportions:
·         A doll’s foot is slightly longer than the height of its head and about half a head wide at its widest point. Female feet are slightly narrower.
·         A doll’s hand is about 2/3 the length of the head.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Problem: Messing Up Your Doll When Posing It

When you are bending a completed doll into the pose you want it often results in messing up the clay that you spent so much time sculpting. Try these techniques and see if they help:

To help elevate that problem try doing this:  when you are making the wire armature, bend wire at all the joints before you put any clay on it. The wire will ‘remember’ and will bend easier.

If you are making an under sculpt, apply the clay over the armature wire and bake it; leaving the joints free of clay. They will bend easily because the wire remains free of clay. After you have applied a layer of clay over your under-sculpt and the bare wire 'joints', move the joints a tiny amount at a time. By bending the wire several times, waiting between movements, you allow time for the clay to firm up. It takes a few bends to get the doll into the pose you want.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Work Flow Of Doll Sculpting

I read an interesting article about the work flow for polymer clay doll sculpters. It includes suggestions on series baking and heat setting Genesis paints too. You can read it here:
http://www.sculptuniversity.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=118:the-sculpting-workflow&catid=38:freebies&Itemid=71

Friday, February 1, 2013