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« on: December 29, 2009 10:20:14 AM »

I thought it would be fun to make action figures for my co-workers this Christmas.  After playing around with them for several days I decided to make bobble heads instead.  As time got closer I just decided to use prefab bodies of snowmen that I bought and nix the moving heads.  The heads are about 2-2 1/2 inches in height and made from polymer clay.  Because I ran out of time, I purchased the bodies .... they were snowmen (the white one was a Santa though) and I took off their heads and replaced them with mine.  After I made the ones for my coworkers I also made some for my husband's father and brothers.  They loved them.  Hope you enjoy them too.

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Someone asked to see the actual people so here they are...again, sorry about the quality of the photos










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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2009 10:34:35 AM »

Wow, those are great!
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2009 10:43:18 AM »

They are amazing!
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2009 11:55:06 AM »

Holy crap these are incredible! Yesterday someone linked http://fairiesndreams.com/eyetutorial.html for an eye tutorial. Is that how you do your eyes, too?
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2009 12:17:14 PM »

Holy crap these are incredible! Yesterday someone linked http://fairiesndreams.com/eyetutorial.html for an eye tutorial. Is that how you do your eyes, too?
I love the eyes in the tutorial!  No, I created little white polymer eyes.. actually little balls and then painted the rest. Once in the face I covered them with a gloss.  Thanks for that link.
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2009 09:44:27 PM »

 Shocked

wowee! these are amazing! (no helpful, constructive comments im afraid...just wow.)
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2009 11:07:35 PM »

I just couldn't help myself and hit the "this rocks" button! The detail in your faces astounds me! The little teeth and the eyes and hair... I can't imagine how long these took you to make!
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2009 11:18:50 PM »

your FIRST time!?!! holy cow!! these are ridiculously amazing!

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« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2009 02:35:23 AM »

Amazing!  I would die if I received this as a gift.  Your coworkers must have been stoked.
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« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2009 07:19:40 AM »

These are too awesome for words. I love the way the heads work so well with the bodies. Great job!
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« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2009 08:34:54 AM »

You must work with some pretty cool people to make them such an awesome gift! Did you work from photos or memory? I love how each face is so distinctly different (thats the point, I know.) It shows how talented you are at picking up on the tiny details of the human face.
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Wow. The more I look at the various crafts on Craftster, the more I want to retire from my day job and be a permanent crafter (and teacher of crafts) ... roflol.
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« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2009 10:35:25 AM »

Hilarious and awesome all at the same time!  Those are truly fabulous!!!!!
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« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2009 04:52:50 PM »

Thanks for all of the compliments.  I had so much fun doing these. Since I was making these as secret gifts I had to discretely gather photos to use.  All of my "subjects" have facebook pages so I was able to get most photos from there.  The hardest part was finding photos of their profile which is pretty important.  And I work with amazing people... you know they are great when they appreciated the gifts.... they spent about 30 minutes snapping photos of all of them and laughing while doing so.... Thanks for all of the encouragement!


You must work with some pretty cool people to make them such an awesome gift! Did you work from photos or memory? I love how each face is so distinctly different (thats the point, I know.) It shows how talented you are at picking up on the tiny details of the human face.
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« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2009 09:06:25 PM »

These are incredible - you have serious sculpting talent.  They're beautiful caricatures.  This rocks!
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« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2009 01:06:47 PM »

Amazing quality!  This is your first time working with polymer clay?  Wow.... just wow!

Would you/Could you post pictures of the real people with their clay figures?  That would be really cool to see.

Tell them inquiring Craftster minds want to know! 

Most excellent work there, kiddo, most excellent work.

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« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2009 01:30:12 PM »

Great job! They all have fantastic expressions. You're really good at this.
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« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2009 02:30:19 PM »

Thanks so much.... I added the photos to the original post

Amazing quality!  This is your first time working with polymer clay?  Wow.... just wow!

Would you/Could you post pictures of the real people with their clay figures?  That would be really cool to see.

Tell them inquiring Craftster minds want to know! 

Most excellent work there, kiddo, most excellent work.

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« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2009 03:44:47 PM »

OK, now they're even more incredible. You were spot on with those likenesses!
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« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2009 05:10:27 PM »

oooooo!  Thanks for posting the photos!  Even better than I thought!   Smiley Amazing.  Truly an excellent job! Love it, absolutely, love it.

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OMG! Those are gorgeous - and this is your first time with poly clay?  Wow!  wow!  Wow!
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« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2010 10:21:57 AM »

Really great job!  And gr-r-eat gifts.

You're so good at caricatures that I'm sure you could easily join the few other clayers who make a few bucks by offering to make custom clay caricatures online.  Some of them do only special-occasion figures (cake toppers, etc), but others just make them with an accesssory showing a hobby  they're interested in, or showing something they do as work, or just make the figures alone. 
(My sister once gave a cartoon caricature to her much-liked dentist of the dentist comically pulling a tooth... the dentist still has it framed on the wall of her office, though not sure how her patients take it!).  Lots of people would love something like that to give or to receive though.


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« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2010 12:25:42 PM »

Thanks so much.  I'm blown away by all of the compliments and encouragement.  I have been playing around with polymer clay for years but have never made anything that I didn't wad back up into a ball and give up on.  My daughter has a miniature country store and asked if I would help her make items for it.  I searched youtube for tutorials and while doing so ran across tutorials for making dolls.  I thought about how funny it would be to make dolls or actions figures for my co-workers for Christmas and the search began.  My original heads were created to fit on Ken doll bodies but I didn't like the after effect when I painted them... wasnt a smooth look.... and I struggled getting skin tones to match the doll body.  So then I started over and went with clay mixtures for hair and most other colors. 

It probably took me a couple of months to play around with the clay and get the hang of it then I was able to work quicker. 

Thanks, too for the idea about selling them. That makes me a bit nervous but it is something that I might give serious thought to...

This is photo of the first one that was intended for a Ken doll body. 



OMG! Those are gorgeous - and this is your first time with poly clay?  Wow!  wow!  Wow!
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« Reply #23 on: January 01, 2010 11:08:02 PM »

These rock!

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« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2010 12:12:43 PM »

Freakin fantastic!!!  You have a lot of talent there, explore it Smiley
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All I can say is Lucky co workers!
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Coool !!! Those are looking really good!
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I thought you did an awesome job until I saw the pictures of your co-workers.
YOU ARE AN ARTIST to say the least! Super fantastic job!
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« Reply #28 on: January 08, 2010 02:10:38 AM »

Wow, those are amazing! And you really managed to capture the characteristics of the 'original people' too. I'm sure they must have been thrilled to receive those cute little bobblehead-selves Wink!

Keep up the great work!
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« Reply #29 on: January 08, 2010 05:31:26 AM »

i'm smiling ear to ear!  these are so beautiful!
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« Reply #30 on: January 08, 2010 07:07:21 AM »

I'm new to craftser...I mostly lurk, get ideas...etc. However, I had to post here...I'm a huge fan of playing with polymer clay...(makes me feel like a kid! LOL) and I've had some great compliments...but these are so amazing!! I love that you added them to 'bodies'...I'm already thinking ahead to this years Christmas! My family would love this! However...I'm not sure I can pull off the likenesses as you have! Amazing job!!!
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Good lord those are incredible!! Shocked Well done! Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: January 08, 2010 07:52:52 PM »

those turned out really well, great job!
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LOVE IT!!!!
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« Reply #34 on: January 11, 2010 06:20:24 PM »

I just love those, they ROCK, you captured everyone's characters/personality amazingly, and I believe you could definitely sell these kind of sculptures for a very decent price as they are really fab!!!!  Grin
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« Reply #35 on: January 12, 2010 10:07:53 AM »

I just love those, they ROCK, you captured everyone's characters/personality amazingly, and I believe you could definitely sell these kind of sculptures for a very decent price as they are really fab!!!!  Grin


I am so thankful for such wonderful comments... thank you.

So how would I even go about selling something like this?  Would it even be worth it financially?  Anyone else sold their work and can give pointers?  THanks
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« Reply #36 on: January 12, 2010 11:18:49 AM »

There are actually a number of ways you could sell custom figures like this, although online might be easiest and most profitable.  You could also go the route of local places that either sell your completed work wholesale or have samples at their shops plus arrangements for you to make something custom for their shoppers by contacting you as well, etc... and there are other ways too.

Check out some of the pages at my site on doing polymer clay as a business to get some details and leads:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/business.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/start_a_business.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/shows.htm
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I'd also suggest checking out some other people online who make custom polymer clay figures (or cake toppers, etc.) to see what they charge and how yours compare to theirs for some general $$ guidelines.

HTH, and good luck!

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« Reply #38 on: January 13, 2010 04:47:49 PM »

I thought they were great and then comparing them to the photos... Wowie-zowie!!! You knocked my socks off!  Shocked
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« Reply #39 on: January 14, 2010 02:52:53 AM »

those are absolutely amazing. You are genius. This rocks
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Those are amazing.  If you make it a business make sure you keep posting your work on craftsters!  Lucky co-workers.
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« Reply #41 on: January 18, 2010 09:34:56 AM »

There are actually a number of ways you could sell custom figures like this, although online might be easiest and most profitable.  You could also go the route of local places that either sell your completed work wholesale or have samples at their shops plus arrangements for you to make something custom for their shoppers by contacting you as well, etc... and there are other ways too.

Check out some of the pages at my site on doing polymer clay as a business to get some details and leads:
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http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/shows.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/photography.htm
and maybe these two also:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/demos.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/teaching.htm

I'd also suggest checking out some other people online who make custom polymer clay figures (or cake toppers, etc.) to see what they charge and how yours compare to theirs for some general $$ guidelines.

HTH, and good luck!

Diane B.

Thanks again for all of the encouragement! Thank you for this info, Diane B.  I'm eager to look into it.  What a fun way to earn a little extra!
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