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45 steps to make A Custom Bobblehead Tutorial (2)

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  • STEP 1: Roll an oval shaped ball of clay. This will be the basis of the face you will sculpt. The smoother you get this step, the easier your job will be. So take your time and make it right. Divide the face with your rubber-tipped tool into sections. A vertical line down the middle of the face is your line of symmetry. A long horizontal line half way down the face is where the eyes will be. The second line down is the bottom of the nose and the third line down is where the opening of the mouth will be.
  • STEP 2: Using your spoon tool or rounded tool slowly work in hollows where the eye-sockets should be. Be careful with this step. You should be working slowly and very gently in small circling movements. DO NOT push the tool down in one motion or you will end up with a dent in the head the shape of your tool. Using the rounded side of the tool will help with this matter. Keep the tool fairly flat on the face to ensure the tools point does not gouge the clay.
  • P3STEP 3: Note that the sockets are fairly deep. This will allow you to bring in the bridge of the nose later, and still keep the eyes further back. If you do not do this step deep enough, the eyes will stick out further than the nose.If you are unsure as to what depth to do the sockets, please read ahead before attempting it. Future pictures will help you decide what you will need to make way for later. Be sure that the sockets sit under the guide line you drew in step 1.
  • P4STEP 4: When you a practicing how to sculpt a face, be sure to keep smoothing your work as you go. Smoothing the clay will help you to spot mistakes as they occur, and not when you have completely finished a piece. Smoothing can be as simple as gently brushing the clay with your thumb. Be sure not to press too hard or you will squash the clay. With the spoon tool, gently rub a ridge down where the bridge of the nose meets the brown line. Refer to the next picture for depth
  • P5STEP 5: You need to study how the face works. A face is not flat, it has draft. This is precisely why we can see the eyes on a profile view. If the face was flat, we would not be able to see the eyes. Notice in this profile shot that the bridge of the nose comes in, but not as far as the eye sockets. This is creating draft. Compare your results so far with a photo reference to ensure the draft of the face is not too flat or too pronounced.
  • P6STEP 6: Next you need to form the brow bone. Make two flat sausages of clay and place on the face, just over-lapping the top of the eye sockets. Notice how the brow line follows fairly straight along the top of the sockets and slightly down the side of the sockets. Be sure that the clay you have added is well kneaded, as the clay needs to be warm so it is easy to blend in the next step.
  • P7STEP 7: The next step is to utilize your spoon tool again. Using the curved side of the tool, gently blend the brow. Do not blend it flat; you want to simply grab the edges of the clay you placed and blend it into the forehead. Barely touch the clay, just gently glide from the edge to the forehead. If you start to notice a hollow around where you are blending, you are using too much pressure. You want the forehead to stay intact, merely close the seam between the brow and the forehead.
  • P8STEP 8: Now you make way for the eyelids. This is preparing for a doll with large eyes. Place two small cylinders of clay just under the brow. Bring it in so that it’s slightly deeper into the face than the brow. This will ensure the eyes appear to sit right into the face. Make sure that the eyelids end before the end of the brow bone.
  • P9STEP 9: Using your rubber-tipped tool gently blend the eyelid into the brow bone. Don’t blend it too much because you still want to have that crease where the brow meets the eyelid. You are simply smoothing the seam-line so it looks incorporated into the face.Repeat the process with the bottom eyelids. Keep in mind that the bottom eyelid slightly tucks under the top eyelid. Refer to your photo reference and compare carefully.
  • P10STEP 10: This step gets very fiddly. Cut yourself a tiny piece of clay, this will be what fills in the eyeball. In the picture, the piece of clay is only a couple millimeters. You want the piece of clay to be so small that it will not damage the doll’s eyelids when you pop it in. Hook the small piece of clay with your rubber-tipped tool and carefully place it into the eye socket. Move the clay so it spreads out forming the eyeball. You want it to be as smooth as possible.
  • P11STEP 11: Smooth the clay and try to form a slightly rounded surface. This part needs to be perfectly smooth or else it will look rough when you paint the eyes. You can use smoothing agents like Metholated Spirits, or something especially suited to smoothing polymer clay such as “Prosculpt Smoothing Oil”. You can even use substances like baby oil. Simply apply the oil onto a soft hair paint brush and paint over the clay you wish to smooth.Whatever oil you use to smooth, be sure to only use small amounts. If you use too much, it can react with acrylics paints. Apply a very small amount of oil, and add more if required. Applying too much can also soften the surrounding clay, smoothing out your detail work.
  • P12STEP 12: Any gaps that are left, be sure to fill in with clay. Also, create a small ball of clay to form the red fleshy part in the inner corner of the eye. This part is extremely small. If you make it too large then the red will take up too much of the eye later. Smooth over any imperfections and ensure that the eyelids are perfect. Leave a small ridge on the bottom of the eyelid as this will be where you attach eyelashes later. Repeat this process with the other eye.

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