As followers of this blog may already know, I have recently taken up learning the art of Polymer Clay sculpting.
It’s harder than it looks 🙂 .You need patience, a keen eye for detail and clean,steady hands. I myself have none of these things, but I have the ‘desire’ to sculpt and so I am plodding on in the hope that with practice comes skill. And to be fair I am getting better. It’s like all things, you get out of it what you put in.
What do I need?
To get started you need a Fairy Door Mould (or you can sculpt freehand if you have the skills) Polymer Clay and a Basic sculpting tool set. I have found some Best Selling basics from Amazon to get you started. If you’re on a tight budget meanwhile, there are recipes online for making your own Polymer Clay and even for making your own silicone moulds! If you’ve ever made your own clay or moulds, please do tell us about it comments.
Let’s get started!
This is my fairy door 🙂
The first thing I do when learning something new is see what everyone else is doing. I as such have looked at images of fairy doors, checked some out on Amazon, eBay and Etsy and seen many fab ones on image sites such as Deviant art and Pinterest. After having a good browse I opted for buying a basic fairy door silicone mould like the one shown below.
My aim re using this mould is to use it as a basic template and then sculpt my own embellishments and add my own unique twist. . I don’t want my fairy doors to mimic existing fairy doors, so I will be doing my own thing. Use the mould as per instructions! My first attempt re the fairy door mould was ambitious. I attempted to add all the detail in different coloured Polymer Clay. This is VERY fiddly, but I found with practice it gets easier.
Meanwhile using a small round tipped tool to poke the finer details into place helps a lot. When the clay was popped out of the mould, it wasn’t too bad. There was some ‘bleeding’ re colors beyond their intended fill area however. So my intention for Fairy Door two will be to create it in one color and then use acrylic paint and a tiny fine tipped brush to paint on the detail. This means my ‘sausage fingers’ won’t have to work so hard!!
You will also find a method that suits you with some trial and error.
I sculpted some stone walling to surround my fairy door and added a creeping vine to one side with polymer clay. I also hand painted various elements to give a more authentic appearance.
For example: I dusted the black fairy door hinges with silver metallic paint. I also added a few silver beads to act as ‘studs’ which you may find on an old wooden door. Unlike other fairy doors I have seen, I also aim to add an actual fairy.
I may be breaking the fairy door mould in doing so! (Pun intended 🙂 ) re Paint – I am using acrylics (without mixing with water) straight onto the hardened clay.
I am using Sculpey modelling clay in the various forms it comes in. This is one of the more expensive Polymer Clays and I use it as I find it softer than others, doesn’t seem to dry out and is easy to work with. I bought all the items shown here via eBay.
I bought a large block of white Polymer clay to mix with primary coloured clays to give softer shades. I calculated this was cheaper than buying many different shades. I love the ‘super sculpey’ it’s great for doll modeling. I use tiny blades (with safety side) to ‘saw’ off excess clay when I’ve popped it into the mould. These little blades are quite invaluable!
I also bought some varnish to add an extra shine to certain finished elements of my creation. Bases My fairy door has a solid base so it can be freestanding. This means it’s not exclusively for attaching to skirting boards but can be an ornament also. I am using real stone tiles I already have about the house. I have sculpted a little magical mushroom – or fairy seat to decorate.
MY WISH LIST
One of the most painstaking things about polymer clay sculpting is all the squishing and kneading of the clay itself to make it manageable. I broke my left wrist a yr ago and I find all the kneading a little hard on my wrist which is still in recovery. So ….. I want one of those polymer clay squishing machines 🙂 There are a few here available from Amazon. I’m going to check out the reviews and get back to you re this!