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« on: May 06, 2015 07:17:45 PM »





I made these clay dolls for my friend's birthday present; her party theme was cult cinema characters and as she and her boyfriend were going as Morticia and Gomez I thought it would be appropriate! ^____^



The dolls have a wire "skeleton" inside them to help them stay together and I made them from white clay which I painted after baking. The only part that isn't clay is Morticia's long hair, which is cardboard. I originally wasn't going to make her hair, but I changed my mind later on. If I wasn't so indecisive I would have made it from clay as well! I used acrylic paints and gave them a coat of matt spray varnish to hopefully prevent them from flaking or staining. They are a bit bumpier than I really wanted (and even though I felt like I spent ages smoothing them), but I'm still happy with them ^___^
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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2015 05:24:10 AM »

Knew who they were from the thumbnail. Great job. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2015 06:52:26 AM »

Cool renditions of the Addams Family patriarch and matriarch!  They don't look bumpy to me.

 If your friend and her boyfriend ever tie the knot, they could use them as wedding cake toppers!
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2015 07:18:29 PM »

Thanks HSG and Patraw! It's funny that you say that, Patraw, because as soon as I gave them to my friend she announced that she would be saving them for her wedding cake! She'd need a pretty sturdy cake though; they're quite heavy! ^____^
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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2015 11:08:13 AM »

Really nice custom figures! Love those kinds of personalized things, and sounds like your friend did too.

If you're worried their about weight (on a cake, etc) if she uses them later as cake toppers, you could always attach them to some kind of wide base at the feet.  The base could be visible like a painted wood plaque, or hidden under the frosting like some of the plastic disk bases used for adding items to cake tops), or it could be made from polymer clay too if you want to take the super precaution of protecting the frosting from the clay at least where it would touch, or put everything up on some kind of riser.
(some examples: https://www.google.com/images?q=polymer+clay+cake+toppers )

You could do that even with your hardened topper figures by drilling holes up into the bottom of the clay feet using a drill bit by hand, so you could add rods of some kind to glue or otherwise attach into the base.  This one does that from the beginning, but you could do that now too:
http://www.thumbprintkids.com/pages/detailpages/processdetails/page4.htm

Those things would also help keep the figures upright in use.


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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2015 09:55:18 PM »

That's very interesting, Diane B, thank you for sharing it with me! ^____^
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