Ballerina Push Mold Project – Part 6

A Little About the Doll’s Waist:

I like to leave the waist pretty thin when I do a half-bake lock-down back.  Then I bake, cool and then scrape off any big lumps and bumps.  Then once the doll is cooled, I add fresh clay and build up the waist to look more in scale.

The Waist and Costuming:

For this project, I will be adding a clay layer and then a tulle skirt.  Because there will be no “fabric bulk”, I built up the waist to a pretty realistic scale.

If, however, you are going to add a fabric skirt, you need to take this into account when filling in the waist.  Leaving the waist very thin will allow you to make up for the bulk of the fabric and still keep the doll in scale.

Once your waist is built up, the doll should be ready for the final bake.  If you want to lock down your pose completely with a half bake, you can do this too.


ballerina-clay-costume-foil-protectionOnce you are ready to do the final baking, be sure to go over the doll carefully and fill in any of the cracks or crevices with fresh clay.

The picture to the left is jumping ahead a little bit, but if you have a small oven, you may want to cover the hands and feet to protect them from excessive heat.


Once the doll is cool, you can do your final sanding from 60 grit all the way to 600 grit.  Wash with a little dishwashing liquid and wipe her dry.


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