Saturday, April 22, 2017

Poseable Doll Tutorial


Thanks to this doll maker for a video demonstration of how you can make a poseable doll, from start to finish. This video also demos sculpting a cartoon inspired face. Here is a link to see more polymer clay character doll tutorials from this doll maker:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBzErQwUdfbmGpEaiahwqqg8CoKLCHpot

NOTE:All poseable dolls have exposed wire wrapped with various materials; yarn, poly batting strips, fabric strips, etc., that allow the wire to bend indicating movable joints.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Make a 1.5 Inch Long Baby

This photo tutorial demonstrates sculpting a baby gargoyle but you could easily use this tutorial as a basis for a human baby; just choose skin tone clay, make rounded ears and don't exaggerate the features as much as this doll maker does. Use this link and scroll down to find the tutorial here:

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Aging and Distressing Costumes

Want to make the clothes on your doll look more realistic? You can do this with draping and, when appropriate to your doll's character, by making fabric look worn and sometimes dirty. This doll maker shares her techniques for making 'old clothes':

Problem: Burnt or Undercured Clay


Tips on baking polymer clay in a simple, no frills, toaster oven.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tutorials on Facebook

There is a new Facebook page titled ‘Patricia Rose Studio’ that features free tutorials and contests to win things like molds and dolls. This professional doll maker sculpts small scale OOAK art dolls of polymer clay. If you are a Facebook user, be sure to check it out.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Applying The Rules Of Proportion

One of our favorite doll makers said that you should memorize human proportions and that one way to do that is to speak out load as you are sculpting. She calls this 'packing your mental tool kit'. You will find her proportion chart and phrases to reinforce learning here:
http://pub18.bravenet.com/forum/static/show.php?usernum=1505510207&frmid=22&msgid=1343157

Monday, April 3, 2017

Problem: Clay Is Darker After Baking



Your sculpted figures, or figure parts, when placed in a toaster oven should be as far away as possible from the electric heater elements and the elements should not keep turning on while baking polymer clay. Using all these toaster oven tips to hold the heat steady should decrease the number of times that the elements are turning on. This video is about baking beads that are about the same thickness as small scale doll parts.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

How To Sculpt a 1:12 Scale Baby


So tiny! So cute! This video is a complete step-by-step tutorial on how to make a jointed baby.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Check Out Our Pinterest Page

Our Pinterest Boards are focused totally on polymer clay doll making, including sculpting, costuming, painting, wigging, 1:12 scale mini dolls and more!  Find it here:
https://www.pinterest.com/dollmakers/

If you are not yet a Pinterest member, sign up! Pinterest is FREE to join. You can save things yourself or just look at things others have saved.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Playing With Lighting When Photographing Dolls

This link will take you to an article by a doll maker who teaches costuming of miniature dolls. Her idea is not how to light a doll perfectly, like when you are presenting a doll for sale, but to light it to bring that "magic spark of life" to your doll in all it's photographs.
http://www.miniatureart.com/2017/Learn/Photoshot/Photoshot%202.html

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Heat Set Paint Demonstration


Thanks to this doll maker who shows us how she creates depth on this small scale polymer clay head. Using this technique will bring your little faces to life. This link is to a photo tutorial using a similar technique: http://www.fairiesndreams.com/painting-tutorial/

NOTE: Notice that she is using liquid polymer clay as her thinning medium instead of Genesis thinning medium.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Problem: Sculpt Is Just Not Working

We don't know where the above photo originated but we think it's message can apply as we try to sculpt a new figure. Some of our dolls end up in the trash can (or maybe they should end up there). Sometimes it is easier to start over then to try to fix a sculpt that is just not working, no matter how much time and effort we spend trying to save it.

This photo is from one of our favorite professional doll artists. She said "ooooooop's..... I scrap one in every five of my art dolls while making them. Here is my latest victim in her new home. Oh well, it's back to the drawing board, literally. I will be starting over on this creation soon".
To see more tips from her be sure to follow this link:
http://patriciarosestudio.blogspot.com/search/label/Beginner%20corner

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Advice About Baking A Polymer Clay Doll



This doll maker shares her experience and opinions about polymer clay. Be sure to check the topic 'Baking' in our Blog's Index for more information about curing your sculpt.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Hand Tutorial - Wire Armature Method

Thanks to this doll maker for sharing her technique of using cotton covered wire to form a hand armature. This is a demonstration of a hand for a 1:6 scale doll (approximately 12 inches tall). Be sure to see this photo tutorial that you will find here:
https://morezmore.wordpress.com/2015/06/14/armatured-hands-16-scale/

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hand Tutorial -Separate Finger Method


Enjoy this demonstration by this doll maker while he fashions a small scale hand from polymer clay. Some doll makers find rolling each finger while they are attached to the hand is not working for them. You may want to try this and see if the separate finger technique works for you.

Note: nail polish remover contains acetone. Acetone is used to smooth polymer clay; it "melts" the surface slightly while you smooth with a brush. Be careful, because if you apply too much the polymer clay can turn white.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Make An Inexpensive Photo Light Box

To have a photograph of your small scale doll look good you need a way to control light and shadows. There are many ways to do that. One way is to place your doll in a box with filtered lighting. Small commercial photo boxes are available that include a portable folding box, lamps and a camera tripod but you can easily make a photo box yourself. Read how one photographer made a photo box for macro shots. You will find the tutorial here:  http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/07/how-to-diy-10-macro-photo-studio.html

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Facial Features


This video is a demonstration of one doll maker's technique for sculpting a doll head and her method of inserting pre-made eyes into an epoxy base.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Mediums To Use With Heat-Set Paint

Artists have always added various mediums to enhance control of their paints drying as well as the handling characteristics of their paint. Heat set paints have many properties inherent in their chemistry that allow them to be used without those traditional mediums and many of the traditional mediums are not chemically compatible. However, Genesis Heat-Set Paint provides a Thinning Medium, a Glazing Gel and a Thick Medium that can be used to alter heat-set paint’s performance.
See our Index for the topic ‘Painting’ for more information about these mediums and how to use heat-set paint on your polymer clay sculpts.

For complete information about heat-set paints it is always good to go to the product's source:   http://www.genesisartistcolors.com/  

Thursday, January 26, 2017

About Chalk Pastels


Some doll makers use chalk pastels for blushing their dolls (don't confuse chalk type pastels with oil pastels). This video discusses pastels and how you can use them to color polymer clay, both raw and baked, as well as liquid clay. See the video 'Blushing With Pastels' under the topic Painting in our index to view a doll maker blushing a doll with pastels..

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Selecting Fabric For Your Small Scale Doll

Some doll makers have a good 'eye" for what is, or is not, in the correct scale for their sculpt. One doll maker has devised a set of easy to understand, and to use, rules that a beginner can use to be sure that the wonderful piece of fabric they found is going to look wonderful when made up into their doll's costume. We found her post, All About Scale, very helpful, hope you do too:
http://creativedoll.blogspot.com/2008/03/all-about-scale.html

Friday, January 13, 2017

Using Heat Set Paint


Thanks to this doll maker for sharing how she paints with Genesis paints. There are lots of tips in this video as she demonstrates her technique.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Eye Size Chart

Some dollmakers make and bake eyeballs to insert into their doll's head, while others sculpt the eye directly on the face. If you want to make eye balls, here is a helpful chart to determine the correct diameter. Scroll down this chart to 'Human' to find the eye ball size (not the iris) to make for your scale doll:
http://www.noadi.net/EyeSizes.html

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017

Painting With Heat-Set Paint


Thanks to this doll artist who shows us how she uses Genesis heat- set paint for blushing and painting facial features. She is also using Genesis Thinning Medium in this video, The thinning medium allows you to build up color before heat setting it. She said that if you let your painted piece sit overnight before heat-setting it, the polymer clay will soak it in and it will leave you with a matte finish.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Viscose Wigging Tutorials For You

Thanks to this doll artist for sharing her 2017 Wigging Club tutorials. These are photo tutorials, that will be posted monthly so be sure to check back monthly to this web page:
http://www.miniatureart.com/2017/Wigging%20Club%202017/WC%20index.html

The January entry includes a tip on using lace pieces to construct costumes.