Saturday, October 22, 2011

Polymer Clay Skull

I have this box of Polymer Clay in my studio that I must have purchased over ten years ago. It is still very pliable, so I used it to make a skull. I have been wanting to model a skull for a very long time. I started by wadding up some newsprint into a ball, then covering it with some old aluminum foil. I inserted a bamboo skewer into the ball. The I put some slabs of polymer clay over the ball, and modeled it into a lighbulb shape. That was the base I used to make the skull.

I modeled this skull from memory, without looking at any anatomy book references. I just wanted to see how familiar I was with the anatomy of the skull. Well, I really need to study, it look s like. I baked this skull at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour and a half in a toaster oven placed out on the porch. The old polymer clay baked nicely, and after a cool-down, was nice and hard.

I also made some polymer clay roses which were baked in the toaster oven for half an hour at 275 degrees Fahrenheit. They also turned into a hard plastic. I glued the roses to a small paper Nicho De Santos that I am making from cereal box cardboard, and covering with magazine clippings. It is a work-in-progress.

I also went to the local Dollar Tree today and found all sorts of little skulls and skeletons that I am going to glue into some nichos that are on the drawing board. This is a great time of the year to find skeletons, skulls, wigs, and other interesting things that can be used to make arts and crafts for your doll.

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