I am so excited! I am finally learning how to sculpt babies out of polymer clay! Here's my first shot;the baby parts are in the oven here. I did the torso as practice; I'm planning on using the head and limbs with a soft body, probably a crocheted one.
|Sculpting a mini baby in polymer clay, for the first time|
I had a lot of fun working doing this little guy, but it was also very frustrating because the clay kept getting so hot in my hands that it was melting, lol. A new sculpting friend from facebook gave me some good pointers; to put the clay in the fridge for awhile, or roll it between white paper to leach out the extra oils. I tried the fridge and it worked so I didn't bother leaching the clay but will do so next time.
|mini baby in polymer clay, parts in oven|
|Tiny polymer clay baby bum, lol|
|Putting polymer clay baby doll parts in oven|
|Smoothing the head|
|Cute little elf or fairy head|
I ran out today to get an oven thermometer because my toaster oven wasn't getting hot enough when I set it at 275. After I came home with the thermometer, I found out why; my oven, set at 275, only really heats up to 100 F! I had to set it at just under 400 to get 275. The baby is rebaking now. I put some foil over him so the smaller parts won't burn. I hope it works; I'd hate to ruin them. The little arms and lets are sooo tiny.
I also bought a hands free magnifying glass while I was out. I can't wait to try it! Polymer clay was on for half price so I bought more clay as well. My friend Albert wants me to try to make Smaug the dragon from Lord of the rings. That should be fun!
I can't wait to try to paint this baby. I sure wish I had my genesis heat set paints and all of my good artist brushes, but they're in storage, along with my good convection oven and oven thermometer. This is so addictive, and since I can't reborn here, I'm glad I'll still be able to get my baby fix!
Have a great day!