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« on: November 07, 2005 10:57:32 PM »

Recently I decided to give a go at sculpting and dolls, with a bit of super sculpey and time on hand here is my learning adventure so far, and I stress LEARNING, because each one I make I learn something new... I've got a looong ways to go, but the journey is fun.


One of the first ones I tried in the spirit of halloween, I no longer have her to take pictures, but I had added black lace and embroidered bats on her dress.  Here is where I realize that finish is a bit too shiny.  The arms and legs are sea urchin spines, that my mother had a lot of, bound to find uses for those.


Another halloween doll, a little happy witch Smiley


This is one of my favorites so far and I changed the way I made her and attached the arms and legs. I can't wait to have time to focus more on working the details, such as hands and feet.  Hands seem to be quite the challenge.


another favorite, this sculpey was mixed with a little white oil paint before I did this, had no clue if it would work, but it did!  The legs are sea urchin spines, but I might change them out with sculpted ones. 

She looks frightful here due to the fact I had her in my apron pocket all day, it just cheered me up Smiley she ended up looking like my niece who I miss!


Hope that wasn't too much, I'm new to this and wow there are so many considerations that winging it just doesn't always work.  I hope to keep learning and improve, though I'm a little stuck on the beehives/wild hair right now, the happy whimsy of it just makes me smile.

Thanks for looking and comments are welcome! Newbie here and I'll absorb them like a sponge.


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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2005 05:41:03 AM »

These are all really awesome!  I especially like the witch.

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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2005 10:07:20 AM »

Those are wonderful expressions they have and the idea to use urchin spines for limbs is genius!

Take a peek!

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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2005 01:15:44 PM »

Hi micky.... great figures!!! . . . they're just wonderful.

I also visited your (temporary?) photo site, and love the thread-limb ones too! 
(I'd like to put a link to all of them at my polymer clay website, but am afraid you'll be moving them soon . . . let me know if you won't be, or when you move them somewhere permanent --can e-mail me from my website).

You mentioned a learning curve with the clay and dolls, so if you're interested in getting a bunch more info on making polymer figures (including heads, hands, joints, avoid "plaquing" in SuperSculpey, etc), check out these pages at my site:

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm ("sculpting" clays, techniques, groups,etc.)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpting_body_and_tools.htm (body parts, joints, clothing,scales,wings,tools, etc)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/armatures-perm.htm (permanent support, etc.)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/armatures-temp.htm (dissolvable, removable support)

You might also be interested in these in particular:

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/color.htm (color in the body of the clay...mixing, recipes, etc.)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/paints.htm (paints on, or in, polymer clay to color it, etc.)

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/finishes.htm (liquid and wax finishes)

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/mixing_media.htm (paper, metal, fabric, feathers, etc)

ALSO guilds (clubs) and online groups for polymer clayers:

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/groups--online2.htm (msg.bds,mailinglists,etc.)
...here's a direct link to the one that serves Dallas/Fort Worth

Keep having fun and showing us your stuff!!

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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2005 08:05:50 PM »

wow thanks for the wonderful comments!

Diane B.:  I will be keeping them hosted there and you are welcome to put some links up if you like.  If anything changes it will only be that I'll be putting up a different website in addition, but still keeping the dolls hosted at this one also Smiley so the links should stay functioning.

Thank you sooo much for those links, there is so much information and I can not wait to dig into it all tomorrow! I'm certainly up for learning (I will never ever ever stop learning) so I am excited to see this wealth of information!

At first I wasn't sure how things were going to go, but now am ready to really put a lot into this, long story short... I am an artist, got sick (Neuro-muscular), lost a lot of motor control, having trouble re-learning to draw/paint but am handling learning new things well... hence the sculpting venture, and to make it all better, its making me very happy to do.

Tomorrow I'm going to take a look over at your links and do some in depth reading, thank you so much.

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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2005 11:30:06 AM »

Thanks for letting me know! . . . I've added a link to your photos to my Sculpting-Bodies page.

I'm a bit familiar with physical problems since I have fibromyalgia myself, and my sister had to give up her painting because of a neck injury caused by a drunk driver.... she's got enough function back that she can do some again though and can do lots of other art things too, so we're incredible happy about that.

I just happened to see the photos from a class my guild had this month which reminded me a bit of your things... the class was by Dayle Doroshow who's very into her "Messengers and Storytellers beings"... if you want to check them out, better do it now because our webmistress is famous for letting things stay online only till the next meeting!

Best of luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2005 06:02:33 AM »

Those are gorgeous!  I absolutely LOVE the witch's face!  Good for you for getting back into crafting after your illness.  You're doing a smashing job, especially since you haven't been doing it long.  I'd love to see more - I think I'll have to stake out your photo site to wait for more.  I'm also curious about how the hair was made and attached.

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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2005 10:58:26 AM »

Those are so intricate! I looked at them and thought, "...Blimey, those must be huge sea urchin spines..." before I saw the size of them compared to your mouse and your hand. How on earth did you get the detail so perfect?
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2005 11:08:10 AM »

For anyone interested, I have info on adding mohair (and other types of hair) to polymer figures, both when the clay is raw and when it's baked... also "wigs" at this page on my site:

(...click on the subcategory Hair....)


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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2005 12:40:38 PM »

Thanks guys for the compliments! Smiley

As far as the detail, I used to paint miniatures for our d&d games and so was very used to working small, even somewhat able to do it while shaking horrrendously, going to make a quicktime movie of that sometime.  For the faces, I'd make a very small armature for the head, cover it in the sculpey and start adding forms for the face, filling out the back of the head.  Then I'd get into the sculpting part, honestly at first it was very frustrating but forcing myself to keep doing it made it so much easier and more fun after some very failed attempts. (**I will make a picture series of one of the dolls though soon Smiley if that helps! ) 

The sea urchin Spines I had were all different sizes the biggest was probably only a few inches long down to 1/2", in order to get a hole drilled in them you have to use a very very tiny bit especially made that will drill through things like porcelain.  Even then, a lot of them cracked in the process. (used a rotary tool with drill press attachment.)

Regarding the hair: I would check out the link Diane B. provided on hair, though I'll give you my method which is still evolving and umm... probably not sanctioned in any way as... I don't know where i'm going with this so here is what I did...

(This is what happens when you wing it with what you have around)

What I used for the hair is the fuzzy yarn that target had on sale in their $1 section for a while. (bought lots!)

Take some regular yarn, nearest to the color of the hair that you can get.

Then I started to spiral the yarn, sewing it together with thread as I went.  Depending on the hair I would either make what looked like a tiny coaster from yarn or a beehive cone. (you can use anything, just use what you've got!) On the first beehive doll I did (a bigger one) I actually sewed a small beehive pillow that the fuzzy yarn attached to.

After that I put rubber cement on the head of the doll, then also on the yarn wig base.  Let it dry completely. Then carefuly placed the base on the head, be careful because when it sticks, its stuck Smiley

At that point I sew the "hair" on. 

With about 4 long strands of the fuzzy hair yarn I'd place them together and tie knots every inch or 1/2 inch.  Then I'd sew that around the base until it covered it, going back and over as needed.

Some of the dolls heads are cone shaped with holes through it so that I can have some extra security with the "wig".

I've only had one "wig" start to come off of a doll, and it was one that I did not wait for the rubber cement to dry completely before attaching.  I will however keep experimenting with better ways to attach it.

***my apologies if that was confusing, as soon as time allows for me to continue the doll making, I will take photographs for a step by step.  This is a learning process for me and also a fun exploration, but I'm happy to share anything that others might by chance find interesting***

Is there a "make do" club around? because I've adopted that as my motto this year... if I don't have the right tools or the right supplies I'll make do.  This turns out to be such a fun way to explore, adventure, and discover new things (not to say I don't spend hours pouring over the internet sites for information too!) 

How blessed it would be to keep the inquisitive open mind of a child, tempered with the wisdom of years.


p.s. I'm currently working on a portrait figure of and for my dad#2, it will be on a stand and be able to hold the wooden pens he makes and sells.  I will try to get a good series of start to finish pictures on this. 

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