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  • Learn how to sculpt dollhouse potatoes by Artisan Barbara Dezza
    and scrap off some creating powder Enlarge picture showing artist chalk 4 Lightly start rolling the potato in the dusty powder Use your fingers to roll the clay so that you can press a little harder in some areas and lighter in others This will enable you to create shading Chiaroscuro You can also use other colors of chalk brown ochre etc to get the different colors of potato variety

    Original URL path: http://www.cdhm.org/tutorials/learn-to-create-miniature-potatoes.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Learn detailed hand sculpting with Female, Male & Elderly Variations by Artisan Julie Campbell
    nail detail Enlarge picture showing how to make fingernails 21 Then with your sharp blade very carefully press down either side of the nail This gives a lovely nail effect but do be careful not to slice through the finger tip Enlarge picture showing how to create detail of nails 22 Very gently pinch the finger tips a little to keep their shape Enlarge picture showing how to maintain shape on fingers 23 Now its time to turn the hands over and put some detail there too Press down slightly under the palm to flatten the underside of the wrist Enlarge picture showing how to detail wrist 24 Next you need your spatula tool You will be making the natural indentation of the palm Enlarge picture showing shaping and placement of palm detail 25 Make a rounded indentation in the centre of the palm Enlarge picture showing indentation of palm detail 26 Using your pin or a sharp ended tool draw in the lines of the palm Again use your own hand as a guide Not to deep but shallow lines Enlarge picture showing how to create palm lines 27 Then draw in the three sections of each finger Again use your own hand for guidance Enlarge picture showing where to create the natural lines 28 Now gently push the thumb side of the hand down and under a little to give a realistic shape to the hand Enlarge picture showing shaping the thumb 29 Your hand shape should look like this see image Enlarge picture showing progress so far of hand 30 Another view of the hand shape so far Enlarge picture showing different view of progress so far 31 To attach the hand to your doll you will need to insert your wire I use a 2mm knitting needle to make my wire hole Cut your arm to the length you want and then push the knitting needle into the end Once your hand is on the needle you can shape the arm and pose your hand Enlarge picture showing how to insert wire to the arm 32 This is when I add any creases to the wrists and take my filbert brush to smooth the hands If you brush gently between the fingers and onto the hand you get a lovely effect This is your basic ladies hand Enlarge picture showing completed hand and arm TIP After baking fairy and lady doll makers might like to take a little 3D gloss and add a drop to each finger nail when the hand has cooled to give a beautiful fingernail effect MALE HAND How to make your basic hand look like a male hand Now to adapt this for a mans hand I will show you how I add the extra details that make a hand look more male I make the hand slightly larger than the females then follow the same steps until I have the basic hand shape It doesnï ½t take a lot of work

    Original URL path: http://www.cdhm.org/tutorials/learn-detailed-hand-sculpting.html (2016-04-27)
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  • How to create your own sculpting tools, by Artisan Tony Rice
    keep it from twisting around on me It is great for smoothing areas when you can t fit your fingers Enlarge Picture showing type of erasers 3 Pairing Knife These work great for flattening bumpy areas and blocking out your sculpture Enlarge Picture showing a pairing knife for sculpting 4 Knitting Needles Great for making clothing wrinkles shaping features on a face and making inner ear details Wonderful for muscles etc I use them a great deal Enlarge Picture showing various sizes of knitting needles 5 Nut Pick These are also great for clothing details as well as skin wrinkles and facial details They work well to make fingernail details Enlarge Picture showing a nut pick 6 Round Cuticle Pushers These are metal but the wooden ones work well too These are just infinitely useful The can be used for blending detailing blocking blocking means rough early sculpting final details clothing details etc etc Enlarge Picture showing one type of cuticle pushers 7 Pointed Cuticle Pushers Alternate style of pusher Enlarge Picture showing alternate style of cuticle pushers 8 Blackhead Tool Remover The remover tool has a hole or loop in the spoon shaped tip Great for shaving off small pieces of clay Enlarge Picture showing what a blackhead tool is TIP You should really wash these before and after you sculpt with them especially if they are going to return to the duty for which they were originally intended These are great for shaping eyes creating the curve behind the shell of the ear and many of the same uses for which cuticle pushers are used 9 Filbert Brushes A range of general purpose bristle brushes suitable for craft work and for use with oils acrylics and all Tempera products If you think you don t have one of

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  • Learn how to sculpt 1/12 scale pumpkins for the holidays or any event by IGMA Artist Sandra Keller Palesch
    texture the area I used my dental tool that has the tiniest point and sort of roughed it up A straight pin would work So would a piece of sand paper Take a corner of the sandpaper and carefully rough up the clay a bit Enlarge picture showing how make the stem look natural ALTERNATE STEM ATTACHMENT I was in a hurry when I made the pumpkins in the photo I m not thrilled with how they turned out but this is for educational purposes only What I wanted to show is that if you are having difficulty keeping the desired shape to the pumpkin particularly if it s really tiny like these ï ½ inches you might want to sculpt the pumpkin and bake it You Must Leave A Hole For The Stem Don t Forget Once it s baked and cooled you can then work with the stem and not disturb the shape of the pumpkin Make sense This can be a good alternative if you find the pumpkins shape is hard to maintain while working with the stem To attach the stem use Liquid Fimoï ½ in the hole before placing the uncured clay Remember anytime you have baked polymer clay and you want to attach uncured polymer clay you must use a liquid polymer clay as a bonding agent Use a tiny amount to line the hole and a bit around the rim to secure the clay in place Once it s in place follow the method for anchoring the stem as in the previous section of Step Five 11 The pumpkin on the right was done using the method we ve discussed up till now It started out having the same shape as the one on the left although it was a bit smaller The one on the left the alternative method had the stem added after the pumpkin was baked Enlarge picture showing an alternate method TIP In the following steps I ve included two different methods for attaching stems to the pumpkin The next couple of steps show a pumpkin lid receiving its stem Because of it s small size and because it can be easily distorted while handling I prefer to bake the lid before I attempt to sculpt the stem It s just easier for me 12 I need to put it on some Blue Tack to hold it in place Remember once the clay is cured it s not sticky any more and can be a challenge to hold in place Enlarge picture showing how to hold the pumpkin down while sculpting 13 I use Liquid Fimoï ½ to attach the stem to the pumpkin See the prior steps An Alternate Way to Attach a Stem for further discussion Enlarge picture showing the attached stem TIP When pressing the stem be sure to support it with a finger on the opposite side to keep the stem from being pushed over It will move over slightly Just push it back in place and move on Don t worry if the stem gets too long because we re going to cut the tip off later 14 I use a variety of tools when sculpting the stem depending on the size of the stem or how the clay is reacting to me trying to manipulate it into my shape As we did in the previous step the ball stylus can be used to create nice deep rounded lines I may then use a toothpick to create another shape as I sculpt For smaller stems I ll use a straight pin Enlarge picture showing use of the stylus tool 15 Once you have the line how you like them you may want to twist the stem slightly or even a lot to give a nice curve to your stem If the stem seems to have gotten short or thicker than you like you can elongate the clay by pushing it upwards with a blunt ended type of tool Just turn the pumpkin around as you sort of knead and coax the clay upwards Enlarge picture showing how to add detail 16 After all the discussion about sculpting a stem there are times when there is nothing better than a well placed twig to make your pumpkin complete The lone pumpkin in this photo isn t one of them but I couldn t find a decent twig Enlarge picture discussing where to add the twig 17 Here is a nicer example showing a table with a bottom shelf and three large pumpkins Enlarge picture displaying placement of pumpkins 18 This photo shows the top of the table sporting a small pumpkin for decoration while two baby pumpkins are used to hold candles I put some Liquid Fimoï ½ on the portion of the stem that would be going into the pumpkin then baked baked it for about 20 minutes Enlarge picture displaying another placement of pumpkins TIP Now that we have the stem attached and nicely sculpted we want to add color Lightly dust the area you want to add the chalk pastel to on the stem and on the pumpkin itself The cornstarch just makes it easier to apply the color evenly Without it I find the color really sticks to the area I first put it onto and I have a hard time getting it blended A bit of cornstarch helps if you find the clay gets warm soft and sticky in your hands 19 To add color we re going to use Artist Pastels or Artist Chalks I prefer to work with them in a powder form so I gently scrape the sides of the pastels with a razor blade Take care not to breath in the dust and try not to touch the pastels with bare skin Some pastels may be made with toxic ingredients just a precaution Enlarge picture showing how to prepare the chalks TIP Don t blow off any excess pastel dust Use a brush to gently lift

    Original URL path: http://www.cdhm.org/tutorials/learn-to-sculpt-pumpkins.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Learn how to make a 1/12 scale dollhouse desk set by Artist Sarah-Jane Waller
    picture showing where to fold the marbled paper Questions and Answers Q Are the cut corners all meant to be the same size A As best you can although you will be covering it in the next few steps 6 Next you will be making the top of the desk pad Take your cut out piece of watercolour paper apply a piece of the double sided tape and apply it to the centre of the paper Place the paper dead centre on the board as shown in the image The cut out paper will need to have equal sides equal top and equal bottom The top and bottom will be narrower than the sides so be careful how you do this once placed it will be impossible to remove When ready carefully press firmly down Enlarge picture showing how to place the watercolour paper 7 Now the fun begins Take your chosen coloured roll of tape and cut off 2 cm square Cut across the diagonal and place on the corners as shown in the image Repeat for each corner Hold the board up to a window or light source then carefully trim off the excess tape so that it fits the corners At this stage if you want to you can repeat the process for the board back then trim it then press down all edges You now have a desk pad Enlarge picture showing how to make the corner placements 8 Now we will make the pencil and ink well Take your gold bead and glue it at a slight angle to the top of the green larger bead This will form the ink well You need the bead to be angled so that the quill will be slightly tilted when inserted Once dry paint the inside of the beads with black acrylic paint to resemble ink dribble a bit down the top bead Next we ll make the pencil First take the cocktail stick and measure 2cm and cut off with scissors Paint the cut off stick with either the felt pen or paint to just near the end Leaving the end unpainted After all the pieces are dry dip the unpainted end of the stick into the India ink to create the illusion of lead Enlarge picture showing how to make the ink well and pencil TIP You can cut down cocktail sticks then paint or stain them different colours to create miniature pencils for a playroom or school room 9 Next we ll make the feather quill Using small scissors take a feather and begin trimming from the bottom up not taking off too much feather Cut the feather at an angle at the very tip and broaden the cut as you move up Trim off all of the feather at the base which will create the nib Try cutting with different feathers Dip the Quill in black acrylic or the Indian ink to give an authentic feel to it Leave to dry Enlarge picture

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  • How to make dollhouse miniature peaches from Polymer Clay, by IGMA Fellow Betsy Niederer
    the bottom Enlarge picture showing where to make indent down the side 6 Your peach should look something like this Enlarge picture showing peach so far 7 Using your fingers very gently form a slight point on the bottom of your peach This will be the blossom end If your clay feels sticky dust your fingers with a little bit of cornstarch and letting your clay rest for a few minutes will allow it to cool off a bit Enlarge picture showing side indent on peach 8 Using your fingers very gently squeeze the indentation on the side closed so that your peach looks like it has cleavage Enlarge picture showing how to place the watercolour paper 9 Side view of the peach cleavage If you have fingerprints on the side of your peach you can gently rub them out with a bit of cornstarch Enlarge picture showing peach cleavage 10 Crush some of the red chalk and using your small soft brush apply some red to the sides of your peach Try to remember what a real peach looks like It usually only has red on one side and yellow on the other If possible use a real peach as a model Enlarge picture showing how and where to apply artist chalk 11 The color should look very soft and blended on the side of the peach Don t be afraid to add the chalk you want the fruit to have vibrant color Enlarge picture showing how to blend the artist chalk 12 Here are some peaches that have been colored Please notice that I have left part of the skin yellow Enlarge picture showing applied artist chalk 13 Using the brown stem colored clay roll a very thin snake shape Enlarge picture showing how to create stem 14

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  • Learn to make a 1:12 scale ladies 1920's hat by Janine Crocker
    other end can be trimmed if the hat needs to be smaller Enlarge picture showing where to apply glue 9 Gently bend the piece around into a circle holding together firmly for a couple of minutes Enlarge picture showing where to bind the two ends 10 Clamp ends with the peg and set aside to dry Enlarge picture showing where to place clothes peg along the crown 11 While the band is drying take a piece of 1 square piece of cardstock Enlarge picture to show size of cardstock needed 12 Join the wrong sides of the lining fabric and the hat fabric onto each side of the card Enlarge picture showing the joining of the lining and fabric 13 By this time the crown piece should be dry Remove the clamp peg and glue along the raw edge in a thin line Enlarge picture showing where to apply glue on the crown 14 Now gently push the crown into an oval shape The seam can be at the back front or side in the place where you will be putting the most decoration to hide it so now is the time to decide where you want it Stick the crown down onto the lining you can weigh it down with a small book Allow to dry completely Enlarge picture showing how to make crown tip 15 Once the hat is dry cut carefully around the edge as closely as you can Enlarge picture showing how to trim 16 You now have a basic hat shape and you can start the really fun bit the decorating Enlarge picture to showing hat ready for decorating 17 Inside view of basic hat shape Enlarge picture showing inside view of hat 18 Use the narrow trim to cover the tiny join at the

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  • Learn to dye feathers or dye thread for 1/12 scale sculpts by IGMA Fellow Kerri Pajutee
    of the feather It s a good idea to strip away the downy portion of the feather before you dye it NOTE Most purchased feathers have been thoroughly washed in an inert detergent before they are packaged for retail If however you wish to wash your feathers make sure you use a mild soap like Wooliteï ½ brand or similar After washing them thoroughly rinse and set them on a paper towel to air dry DO NOT dry your feathers in a dryer Feathers have a natural oil and you do not want to strip the oils completely from the feather otherwise it will become brittle 3 Put on your rubber gloves you do not want to get any of this dye on your hands In a small bowl mix ï ½ cup warm water with 1 8 teaspoon of Jacquard Acid Dye Stir with your chopstick or wooden skewer until dye water are mixed well Take your feathers and drop them into the bowl of dye Enlarge picture showing how to mix the dye then drop in feathers 4 Take your chopstick and push the feathers under the colored dye water Some of your feathers may want to float because of the oils just keep at it and make sure that they are all good and wet Enlarge picture showing the use of the chopstick and pushing soaking the feathers 5 Next you want to place your bowl of dye and feathers into the microwave Before you place into the microwave cover the top of the bowl with a paper towel this will catch any tiny dyed water splatters from coating the inside of your microwave oven Place the covered bowl into the microwave and bake for about 1ï ½ to 2 minutes Enlarge picture showing how to prepare to bake the feathers 6 Use caution when boiling in the microwave some ovens will boil faster than others etc When the 1ï ½ to 2 minutes is up carefully remove bowl from microwave the glass bowl may be extremely hot and set on a flat paper toweled surface to cool Enlarge picture showing the removed baked feathers 7 You can also dye some thread at the same time to match your feathers if you are making miniature birds with feather flock Enlarge picture showing how to dye thread also 8 I suggest that you use a 100 cotton or silk thread for best results Enlarge picture showing cotton thread 9 After you have dunked your thread into the dye bowl continue to follow the remaining steps the same as for feathers Enlarge picture showing how to dunk thread into bowl 10 Prepare your rinse bowl Mix 1 cup of cool water with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar stir After your feathers or thread have cooled down you can remove them from the dye and into the vinegar rinse water using your chopstick or wood skewer Swizzle them around in the rinse water You will see some of the color

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