This chapter will show you how to craft a princess figurine step by step! This chapter focuses on explaining the methods of creating curly hair and dressmaking for formal dresses. The challenging part of producing a figure dressed in an elegant gown lies in the creation of the dress, including the form-fitting top, the intricate folds of the body-hugging garment, and the pattern of the formal dress. As for the lower half, it involves a full skirt that exudes a sense of fullness.

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Materials & Tools

Sculpting Tools

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Face mold, large scissors, small scissors, curved scissors, corrugated scissors, round rod, indentation cutter, crochet hook, eye-opening knife, pressure plate, blade, short blade, circle cutter, needle hole pressure round tool, pleating tool, double-sided round mold, pliers, tweezers, water-based gloss oil, engraving knife, 502 quick-drying glue, smoothing water and alcohol wipes.


Decorative Materials

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Iron wire, copper wire, crystal diamonds, bubble beads, and crowns.

Coloring Tools

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Pigments, brushes, eyeshadows, brushes, pencils, pointed cotton swabs, erasers, and sticky notes.

Clay & Color Mixing

Skin, red, blue, white, brown, and black clay;

mix brown, white, and black clay to create dark brown clay;

mix white, red, and blue clay to create pink clay.

Making the Main Part

Face

1. Take an appropriate amount of skin clay and knead it into a conical shape with a pointed bottom and a round top. Align the pointed end with the nose and press the clay into the face mold. Remove the clay from the mold.

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2. Cut off the excess clay, gently push up the corners of the mouth with a ball tool to make them upturned, and then use a tool to adjust the lip seam.

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Legs

1. The length of the legs of the figure at actual size is 4.5 heads. Take skin clay and shape it into a drop-shaped elongated strip. Use your index finger to press down on the inside of the knee and slowly shape the outline of the calf from the inside of the knee to the ankle.

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2. Rub the shape of the thigh from the inner side of the knee upwards, adjust the shape of the leg slightly, and trim off the excess length of the calf.

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3.  Use a detail needle to create inward diagonal creases on both sides of the knee to shape the knee bone. Use the same method as steps 1 to 3 to create the other leg, making sure that both legs are identical in length and thickness.

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4. Use a sculpting tools to make indentations on the hips and inner thighs, then adjust the shape with fingers and cut away any excess clay.

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5. Take white clay and roll it into a long strip. Pinch one end to form a bend and use your fingers to adjust the shape of the foot. Place the top of the foot on the edge of your palm and slowly adjust the size of the ankle.

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6. Use a detail needle to press out the shape of the ankle bone, cut away the excess clay and the girl's foot is made!

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7. Compare the lengths and cut off the excess clay from the legs. Then attach the completed feet to the legs.

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8. Roll out a thin slice of white clay, use wavy scissors to cut out a wave pattern, and then use a knife to trim the excess clay from the other side.

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9. Enclose the wavy lace around the white ankle and paste it with intervals. Every other interval has a wave protruding.

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10. Use detail needles to press down the raised ripples to the gap between the toes, and then use scissors to flatten them. The cute and fluffy socks for young girls are done.

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11. Roll out a thin sheet of pink clay and use a carving knife to make a long arc shape.

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12. Place the pink sheet in the center and cover it over the back of the foot, gather the excess clay in the middle of the heel, and trim away the excess clay sheet. The girl's pink shoe upper is now complete.

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13. Take black clay and knead it into a long strip, then flatten it. Stick the black thin sheet on the bottom of the foot as a sole, and use a press board to smooth the seams.

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14. Take black clay and mold it into a drop shape, and stick it onto the back of the heel. Cut off any excess clay, and the girl's high heels are done.

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15. Cut a pink long strip into thin slices, trim one end neatly, and wrap it around the middle of the heel, then cut off the excess clay. Cut another pink strip and connect the pink shoe and the pink circle, then trim the excess clay.

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16. Use a tool to adjust the gap between the pink strip and the socks, and then use copper wire to thread from the bottom of the feet to secure the legs. Apply water-based glossy oil on the shoe surface, and the high heels are complete.

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Body

1. Take skin clay and roll it into a droplet shape, then pinch a cylinder out of the middle of the rounder end. Place the clay in the palm of your hand and press a hollow shape with the tip of your thumb at the waistline. Lastly, smooth the surface of the clay.

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2. Cut out the arms above the sides of the torso, adjust the shape of the arms and armpits with a detail needle, and finally cut the arms flush.

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3. Use your thumbs to push the clay from the belly to the chest to create the shape of the girl's breasts, then slowly adjust the shape of the neck and chest.

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Key points of neck and shoulder production tips:

a. Making the clavicle: Using detail needles to adjust the neck and shoulders from front to back, and horizontally using detail needles to press on both sides of the shoulders to reveal the clavicles.

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b. Press the pectoralis major muscle: Vertically press out the neck muscles in the center of the neck with a detail needle and continue to squeeze on both sides of the muscles to make the muscles in the neck a little more visible.

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4. Use a clay molding tool to make a mark in the middle of the chest cavity, then adjust the chest shape by hand and with a detail needle.

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Joining

1. Fix both legs with wire and fill the space between them with white clay, then flatten it with a smoothing tool. Connect the torso and secure it with white clay.

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2. Take skin clay and mold it into a half-circle shape to stick on the buttocks. Pinch the round shape of the buttocks with your fingers, and then use a tool to adjust the shape of the buttocks. Pay attention to making the sizes and shapes of both buttocks equal.

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3. Apply a thin slice of white clay to the buttocks, then use a short blade to cut out the shape of a triangle underwear, and use a tool to make the white clay fit more closely with the buttocks.

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4. Rub a white long thread and stick it on the edge of the triangle underwear, then use a round rod to press out the pattern. The pressing method of the pattern is to alternate between inward and outward direction, creating a wave pattern.

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5. Brush red eyeshadow on the knees.

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Clothes

Top

1. Roll out a thin pink sheet and use a round cutting tool to cut a circle-shaped piece and attach it to the chest area. Cut off a half-circle diagonally. Repeat the same method for the other side.

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2. Use the circle cutter tool to cut two circular shapes in the pink sheet and cut an opening in the center protrusion. Center the pink sheet to align the smocking, attach it to the belly, and adjust it with the shaping knife.

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3. Start by pressing the outline of the top with a shaping knife, then use a razor blade to cut away the excess clay along the indentation.

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4. Use a detail needle to press and stick the edges tightly, and create a seam line on the clay pieces on both sides of the waist of the blouse. Press out the folds of the garment on both sides of the seam line.

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5. Apply clothing thin film in the same way to the back torso, then press out the folds.

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Belts

1. Mix black clay with some resin clay, knead into a long strip and roll out a thin square piece. Cut a triangle shape in the center of the thin piece. Stick it in the center of the waist and use a needle tool to make a slit in the middle. Cut off the excess clay on both sides of the waist.

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2. Using the same method as step 5(Making Tops), attach the belt to the back and press the folds on the belt with knitting needle and pleat tool. The front folds spread from the middle to both sides, while the back folds curve horizontally downwards.

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3. Use a needle hole press tool to align and press circular holes on both sides of the seam line on the waistband, then weave a crisscrossing line on the waistband using a shoelace threading technique.

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Skirt

1. Roll out a piece of thin pink dough, cut it into a fan shape, fold the inner side of the fan shape into a wavy, pleated pattern, and then flatten the raised waves.

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2. Using a double-sided circular press mold, cut the edges neatly, and then use a knitting needle to adjust the folds.

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3. Invert the skirt piece and stick it onto the waistline, aligning it with the waistband, and press it with a knitting needle. Flip the skirt piece over and use a knitting needle to adjust the pleats at the seam.

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Hands & Arms

Arms

1. Take skin clay and roll it into a long strip. Press it down on the elbow and adjust the size and shape of the arm.

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2. Compare the thickness of the arms, adjust to the appropriate size, and then trim off any excess clay.

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3. Using the same method as step 1, make another arm shape and then bend it to create the pose of the arm bending.

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Palms

1. Take skin clay and roll it into a long strip and flatten one end with your fingers. Cut the outline of the hand out of the flattened end and then cut out the fingertips. Press the knuckles between the fingers with a detail needle.

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2. Pinch the knuckles, then adjust the fingers into a natural movement.

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3. Use a detail needle to press out the details of the palm and wrist, then use an tool to press out the palm lines.

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4. Roll the skin clay into a drop shape and press it onto the thumb to shape the outer appearance of the thumb. Use water to smooth out any gaps and creases, then wipe with an alcohol swab. Finally, use a stick to adjust the appearance of the fingers.

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5. Trim off excess clay and connect the palm to the arm.

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6. Cut a strip of pink rectangular clay sheet to go around the wrist seam, and cut away the excess to create a pink bracelet.

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7. Create a pink bow and attach it to a pink bracelet, then add a bubble bead in the center of the bow. Use a brush dipped in red eyeshadow to highlight the person's fair and rosy skin tone on their elbow and fingers.

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Decorations

Skirt Lace

1. Bend the blade in a circular arc and cut a long curved strip into the thin slice of pink clay.

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2. Fold the long strip into wave pleats from the inside to the outside of the bust.

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3. Then use the tool to press downward at the top of the wavy crease.

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Arm Decoration

1. Take pink clay and knead it into a long strip, then press it lightly. Secure the arm with wire and wrap the pink strip around it.

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2. Using the tip of the detail needle, press a circle of texture slantingly at the bottom of the pink strip, and then press another circle with the round end above it. The basic shape of the sleeve is now complete.

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3. Cut a strip of clay on a pink sheet and wrap it around the sleeve, then use a round rod to press out a circle mark.

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Clothing Decoration

1. Apply a layer of red eyeshadow on the collarbone and chest.

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2. Cut a piece of pink rectangular thin film, wrap it around from the middle of the neck, secure it with a bow at the joint, and stick a bubble bead in the middle of the bow.

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3. Take green clay and roll it into a shuttle shape, then flatten it into a leaf shape. Cut two green long strips and glue them underneath the leaf. Use a carving knife to make a vein in the middle of the leaf and glue two red bubble beads onto one end of the green twig with fast-drying glue. Finally, glue the finished cherry onto the belt.

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Head

Drawing the Face

1. Using a small brush dipped in reddish-brown pigment to sketch the eyes.

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2. Outline the eyebrows and double eyelids with a light reddish-brown color.

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3. Use white paint on the eye whites and use gray to draw the shadows on the eyeball.

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4. Use reddish-brown to draw the outline of the pupil and eyeball.

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5. Apply light pink shade on the highlight area of the eye.

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6. Apply dark red color on the inner part of the eyeball.

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7. Outline the pupils again with reddish-brown color.

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8. Use light pink color to draw highlights on the eyeball.

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9. Line her eyes and lashes with deep brown.

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10. Draw highlights on the eyeball with white.

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11. Dip a toothpick or cotton swab into red eyeshadow and apply it as lipstick.

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12. Brush the red eyeshadow with a brush dipped in a writing brush on the eyelids, forehead, cheeks, and chin.

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13. Apply a layer of water-based gloss oil to the eyebrows, eyes, and lips respectively, and the facial features will be completed.

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Hair

Tips: Method for making curly hair

a. The circular strip has one pointed end, one rounded end, and is thick and bulky at one-quarter of its length.

First, knead the clay into a cylinder shape that is smaller on one end and larger on the other. Then, taper the larger end to a point. Refer to the shuttle-shaped method for further instructions.

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b. Thin around the edges of the film, thick in the middle.

Flatten the long strip using a pressure plate. When pressing, press in the direction around the four sides in turns to maintain the thickness of the center of the wafer and thin the edges.

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Press the edge of the pressing plate onto the hair piece to create hair-like imprints. Hold the hair piece with one hand and twist it with the other hand.

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c. The curls of wavy hair get smaller towards the ends.

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1. Take a deep brown clay and knead it into a hemisphere shape, then stick it on the face shape. Use your fingertips to slowly adjust the shape of the back of the head. Take a curled hair clip and stick it from the middle of the head towards the back, then adjust the curvature of the hair clip.

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2. Continue to attach hair sections to both sides, after sticking them properly, you can continue to use your fingers to pinch the hair curls to adjust.

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3. To create a fringe, first roll a shuttle shape and flatten the edges. Then use a groove tool to create hairline marks, and cut out the hair pieces based on the marks. Finally, place the hair pieces on an egg-shaped assistant and bend them into an arc.

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4. Attach the bangs hairpiece properly, and then attach another hairpiece in the gap between the bangs and the back of the head.

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5. Make two shorter hair clips without making waves, and stick them on both sides of the temple.

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6. Cut out a thin strip on the sheet and use your fingers to pinch and bend the strip into a curved shape.

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7. During the gap of attaching hair extensions, stick some more extensions to make the hair thicker. Attach the small prepared hair strands in between the hair extensions.

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8. Make two short hair clips without making waves, and stick them on both sides of the temples. Stick some small hair strands at the bangs, and put a crown on the girl's head. Fix the head on the torso, and the girl is ready in this dress.

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