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First experience with clay

Most of us have made those heavy, clay ashtrays in kindergarten. Most hated it. But now is the chance to pick up clay modeling again. And not by making more ashtrays, but by modeling those things you really like. Of course, I don't know what you like, but I'll share some of my modeling experiences with you to give you examples of what you can do.

Years ago, I started to make small models with clay that hardens on air. It was really awkward to use because you had to wet it, knead it thoroughly, and then use it quite fast before it dried out.

Inspiration

It was by a book from Ria Odijk, a Dutch lady who makes all kind of clay dolls, ranging from historic figures to wizards and elves, that I really had my eyes opened and knew what I wanted with clay, and how to do it.

In her book, she described a method for making a realistic modeled head, hands and feet for dolls using polymer clay. The body was made of real materials, using cloth, leather, feathers, etc. The dolls were almost 10 inch high.

A new method

Being a student at that time, I didn't want to spend too much clay on those models and I wanted to make the body from clay too, so I make them a lot smaller, about 4 inch high. Because I made the bodies of clay too, I had to develop my own method of making the clay models and creating armatures so the figures would stay in shape. On these pages I want to present this method.



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