LOCKING DOWN THE LEGS:
At this point it’s time to solidify the pose by locking up the body parts. Once the thighs and lower torso are in place and baked, you can then slip the ballerina’s feet onto the leg armature wire, and with Liquid Sculpey and fresh clay, you can attach the feet onto the legs in the final pose.
Put the ballerina in the oven for another half-bake (250 degrees for 10 minutes) to harden the lower torso. Allow to fully cool.
Now it’s time to start sanding. Scrape off any big lumps or bumps. Then, starting with 60 grit sandpaper, sand the doll smooth at this point. Then switch to 100 grit sandpaper, then to 220 or 320 dry sandpaper. Be sure to wear a safety mask. You can get them in Home Depot or Lowes for a few dollars.
Next, I sanded the doll at my sink with water, 220 grit sandpaper, and a little dish soap. This sanding begins to remove the sanding marks and starts bringing the doll’s finish to a porcelain finish.
In the same way that we did the legs, you will do the arms. Start by adding clay over the “bones” we already created. You can either use the arms formed from the mold, or if you are comfortable, just add clay a little at a time until you sculpt your own arms.
Keep checking the doll for her pose.
INTRICATE POSE TIPS:
Because I chose to have such an elaborate pose, I had to make sure that the upper right arm and the lower right arm would match up on the stage she eventually sits on, so I left the elbow to last. I baked the upper and lower arms and then came back with more clay and created the elbow to make sure that I had the upper and lower arms draped exactly how I wanted them on the stage.
Once the arms were done, I was ready to fix the doll’s waist. Scrap and sand as best you can. Then add Liquid Sculpey and clay and fill in the waist and finish the pose. Put in the oven for a final bake.