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d.i.y. matryoshka doll charms (tutorial)
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!

Posted by kristen p. from St Louis, Missouri, United States • Published See kristen p.'s 2 projects »
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  • How to sculpt a clay babushka. Matryoshka Doll Charms - Step 1
    Step 1

    the supplies you will need for matryoshka doll charm(s)

  • How to sculpt a clay babushka. Matryoshka Doll Charms - Step 2
    Step 2

    get a pinch of air dry clay

  • How to sculpt a clay babushka. Matryoshka Doll Charms - Step 3
    Step 3

    about the size of a dime

  • How to sculpt a clay babushka. Matryoshka Doll Charms - Step 4
    Step 4

    roll your clay. you want to make a pear shape.

  • How to sculpt a clay babushka. Matryoshka Doll Charms - Step 5
    Step 5

    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.

  • How to sculpt a clay babushka. Matryoshka Doll Charms - Step 6
    Step 6

    it will look something like this...

  • How to sculpt a clay babushka. Matryoshka Doll Charms - Step 7
    Step 7

    cut your eye pin down to approx. 1/2 inch.

  • How to sculpt a clay babushka. Matryoshka Doll Charms - Step 8
    Step 8

    insert your eye pin into the top of your pear shaped, wet clay. let dry overnight or until completely hardened.

  • How to sculpt a clay babushka. Matryoshka Doll Charms - Step 9
    Step 9

    letting it dry overnight. tick tock, tick tock...... waiting is the hard part.

  • How to sculpt a clay babushka. Matryoshka Doll Charms - Step 10
    Step 10

    after it has hardened overnight, paint it in the base color of your choice.

  • How to sculpt a clay babushka. Matryoshka Doll Charms - Step 11
    Step 11

    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!

  • How to sculpt a clay babushka. Matryoshka Doll Charms - Step 12
    Step 12

    here is my example with her finished face and the start of the body design...

  • How to sculpt a clay babushka. Matryoshka Doll Charms - Step 13
    Step 13

    here she is with her body design completed, i used hearts, swirls, flowers and dots...

  • How to sculpt a clay babushka. Matryoshka Doll Charms - Step 14
    Step 14

    now add a little something to the back.

  • How to sculpt a clay babushka. Matryoshka Doll Charms - Step 15
    Step 15

    add your earring finding or a jump ring...(and I added one, quick coat of glossy mod podge.)

  • How to sculpt a clay babushka. Matryoshka Doll Charms - Step 16
    Step 16

    if you want earrings, make two!! awwwwww. pretty darn cute huh?

  • How to sculpt a clay babushka. Matryoshka Doll Charms - Step 17
    Step 17

    >* here is a view of the back and front!

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Peeps
Peeps · Sacramento, California, US · 4 projects
so cute i love earrings and these dolls so its just right for me
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Faye H.
Faye H. · Middlesbrough, England, GB · 1 project
I so can't wait to have a go at this project! x
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PJ
PJ · Avondale, Arizona, US · 96 projects
You did such a great job, so tiny to..
wonderful painting job esp the faces.
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Lydia H.
Lydia H. · 20 projects
These dolls are my favourite things in the whole entire world. I love them so much! What a cute project! I can't wait to make some myself! I have a few Matryoshka themed projects on CO+K as How-Tos but I also have more pictures/projects on my blog (if you love them as much as me that is).
;)
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cinderelly
cinderelly · 4 projects
so sweet! i love matryoshka.
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kristen p.
kristen p. · St Louis, Missouri, US · 2 projects
haha thanks everyone for the nice comments! well my eyes aren't so good as they used to be but they are still working!! and Tina, I am sure you can do it! Just practice a few times...the nice thing is you can just paint over and let dry if you make a mistake!
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cupcake gangster
cupcake gangster · 64 projects
i love these kind of dolls too! i wish i could paint just a little bit as good as you!
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Emma B.
Emma B. · Brisbane, Queensland, AU · 2 projects
These are gorgeous! You must have really good eyes to paint such fine details.
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Emma B.
Emma B. · Brisbane, Queensland, AU · 2 projects
These are gorgeous! An you have such good eyes for making such fine detail!
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Arty Kitkat
Arty Kitkat · St Albans, England, GB · 61 projects
So cute Happy
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