Sep 1, 2014

How to Model the Head of a Doll or Figure


Today we have another demonstration in a series of instructional videos from Marisol Romero about cold porcelain. Marisol Romero is a cold porcelain artist from Argentina, where this medium is very popular.

Many air-dry clay projects call for Styrofoam shapes as armatures for figure modeling  In the following video, while at a craft show, Marisol shows us how to wrap a foam ball and model the head of a doll or figure.  She also demonstrates her method for creating eyes, which are normally painted on.

Jul 19, 2014

Make a Little Clay Chair

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Here's something different.   Make this clay chair following this step by step photo tutorial. Create in 1/12 scale for your dollhouse or make it a bit larger for your clay figures or dolls to sit on.  The only tools needed are regular or homemade cutters to shape the seat and chairback; some toothpicks to reinforce the legs and chairback; and something to score a pattern on the faux-turned legs..  Of course, you'll also need some paint to decorate your chair!

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Jul 13, 2014

Make a Ballerina Doll


Clay used in this tutorial is a soft air-dry clay such as Makin's Clay, Deco Clay or Cold Porcelain.  Some white, a small amount that's been tinted pink, and a larger quantity tinted flesh.
  1. Cut a strip of pink clay for bodice.  Tool shown is a fondant cutting and embossing tool with changeable blades for creating different textures.  It's inexpensive and works well with the soft clay.
  2. Use circle cutter to cut white circle.  This will be undergarment.
  3. For head, wrap a foam ball with flesh clay, starting with a ball of clay about same size as foam ball. 
  4. For torso, wrap a foam ball with flesh clay, starting with a ball of clay about twice the size as foam ball and shaping clay into a teardrop shape.
  5. Roll 2 flesh colored logs for legs.  Set aside to dry until needed.
  6. Wrap white circle cut in step 2 around bottom of torso and add texture.
  7. Roll 2 more flesh colored logs for arms.  Flatten ends for hand and use scissors to cut a notch that will create thumb.  Set aside to dry until needed.
  8. Attach legs to body in sitting position.  Use white glue if needed to hold in place.  
  9. Wrap pink bodice made in step 1 around top of torso.
  10. Make shoes from pink and white as shown in photo and attach to leg.  Strengthen joint with piece of toothpick and a little glue.
  11. Make a tutu from pink fabric and wrap around torso.  Stitch to hold secure.
  12. Attach head.   Strengthen joint with piece of toothpick and a little glue.
  13. Attach arms.  
  14. Let doll dry and cure until OK to handle without damage.
  15. Glue yarn or string onto head.   Trim for cute hairdo.
  16. Make a bow from clay and glue to top of head.
  17. Use acrylics to paint eyes, lashes and mouth.   Use powder to blush the cheeks.
  18. Use a dot tool and white acrylic paint to place dots in eyes, on cheeks and all over bow and bodice and you're done!

Jul 7, 2014

Make a Minion ("Despicable Me")


This is a tutorial using edible gumpaste, however the process is same for air dry clay...you just don't have to worry about using edible markers and vermacelli.. Just use regular markers and possibly pieces of broom for the stand-up hair, clay for other hairstyles.

Jun 5, 2014

Craft Some Lavender Sprigs with Air Dry Clay



Tatiana (aka) Mokko has prepared a great step by step tutorial at the Russian site 'Fair Masters" for making lavender from air dry clay.   Because computer translations are notoriously full of errors, especially when it comes to crafting terminology, I've provided an English interpretation below for your convenience.   If you'd rather work from the original, click here.   (Note: When computer translates page, it calls this a polymer clay project, however, no-bake, air dry clay is the medium used in demo.)

These lavender flowers could be made life size or in miniature.
No shape cutters needed for this project, just clay, wire, PVA (white) glue and scissors.  Lavender and green paint needed to pre-tint clay unless you have purchased colored clay.