DIY Fairy Art Doll – How to Sculpt a Face with Clay – Doll Sculpting Polymer Clay Tutorial – Part 1

DIY Fairy Art Doll – How to Sculpt a Face with Clay – Doll Sculpting Polymer Clay Tutorial – Part 1


I almost stepped on a fairy in the forest
today. A blur of pink caught my eye, and then I saw
her. She had pink hair and wore a pink rose petal
dress, but her eyes were as green and golden as the woodland around her. For today’s polymer clay tutorial, I’m going
to show you how to sculpt a face. I’ll be sculpting a miniature doll head, but
you can use thes principles of sculpting a face to make whatever you like and in any
size you like. This is certainly Caroline, with more Polymer
Clay Fairy Tale Nonsense, create your own fairy tale world with my miniature art tutorials. As always, a link to the supplies I used for
this tutorial will be in the description below. Start thinking of your doll’s head in the
shape of an egg. To help you do this, I thought I’d show you
how to begin sculpting the head by sculpting right on this egg. Draw a vertical line down the middle, then
a horizontal line across the middle. The horizontal line is where the eyes will
go. Now draw a short line in the middle of the
lower half of the face. This is where the bottom of the nose will
go. Now place a short line between the bottom
of the nose and the bottom of the chin. This is where the bottom of the lip will be. And just move up a little from that line to
place the opening of the mouth. The ears go on the sides, obviously, between
the eyes and the tip of the nose. Now divide the middle horizontal line into
fifths, starting from the beginning of the ear on this side, to the end of the other
ear, like this. You can indent with a ball tool where the
eye sockets will go, right here and right here. And the nose is one eye-width across. But if you’re going for the doll look, you
might want bigger eyes, and a smaller nose. I start with a quick sketch to get out what’s
in my head and to decide on the size and proportions of my fairy doll. Using a wooden tool, I smooth out the rough
edges. And ‘draw’ a basic idea of where I want the
features. I make the eye sockets by pushing into the
clay with a ball tool, and I round out and smooth down the sockets, because I’m not really
going for the Corspe Bride look. While I’m smoothing out the sockets, I’m watching
the profile and indenting for the nose a bit. And while I’m doing this, I have Google search
I’m referring to. I just typed in “woman’s face profile” in
Google images. I indent a bit around the lower part of the
nose to form the cheeks, and to begin to define the nose. I’m shaking because I’ve had too much coffee
and not enough food. Food break. Must eat something. Anything easy. Cold pizza works. Now I want more coffe. To refine the nose, I start by making very
light indents just above the nostrils using a rubber tipped tool. I beginto indicate where I want the nostrils,
almost sketching at this point, and always watching all angles. This is a dental tool; it comes in handy when
you want to define the nooks and crannies around the nose. I just need to get the thicknesses of the
nostrils just right, and I’m also trying to get the alignment right. To sculpt the eyes, I start by baking a little
ball of clay, then I cut the baked ball in half, and place them in the doll’s eye sockets. I add little, thin, strips of clay for the
lower and upper lids, and carefully smooth them out using my wooden tool and my blunt
rubber tipped tool. I’ll list the tools, and where I get them,
in the link below. I’m continually checking the profile while
I work. I’m refining, smoothing, and defining more
and more as I go. And I finish off with the pointy dental tool. I love sculpting the lips. Since it’s the last feature I work on, it’s
usually the easiest, and it’s the most rewarding because the face just seems to come alive. After making an opening with my knife, I use
my blunt rubber tipped tool to make indents in the corners a little, and then I pull the
clay down a bit. I’m using very light touhes since each touch
matters now. Just take your time and tap tap tap, lightly
touch and smooth until you’ve found the face you’re looking for. This is the relaxing part of sculpting. If you’re frustrated right now, take a break
and go do something else. False alarm. It wasn’t a bug. It’s not a bug, it’s a bubble. If you really want to learn how to sculpt,
you need the long version of this video. I made the long version so you could sculpt
along with me; we’ll sculpt a doll face together, side by side. Check the link below. If you’d like to provide a home for one my
little fairies, I’ll provide a link to my shop below. In Part 2 of my fairy art doll tutorial for
YouTube I’ll show you how I attach the face to the head, and I’ll show you how I made
everything else. Like this video if you liked it, and if you
haven’t already, subscribe to my strange little world of polymer clay fairy tales.

93 thoughts on “DIY Fairy Art Doll – How to Sculpt a Face with Clay – Doll Sculpting Polymer Clay Tutorial – Part 1

  1. Hi Caroline! I really enjoyed your video on face making, it was very good! Can't hardly wait to see the 2nd one. I am an Artist and recently got into sculpting dolls. My very first is a mermaid. It's so much fun, however there is so much to be done, patience is a must! Funny to me now to do dolls. When I was a young girl I rode horses and did have my own, so I never played with them. The world of make believe, fairies and mermaids and… Is enchanting to me so I was driven to do this now. Your other video on mermaids helped me s great deal, thank you for making them and sharing your talent and time, Laura

  2. Another fantastic video! I loved the magical beginning! You have an amazing gift! Beautiful fairy! Thanks for sharing your talent!

  3. Hi Caroline! This might be a weird question but I want to practice sculpting (without the baking part yet, since I'm away from home for the moment but I have plenty of time on my hands) , is it possible to just do this with out baking them.. ? I just wanna get the hang of sculpting first.. Thanks! 🙂

  4. Pretty cool! I love making faces. It is one of my favorite things to do with clay. I just find it relaxing and exciting to see what kind of face comes out. I don't use reference pictures etc. I just wing it and see what happens. I figure the clay will make the face it wants to be. 🙂 My other favorite thing is making lentil beads with clay. I find that relaxing and exciting too. I need to start selling some though because I love making them but not so fond of assembling them into jewelry. 😛 – Heidi

  5. Thanks again and I didn't have a clue about the selling and pricing, that could be rewarding if I can do it. Do u sell? What's the highest price someone paid?

  6. OMG Caroline, she's fantastic!! I can't get over your paint job on her eyes, they are so life like! I love her expression too. <3

  7. I am addicted to your channel, love your work!! your videos are so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your Amazing talent with us.

  8. I know this might be weird question but how do you edit video because I was thinking to make my own videos 😄😊❤️

  9. I was wondering if you could maybe do a tutorial on making a fairy of African culture? I think that it would be really cool if you made an African fairy.

  10. I heard about a little girl who found a fairy one crispy cold morning on the way to school…It was all fury laying on the side of the concrete path, she picked it up and put it in her lunch box to show her teacher at recess…..She goes over to her teacher and opens her lunch box to show her teacher, only thing it had now defrosted and was just a sad piece of moldy dog poo once again. LOL

  11. THANK YOU SO MUCH for offering a real time version, awaiting my email shortly. Also, you could perhaps consider having a patreon website such as this guys one, https://www.patreon.com/wildlifeart At $4 per month as a starting contribution for the tutorials its affordable even for someone with a very limited budget but it also allows me to contribute a small amount to you for all the efforts you put into your tutorials as they are much appreciated, especially the long versions that gives me a real chance of increasing my skill. I have only just started using polymer clay and have not used any form of clay since I was about aged 14 in my year 8 art class, (I was rubbish then lol) I am almost 32 now and have not painted since I was in primary school so have a GREAT deal to learn but its an enjoyable process and thanks to kind wonderful people such as yourself sharing your skills and experience on Youtube you offer me a chance I would otherwise not get as I both live in a semi rural location in Australia and as I have a disability cannot go to workshops even if they happen to exist in my area (they don't) also annoyingly all the supplies such as clay and paints cost FAR more as much as 3 times the price the US pays which makes any hobbies much more costly. $4 per month is affordable even for me.

  12. Omg… i will never make it to do something sooooooooo difficult!!! you are so talented and so calm relaxing to hear you!!!!

  13. I've become totally mesmerised by your work!
    My secret dream is to move out of my apartment and into a caravan for full time living. I'm taking small steps forward, and recently found the perfect spot to live. I am offered to park it at my friends house, at a secluded spot in their garden. In the middle of the woods, with a canal some 100 meters away. So, now I can build my dream garden. Lots of fairies, gnomes and surprises. Glittering lights and snow in the winter… So much fun! Your tutorials will be perfect!
    Btw… when I click on the link to Part 2 of this video, I get redirected to this one. You might want to check it out. Big masses of love to ya!

  14. You sound like a Fairy, beautiful voice! Love your sense of humor and your style of videos! Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I just subscribed to your newsletter and hope to learn more. Thanks again! 😊

  15. This doll is so cute. How do you make the freckles? I would like to try putting some on my doll. Is the long video out? I can't wait to watch it. Thanks!

  16. When I clicked on the link for part two it brought me right back to thîs one. I was so ēxcited for part two becaûse yôur video and instructions are clear and easy to follow, I'd love to see part two please.

  17. Love this! Your style of teaching is great for those new to sculpting. I'd love to know how to set up the 'sculpting wood board'.

  18. Great tutorial but can you sort out the large amount of saliva that is making loads of noise in your mouth. X

  19. Just came here to get a basic understanding of sculpting. But due to that lovely opening I just had to subscribe.

  20. thanks very very much
    u can t belive how good and useful was this serie to me <3
    please continue doing more about dolls, i ll promice to see it haha <3
    (sorry if i wrote something wrong, my english ins t so good haha)

  21. I wish that your channel reach to 900K subscribers and 1 day you can reach 1,000,000 subscribers because your videos are awesome and very beautiful.And by the way thank you for that tutorial i make that shape too and its done so really thank you for make this video tutorial.:-)

  22. Love clay. Huge LOVER. AN FINALLY I GOT SOMONE WHOS SHOWS HOW TI MAKE A FACE. LOL. I always make cartoon dolls, funny, silly. Hell u cant go wrong. Now time to get serious. Tysm

  23. Thank you so much for your videos. I'm primarily a knitter but am looking for another creative challenge. I've never been any good at visual art but you've inspired me to at least try! Beautiful work!

  24. I love working with clay and sculpting animals. I decided to go off and try more humanoid designs and this was the first video I clicked on. very informative and quite frankly, one of the best by far. I must say, I've got a bookshelf full of the little figurines now.

  25. I was looking for a video that showed lots of detail on sculpting the lips and mouth area, but sadly there was more time spent on cold pizza.

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