Sculpted Owl Pendant by Artist Xenia Emelyanov

Xenia Emelyanov makes wonderful polymer clay jewelry. She generously shares her instructions with her followers. Here is a DIY instruction on how to make the following beautiful owl pendant:


This is another polymer clay pendant that is not for the brand new polymer clay jewelry artist because Artist Xenia sculpted this owl from start to finish.  It is not made with push molds or clay shapers.  But for the intermediate polymer clay artists, this is a great sculpted pendant project to try.

Xenia sketches out a general owl shape with a needle tool on a pad of white polymer clay.  She positions the eyes that appear to be made already (or she is using something else that I can’t recognize)  This is to make sure the eyes will ultimately be in scale when she is done with the sculpture.

She cuts out the general shape and then adds a layer on top to give the first level of dimension.

Next Artist Xenia buries the hanging wires at the top of the wings using a small pad of clay.  Next she adds the third layer of clay to build up the head area and the wing outlines.

I like this tutorial because it gives you the idea and the techniques used on sculpting bas relief, which is the illusion of depth using only tiny bits of space.


Here she buries he eyes and begins to add more dimension to the wings.  The “feather” effect begins on the face, and she adds a tiny black beak.  She is laying out the areas and the direction that her “feathers” will ultimately take.  You can see she is thinking ahead and laying out the ground work for the next step.

Next Xenia begins to add some glitter effect with either beads or tiny black polymer clay stones around the pendant and she sculpts the body shape and the owl’s legs and talons.

Next she lays in the tiny feathers.  You can see from the picture above that each feather has lines of demarcation into it.  It is always this tiny — but time consuming — details that give the final art pendant that really professional and masterful look.


Look again at the final polymer clay art pendant and see how much detail Xenia sculpted into such a small piece.  Notice how much dimension she created with just 5 layers of bas relief (base clay/feathers, feet/talons, body, face/eyes, eyebrows).

I have some links below to see some of Artist Xenia’s other works, which you can see from this screen capture:


Магазин мастера Ксения Емельянова’s Shop

Her YouTube Channel:  Happy Ksu & Polymer Clay & Полимерная глина

Xenia’s Owl Pendant Tutorial:

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Girl Fairy Push Mold by White Gothic Studios


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girl fairy push mold extra facesAbove is the 6.5 inch Girl Fairy Push Mold an the 2 Cabo Faces that come with the Mold.  You can purchase the base mold, but the extra faces for a few dollars more makes great sense because it is like getting 3 molds for the price of one.

The Push Molds at White Gothic Studios come with an online course that has pictures and video snippets showing you the entire doll making process.  Once you learn the process, you will begin tweaking the dolls and creating your own one-of-a-kind dolls and other figurative sculptures.


One search at Pinterest for “white gothic fairy doll molds and you can see lots of other doll making and figurative art ideas:


Be sure to check out the Girl Fairy Push Mold on White Gothic Studios, and the other products there as well.

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Master Doll Artist – Diane Keeler – of NIADA

Diane-Keeler-Doll-ArtistDiane Keeler – Master Doll Artist is a member of NIADA (National Institute of American Doll Artists.

The National Institute of American Doll Artists was founded in May 1963 in  Tennessee by Ms. Helen Bullard, Gertrude Florian, Magge Head and Fawn Zeller.  These 4 artists met through the United Federation of Doll Clubs they they all had been attending since 1950.  You can read more about them, and maybe join them at an upcoming convention, which I believe they offer classes at.  The NAIDA website is here.

You can see Diane’s page on NAIDA here.  You owe it to yourself to browse through Diane’s doll gallery to see examples of her art.

Diane Keeler made her first doll in 1990 and has been one of the most popular master artists on the scene since then.

Diane gives online classes and there is one coming up very soon in January of 2018.  You can read more about it on


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What always amazes me about the master doll artists is how everything in their art piece is perfectly scaled, perfectly color-balanced, each has it’s own mood and style, and the photography is even beautiful.  The mark of the true artist.


Below is a snapshot from Diane’s Website.  You can click on the photo and take a look around her website and see more of her work.  Absolutely beautiful.

If you are a beginner sculptor, take particular notice of each “stage” the doll or figure is on, what tiny details are added to make up the complexities, how the pose of the doll matches the doll’s expression.  You will learn so much just by taking in all of Diane’s work.


diane-keeler-online-courseBe sure to check out the upcoming Sculpting Series of Classes by Diane Keeler which is set to start on January 17, 2018.

This class will fill up in no time, so don’t waste any time before going off to register today.  At only $50, you will learn 10 times that much and you own sculpting will improve 10 fold.

If you haven’t taken any online classes, this might be a good one to try because you will get individualized attention and because it is online, it may very well be one-on-one.

Again, don’t wait before registering because Diane Keeler’s classes fill up almost as soon as they are posted!



Above you an see what one search on Pinterest shows for Diane Keeler’s Figurative Art.  There were plenty more to look at, so be sure to check Pinterest to find more of Diane’s Figurative Artwork.


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Unicorn Cameo Pendant by Celedonia Studios

Another Gorgeous Polymer Clay Jewelry Pendant by Celedonia Studio on YouTube.

Although I tend to pick polymer clay projects that are for beginners, this one was too beautiful to ignore just because it requires a lot more skill.  Celedonia videoed the project in a bit of a speed video, but she didn’t leave anything out.  She goes over the technique so anyone who would want to try their hand at sculpting a portrait, can do so.

Celedonia begins by sketching a unicorn in motion using graph paper and a pencil.  You can see in the video this is not Ms. Celedonia’s first drawing.  Pay particular attention to how she draws the unicorn in motion, including adding that same motion to the position of the unicorn, the leg positions and even the mane is “in motion”.

She then created a pendant large enough to accommodate her drawing and using a stylus, she traced her drawing onto the clay pendant base.  Then she went over it with the same stylus, deepening the lines for the next stage.

Then using a small thin pad of white polymer clay, Celedonia rolls tiny coils and bits of clay and fills in the shape of the unicorn.  She adds the details to the muscles and structure as she goes along, so she doesn’t get lost in the sketch.

Once the basic unicorn is onto the back of the pendant, she did go over the clay with I believe it was a mineral oil to smooth the clay and give it a more polished stone look.  Then she added the mane of hair and you can see the dental tool she is using to shape the hair and give it that movement.  Last she fills in details with the grass at the bottom (or maybe it’s flames) and the tiny tree branches that fill in the top of the pendant.

This is not a beginner project, but you can see that if you chose a slightly easier subject matter, you can follow Celedonia’s techniques and sculpt your own art pendant.

It is absolutely lovely.

Please subscribe to Celedonia’s YouTube Channel as she is always coming out with new videos and all of her projects are gorgeous and unique.

Below is the YouTube Video that you can see the whole project:

Below are some other areas you can find Celidonia and her works.

Celidonia Etsy Shop

Celidonia Blog

Celidonia Facebook Page

Celidonia Instagram

Celidonia Pinterest


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Polymer Clay Sculpture “Miharu” Geisha by Tina Yu

“MIHARU” Geisha – Polymer Clay Sculpture by By Tina Yu

Well, I just discovered Tina Yu on YouTube and her beautiful sculpted one of a kind dolls.  Tina is not only a doll sculptor, but she draws her own inspirational pictures, that are masterpieces in themselves.  This YouTube ideo is done as a speed video, but the pace is still slow enough where you can see the steps that Tina goes through in creating this masterpiece.

Tina has a Patreon Account, where she has the full version of this sculpt.  You can join her Patreon account and support her.  Watching her sculpt in real time would be worth anything that she charges through her Patreon account.  I believe it is supported through donations, if I’m not mistaken.  Having watched this one video, I can see that Tina Yu is an incredible talent.


Tina started by drawing the inspirational Geisha portrait above.  She maps out everything she will sculpt.  For beginners, pay particular attention to how she knows ahead of time how she will divide the hair into sections, she already has an idea of the eye-shadowing effects, the face painting as well as a general idea of how she will construct the bodice covering.


Tina then begins to draw out her actual sculpting template.  She decides first where the eyes will be positioned and the actual size of the head.

Next she positions the eyes.  The eyes appear to be glass or acrylic eyes, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Tina makes her own eyes, so this is just my opinion.  She surrounds the eyes with coils of clay to make sure they are evenly spaced and even.  Then she goes around and covers the entire face with thin pancakes of clay until it is covered and smooth.

The free speed video on YouTube doesn’t show much of the actual sculpting of the features, and this is why if you are a beginner sculptor, you may want to join Tina Yu on Patreon to get her full length videos for a small monthly donation to support her.  She is, as can be plainly seen, a master artist, and you will learn so much.

This is one of the best ear sculpts I have ever seen.  In the third picture, she begins to sand down the face and she goes from finer grit to finer grit to achieve that porcelain-like finish.

Next Tina creates the aluminum foil bodice/shoulder base, using the head to take her sizing from.  She also demonstrates just a little bit of how she created the geisha hair style using black polymer clay and a thin needle tool.

Again, the speed video doesn’t go into much detail on the painting, and this would be a very interesting video to see because the shading on the eyes is beautiful and the eyebrows are so perfect that she must have a trick or two to learn.

Look closely on the detail on the neck and shoulder area, just so realistic.

Tina created this bodice arrangement without a pattern.  It was hard to screen-capture the full effect of the bodice, so you owe it to yourself to visit TinaYu on YouTube and see the below video, and also Subscribe to TinaYu’s Channel and patronize her on Patreon.

I will post below some other contact information for TinaYu.




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