Each of my OOAK dolls is handsculpted from a block of polymer clay. I don't use molds, making each of my creations unique.
Below is a basic summary of the process as it can vary from doll to doll:
I usually begin with an aluminum foil and wire armature. If I am using glass eyes, I will glue them to the head armature. I mainly use Prosculpt polymer clay to sculpt the miniatures and Cernit for the larger dolls. My favorite sculpting tools are small silicone color shapers and Jack Jonson’s 3 in 1 sculpting tool. I also use needles and pins to sculpt tiny details. I usually sculpt in stages, it really depends on the doll’s pose and scale. After the sculpt is finished and baked, I carefully scrape any rough areas with a scalpel. I sand the sculpture using a very wet 3M Auto 600-2000 grit sandpaper. For painting, I use Genesis Heat Set Oil paints and the smallest paintbrushes I can find. I paint the doll in layers, baking in between each layer to set the paint. This method ensures that the paint will not be too thick and unnatural. Once painted, I cover the entire doll with Genesis Matte Varnish and bake again. For poseable dolls, I sew a fabric body and fill it with poly pellets and polyfil. I use either viscose, mohair, or lamb’s wool for the hair. And finally, I sew the clothes and create the accessories.