How to Sculpt a
Polymer Clay Baby
In this section we learn how to sculpt an OOAK polymer clay baby arms.
STEP 31: We will start on the baby's right arm. Roll a cylinder of clay and attach and blend the clay at the shoulder point. The baby's arm should be fairly short and stumpy. If it were to reach above it's head, the elbows should be approximately at the brow-line, and the baby's wrist should reach the top of the head. This is much shorter than an adult's arm- where the elbow reaches the top of the head.
STEP 32: Bend the arm up at the elbow (halfway down the arm- excluding the hand) and bend where the wrist would be to form a little hand. Pinch and smooth the elbow so that it appears more realistic. Be sure not to make it too pointy as baby's have very rounded features. Push the back of the hand up against the face, so the baby appears to be leaning on its fist.
STEP 33: Using the pick tool, carefully press in lines across the end of the baby's fist. This will form little fingers. Follow the lines down under the fist as the baby's fingers are clenched into its' palm. Use the spoon tool to define the little bumps of its' knuckles. Keep it very subtle though, a baby's hands are chubby.
STEP 34: Again, using the pick tool, define the creases around the baby's little finger. Also define the crease where the palm folds into the wrist.
STEP 35: Repeat the process with the other arm, creating a cylinder, blending it at the shoulder and bending it at the elbow and the wrist. If any clay gets too bulky to bend at the elbow, simply cut some of the polymer clay away with a hobby knife.
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