Thursday, April 29, 2010

My First Polymer Clay Mini

I decided to try something new. I've been following quite a few blogs from some very talented dollhouse miniature artists and decided to give it a try. My first attempt was with a needle felted cat. I wasn't too impressed with the outcome and my fingers got poked more than usual. I had seen some really wonderful flocked animals and experimented with it a bit on this little one. This first problem was the scale. Bull terriers are usually about 20 inches tall at the shoulder. So I made my armature 1 3/4 inches tall at the shoulder, not taking into account the bulk of the clay. So my little bully ended up being 1/3 too large for 1:12 scale and 1/3 too small for 1:6 scale. So I decided he's either a miniature bull terrier for Play Scale or a bull terrier puppy.

It was alot of fun and a real learning experience. I have to say that it gave me a greater appreciation for miniature artists and their skill. I'm working on a fox next. We'll see how this one goes.


Ascension said... [Reply]

Te ha quedado genial
Mi hijo tiene uno que se llama Kaiser y es igualito al que tu has hecho
besitos ascension

Julia said... [Reply]

This puppy looks great :-) I like tiny things...they take a lot of concentration and art to make but look fantastic in the if they are from another world where you have a chance to look in.

Jeanie said... [Reply]

I think he's just as cute as can be....and realistic too! His flocking is done so well, not clumpy looking, but natural. I'm not sure how you could improve on him since he already seems perfect. Can't wait to see more!

Fiver said... [Reply]

Robin, you did a great job, especially for your first try. I can't wait to see your fox!

Bossy Betty said... [Reply]

Amazing!!!! And so cute!

ImagiMeri said... [Reply]

Hi Robin,

Could you please explain the process you used. I don't know if I understand exactly what you've done. Is the dog a polymer body with flocking, or is he a polymer armature with felted body? Please email me ( or post about it please, as I'm very interested. As usual your talent shines through in the finished product, and it's the cutest little bull terrier I've ever seen. Thanks for sharing him with us.


Robin Andreae said... [Reply]

Thanks Ascension, I'll bet kaiser is really cute.

Liza, I like to work large generally. But you're right about looking inward with the miniatures. It's a nice change.

Thanks Jeanie, I was really worried about the flocking coming out right.

Thanks Fiver :-)! my fox is being kind of a pain right now. I'm trying to work out how I'm going to sculpt those tiny eyes!

Your compliment is greatly appreciated< Betty!

Jeanie, He was sculpted from polymer clay and then finely cut alpace wool was glued to him after he was baked.

krex said... [Reply]

I found that my attempts at needle felting miniatures always ends with me having some very bloody fingers ....SO fun to try something new to add to the craft repertoire . I think he looks amazing and am really looking forward to seeing more of your flocked animals .

Heather said... [Reply]

Truly amazing, it looks so lifelike!

You have such a wonderful talent!

Karin F. said... [Reply]

I have looked at the earlier items you've made & sold but the only thing stopping me from bidding on them was the size. I'll be looking forward to seeing your fox and all the other....hopefully there'll be others....creatures that you make to scale.
hugs Karin

Robin Andreae said... [Reply]

Thanks Krex, Heather & Karin. I'm thinking of trying a chimpanzee next. Hopefully her fur will turn out better than the poor little fox.