It's a little hard to tell if you're working with a polymer clay or with an air-dry clay since the pics are out of focus and not generally closeups. (Btw, if your camera won't do shots close up enough, you can always "take a picture" of them on the open bed of a scanner, covered with a box lid, etc... turns out better than one would think!).
So can you tell us the brand name of the clay you're using? or whether you're making the clay at home (in which case, it would
be an air-dry clay).
There are many air-dry clays available for purchase or that can be made at home but they differ quite a lot from polymer clays in all the things polymer clays can do but even just for "sculpting."
You can find a lot of info about each brand and line of polymer clay
, as well as some info on air-dry clay
brands/etc on this page of my (polymer clay "encyclopedia") site if you're interested:http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Characteristics.htm
and these summary posts about that at Craftster:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=254010.msg2836103#msg2836103http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=73664.msg2304571#msg2304571
I notice for one thing that your sculpts appear to be not totally smooth on the surface, and also that the joins aren't smoothed over (though that's certainly okay if you want them that way).
Air-dry clays do come in different qualities, so if you're not using a very smooth one like Makins, Hearty, Creative Paperclay, or Crayola's Air Dry Clay, for example, it'll be hard to get the same smoothness and good "smudgeability" as you would with any brand of polymer clay (Fimo, Premo, Kato, Sculpey, Cernit, etc.).
With polymer clay, usually we always start
every shape as a fully smooth ball, log or sheet, then proceed with the shaping from there; that way the surface can stay free of seams and lumps as much as possible.
Surfaces can get uneven later in handling/shaping though too, especially if the clay is too soft (Sculpey III, SuperSculpey and especially original Sculpey are the worst brands for that) or your hands or environment are too warm.
There are ways to deal with that though. Here are some pages that discuss various topics having to do with "sculpting
" polymer clay, including smoothing
it, lessons on making simple items
, etc, etc:http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/kids_beginners.htm
... and also >Websites
and much more on sculpting with polymer clay:http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/miniatures.htm http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpting_body_and_tools.htmhttp://www.glassattic.com/polymer/heads_masks.htm
You mentioned "glazing" your items so that makes me wonder again if you're using an air-dry clay. Polymer clays require
or "glazing" at all unless one wants to give them a high-gloss finish (and doesn't want to get that by sanding/buffing), or unless there's something on the surface which could fall off or oxidize... air-dry clays always require sealing to prevent moisture and sometimes bug problems.
If you're interested in clear sealers that are safe to use on polymer clays, check out these pages:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=190875.msg2005953#msg2005953http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/finishes.htm
It's also really hard to tell the size of your items, but looking at the eye-screw (or eye pin?) embedded in the top of the poo's for example, they look pretty large and heavy for earrings (and a pendant that size would probably be flat on the back for easier wearing), especially if the are polymer clay (if you used a wadded-ball of aluminum foil inside them as permanent armatures
though, they at least wouldn't be as heavy... solid
polymer clay can't be thicker than 1 1/4" when baked since it will often crack). http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/armatures-perm.htmhttp://www.glassattic.com/polymer/baking.htm
One more thing... you mentioned "painting" your items, so again I'm thinking probably air-dry clay. Cured polymer clay can be painted but that's seldom done by most clayers since it's so much fun and easy to build all the color
right into the clay (in various ways, and almost any color you can imagine).
If you're interested in doing that, check out this page:http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/color.htm
... and check out this page for some info on doing the painting-on-top
>Preparing The Clay
... and also >Acrylic Paints
P.S. Here's another previous post at Craftster you might want to read since it gives info and links to beginners about the things they might want to learn when first getting into polymer clay
HTH, and welcome (maybe?) to polymer clay!