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Happy new year!

After reading a mail from WordPress “Your annual report,your 2013 in blogging”, I went back to my blog and remembered i hadn’t really been active in 2013. I had an idea once, to make a beautiful ball jointed doll (hopefully) and share my doll wip pictures and the whole process with you. Well, I’ve been busy with other stuff but I want to get started with the whole project again and try to at least finish one doll this year =)

This time I’m trying La doll, because Cernit (polymer clay) and plasticine were not really helpful for my project, even though I like both materials in general.

All the best for 2014!

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My Chavant Clay has arrived!!=)

Yesterday my chavant clay NSP arrived and I am curious about how the work with this clay will turn out.

I ordered it in soft, because I read that chavant is a plasticine that comes in grades that are way harder than regular plasticine or Polymer Clays like Super Sculpey. Reasons why I think the clay may turn out to be perfect for me are:

  • It contains no sulphur, meaning I could use silicon molds in future if I wanted to
  • Plasticine never gets hard and can be reused over and over again (=more economic, plus I save some money)
  • The hard texture will allow me to carve things out of the clay
  • The soft texture while it’s warm will make it easy for me to sculpt, to add or remove things here and there etc.

These are the main reasons why I finally chose to buy this clay. I used Cernit Polymer Clay before but didn’t like the odour while baking it in the oven and I experienced some difficulties while sculpting. (But I love the look of Cernit objects, especially dolls, so I might experiment further with it another time)

That’s all for today, I’ll write to tell you about the first impression of the clay in my next post. Have a nice day!

 

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Making my own ball jointed doll. The basic torso

My process is going slowly. Very slowly. Too slowly.

Why? Because I’m new to doll making and new to polymer clay, so I still have to figure out some stuff. And it is frustrating, which keeps me from working on the doll regularly.

cernit doll side viewSo, because I am not satisfied at the moment, I will just show you a side view of the torso.

Last time I just had the lower torso finished, but I now added the upper torso, with the chest, shoulders and a neck.

Keep in mind, that I am only showing the basic form, details will be made later on.

And I am only showing what I think is okay. The back and front view is not to my satisfaction yet.

If you want to read my post about the lower torso, click here

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Making my own ball jointed doll-The lower torso Part 1

Finally brave enough to bake a piece of Cernit

Honestly, the last days I was a bit afraid to bake my clay. Baking polymer clay means it’s definite and you cannot knead and sculpt with it anymore, because after the baking/curing process, the Cernit is strong and has its definite shape.

Nevertheless, after some days of doing nothing, I decided that today would be the day to start to bake part of my doll. And I must say that I am quite satisfied with the results and happy that I took that step.

basic doll body

Okay, so what I did was to start with the lower torso,without the chest and shoulders. I baked the clay at 130 degrees for about 15 minutes and the Cernit color turned to a nice sun tan color.

Wow, you cannot imagine how long it took me to get the aluminium foil out of the body. It took me nearly 2 hours!!!!!!! Simply because I was not smart enough before to roll the foil together in a loose form. Instead, what I did was to do a quite strong core of alufoil, and this was a mistake! It was so hard to get the pieces out, because they where really attached to each other. Pheew, as you can see I succeeded at last. And besides that, the 2 hours were okay because I had the Tv on while pulling the  foil out.

doll torsoThis is the basic torso. I will still add Cernit here and there,scratch parts away and simply see what still has to be changed to get a correct doll torso.

Oh btw, what you see next to the torso is a forceps. I used this and other tools that I had on hand.

The backside from the torso. I think the aluminium foil beside it looks kinda nice, it makes a nice picture don’t you think?

Oh btw, what you see next to the torso is a forceps. I used this and other tools that I had on hand.

 

I just had to take this picture because I was so happy when the doll torso was finally aluminium-free.

This project is really fun! The more I do on the doll, the more fun I have because I can see the change =)

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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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The clay softener for my old,hard clay has arrived

Sculpey Clay Softener just arrived today and I have started to soften some of my old Cernit Clay. Ok, although the softener is called Sculpey, it can be used for any type of Polymer Clay, really. Have I mentioned that we have minus degrees outside? Well I am lucky enough to be able to stay inside today. Time to be creative =)

Just wanted to share the news, I will give you an update as soon as I have  conditioned enough of my old clay.

Greetings, Nike

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Making my own ball jointed doll- Conditioning polymer clay

Cernit polymer clay is supposed to become soft when it’s well kneaded, instead my clay is very persistent…

OMG!Today I was so busy conditioning some polymer clay for my ball jointed doll and at the end of the day, my clay pieces where still hard.Although Cernit Doll Collection is a good quality product, I seem to have purchased old clay because it is very very crumbly and extremely hard.

cernit puppen
What I did before was to roll small pieces in my hands and on the table- I even rolled them on a hot thermos jug to get them soft. But still, my clay didn’t turn out the way it’s supposed to be.

I also ‘tried’ to use my pasta machine, but the small rolled out piece would not really go through the machine, and small crumbly pieces would fall out 😦

It looks like my polymer clay needs plasticizer, I’ll get a good additive online to get it conditioned.Maybe Mixquick?

Hate the fact that I’ll have to wait patiently now…aaarrgh!Oh but I also read somewhere that sewing machine oil can do the trick. Maybe I’m lucky and my mum has some on hand ?

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