A step by step guide of what you should know when making a polymer clay baby ( You can use this as a reference every time for sculpting) AND MORE!
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Wikipedia has a really good definition of the word, basically saying that an armature is the skeletal structure of a sculpture. Provides stability when dealing with soft materials such as wax or clay. Which to my knowledge sounds to be true.
I use them along with my sculptures because it is a useful way to sculpt, making it easier for the sculpture to stay intact when you are sculpting.
By adding it to the baby stomach like I always do, it saves me on polymer clay and for some reason it helps when you are curing it as well.
By adding the armature it creates stability when I am still working on the sculpture and by adding some aluminum papersaves on the sculpture material. In this case is (polymer clay)
At first when I am almost ready to bake my baby I make sure I pop it in the oven for just about a minute or two and let it cool( NOTE MY BABIES ARE REALLY SMALL 2.5" TOPS). By doing this I have a chance to see if there are any moonies I can fix them before I cure the sculpture completely. I am aware that this process is delicate, be aware that you have to be really careful with the sculpture. With mineral spirits Or paint thinner however you want to call it. I brush my sculpture with it. Notice that the sculpture is a little cured but not to its maximum giving the mineral spirit a chance to dissolve and smooth out the sculpture, by using a soft brush.
I cannot stress enough PLEASE be careful.When using this process.
If you have any questions please leave me a comment and I will get back to you
OK SOoo! I use genesis heat paint for Painting my Babies.
Why, Because if I make a mistake I can easily wipe it out, and I do not have to paint in a rush. Seriously this has been a good invention for us artist, because it only dries if you apply enough heat to it making the artist control his/her own work.
Something you should really consider using is a color wheel
This wheel helps me with everything from my choice of colors for clothing to my eyeshadow, to my house colors and for my little babies. If you are not familiarized with doll reborning, this wheel is very useful. A slight blue coating is used for reborning dolls (for beginning), but why is that you might ask. Well my friend this is, because your doll will have a peachy color and what is on the other side of peachy color, yup you guess it your blues.This will naturalize your colors. In this case peach and blue giving your baby a more natural look.
That's where I got the idea for using this wheel on polymer clay babies too.
This will give you an idea of how to make your own baby wings for an OOAK polymer clay fairy Baby.
You can use any kind of transparent paper, but I like the Angelina fantasy film.
Any comments or request please feel free to leave them.
1.make sure you have all the basics before you start making Your wings: Glue, pliers, craft wire, super glue also known as crazy glue (you can also use tacky glue), paint (acrylic or nail polish works as well), scissors (REMEMBER not to run with them :-D), a basic drawing of the wings, Soldering Iron (Makes wonderful details because it gets really hot)
2.I am using the fantasy film called mother of pearl (reminds me of the sponge-bob square pants show when Mr.crabs says "mother of pearl").
3.You want to make sure that you cut the outer skeleton of the wing, with almost the exact size of the wings as shown in picture 3 (make sure you leave some room to twist the wire with the pliers as shown in pic 4). When this is done remember that is not only one wing you are doing but two, therefore you have to do the same for the other.
4.In pictures 7 and 8, I am showing the inner outer part of the skeleton. Remember to cut for two wings. Pic 11
5.You are going to cut the Fantasy film in a rectangle, enough that when you put the outer skeleton will fit completely. As shown in pic 15.
6.You are going to super glue the edges of the wing starting at the midpoint of the wing as shown in pic 16 and ending on the edges. Same goes for the inner part of the wing shown in pic 17-18. Remember that you have to do the same for the other wing, but you are going to do this in a mirror like position
7.To dry the super glue faster I use a blow-dryer. After this is done just cut the excess paper on your wings.
8.The Soldering Iron is going to get really hot, and I mean burn right away hot (BE CAUTIOUS) after its hot carefully burn the edges of the wings to give it a more natural look you can also do holes with this (Usually used for adult wings)
9.After this is done use your choice paint and paint your wings and decorate them as you want. I used one of my hair Picture 29 for small details.