Learn to sculpt step-by-step!
I decided to make a full tutorial of this one so if anyone's interested, come sculpt along! I will be adding more pics as I go.
- Kay T. favorited Polymer Clay Sculpture Tutorial 12 Nov 22:41
- Angel C. favorited Polymer Clay Sculpture Tutorial 27 Oct 19:33
- Ethan S. favorited Polymer Clay Sculpture Tutorial 10 May 10:35
- Katrina P. favorited Polymer Clay Sculpture Tutorial 02 May 02:36
- Lona R favorited Polymer Clay Sculpture Tutorial 25 Apr 07:46
- russ t. favorited Polymer Clay Sculpture Tutorial 24 Apr 08:40
- Patricis O. favorited Polymer Clay Sculpture Tutorial 14 Apr 05:00
- Camille D. favorited Polymer Clay Sculpture Tutorial 14 Sep 21:49
- Gingerbread1992 favorited Polymer Clay Sculpture Tutorial 26 May 11:37
- alison b. favorited Polymer Clay Sculpture Tutorial 22 Apr 04:28
Begin by positioning the eyeballs on the face
Map out the features. The trick is to touch your own face to feel where the bones should be and how huge the eye sockets are.
She looks like C3PO now LOL!
Make two very small snakes for eyelids, add clay balls to cheeks and chin.
Blend the additions with a flat tool and a soft paint brush.
Build a wire armature with the aid of an anatomy reference. I used Patricia Rose's lady pattern. Keep it simple and leave extra wire for the arms for posing purpose. Hold the wires together by soldering or simply tape firmly with masking tape.
Next, bulk up the chest, buttocks and thighs with foil. This will reduce the thickness of clay in these areas so you can bake for a shorter time, and not worry about burning the thinner parts.
Wrap the whole armature with floral or masking tape. It is important to cover the wires as the steel can leave black marks on the clay.
Put the head on to check the proportion. Pose your doll.
Brush some baby oil on the armature and cover it with clay. The oil helps the clay to adhere. Give her more flesh than you'd like and blend well. Roughly carve out her figure. I use anatomy references of nude women.
Smooth her as much as you can with a soft brush dipped in a solution of baby oil+ water. Gently feather off fingernail marks and fingerprints.
After smoothing, I discretely branded her with my initials. It doesn't have to be on the shoulder blade. Depending on the pose, I sometimes put it on the back of the neck, on the inner thigh or under the foot.
I wrapped her already baked head in wet cotton and foil to keep it from darkening more than the fresh clay on her body.
Start with a cold oven, hang her from the top tray to avoid flattening anything. Use an oven thermometer, do NOT trust the oven's built-in thermometer! Baking time and temperature vary from brand to brand. For Prosculpt, it's recommended to bake every 6mm for 15 min at 130'C.Again, DO NOT touch her until she is cooled after baking. Open the door slightly to stop the cooking, let her cool naturally in the oven.
There will be white marks on her face from the wet cotton, but they can be easily removed by rubbing with *very little* acetone and then baby oil.
The size of her hands should be about the length from her chin to half way of her forehead. Roll out two equal sausages, flatten the palm and cut 5 little wedges for fingers. Using a soft brush and a detail tool of your choice, define the joints, knuckles, wrinkles and fingernails. Assemble to the arms and bake. I have also blushed and painted her body.
I glued fantasy films for her fins, held them over fire (be very careful!) to shrink the film and decorated with micro beads. I also hand dyed her mohair and made her a tiara.