Tutorial Blog

July 22, 2014


Tips on Sanding your One of a Kind Art Doll

Here's a short little video where I tell you all about my sanding process.  I like my dolls to be SUPER SMOOTH, so I spend some time sanding each one, and I just love the results!

Sculpt a Baby Face - Go from scary to adorable in just 15 minutes!

If you've tried sculpting a baby face and have found it kind of tricky...you might have stopped just before it got really good!  Look at this face below and watch as I take it from SCARY to just precious in just a few steps.  The Smoothing Gel I am using can be found here.

 

Free eBook on Sculpting! And it's 79 Pages Packed with Tips!

Have you gotten your Free eBook yet?  You can get yours now here.

 

July 22, 2014

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SnuggleBabes Q & A

 

Here are some questions I've received about SnuggleBabes.  I thought posting the answers here could benefit us all.

Question:

Hi Apryl!  I rec’d the DVDs yesterday (Baby Snuggles and miniature baby) and I am so excited.  I have a couple of “getting started” questions so I hope you don’t mind my asking a few!

In the Baby Snuggles video you say that the “skulls” are baked and to put the clay “skin” onto the “flat” side.  Do you bake it with the metal and toothpick “neck/body” armature already in place?  I am just starting out with this project and haven’t done any sculpting before so I wonder if there is a book or DVD you would recommend that might go back a step in the process and help me get a better feel for how to work the clay, etc.  Basic techniques, that sort of thing?

 

Answer:

Thanks, that's a good idea to write an article on.  I'll do that soon.  What I mean is that yes, I just pop a toothpick into a little ball of clay and then flatten one side of that with my thumb.  This is where the face will eventually go.  I then bake that ball with the toothpick either in the oven for about 15-30 min on 270 or just heat set it with a heat gun.  In either case, let it cool completely.  Then I squish a piece of clay around in my hand for a minute so it is warm and pliable (well-conditioned) and then shape it into a pancake that I press over the "skull" piece.  
I make that skull for two reasons.  One is so I can have a harder surface to press my sculpting clay against.  Otherwise the whole face/head is squishy.  And Second, to ensure the clay is baked through all the way.  Giving the skull a bit more heat/baking gives is a head-start, so to speak, and helps the clay be thoroughly baked.
The best way to get to know the clay is to just dive in.  However, I do have the free ebook at StartSculpting.com that is full of tips as well.
Welcome to the world of sculpting!  Practice is your best friend, and I'm happy to answer questions as they arise.
July 21, 2014

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How Santa Got His Face - A quick sculpt for Christmas

I made this for Christmas several years ago.  This is a quick version.  If you'd like something more detailed and to have full instructions, see my Sculpting a Santa Head videos.  Or access them online immediately here.

 

How to Safely Pack your OOAK Fairy Sculpt

In the Art Room:  Here's a tried and true way to keep your sculpt safe and sound as she travels to her new owner.  It takes some time to put together, but very worth the assurance that your doll will arrive safely!