Friday, May 31, 2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Craft Wire vs Beading Wire

When you are making hand armatures, fairy wings or mermaid fins they usually call for small gauge and/or colored wire to construct them. The problem is that all metals corrode and when the wire we are using is close to the surface of your polymer clay or TLS, the corrosion may cause the clay to crack. Lots of inexpensive craft and jewelry wire is available. They are made from a variety of metals; copper, brass and other base metals like tin. These wires are soft (jewelry wire is rated from soft to a hardness of 5) and will make rounded shapes easily. Harder wires make sharp angles but are springy so you must need to push them beyond where you want it to end up.  Some are coated to make them tarnish resistant. You can also coat wire with glue (such as Beacon Gem Tac or Crafter's Pick Ultimate that adheres to metal) or Rust-oleum spray paint to inhibit corrosion). Here is a link to some information about craft vs. jewelry wire that you may find interesting when you are making decisions about which wire to choose:

Using Polymer Paste Adhesive

Kato Poly Paste is a heavy-bodied adhesive used to attach cured and uncured pieces in any combination. Unlike other adhesives, Poly Paste fuses two pieces of polymer clay together and creates a permanent bond. Ways to use Poly Paste include repairing cracks, creating texture and gilding when mixed with mica powders. It will not run when applied to vertical surfaces. Excess Poly Paste can be removed before baking or after baking by trimming with a knife.

In order to take effect, Poly Paste must be cured. It may be cured between 265F and 325F for 10-30 minutes; time and temperature depends on the recommended curing temperature of the polymer clay used.

Here is a short video demonstration of the properties of Poly Paste. You must register but viewing is free, just click on the arrow:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Eye Shape

This link is to a tutorial on drawing an eye. The sculpting process is basically 'drawing' the eye outline on the clay, sculpting the convex and concave curves, and then painting details of light and dark tones so there are two drawing steps to making your doll's eyes. This tutorial explains the drawing steps:

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Ribbon Roses

Want to make those silk ribbon roses you see on dolls dressed in lavish period costumes? Here is a photo tutorial demonstrating how to make one:

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Make A Doll's Hand With An Armature

This photo tutorial is a step by step WIP for making an armature for a hand and how to add clay over the wire.
For larger dolls, you may want to try using an armature like this as you can get stronger fingers and lots of detail. Some doll makers use them in smaller scale dolls too. Try it to see if it will work for you.