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  • Learn to sculpt a polymer clay miniature rose flower by Artisan Aleah Klay
    be the rose bud Place it on the stem Enlarge picture showing how to create the rose shape 8 Blend it onto the stem using your needle Enlarge picture showing blending 9 Take your needle tool and poke a hole in the top of the rose Enlarge picture to show hole at the top of the rose 10 Using your needle tool create lines in the rose to define the petals Enlarge picture showing how to define rose petals 11 Create three tiny half moon oval shapes This will be the leaves Enlarge picture showing the leaves 12 Place those pieces under the rose bud and around the rose stem Enlarge picture showing the leaves attached 13 Blend them onto the stem using your needle Enlarge picture on how to attach and blend the leaves 14 Using your needle tool bend and shape each leaf Enlarge picture showing another angle of blending 15 Place the rose on a ceramic plate and bake at 275F 130C for 15 minutes Remove let cool Enlarge picture showing final step before baking MEET THE ARTIST Aleah is a self taught artist and lives in Salt Lake City UT She says that she has been messing around with all kinds of different mediums for as long as she can remember She loves creating mixed medium three dimensional pieces Aleah only creates original works never using molds nor has she ever made molds of her original pieces Aleah explains I guess I have a wild imagination A Blue Jay will fly past me and I ll imagine a faery on it s back I ll imagine music while on a walk on lazy days in the Avenues Of course there is a ghost in the attic of the house next to my apartment viewable from my

    Original URL path: http://www.cdhm.org/tutorials/learn-to-make-a-rose.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Learn how to wig a doll or fairy, by Artisan Nicky Cooper
    12th it can sometimes look bulky unless you use very thin layers 12 Trim away any excess hair standing out of the glue line Using your glue syringe draw a receding hair line and fill in behind it to your line of hair at the back Enlarge picture showing where to trim and glue 13 Now take another piece of weft this time place the glued end toward the back of the dolls head following the glue line allowing the loose hair to drape over the dolls face Enlarge picture where to layer the next weft along the hairline of the head 14 Before preceding make sure there is a good glue seal on either side where this layer meets the other weft Enlarge picture showing where to check the glue line 15 Press the hair line down firmly Check that the glue has sealed Enlarge picture showing where to check the back glue line Q A Q Fabritacï ½ doesn t dry in the syringe A Draw the Fabritacï ½ up into the syringe and then I add the nib Once full and before you add the nib turn the syringe upside down and flick the stem a few times to clear any air bubbles from the syringe body Another suggestion that will keep the glue fresh over night or even a couple of days in the syringe is to add a touch of Vaselineï ½ petroleum jelly to the tip of the applicator Bottles with metal tips work just as well too if anyone has a phobia of needles Try and store the syringe in an upright position you will find that a little bead will form on the top of the syringe The bead of glue dries to the outside and seals the syringe nib These make handy tear drops or dew drops 16 When you are sure the glue is dried lift the hair back and pull down and over the glued section toward the rear of the head Enlarge picture the pulled hair over the head 17 Now you are ready to make the beard If I am going to add a long beard I sculpt the chin into the shape of the beard This makes it easier to place the hair Pull away a very fine section of mohair add a dab of glue to the end and give it a slight pinch Add another dab of glue and place at the chin Enlarge picture showing how to make the beard 18 Draw a very fine line of glue between the top lip and the nose Enlarge picture showing where to glue for the beard 19 TTake a tiny section of hair and place along one side of the upper lip Enlarge picture showing where to begin gluing beard 20 Take another tiny section of hair and repeat on the opposite side Now take a small piece of mohair and add it to the middle of the upper lip to complete the mustache Trim

    Original URL path: http://www.cdhm.org/tutorials/learn-advanced-doll-wigging.html (2016-04-27)
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  • How to sculpt doll or fairy face and head, by Artisan Tony Rice
    your craft knife you will need to divide the face up Start by drawing a line across horizontal dent from left to right to indicate the line the eyes will sit on This line should be about halfway between the top of the head and the chin Make one line dividing the face in half vertically Make tick marks half way out on the horizontal line to note the center of the pupil A mark half way down the vertical line will indicate the bottom of the nose A mark half way between the nose mark and the chin will tell you where the mouth will be This is a map of where the features will go Making the map will make it easier to get the proportions right than not but it will still take practice Don t worry about proportions to much if this is your very first head sculpt just have fun Enlarge picture showing how to map the face 8 Make a thick pancake of clay that fits between the chin and mouth line and place it on the head Blend it into the face left right and down but not in an upward motion toward the nose Enlarge picture showing how to build up the chin 9 This picture came out blurry but I edited it so you can see what you need to do Make an oval pancake of clay and place it on the face just above the last one you made Blend it in left right and up but not down Enlarge picture to show nose area build up 10 There should be a gash where you didn t blend the last two pancakes together This is the mouth Make a rounded dent under the bottom lip to give it shape and fullness Press up at an angle on the inside of the top lip to give it the approximate shape of a Cupid s bow I use a spatula tool for the top lip and any small round tool handle for the bottom lip Draw in the philtrum with a ball stylus Apply a small round ball of clay to the center of the face Your nose line is probably obliterated by now but guesstimate where it was Smooth the nose out in all directions away from the center but most steeply at the sides and top Enlarge picture showing how to create the mouth 11 Using a round tool like a large ball stylus or the end of your little finger make an indent where the eye sockets will be Enlarge picture showing where to create the eye sockets ARTIST COMMENT At some point I decided to add a small ball of clay to the chin because I thought it wasn t shaped right but forgot to take a picture of it In this next picture you can see where I haven t blended it in all the way 12 Be sure to allow a mound in the middle between

    Original URL path: http://www.cdhm.org/tutorials/learn-to-sculpt-face-and-head.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Learn to sculpt a miniature polymer clay rainbow trout, by Artisan Kiva Atkinson
    ones to attach to the body you can absolutely do that too I just take a tiny ball make somewhat of a teardrop shape mark the lines then attach them More often than not though I make them the fast way 5 Now to make the ventral or bottom fins pinch out two sections in alignment with the dorsal fins Enlarge picture showing where to make the bottom fin 6 To make the fins next to the gills take the tiny ball that was set aside and make a tiny flattened teardrop shape and mark lines with your needle tool Press the fin onto the section just behind the gill opening a bit low on the body Enlarge picture of how to make the gill fins 7 Now mark lines on all the fins including the tail Then take your razor and cut a very slight vee in the tail Enlarge picture showing how to define the gills and tail TIP You can re gape your fish s mouth if it closed again Take your razor and slice into it Sometimes I make hanging fish I gape the mouth really wide make an opening all the way through the throat and poke a tiny hole in the upper lip Then when the fish is baked and varnished I slide a metal hook through the hole 8 Grate some grey chalk It s time for the shading This can get messy so be very careful Brush the dorsal or top part of the body also all the fins including the tail and the gill fin Go a little softer on the gill and ventral or bottom fins shading it midway making sure you leave a white belly Enlarge picture showing how to shade with the grey chalk 9 Grate your moss green chalk and brush the very top of the entire length of the body Enlarge picture showing how to shade with the green chalk 10 Grate your bright pink chalk and using your micro brush make a blurred line of pink starting just before the gills and fading before you get to the tail This part is optional but I like to use a bit of pearlescent powder and lightly brush it over the pink stripe If you don t have a micro brush no worries Just use a super fine brush and pick up a little of the pink powder blow off the excess and very lightly make that line Go a little right into the gill as well Don t make a really defined hard line blur it out Enlarge picture showing how to shade with the pink chalk TIP This is the another step that can get a wee bit messy After the fish are shaded and baked and cooled I take a bit of super fine sandpaper more like a rough sponge than sandpaper and gently go over the belly where I want to clean up any stray bits of chalk This leaves a more pristine

    Original URL path: http://www.cdhm.org/tutorials/learn-to-sculpt-a-rainbow-trout.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Learn to make a flower border by Artisan Tracy Topps
    the fern 11 Showing where to place the fern along the fence line Enlarge picture showing the placement of the fern 12 Take out your small vine Enlarge picture showing the vine 13 Add a dollup of glue to the bottom of the vine Enlarge picture on where to add glue 14 Once the vine is in place add a little of your sheet moss on top to cover the glue Press hard and toward the fence so that it will stand up straight Enlarge picture showing how to cover the base of the fern 15 Take your tiny flowers bunches Cut the top part off so that the three parts are still connected Doing them this way will make the flowers look more like a 1 scale Enlarge picture showing how to prepare the flowers 16 After cutting the flowers you will have three tiny flowers per bunch see image Enlarge picture showing the cluster of flowers 17 Add a drop of glue to the bottom of the flower cluster and place it down into the moss Enlarge picture showing glue placement 18 Place them in a cluster around each other within the mossy areas Enlarge picture showing the flower clusters 19 Now choose your bunch of white flowers Add glue to the bottom of this bunch and press down and add a pinch or sheet moss around the bottom area This will aid the flowers to stand tall If they lean add a small drop of glue and press more moss around the bottom to make the flowers stand straight up Enlarge picture showing how to straighten the flowers 20 This is where you should be so far see image Enlarge picture showing garden so far 21 Take a small bunch of light colored flowers Add glue to the bottom and press into the moss Enlarge picture adding more flowers TIP Always remember smaller flowers should be in the front and larger flowers look better in the back 22 Cluster the flowers in threes This adds symmetry to the garden Enlarge picture showing flower clusters in threes 23 Now select any of your plants without flowers Add them to the border in the back Larger flowers go in the back Enlarge picture showing border plants 24 Remember to use a pinch of moss around the base of the plant and press it firmly to help the plants stand straight up Enlarge picture showing moss being added to plants 25 Next take your clay flowers Cut the wire stems about 1ï ½ inches below the flowers Enlarge picture showing preparation of the clay flowers 26 Take three individual flower stems then twist the wires together Enlarge picture showing clay flowers twisted as one stem 27 Add glue to the bottom of one bunch press the bunch into the sheet moss This will be your choice of placement either in a nice grouping or spattered around the garden As you see in the image I made a grouping of mine

    Original URL path: http://www.cdhm.org/tutorials/learn-to-make-a-flower-border.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Make a Dollhouse Tri-Mirror with Ribbon Frame by Artisan Heidi Ashworth
    the clay Drape the tail of the ribbon over the two smaller oval frames Enlarge picture showing how to attach the ribbon to frame TIP Now the fun part Embellish your frame any way you want You can take a clay tool and make little indentations all along the frame either a straight line from side to side or you can use a tool that has a rounded end and make little dents like a mermaid fish tail affect You can be really creative and personalize the mirror to your own style You can make tiny flowers tiny balls of clay or stylize with tiny sculptures Check the mirrors in the frame to make sure there are no gaps Because the clay shrinks when baked it could have gotten too big on the inside So if that happened happens then you can extrude a small line of clay as filler Just place the filler around the frames that have shrunk then rebake It is a much smaller amount of clay so ten minutes should be the bake time BAKING Bake the clay according to the directions on the package For example some say bake 15 minutes for every 1 4 inch of clay After baking let the clay cool Once cooled the frame will remove easily It is okay if the frame is flexible the clay will continue to harden as it cools Ideally your three ovals and your ribbon will be stuck together still However they might not be so just glue them in place In my example I decided to use wax paper underneath as I glued and painted so that it would look nicer than my usual the beat up old pan DON T use the wax paper The paint sticks to it and makes it peel off of the frame Use your pan if you don t care or use a piece of cardboard or even just a piece of computer paper 9 Take your paint and brush and apply the first coat of paint You will need to be sure to get the edges of the frame inside and out and under the ribbon Enlarge picture showing first layer of paint TIP When you are going to use the distress method I feel that you should really paint it so that you can t see through to what is underneath I guess that is just my personal preference some people do distressed stuff by doing light layers of paint but my philosophy is that these distressed pieces are items that someone painted white a long time ago and that they wanted it to look nice at that time It is only now that we cherish the distressed look because it means it is an antique etc So even though I am going to just sand it off again I paint it as many times as it takes to give it a good solid look usually three or four layers Of course if you don t

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  • Learn to sculpt miniature doll house mussels in the shell from polymer clay by Carol Cook
    your great work so far Enlarge picture showing the Skinner method of cane slicing 10 Next take an old small very dry paintbrush lightly dust with cornstarch blowing away any excess This is going to allow you to release the shell when you have finished sculpting and the clay will not stick to the spoon Enlarge picture showing how to dry brush spoon 11 Pick up the clay slice with your needle type tool and place into the spoon This is a tricky bit If you can t get the slice to stay put hold the spoon with your thumb second finger whilst holding the edge of the clay slice with your first finger Another way to do this would be to put the spoon down place the clay slice into the spoon then gently press into position Enlarge picture to show how to place the clay onto the spoon 12 Use your clay shaper to press clay into the spoon Don t worry about excess it ll be trimmed Smooth any dents in the clay s surface gently Enlarge picture to show how to use the clay shaper 13 Please be careful with this next step Using your chosen craft knife trim off any excess like you are trimming the pastry off a pie plate or dish Please watch your fingers though Enlarge picture to show how to trim off the excess clay 14 Using your needle type tool gently key the surface to enable a better adhesion for the mussel flesh Don t worry about marks showing you can pat them back down with the clay shaper after the flesh is in Enlarge picture showing how to use the needle tool 15 Using your needle tool gently pick up the fleshy dome of clay on the outside edge Place the fleshy ball into a position that looks ok see image Press as you place it so that it adheres a little section into the shell part of the clay Enlarge picture showing where to place the fleshy clay ball 16 Using your clay shaper gently press an indentation as shown in the image with the tip of your tool This will also adhere both pieces Enlarge picture to show how to make the indentation in the middle 17 Continue using your clay shaper gently press indentations in a line close to the base of the flesh part as shown all the way around Go to as much detail as you wish looking at your cooked mussels real life image as a guide Enlarge picture to show how to make the indentation in the base TIP Support the fingers of your right hand on the fingers of the your left hand as you work This keeps you from working in mid air Rest the spoon on your middle finger 18 Place an indent into the fleshy ball as shown You choose how much detail you want to include After you ve trimmed the excess shell as noted previously and

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  • Learn to make dollhouse miniature flowers by IGMA Artisan Era Pearce
    Naturally the first ones you put in will dry first then so on down the order you put them in the foam so if trying them out for dryness pick one of the first 12 When dry the circles have graduated to the bloom status Gently remove each bloom from the foam The outer edges will be nice and ruffly and if the centers are too tight for the yellow to be seen just nudge them open a tad with a toothpick At this point you may cut your floral wire into 1 1 2 pieces Enlarge picture showing how to remove each bloom TIP You will notice in this picture that I appear to have white glue on my left thumbnail This is because I do have white glue on my left thumbnail This is my favorite way to glue petals leaves blooms what have you By placing the glue on my left thumbnail do the math if you are left handed I can hold the wire in my left hand and pick up the petal bloom leaf etc with the tweezers in my right hand making it possible to dip it in the glue and immediately place it on the wire 13 Start by picking up a red bloom and gluing it to the end of a piece of wire Your wire has just graduated to the stem status Enlarge picture on how to add the stem 14 Pick up a second red bloom and glue it behind the first off to the side a little and facing upward a little Leave a little space to insert leaves Enlarge picture showing where to attach second bloom 15 Continue gluing blooms alternating sides on the top or upper part of the stem leaving the bottom or lower side of the stem bare this is so the stem when full of blooms can curve under or lie flat Remember to leave room to insert leaves NOTE The number of blooms you need to glue on a stem will depend on the size plant you want and the type container you choose to use For the small potted plant I made for this demonstration I glued on about 4 or 5 blooms per stem For larger hanging or landscaping plants you will need to continue gluing blooms further down the stem Enlarge picture showing how to build up the blooms on the stem 16 When you have finished gluing on the red blooms the stem should be able to lay down nicely Enlarge picture showing the blooms on stem 17 Using some shorter pieces of wire for single stems glue a single bloom to the end of each wire and place two leaves under the bloom Make approximately 12 to 15 of these and save them for later These will ultimately be used as fill in blooming stems to give height to the middle of the plant if need be or to fill vacant spots or holes should they occur Enlarge

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