Happy Friday! I was not going to post a new tute until Sunday but I had this idea and I couldn't wait! I have always loved Nesting Dolls. I didn't even know until recently, that they are called Matryoshkas. My good friend, Elana, is from Russia. She went home to visit her family at Christmas and I asked her to bring me some nesting dolls. She just gave me a blank look until I described what I wanted, then she smiled and said, "Oh, you mean, matryoshka doll". Yes, that is exactly what I meant! And she did bring me back a beautiful set. (Thank you Elana. I love them!) I have been wanting to create some cute charms or do some illustrations of these beautiful, whimsical, colorful dolls ever since and, well, this is the first thing that "came out". I thought it would be pretty simple and it really is! Once again, I try to create projects that are versatile and that you can make your own. Make some big and some small, try different color schemes or make up a few different sizes and string them on a necklace - whatever you want. But, whatever you do, have fun!
the supplies you will need for matryoshka doll charm(s)
get a pinch of air dry clay
about the size of a dime
roll your clay. you want to make a pear shape.
pinch it a bit. be gentle and use a bit of water if you need to smooth it, but only to moisten, you don't want it too wet.
it will look something like this...
cut your eye pin down to approx. 1/2 inch.
insert your eye pin into the top of your pear shaped, wet clay. let dry overnight or until completely hardened.
letting it dry overnight. tick tock, tick tock...... waiting is the hard part.
after it has hardened overnight, paint it in the base color of your choice.
paint the face. this is where you can get really creative! make her as simple or as detailed as you wish. maybe give her rosy cheeks and a little heart shaped mouth...black hair or blonde? If you are not sure, then make a few little sketches first. remember, if you make a mistake, you can always paint over it with your base color, let it dry and start over!
here is my example with her finished face and the start of the body design...
here she is with her body design completed, i used hearts, swirls, flowers and dots...
now add a little something to the back.
add your earring finding or a jump ring...(and I added one, quick coat of glossy mod podge.)
if you want earrings, make two!! awwwwww. pretty darn cute huh?
>* here is a view of the back and front!