How to Sculpt Hands in Polymer Clay





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Published on May 27, 2008

In 2015 I announced the closure of my free tutorial website www.DollMakersDream.com. This site for many years was supporting me financially and paying for itself. However, due to changes in advertising and severe copyright infringement my website stopped making the money I needed to keep it going. I had to close the site and focus my attention more heavily on creating the art for financial support.
I am unable to offer the time needed to give additional informational support to the videos I have put up. I was going to take videos down but due to a lot of requests I have decided to keep them up. Please know that I may not be able to answer additional questions you may have. I have prepared a small FAQ below hoping this will help a little. If you are serious about working with polymer clay, I recommend you join the extremely helpful community at www.international-art-doll-registry.com

What polymer clay do you use?
I use Fimo Professional. I no longer mix my own clays as this is not needed with the new recipe of clay, which is very strong and has nice colours. My favourite colour is "Rose" as it is slightly translucent and softer to work with than the more opaque colours of that brand.

How do you cure polymer clay?
You can cure polymer clay by baking it in your household kitchen oven. It is non-toxic as long as you don't burn it. Different brands of clay will bake at different temperatures so be sure to follow the instructions on the brand of clay you have bought.

My clay discolours/cracks/gets a lot of moonies, what do I do?
Chances are you have used a polymer clay that is more designed for general crafts. Clays like this tend to have more problems. I recommend using Fimo Professional.

The clay keeps cracking at the thickest parts?
Polymer clay shouldn't be too thick in any area. You should be aiming for about 1/4 inch thickness anywhere on the body. Anything thicker than that should be built up with an armature. This can be made out of pre-baked clay or built up with aluminum foil paper covered in masking tape.

Where do you buy your supplies?
Australia doesn't have much in the way of doll making supplies, so I have bought nearly everything I need from ebay.com. My armature wire is simply galvanized steel wire which I can buy from the gardening section in my local hardware store.

My dolls look like aliens instead of what I am trying to make, what do I do?
Chances are if you're new you have been looking at tutorials. But what a tutorial can't teach you is what a real face looks like. Instead of purely following a tutorial, be sure to compare your sculpture to a real photo reference. Study every line and every angle. If something on your sculpture looks wrong, change it as you see it. This may mean that you might deviate from the tutorial you're following a little, but if you do it right your sculptures will improve.



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