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Friday, November 4, 2011

Funny Duck!!

Actually, this duck is not left over from Halloween, nor is he traveling incognito. What he IS doing is holding a Hitty Face until it dries (I hope I can get it off easily tomorrow--I didn't put any plastic wrap under the clay like I usually do).  I use PaperClay because I really HATE Sculpey. I don't like having to bake it and I don't like how brittle it becomes, either. I also don't like how hard it is to wash off my hands or how heavy it is. Do you get the idea that I REALLY DON'T LIKE SCULPEY??!!
 I DO, however, LOVE PaperClay. It is light, it air dries, and although it has a tendency to crack, this doesn't matter to me because I always use it under cloth. I am also experimenting with using a face mold lined with knit cloth soaked in gesso and with just a thin layer of paper clay over that--the paper clay will be BEHIND the face when I remove it from the mold. I have used PaperClay behind my last couple Alabama Babies' faces, but I used quite a thick layer of it, and it made the babies' faces heavier than I wanted them to be, although much lighter than the plaster of paris that I first used, or the Sculpey I tried after that. Making dolls is an evolutionary process, which is one reason I like making them so much. There is no end to the things you can try and the places you can go.