THE BALLERINA HEAD/FACE RIGHT OUT OF THE MOLD:
The Ballerina Push Mold, like the other push molds at White Gothic Studios, can be used right out of the mold, or you can make a bit of a “skull” out of it so you can sculpt our own unique face onto it. To the left you can see a gif showing you how this works.
It’s easy to use. You can see the fast version by looking at the gif. You will make the head or heads separately and put them on toothpicks so they can be applied later in the project.
I prefer to attach the ears to a baked face or skull, so you can add a hole on the side of the head before baking and then add a little Liquid Sculpey on the ear area and apply the clay ears to the baked head. You have more control while forming, attaching and smoothing the ears.
MAKING THE MOLDED FACE INTO A “SKULL”:
At some point during your doll making, you will want to make unique dolls. These pictures will show you how you can cut into and remove clay so you can add your own features and perhaps add your own hand made or glass eyes.
Cut out eye sockets and you can change the shape and look of the eyes. If you will be inserting glass eyes, push in deeper cavities to accept the glass eye backs, whatever they may be.
You can cut away the mouth/lips and even part of the chin so you can change just about everything. By using the heads as skulls, you can reduce sculpting time in half. By baking the skulls, you will be sculpting against a hard surface, which is much easier especially for beginners.
APPLYING THE HEAD TO THE BODY:
Once your heads are fully sculpted, ears attached, you can then pose them on the doll’s body to get the right angle. By keeping the neck section very skinny, you allow yourself plenty of space to attach the head onto the body and build up the neck so the pose is very convincing.
As a reminder, be sure to check the toothpick before baking. Be sure you can twist it and remove it. If you don’t do this, you may not be able to remove the toothpick and you don’t even want to know how disappointing this is at this stage in the project.
The hands will be done as usual, scrape off all of the flashing, make sure the fronts and backs are aligned. Smooth out the connection lines, rub the fingers and stretch them to make them more thin. Cut off any finger that gets too tall or out of proportion.
Keep in mind your ultimate pose. While the hands are still on toothpicks, just “try them on the arm wires and make sure they are in a believable pose. Reapply them onto the toothpicks. Bake them, making sure to twirl the toothpicks before baking to make sure you will be able to remove them too.