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Making my own ball jointed doll-The basic body

Covered the aluminium foil core with Cernit to make a basic body

I’ve been really busy with my doll and have some pictures to show today. Yes, finally I can use the definition “Doll”; because a doll is more apparent from day-to-day.

pasta machine makes my polymer clay smoothProudly showing you the smooth polymer clay that I made with my pasta machine =)

uncured polymer clay on doll legsThis is how the legs look at the moment, the Cernit is still uncured. It’s just the basic form of the legs, I will still change it later and add details here and there.

I will show you the cured Cernit in my next post. Oh and just remembered to mention that this is not a complete basic body. I’ve not started with the head and the upper torso is also missing. This part goes up to the ribs, but the chest and neck is still missing. Looks like I’m going to cut the lower torso a bit to get it right.

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Making my own ball jointed doll-Conditioning with clay softener

Yes it is possible to condition hard polymer clay!

Who would have thought that crumbly, hard clay can become soft and workable! My Cernit Polymer clay was so old and hard and wasn’t fun working with. My hands hurt after a short time working with it and I wondered why everyone on the Internet was saying that Clay gets extremely soft if you knead it for a long time.

I already thought I had to throw the clay away. Because my clay was hard, dry, crumbly  and wouldn’t get soft no matter what I did.

I checked the internet for some information on how to get hard clay soft and found out I needed a clay softener. As soon as I had the clay softener I first chopped the clay in tiny pieces with a blade. After that I added some Sculpey Liquid Clay Softener and Vegetable Oil to it and made small balls.

Before I could use the pasta machine, I rolled out the clay with a warm thermo bottle. That’s a handy trick because we have winter down here and although we have a warm home, my hands are not warm enough to get the Cernit soft in no time.

polymer clay in pasta machineWow you cannot imagine how relieved I was when the clay went through the pasta machine, because before it was too hard and crumbly and even thin rolled out pieces would not enter the machine.

Just HAD to post this because something that seemed impossible has been solved =)

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Making my own ball jointed doll- The core

Creating a core for the doll is clever

making a core/foil armature for my doll

The foil armature (or doll core) will

  1. prevent my doll from collapsing in the oven (I will be using a polymer clay called Cernit)
  2. help me to have hollow ball jointed doll pieces at the end
  3. be a great help getting the proportions right
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