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Polymer Clay Doll Tutorial:
How to create a simple polymer clay and cloth character
The Little Fox Polymer Clay Doll Tutorial for all levels.
Summer has arrived !
And it is time for playful projects for all ages and levels.
This little polymer clay tutorial is a fun way to spend a bit of time using simple materials to create a sweet little fox character.
YOU WILL NEED:
- Neutral prepared clay : SEE how here : https://hellocreativesisters.com/how-to-condition-polymer-clay-the-beginning-students-guide/
- Black clay (also conditioned as above)
- Two fabrics of your choice, one for the body and one for the arms and legs. Fabrics are easier to work with if they are stretchy. (week two)
- Scissors : fabric and paper scissors
- Needle nose pliers with wire cutters
- Sculpting tools : my favorites are a double pointed knitting needle and a set of three tools by Sculpey : Style and Detail Tool Set
- Makeup and chalks for colouring
- Paint brushes for your couloring
- Sticks for sculpting and for the head : Candy apple sticks work great or large shish kabob BBQ sticks.
- Sandpaper (week two)
- Pins (week two)
- Filler for the body (I use doll pellets) and a funnel. (week two)
- Sense of humour! (never begin without it)
Here is PART one : polymer clay doll tutorial : sculpting little foxie’s head :
Here is the second video : POLYmer clay doll tutorial : colouring the head :
Now you can chose some fabrics for your little garments
and be ready for next week’s tutorial on making the little suit.
Of course the fabric choices can be great fun and part of your creative enjoyment. My search found some lovely red cloth in my box of stretchy fabrics and I chose this because it is a great rich colour for the little character and worked really well with a black and white stripe I love to use in my work.
Last week I talked about gathering fabrics and the hunt for the right kind of materials. Something to consider as well is the scale of patterns in the cloth for these little characters. It is part of the delight of these little figures and hopefully for you is an enjoyable part of the creative process.
For those of you who do not have an affinity for textiles and sewing you might enjoy looking for some found objects you can use in place of the cloth parts of your doll. Old spools, gourds, interesting pieces of wood, metal things … something that appeals to you is a perfect opportunity to add your own ideas into this process. Polymer clay for the head, hands and feet allows you to make original parts rather than just finding old doll pieces (something we see a lot of in assemblage and found object work). This brings a spark to your characters which I feel is more playful and interesting.