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« on: August 06, 2011 12:58:54 PM »

I made this doll some years ago, and used small elastic to make arms and legs movable, I jsut came across it and its really really dirty.I have not done any sculpting in years and have no idea what to clean it with.Soap n water dont seem to do the trick.
Help would be appricated. Grin
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2011 02:15:21 PM »

No idea on how to clean her, sorry!
She's very sweet, I'm currently researching how to make posable polymer clay figures at the moment, so my eyes were drawn to your post!

I am going to sound controversial and say that I really like her with the dirt, the elastic on her shoulders looks a little like stuffing bursting from her seams and that combined with the dirt gives her a real 'just lifted out of the attic' look, like someone finding their beloved toy after many years.  I think she'd look lovely in a customised tiny tattered dress or dungarees.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2011 04:01:57 PM »

Unless you sealed her, you may need to sand her off gently with sandpaper (or a nail file) and repaint. She's very cute


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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2011 09:45:46 AM »

If you've already tried a strong grease-cutting detergent like Dawn with water (perhaps scrubbing with a toothbrush), you can try a soft abrasive powder like Bon Ami (on a wet sponge, etc), or those cream waterless hand cleaners (get one with pumice) from automotive stores or auto depts, or even 0000 steel wool or various other things** which won't be as abrasive as using sandpaper and will also be more flexible.

If it's not just dirt though, you could have to use something else which would contain a solvent for whatever the substances are.

If you do have to resort to sanding, etc, you can even out the surface again with several coats of acrylic paint or clear acrylic finish, or gesso plus whatever paint you want.

Btw, looks like a great doll!  There's a bit about making "jointed" figures with polymer clay on this page of my site too if you're interested:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/sculpting_body_and_tools.htm (click on Jointed near top of list)

** You might get more suggestions from the Safety and Cleaning page at my site, under Cleaning:
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2011 09:04:27 PM »

thank you all very much, I dont know what I did to it, none of the other stuff I sculpted did this.I may repaint her.
Also thanks to whoever said she looked like a beloved doll.I know I have moved around a lot and to be so tiny and not break has been a blessing.I really like her even tho she is rough looking..lol.
I have 3 ft dolls I did out of the clay and no discoloration at all.She must have got something on her.I hope some day to want to do sculpting again.thank you all . Wink
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