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Poseable doll tutorial: Pt 1 by Catigma Poseable doll tutorial: Pt 1 by Catigma
I've gotten quite the amount of questions on how to make a poseable doll in the clay/fur combination. It seems people like to keep this a secret, as I was looking for answers to this myself before i figured it out on my own.

Well, if you have some experience with claying/sewing, it's really not that hard. It just requires time, effort and patience.

When I first wanted to make this, I had to look quite hard to get the materials I needed, as in the fake fur. In a fabricstore, the fake furs was really, REALLY expensive, so i got the tip to go and buy a furry blanket. And so I did, worked out just fine :D

In the tutorial I've mentioned the ladder stitch. It is quite important to know some kind of invisible stitch, to make this look good, so here's a youtube video I found that shows well how to do the ladderstitch..

This might not be the best tutorial in the world, seen as it is drawn loosly in PS, but I hope it can be helpful at some level :)

Part two can be found here:
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Hi. I am totally going to give this a try. I have been attempting this myself for sometime, so this helped a lot. I'm not very good at sewing. >>;

I have one question, though. What size wire do you use? I know it has to be sturdy, but of course you want  it to be somewhat easy to bend. o-o
Vulcade Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'm making one now, it's a cat. I'm gonna use real fur (possum).
Hama-Girl Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What thickness wire is that?
What type and gauge of wire do you use? 
Thank you for putting out this tutorial. I have been looking everywhere for this.
Thanks, I've been looking for some type of inside scoop on how to make plushies a bit more posable/movable.
miayan Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This was perfect! thank you so much for posting :D i have successfully made my first poseable doll while using this [link]
Biniwood Sep 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
THank you so much for sharing your expertise! I used to do stop motion animation so I'm no stranger to armatures, but I've always wondered what type people put inside their dolls :)
SandLion-Curse Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wonderful doll and really helpful tutorial! :)
I've been considering making my own doll and recently started to collect the various materials that I need for making one. Just a small question. How thick is the steel wire that you use? I want to order from ebay and it's hard getting a straight picture at how thick I'll need by just looking at numbers.
I figured by looking at some of your pictures of this doll you used in the tutorial that the size I want to work with is about the same.
Catigma Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi! Sorry about the late answer, maybe u've already figured it out :) Well, i don't remember how thick wire i use, but it is not very thick, i rather buy a small one, and twin the wire around itself a couple of times, sometimes three times. I feel that makes it stronger than just using a thick wire. Hope that was of some help :)
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