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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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PeanutbutterSandman Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very helpful, thank you for making this.
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ZoraLena Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, I've got a really quick question, don't the joints get a little fragile/dont they break after a while? Steel wire tends to have that after a period of time, it tends to get weak and break off ... I was thinking about using real joints but I don't know how to fabrique those :p
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Catigma Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi :) I have not had this problem. But then again, these dolls are more art than they are toys, so they usually sit on a shelf and look pretty. I rarely rearrange the poses they are in, but it's nice to have to possibility :)
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PeanutbutterSandman Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not really sure how it works, but there's a technique where they use ball and socket armature instead, like the industrial tool sort.
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xXM-D-AXx Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I'm looking for a good, cheap, yet stable and sturdy wire for making dolls that can not only stand on their own, but be posed and what not. These dolls would stand on two feet, as they're not animal

I found that pipe cleaners were too brittle and even though I layered the pipe cleaners to be sturdy and thick, the leg of the doll ended up breaking and now it cannot stand up even a little bit, and the leg won't stay in certain positions.

Will the steel wire you use be stronger than pipe cleaners? and if so, is it cheap? Can it be stable enough to support both itself and stuffing and cloth? Or does it need layers upon layers like the pipe cleaners did? Will it break it is bent too much? (These dolls will go through some heavy play, as they are being made for children)

I'm just looking for a child-proof alternative to pipe cleaners. I want these dolls to last a ling time for the kids, you know? Please get back to me as soon as possible.
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Catigma Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi :) I was about to say the steel wire is better, because it is, it is stronger, and you get it in several "sizes". The one i use is pretty thin so i layer it a couple of times, but i would guess during play by children it would break. I actually dont have any good suggestions to make it a safe toy for children :/
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shadowfurXD Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Student Artist
Is it okay to bake it with the head on the skeleton?
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Catigma Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, as long as you make sure no clay parts gets destroyed during baking. The heads are usually pretty heavy and weighs the whole frame down. I usually wing it till' the moment i'm about to put it in the oven :)
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shadowfurXD Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student Artist
Ok, thanks so much!
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bear48 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional
nice
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