Friday, November 5, 2010

Making Ravioli

Making Breakfast

Make miniature breakfast with Betsy Niederer

Making a Clown

Part 1:body & legs

Part 2: head & face

Part 3: adding feet, arms & hands

Part 4: hair, hat & finishing touches

Painting eyes:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Polymer Clay Faux Wood

You'll find the tutorial on my other blog

Letter Writing Portfolio

This is my very first tutorial! Because of the many photos in it, I turned it into a PDF file which you'll be able to hardcopy as well ...and then because blogger doesn't seem to like that format, I changed each page into a JPG.
I know those of you reading this blog through a reader will not be able to get an automatic translation but with so many pictures, you should have no problem understanding it anyway.


If you click each picture, it should enlarge....

Produce Scale

produce scale

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Flower Kits

Not sure who or where I got this from. If it's yours, please let me know & I'll make sure to acknowledge you....

This one is a fast and easy plant if you have one of the tiny flower punches. Grab a pot, bend a wire. Glue it in the pot and start covering the top half with the tiny flowers that have been cupped. I just smear glue on it and start picking up the flowers with tweezers and filling the top up as much as possible.
Then cut about five long blade shaped green leaves. Curl them with your scissors. Stick them around the stem with white glue. Sprinkle a bit of dirt to cover the glue.and you are done.... Hyacinth in a jiffy. You can make them in whatever color you want. I just happened to have purple.

The other two flowers in the photo are another very old, very faded Hyacinth and a generic daisy type flower that I whipped up with one of the flower punches. Three layers were pierced in the center and strung on a piece of wire. The top end was painted brown and leaves stuck on.

More instant flowers. All you need is the right punches.

Wire Wrap Jewelry - Videos

making wire wrapped jewelry

From the Creager Studio: Face Sculpting

Making Snack & Junk Foods

doughnuts, pop corn, cheezies, corn chips, french fries, & potato chips made from clay.

Ice Cream Cone

Ice Cream Cone

Cold Porcelain Doll Head

Creating a doll head from cold porcelain ... step-by-step video

Eye Painting

Sculpt a Rearing Horse

Rearing Horse

Clay Birdcage

birdcage by Sue Heaser

Basic Trunk & Hinges from Scrap Metal

Make a Miniature Tack Box / Basic Chest

Make Simple Scale Hinges From Scraps of Metal

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sculpting dolls

This is a multi-part tutorial.....

Body Proportions and Sizes for Miniature Dolls

Sculpt a Miniature Doll's Head

Sculpt a Miniature Doll House Dolls Torso

Easy Ways to Pad a Doll's Body

Sculpt Feet for a Miniature Doll

Sculpt a Miniature Doll's Hands

Interesting Clay Facts

In several of the groups that I belong to the conversation has been about storing clay
How To Store Polymer Clay, Its Effect On Clear Polystyrene And Polypropylene Plastic Containers

and while I was looking I found this:
How To Transfer Image Without Using Any Liquid Polymer Gel

Sunday, August 29, 2010

How to Make a Waterfall


Pinch Pots

Obviously not 1:12 but run with the idea & just make it smaller.
Pinch Pot

Monday, July 5, 2010

While this is something a bit different, I highly recommend it for all doll makers or costumers: costume and trim newsletter. You will have to register on the site.
Take a look through the past newsletters for some great costume patterns, photography techniques, and other how-tos.

Friday, June 25, 2010


delphinium tutorial
Tallulah Belle said...
They are just delightful Nina. Love the bead idea.

You are doing really great making flowers but here are a couple of tips that might help you with flower making of any kind.

If you want you blossoms to be a tad more crinkly, mist them very lightly with water and push very deep into something with more give than an eraser. Leave them to dry them pop them out. They'll be very crinkly and you can just open them up. I use Japanese rice paper but it should work with regular paper.

To assist with gluing leaves use a combination of white glue and a superglue. I use Sobo and zap a gap. Tacky glue can sometimes be too tacky and hard to get tiny amounts. Put a minute amount of glue on the stem then lightly dip the stem of your leaf in superglue. this might take practice as you barely need any and if you use too much it will blob. Thsi way the superglue holds quick while the white glue provides the strength.

I then paint over the glue with the same color as the wire.

A nice touch is to wait till it is all dry then very lightly dry brush the edges of the blossoms in a slightly different color. you barely need any paint and dont' want to make it too obvious but it will add depth to the flowers.

I tend to paint the inners before I shape the and find that easier.

Tissue paper makes great flowers but is hard to punch as a single sheet so try folding it then separating them after. I've not used tissue for anything I've sold as I don't know how long it will hold up for but I'd use it on something for me.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Making a Hollow Dolls Head

This tutorial comes from Garie Sims web and was written by Eberhard Faber

Monday, May 3, 2010

Leather Shoes made from Clay

leather shoes for chocolate chip cookies.

For fried eggs: and

Crepes and sweets: and

Ham and potato soup: and

Christmas dinner: and and

Making Cookie Cutters
This tutorial shows the tools that were used in making more hefty cookie cutters, but you'll get an idea of the type of tools you may use. Scale the tools down if you're making mini cookie cutters.
Here's a good tutorial because Peggy starts out at the tip, in red bold letters, be careful!
Now this tutorial is for those of us who are making things out of the stuff we have in our kitchen: aluminum foil, disposable roasting pan, regular sissors.

YouTube Food Tutorials

Dinner Roll:

Potato chips:

Jewelry Head Pins

head pins

Baby Bunting

Baby shower souvenir made with cold porcelain by Chikim Art

Making a bowl using a marble

Doll Sculpting

(Note: click the magnifier icon to increase image to a readable size)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

spooky tutorials:
furniture, flowers, a tea pot house, and lots more:
le petit monde de la fee Erie

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Making Teddy Bears

not all links work but on the whole there are more bear patterns then you'll ever need.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Make an alarm clock

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Pipe cleaner Dogs

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

ladder, commode & bookshelf

Ernesto has been doing lots of tutorials at CDHM... here are some on his blog.

Monday, March 29, 2010

train tutorial
On the same page there a tute on making a baby's outfit.

Friday, March 19, 2010

An I love You Teddy Bear

How to sculpt a clay duck



Altho the tutorials are for real sized gum paste flowers made to decorate cakes, the techniques can also be used for miniature flowers using either polymer or air-dry clays: