Sculpting Tutorial with CertainlyCaroline – Mermaid

DIY Polymer Clay Mermaid Art Doll by CertainlyCaroline


Below are links to CertainlyCaroline’s Sculpting a Mermaid Tutorial on YouTube.  It is sculpted and explained in Part One and Part Two.  CertainlyCaroline goes into a lot of details and shares how she sculpts a head from scratch and also how she uses a push mold to make a face for those of you who are beginners or who like the easy of starting with a molded face.

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Caroline has many unique sculpting techniques.  I especially liked how she detailed the eyes and she went into a lot of detail on how she sculpts the fingers and then attaches them once the mermaid body is done.

Caroline uses Genesis Paints and the doll’s hair is made of Tibetan Lamb Hair, and she indicated it was “pink”.  I especially like the way she did the top of the hair using glue and making a very convincing center part.

I though the eyes were glass eyes and were inserted during the sculpt, but to my amazement, and I am sure yours too, the eyes are fully sculpted from scratch.  Caroline has a master artist’s touch as you will see when she shows you the details of how she sculpts and sands the intricate parts of the doll.  I would have broken the fingers off 5 minutes into it.  You can tell the pros when you see them.

CertainlyCaroline has done a separate video on painting the doll’s face, and you can see it here:

How to Paint a Doll’s Face:

Caroline has a store on Etsy and I see at least one mermaid is available for sale at this time.  Be sure to check back and see what she has to offer in the future.  Check out CertainlyCaroline’s YouTube Channel here!

Thanks Caroline for sharing your sculpting videos with us!



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Pinterest Favorites – Baby Fairies by Various Artists


If you are looking for polymer clay baby fairy inspiration, look no further than Pinterest. Everyday I see more and more absolutely masterful baby fairy sculptures by wonderful artists. As any Pinterest aficionado knows, the pictures are pinned all around on many, many boards and the actual artist name is lost. Above you will see three of my favorites for this week.

Each one is a “sleeping” baby fairy.  This would be the easiest for beginner sculptors.  The poses for each of the baby fairies are also very easy and very natural looking.  For anyone who has fallen in love with polymer clay doll sculpting, starting with the baby fairy is the easiest way to go.

If you want to learn quickly, I sell a Baby Fairy Deluxe Beginners Kit on and you get everything you need in the kit:

  • Polymer Clay
  • Sculpting tools
  • Baby Fairy Push Mold
  • Two extra faces — one of which is a “sleeping” baby
  • Printable butterfly wings & cicada wings (they print on shipping labels!)
  • Armature wire
  • Bag of various color mohair wool for hair
  • Online Course on making and posing polymer clay dolls
  • 2 hour DVD that covers everything about making, posing, painting, wigging & winging your Baby Fairies.

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Polymer Clay Cabochon with Applique Technique by ManinpastaByBeba


Above you can see the supplies that ManinpastaByBeba started with:  A cabochon frame, two balls of clay (there was a third ball of gray clay too), and three various sized “needles” with the tiniest tips.  You will see why ManinpastaByBeba uses the tiny needles as she gets going in the tutorial.

ManinpastaByBeba begins by rolling up the lavendar ball of clay and smoothing it into a smooth oval in the center of the pendant backing.  Then in the video you will see her roll up the tiniest balls of clay (you have ever seen!) with the other colors.  Then she applies each tiny “petal” very gingerly and gently into the clay and she creates the full design one petal at a time.

You can see by the first picture above how tiny each of these balls of clay are.  The second picture demonstrates the same.  You can see as ManinpastaByBeba picks up the “petal” how tiny it is at the end of the needle.  By the third time, you can see how lovely the petals look after they are arranged and layered around the main flower.  The filigree of the pendant backing matches the style of the pendant design perfectly.

You can see from the picture above left the finished design of the pendant ManinpastaByBeba demonstrated in the video tutorial.  The picture to the right shows the matching earrings that ManinpastaByBeba made to match the pendant.

You can create a full line of pendants and earrings using different colors and different petal designs.  It’s not hard, but it does take a lot of creativity and patience.  These are one of the most beautiful polymer clay jewelry pendants I have ever seen.

If you want to visit ManinpastaByBeba’s YouTube channel, you can click here.  To visit ManinpastaByBeba on her other social media platforms, the addresses are shown below:


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Polymer Clay Vintage Christmas Tree Scene Pendant Tutorial

Christmas Tree Scene Pendant:

Here is a great Polymer Clay Pendant necklace by LynzCraftz of YouTube.  Lynz creates the whole pendant with two circular cutouts (shown below) that she created by folding and cutting paper.  The pendant looks beautiful, well-balanced and pretty complicated, but again, when Lynz breaks it down, it is pretty simple.

LynzCraftz-oval-templatesIf you watch the entire video, Lynz shows you her techniques for cutting out the base of the pendant and creating the matching frame.  The video shows you her technique for making the back of the pendant and giving it some texture and design.


After creating the frame, Lynz uses a design rubber stamp to impress a texture design in the frame on the top of the pendant, as well as the back side of the pendant.  This way, the back of the pendant is just as polished and professional as the front side.


You can see above how the jump ring that will lace through a neck chain is pressed into the back of the pendant before the front frame is pressed onto the back; this way, the jump ring is securely baked into place so it will not slip out after construction.


Lynz then creates the leaves and flowers using metal cutouts and arranges them around the frame.  She then creates the Christmas tree with a teardrop shape of clay, and “cuts in the “branches” with a scissor — very clever!


At the end Lynz gives us a closeup of the finished pendant and even shows a second pendant that is completely different, but created using the same “framing techniques”.

You can see how original each pendant looks but how they both have the same “signature style”.  This is what we talked about in other blogs about creating your own line of jewelry by creating different pieces, but using a recognizable style.  Lynz does this perfectly!

If you want to visit LynzCraftz on Youtube, you will be able to see many, many of her polymer clay projects, all of which are fantastic. 

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Polymer Clay Tree Landscape Cameo Charm by Non-Chan Creations

Check out Non-Chan Creation’s beautiful Polymer Clay Tree Landscape Cameo Charm. From the picture below, it appears so complicated but surprisingly, when Non-Chan shares his/her techniques, you can see how easily the details are sculpted into the clay in a bas relief technique.


Then glitter powder in various colors is gently and carefully applies to the various elements sculpted into the portrait to bring out the beautiful design.


It goes great with the scroll-work cameo base that Artist Non-Chan has chosen.

If you would like to visit Non-Chan’s Creations on YouTube, you can click there now!

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