Saturday, July 18, 2015

Sculpting a Tiny Baby

I've been wanting to make one of those tiny cute babies and excitedly, I started my first baby the other day. Basically, the first thing I do before creating something is research [which actually takes a long time]. I visit numerous websites, and You Tube tutorials to look at different images and techniques for inspiration.

Morezmore is just one of the websites I visited before starting my baby. Though the materials used were different - polymer clay, wire for armature, 'real' clay tools (because I only use my toddler's plastic knife for sculpting), the tutorial pretty much gave me the idea on how to do the basics.
It is important to note that there's a huge difference between using polymer clay and  cold porcelain. For one, it takes time as you have to wait for everything to dry before assembling them. Again, I created my baby using cold porcelain without aluminum foils, wire armature, fancy clay tools and the likes so feel free to use whatever materials you have for better result. First off, I started making a ball for the head, then the body and let them dry for more about 4 hours (or more, if you are working on a bigger piece). While waiting for the head and the body to dry, I began working on other parts separately - the legs, the hands, etc. Once everything's dried, I glue them together, let it dry (once more) and do the finishing touches (put details, paint, seal).

Overall, working with cold porcelain is a bit tricky. You need patience because you have to go through a lot of 'trial and error' techniques when it comes to sculpting and painting so don't be disappointed if your first try wasn't a success. You can always repeat to improve. This is actually one of the advantages of using cold porcelain - you don't have to worry about the materials (and electricity) being wasted because it's cheap and doesn't need to be baked.

Here's a picture of my first attempt on a tiny baby sculpture.
Yeah, I need to work on a lot of things - the details and the texture specifically but hey, it still looks cute sleeping in my palm, doesn't it? 
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Note: The given link above is a tutorial for polymer clay sculpture and the steps are very different from working with cold porcelain. I only used it as a guide, particularly when it comes to the baby's figure.  I will be making another baby and will be posting pictures (and hopefully a video) for the step-by-step tutorial on how to sculpt a cute tiny baby using cold porcelain.

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