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Topic: Attaching clay limbs to a stuffed body, help?!  (Read 4808 times)
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« on: August 07, 2011 01:09:44 PM »

I'm attempting to make my first doll, but I want the face, arms, and legs to be made from clay while the body is stuffed fabric (like those baby dolls you probably used to play with when you were younger). The only problem is that I can't figure out for the life of me how those dolls are put together. Can anyone link me to a tutorial or explain the easiest way to go about attaching the limbs to the fabric? Any help at all would be appreciated Smiley
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2011 02:35:34 PM »

Do I recall the limbs being glued to a tube of fabric and then sewn on to the body?

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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2011 06:43:45 PM »

The head can be attached one of two ways. Either you make a shoulder plate that fits under or over the cloth body. You would attach this by making holes in the clay in the chest to sew to the torso. If you choose to put tit under the fabric, you need to make a drawstring in the neck hole of the stuffed body.

Or, you could use a block of wood in the center of the stuffed body. The limbs and head would have heavy gauge wire protruding from them and would be glued into pre-drilled holes in the torso. Then the body would be placed over the top, stuffed and then the arm, leg and neck holes would be sewn shut.

If you google doll making tutorials, you'll be sure to find some showing these methods.

Susie has some great pics of her doll making processes on her blog. Lots to learn there. Good luck!

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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2011 07:15:21 AM »

Or, you could poke holes in the limbs, and attach them w/a heavy thread/ such as button thread, carpet thread, or a heavy cord. 
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