making of a silicone doll

As I have ventured into this endless learning process into making silicone dolls I have found so many people are unwilling to share into their process in how they learned how to cast their dolls into silicone.

Along the way I have found an amazing select few that are open to their process and Lydia Yee is one of them.

Her blog “Silicone Baby Connection” has taught me quite a bit.

If you are interested in learning the process visit her blog!! :)

As for me, I’m learning something new everyday! Here’s the little one I just finished casting:

silicone little one

Unfortunately some things have to be changed and I modified her sculpt and remolded. Wish me luck in casting! :)

sculpting tutorial finds

So friends, I have gathered some more sculpting tutorials for you all. Quite a few people have been asking about some specific ones so I have been looking around for them. I thought I would share with you all what I found. :)

Sculpting a doll tutorial:

doll head tutorial

http://www.doll-tears.com/2012/08/how-to-sculpt-doll-head-1st-part.html

Sculpting a baby head video by Illeana J.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WMAY_R28FU

Some notable paid tutorials:

“https://www.etsy.com/listing/106091799/baby-tutorial-instructions-on-how-to?ref=sr_gallery_37&ga_search_query=polymer+clay&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_order=date_desc&ga_page=36&ga_search_type=handmade”

Rasbubby HIll

Aren’t her babies so adorable?!?

I think it’s well worth the price!

Stay sculpting my friends. :)

little bub in progress

So I have been working on casting the bigger baby in silicone and MAN- it is not easy!

I’m waiting for my most recent acquisition, a pressure pot to pan out with the seller so that baby is on hold for the moment. Oh, and I have to resculpt the ENTIRE body. (Mold making issues-not fun).

In the meantime I’ve been sculpting a little one hopefully to cast into a small silicone edition. Hopefully he or she turns out well enough. :)

little bub

What do you think?

I will be posting some more tutorial finds that I have acquired recently later on tonight! :)

sculpting mishaps

So, as some of you may know, I have been working on a full body/full size baby sculpt, and it’s proving to be quite the endeavor. After realizing that his torso is too long, I decided that his limbs just weren’t good enough, and started all over from the head down (almost)… Because as I was sculpting him a new body and limbs, I decided his ears weren’t good enough either. :)

I think I may be over thinking all of this a bit, but I want him to be PERFECT. I am planning to have this little one reproduced, so I over analyze every detail. I get frustrated at times because my sculpting isn’t as good as I want it to be. I learned that after enough hours anyone’s sculpting can be where they want- if they want it bad enough. Hah.

Each of his little feet took me days. Why? I couldn’t get it the way I wanted it. Putting his legs on his torso was no easy task either, but that is a longer story. :)

Now I just have two arms left, and lots of sanding ahead of me. I am hoping those turn out well. :)

Here’s the bub so far, and looking at him/her now I am so happy that I didn’t settle. It was worth the many extra hours. Now I am hoping other people think so too.

armless bub

sculpting hurts!

My hands. Smoothing a baby this big is no easy task! But I do have this big bubba’s body finished, now for the arms and legs and a TON of sanding. :)

What do you think? I think he’s pretty cute!

Full sculpt

I’m proud of his ears!!!

Fullsculpt2

newborn sized baby wip

I have been MIA attempting to sculpt a newborn sized baby (my first!) for a little while. This newborn is part of a secret project. :)

I went from this guy:

clay baby 1

SQUISHED.

To this guy:

clay baby2

SQUISHED. Why? I don’t know, I think he looked too much like a doll to me, and didn’t have any character.

To finally this one, whom I think I am going to keep (no squish). :)

clay baby final

This one has one squintier eye than the other, and a little nibbling of her lower bottom lip. I think she’s pretty cute. I am partial to grumpy looking little ones. :) Now to shaper her head a bit better and work on the ears. We’ll see if I can sculpt lifesize ears.

I will have to say, sculpting a actual sized baby requires quite a bit of elbow grease. It’s been a learning experience though!

portrait sculpt work in progress

I’m so excited to share my very first portrait sculpt! It’s much more difficult than it looks that’s for sure!!

Here’s the little baby I found on google:

baby

And here’s my little sculpt. :)

squinty

What do you think? Does it look alike? Keep in mind this little one is still unpainted and unsanded. Still has limbs to go!

I’m off to sculpt some chubby arms and legs!

sculpting light catching eyes tutorial

Found this gem of a tutorial on yesterday. I thought I would share since glass eyes are SO expensive especially when some of us need every dolly dollar! :)

sculpting light catching eyes

little bean going home

To his mommy Jill in Illinois. :)

Isn’t he cute though? I think I love him.

In case you were keeping count, he is my sculpt numero 7. I think I am growing sculpting wise. At least I hope it shows.

baby seven

baby7

baby seven 2

baby 7 four

baby seven final

I’m currently working on a portrait sculpt. So far- not so good. We’ll see how it goes before I squish it. hah. Wish me luck!!

little bean in progress

this little bean looks to me to be another little boy. :)

littlebean

You have no idea how difficult it is for me to sculpt a little girl. I think as sculptors we tend to sculpt faces that look similar to our own, or our children- and since I only have boys, that’s what comes out of the clay!!

I was THIS close to squishing this little guy. I’m glad I didn’t though, he is quite a cutie!

Keep in mind this is a just finished clay baby. He still needs ears, limbs and paint!