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A grinning Tom in your trash
Recently created for my first tutorial for cut out + keep, this is my Trash Cat.

Posted by Azraels Requiem from Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States • Published See Azraels Requiem 's 46 projects »
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  • How to make a figurine dolls. Trash Cat - Step 1
    Step 1

    I start out with discarded plastic ornaments, my attic just so happened to be littered with them when squirrels managed to get in there but I digress. I usually brush on a water and school glue solution and apply small squares of tissue paper, once dry it gives the clay something to hold onto but I chose to skip it for the purposes of the tutorial.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Trash Cat - Step 2
    Step 2

    I decided early on that I wanted to make a cat so I drilled two small holes and pushed a pair of Cat style doll eyes, but I have in the past used buttons, marbles, eyes cast in resin. A slightly pricier option would be to buy glass eyes from taxidermy sites but pay close attention to the size often listed in millimeters so its probably a good idea to chose eyes from small species animals since the eyes are the approximate size of the animal in question.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Trash Cat - Step 3
    Step 3

    Next is a small amount of air drying clay, I don't generally map out an idea for my projects. I do a quick image search on a search engine and base my ideas loosely on what I see. Here I used terracotta colored clay, no reason but I will say I prefer the white clay because its easier to paint. My local craft store just ran out of the white.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Trash Cat - Step 4
    Step 4

    Here is a profile picture. Notice that I do not cover any more than half of the ball, it cracks way too much when the clay shrinks.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Trash Cat - Step 5
    Step 5

    Working with small amounts of clay at a time, I detail the face.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Trash Cat - Step 6
    Step 6

    You'll notice it cracks around the eyes. I usually take liquid super glue and put a few drops into the cracks and fill them in with clay later.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Trash Cat - Step 7
    Step 7

    Here comes the tissue paper and school glue solution. You can cover up cracks this way too but the face won't be as smooth. I cover any exposed plastic with paper to achieve a relatively smooth and paintable surface.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Trash Cat - Step 8
    Step 8

    Here he is painted

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Trash Cat - Step 9
    Step 9

    I glued his head to a body made of a small bottle, covered it in the same way I did his head. I glued that into a can and added hands made of old glove fingers, I also added pieces of foil, plastic, foam and other assorted items that would look like trash but not smell. Now he's ready to sit on your shelf.

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Kitkat
Kitkat · Runcorn, England, GB · 2 projects
AWWWW I am totally going to make that ! x thanks for the how to Happy
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Kitkat
Kitkat · Runcorn, England, GB · 2 projects
AWWWW I am totally going to make that ! x thanks for the how to Happy
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Sheila Squirrel
Sheila Squirrel
Fantastic and funny.......Lol Happy
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
wooow this is awesome, well done, really great, and sooo cool , very smart idea to use a plastic ball, love your modeling work.!!!!
thank you for your tute and the sharing.:-D
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