In the previous chapters, we explored sculpting chibi figures and little scale figures in air dry clay. I believe that you have mastered many new sculpting techniques and gained a new understanding of the malleability of air dry clay, so you can try to use your imagination and decide on a theme to sculpt a figure you like. In this chapter, we have sculpted a lovely girl sitting on her knees by the beach and smiling, using “Summer” as the theme.

The previous difference is that this chapter on the figure height is 7-head tall, pose using a naughty and cute kneeling. Her skirt has a lot of beautiful lace, which is also the content of this chapter of the sculpture focuses on mastering these sculpture skills. I believe you will be able to sculpt most of the scale figures.
So let's get started!

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List of Materials & Tools Required

Sculpting Tools

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Face mold, craft scissors, lace scissors, detail needle, modeling ball tools, pressure plate, carving modeling tool, rolling pin, blade, circle cutting tool, mini round cutting tool, plastic sculpting tools, carving knife, egg-shaped auxiliary, craft carving knife, sealer super gloss, clay smooth water and alcohol pads.

Decorations

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Weave pattern mold, iron wire, turf, and dried flowers.

Coloring Tools

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Acrylic paint, acrylic paint brush, pastel set, eyeshadow brush, pointed cotton swabs, pencil, eraser, memo pads.

Clay & Color Mixing

XGB air dry clay (skin, white, yellow, brown, red, and blue)

  • Mix white, blue, and red clay to create light blue clay.
  • Mix white and yellow to create beige clay.
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Main Part of Sculpture

Sculpting the Face

1. Take an appropriate amount of skin clay and shape it into a cone shape with a pointed bottom and a rounded top. Align the pointed end with the nose and press the clay into the face mold.

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2. Remove and cut off excess clay.

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Sculpting the Legs

1. Use skin clay to form a long strip with one thick end and one thin end. Position the ankle at the thin end, gently press it down with your fingers, and then roll it upwards to make the base shape of the leg.

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2. Sculpting the sole: First, flatten the bottom of the foot with your thumb, use your index and middle fingers to pinch out the width of the sole, and then use the tip of your thumb to adjust the shape of the foot arch and ankle.

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3. Press down on the back of the knee with your fingers, then bend it. Slowly adjust the shape of the thigh and calf after bending the knee.

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4. When sculpting a kneeling position, pay attention to the soles of the feet facing upwards, the smooth curve of the insteps, slowly adjusting the shape of the feet, and then adjusting the shape of the thighs by applying a plastic clay sculpting tool to the base of the thighs.

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Key Points for Sculpting Kneeling

1. The calves and the top of the foot should be stretched in a straight line, and the ankles should be bent backward.

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2. The thighs and shins in the kneeling position form an angle, with the buttocks tilted backward.

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5. Trim some of the foot, knead white clay into a cylinder, and stick it to the sole. Then, use your fingertips to push it around, wrapping the white clay around the foot and paying attention to the smooth arc of the edge line.

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6. Pinch the pointed corners of the toe and heel of the high heels with two fingers and adjust the shape of the sole.

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7. Take white clay and knead it into a droplet shape. Place it at the heel of the shoe. Cut off excess clay and adjust the connection line between the heel and the shoe surface.

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8. Prepare thin white clay sheets by starting them at the upper end of the shoe and cross-wrapping them around the calf, then picking them up with a carving modeling tool to give it some clearance from the skin.

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9. Braid a bow with a thin white strip of clay flakes.

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10. Secure the bow to the strap at the back of the leg and the beautiful heels are ready.

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Sculpting the Body

1. Roll a cylinder with skin clay, pinch the shape of the neck in the middle above the cylinder, then knead it flat with your fingers, pushing the neck smooth with your fingertips

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2. Place the trunk in the center of the palm and gently squeeze to adjust the trunk's thickness, and then use your fingers to adjust the curves of the back, chest, and waist.

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3. Pinch the chest with your fingertips and smooth the torso shape with your fingers on either side of the chest.

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4. Use a detail needle to adjust the size of the breasts and then pinch them with your fingers to create the shape of the breasts.

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5. Press out the armpits with the rounded end of a detail needle, then adjust for smoothness with your fingers and pinch the corners of the shoulder joint with both fingers.

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Sculpting the Head

Drawing the Face

1. First, use a pencil to sketch the outline of the facial features.

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2. Using a brush dipped in red-brown paint, outline the sketch.

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3. Dip white pigment and spread it evenly on the white of the eye.

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4. Use gray paint to draw the projection on the eyeball.

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5. Select a light blue flat color for the eyeball base.

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6. Outline the shadow edge on the eyeball with blue.

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7. Apply dark blue flat eyeshadow onto the eyelids to create a projection.

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8. Draw the outline, pupil, eyeliner, and eyelashes with black color for the eyeball.

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9. Paint the highlight of the eyes with light blue on the eyeballs and outline the mouth with red.

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10. Use a deep red color to paint the inside of the mouth.

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11. Highlight the eyes and teeth with white color.

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12. Mark the lip line with a deep red color.

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13. Use a brush to dip into the red eyeshadow, apply it onto the cheeks, and sweep it across areas like the eyelids and chin.

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14. After the eye color dries, apply a layer of sealer super gloss to make the eyes look shiny and moisturized.

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15. Use skin clay to cut out a flat hemisphere shape and press down the middle of the hemisphere with one side of a round-tipped detail needle.

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16. Use a medium modeling ball tool to press two round marks inside the ear, then use a small modeling ball tool to pick the round marks up at the seams.

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Sculpting the Hair

1. Knead the light blue clay into a hemisphere and place it against the back of the face shape. Then, push the edge of the clay forward with your thumb so that the light blue clay wraps around the edge of the face shape. The back of the head is now attached.

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2. First, use a pressure plate to knead the light blue clay into a teardrop shape, then flatten it. Use a plastic clay sculpting tool to sculpt the strands of hair in groups.

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3. Cut bangs hairpieces according to the indentation.

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4. Place the prepared bangs hairpiece on the side of your ear and attach it to your hair. Then, sculpt another bang hairpiece with a neat lower end and attach it to the other side. Please pay attention to the curved shape of the hairpiece, and do not attach it to your facial skin.

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5. Continue sculpting hairpieces and paste the bangs. Use a long hair extension piece to press down on the hairpiece behind the ear. After pasting the bangs, adjust the root of the bangs again.

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6. First, use light blue clay to press out a thin sheet, then place it on an egg-shaped auxiliary. Use a plastic clay sculpting tool and a detail needle to sculpt traces of grouped strands and cut out the hairpieces based on the pattern. The hairpieces for the back of the head are now complete.

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7. Start to attach the hairpieces from the middle of the back of the head, then proceed to both sides. Pay attention to ensuring that the ends of the hairpieces are neat and the same length.

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8. First, stick small hairpieces at the sideburns and then stick hairpieces in the gap between the bangs and the back of the head.

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9. Adjust the position of the hairpiece using a plastic clay sculpting tool.

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10. Use the same method as steps 4 to 7 to stick the other side's hairpiece.

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11. Cut some strands of hair and start pasting from the center. These floating strands add variation to the hairstyle, preventing it from being too monotone and dull.

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Sculpting the Clothes

Kneeling Sculpture

1. Place a piece of clay between her legs to fix the kneeling posture. Join the torso with the legs, adjust and paste the gaps.

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2. Mix skin clay into a sphere, then stick it to the buttocks. Form it into a smooth and round shape, and then use a detail needle to adjust the shape of the buttocks.

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Sculpting the Dress

1. Roll white clay into thin sheets and bend and cut the ends of the blade into thin sheets. Hold one end of the waist with your hand, weave pleats with the other hand, and then cut off the excess clay.

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2. Roll out the waist end and cut off the excess clay. Attach this skirt sheet to the underside of the chest with the edges aligned.

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3. With the pleats of the skirt facing to the side, pinch the pleats with your fingers to adjust the orientation

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4. Using the same method as steps 1 to 3, create more thin slices and attach them around the waist. Three slices were used in total, adjusting the folds of the skirt while sticking them together.

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5. Cut a white rectangular sheet according to the distance from the waist to the chest. Attach the clay sheet to the upper body and cut off the excess clay from the side of the body.

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6. First, use the rounded end of a detail needle to press down at intervals along the waist seam, then use the pointed end to press down any raised pleats at the seam.

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7. Cut another rectangular film according to the width of the previous one, press out the folds, and attach it to the back.

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8. Prepare a white strip of thin sheet; use a blade to press a straight line on both sides and attach the strip vertically to the chest.

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9. Make a lace trim and stick it on the outer side of the chest. Use a tool to bend the lace into a small wavy shape, press down on the raised part from the middle until the waistline ends, and cut off the excess lace.

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10. Make a lace, stick it on the inside of the strip, and attach it to the waistline using the same method as in step 7; trim off any excess lace.

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11. Cut a long strip of light blue clay sheet and wrap it around your neck. Attach a floral decoration to the seams of the long strip.

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Sculpting the Hands & Arms

Sculpting the Palms

1. Roll skin clay into a cylinder and flatten one end. Cut out the shape of a hand and cut out fingers in the first half of the hand shape.

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2. Cut out four fingers within the shape of the hand, press the finger slits with the tip of the detail needle before pressing the palm with the rounded end of the detail needle.

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3. Adjust the wrist joint and bend the fingers to create finger movements.

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4. Roll skin clay into a droplet shape and stick it to your palm as a thumb. Trim the outer shape of the thumb and smooth it out with a detail needle.

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5. Apply clay-smooth water to the thumb joint and wipe it with an alcohol cotton pad to make the thumb joint smooth and unmarked.

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Sculpting the Arms

1. Take skin clay and roll it into a cylindrical shape. Use your thumb to squeeze out the elbow joint in the middle. Slowly adjust the shape of the arm to create a bent-arm pose.

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2. Use the rounded end of a detail needle to create the shape of the shoulder blade by pressing down at the shoulder joint and pushing outward. Press inside the shoulder joint to create the armpit, and adjust the shape after piecing the arm onto the torso.

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3. Apply clay smooth water to the arm seams to smooth out the marks, then use a stick pin to adjust the shape of the shoulders and armpits, and finally, wipe the seams with an alcohol cotton pad.

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Sculpting the Decorations

Suspenders & Sleeves

1. Prepare two light blue clay flakes by applying them from the chest toward the back of the neckline, trimming away the excess clay, and adjusting and aligning the edges of the flakes.

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2. Make a lace and wrap it around the arm once, level with the edge of the skirt at the bust, and cut off the excess clay.

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3. Roll a thin strip of light blue clay and place it around the top of the lace on the arm, which can be pressed with a carving modeling tool to make it stick.

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4. Use a mini round cutting tool to cut out the neck notch, secure the head to the neck with wire, and rotate the head to adjust the figure's head pose.

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Buttons & Lace

1. Make a bow and glue it to the end of the shoulder strap. Make a lace and wrap them around the waistline.

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2. Cut a light blue circular thin sheet, use a mini round cutting tool to press a circular impression in the center, and press small dots along the edge of the impression to act as a button.

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3. Using lace scissors to cut out a piece of wavy thin sheet and place it on the collar, the girl's white dress is complete.

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Trimming the Arms

1. Apply a layer of red eyeshadow onto the arm and finger area.

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2. Cut off the excess clay from her wrist and press it flat.

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3. Tie a white bow at the seam after stitching the palm.

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Method of Removing Dents from Seams

1. Brush clay smooth water on the joint splicing area, then wipe it with an alcohol cotton pad.

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2. After splicing, attach the decorative parts to the seams so that you can both cover the seams and play a decorative role.

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Hat

1. Take some yellow clay and shape it into a ball. Press the ball onto an egg-shaped tool and create a circular indentation on the ball's surface.

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2. Roll out thin slices of yellow clay and use a circular cutter tool to cut out circular slices. Then, flatten the edges with a pressure plate.

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3. Combine the semicircle and the sheet to form a hat, and adjust the brim curve.

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4. Make a bow with a light blue thin sheet.

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5. Wrap a thin piece of light blue striped clay around the hat and place a bow. The hat is now completed.

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Sculpting Flower Basket

1. Roll out a thin sheet and place it over the weave pattern mold. Gently press down and cut into a rectangle shape. The rectangle is now ready to be used.

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2. Roll a slightly thicker piece of clay into an oval shape. Roll two long, thin circular strips, twist them together, and stick them to the edge of the basket.

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3. Make two long braided hemp ropes as handles for the flower basket, fix them with two thin sheets, place the figure and the flower basket on the lawn cloth, and the beautiful girl figure is done.

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Summary

Congratulations! You've mastered the two common poses for sculpting a scale figure, and this chapter also introduces more clay sculpting techniques that I'm sure will help you take your clay art to the next level, so get practicing and sculpting your figure with practice!

In the next chapter, we'll sculpt a character with more intricate details, and you can learn more about the sculpting detailing of clothing and hair.

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