Monday, December 30, 2013

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:

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.