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Topic: what are the basics for making dolls with air dry clay?  (Read 1001 times)
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« on: March 13, 2012 06:54:24 AM »

Hallooo! I have done some searching around the forums and haven't found anything that I'm after!

Basically I 've bought a packet of air dry clay which I'm planning on *attempting* to make a doll with. What is the general protocol? Should I make a base for my doll out of tinfoil or paper/masking tape and mould the clay around it to speed up drying times and keep the doll lighter? And for the limbs is it best to use wire and mould the clay around it?


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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2012 10:57:54 AM »

For the head, I would start with a ball of crumpled paper or foil wrapped around a thin stick (like a kebab skewer).  The stick acts as a handle, reinforcement for the neck, and eventually the spine of the doll.  Cover the ball and a neck's worth of the stick with a thin layer of clay.  Sculpt the head/face and let it dry.  Use a bigger stick for bigger dolls.

http://wingsnthings.tripod.com/proportn.htm is a guide to doll proportions. 

For the limbs, bend a wire to pose the limb, and use the proportion guide to mark for shoulder, wrist, etc.  Leave the wire quite long where it will join to the body.  Sculpt the limbs, let dry.

Antique dolls usually have a cloth or leather body; do that or follow proportion guide to attach limbs to spine, trim off excess wire and skewer, then sculpt body.  Do let the head and limbs dry before assembling the doll; you won't have to worry so much about damaging them.


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