Thursday, July 27, 2017

Adult Male And Female Proportion Charts

Our favorite adult male and female proportion charts are from one of Andrew Loomis' books. We like these because there are front, back and side views. To use, copy image and paste on a Word doc. Once you have it, simply click on it and drag a corner to size the image to any height you desire.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

How To Make a Mermaid Armature And Beginner's Sculpting Tools Information

You will find the proportion chart used in this video at:

Mermaid Tails and Fins

There are many ways to add color to the tail and fin of your polymer clay mermaid sculpt. One very easy way is by painting with heat-set or acrylic paints. Another way is to add  a very thin layer of a polymer clay in a color you like. You can also add a thin layer of a liquid clay. And don't forget that glitter is often sprinkled onto the tail to add sparkle. This doll maker shares his method of 'painting' a mermaid tail using embossing powder in a photo tutorial:

The fin part of the tail can be made from polymer clay or other materials. Thanks to this doll maker for some photos of fins she made using Angelina and Fantasy Films:

See more about sculpting a mermaid in in this blog's Index under 'Fantasy- Fins and Tails'

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Demonstration -Using Heat Set Paint- Part 1 of 2

Part 2 of this video is below

Demonstration -Using Heat Set Paint- Part 2

used in this video:
Genesis Flesh #4
Genesis Red
Genesis Titanium White
Genesis Raw Sienna
Genesis Dioxazine Purple 01
Genesis Phthalo Blue 01
Genesis Burnt Umber

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Fixing Problems - Moonies

The tiny white crescents or blisters that can appear just under the surface of polymer clay are called Moonies. To help reduce the appearance of Moonies you can choose flesh colored polymer clay, one that is less translucent and is lighter colored, or whiter, (usually more opaque) and those properties make Moonies much less obvious.

What causes Moonies?
One theory is over-smoothing the clay. Another theory is trapped air under the surface.
By pulling and stretching clay in one direction, you may be making little stress tears under the surface. If you smooth carefully, patting the clay and pulling in different directions, then patting again, you can smooth the surface without causing underlying stresses. If you see a Moonie before you bake your sculpt, you can try making a pinhole into the Moonie and gently pressing out the trapped air.
This doll maker demonstrates how she repairs a Moonie: