Sunday, March 23, 2014

Using Markers And Paint Pens

If you are having trouble painting your doll's eyes with heat-set or acrylic paints using a paint brush, you might want to try a paint pen or marker. The Sharpie product in this video is oil-based. Some alcohol-based art markers (like Prismacolor) will work too.

BUT, be sure to test any marker or paint pen on a scrap of baked clay first to ensure it is compatible with polymer clay. If it remains sticky or flakes, etc., it is not compatible. Also, if you are going to add a gloss over the paint or maker, be sure to test it too to be sure the gloss is compatible with the paint or marker ink.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Millinary Tutorial

This link will take you to one of my favorite tutorials for making basic period style hats:
http://www.cynthiahoweminiatures.com/hatmaking1.htm 
Many thanks to this doll maker for sharing her great photo tutorial. 
Be sure to check the topic 'Hats' in this blog's Index for lots more links and information about hat making.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Uses For Bunka

Bunka is a sort of chain-stitched/braided 4-ply rayon 1/16" round cord. It is unraveled or 'pulled' to make a tiny curly strand. You just find the right end and pull a thread. Bunka has many uses; some make curls for doll hair and some use it for trim on costumes and hats.
Here is a link to some some information about Bunka:
http://creativedoll.blogspot.com/2008/03/bunka-bunk-bunkawhat-heckis-bunka.html

And here is, a video demonstrating the unraveling of Bunka to get those curly threads:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3isfV_ihfw

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

How To Make Another Simple Base


Don't have a flat piece of rock? Try Krylon ‘Make It Stone’;  a textured spray paint that makes wood look like colored stone (works on wood, metal, glass,  paper mache, plastic, craft foam, and ceramic).

Monday, March 3, 2014

How To Make A Base - Moon

This doll artist shared her technique for making a moon from Paper Clay over a wire armature. See how she did it here: http://www.hanniesarris.nl/page.php?page=Sculpting%20a%20Moon&lang=en

Saturday, March 1, 2014

How To Make A Small Base



NOTE: The product used in this video is Apoxie Sculpt,  a clay type 2-part epoxy sculpting compound (another brand we have used is Magic Sculpt). These products chemical cure. You mix a polymer resin and hardener together and it cures without heat in about 3 hours to a rock hard state. Some doll makers use them for an under-sculpt over a wire armature. See this blog's Index for more about 'Under-Sculpts'.