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If you want to make your own face cabochon, don't hesitate to try it. These step by step instructions can get you started and before long you will be flying on your own.
There are as many ways to make a face as there are faces to be made. This just happens to be the way I work. So, don't be afraid to experiment - you need to find what works for you. And always remember, if you don't like the way it turns out simply wad up the clay and start over (there is a certain amount of satisfaction in squashing a particularly troublesome project). No one will ever know........
Thoroughly condition your clay, roll it into a ball, and press it onto a ceramic tile.
I like to work on tiles because they help to keep the clay cooler (it can get sticky if too warm) and when done I just pick it up and slide the whole thing, tile and clay, into the oven.
With your fingers, press into the clay (at the halfway point or a little above halfway up the face) to create the eye sockets.
Roll a small cone of clay for the nose, then squeeze it into a long triangle. Place this between the eyes with two small balls of clay on each side.
I use my fingers and a clay shaping tool to push the clay around and blend the edges, connecting the different parts smoothly.
Mark where the mouth is going to be.
With a small bit of clay, shape a triangle with a rounded top that will become the upper lip. Press the upper edge so that it is thinner than the lower edge to make it easier to blend into the nose and cheeks.
Position it below the nose.
Using the clay tool, blend in the upper part of the shape into the nose and cheeks. with the point, press in the center below the nose to create a dip. Now press up from the bottom (this is the thicker side) in two places to make the upper lip.
That's my clay tool at the bottom of the picture.
Roll a small oval for the lower lip and put it in place.
If it's a little too big don't worry. You can shave away some of the excess clay later.
Blend in the lower edge to the rest of the face. Don't do anything to the upper edge.
Roll out three little balls of clay, one smaller than the other two. Press the smaller ball onto the chin and the two equal size balls onto the cheeks. I press them until they are more like disks, rather than balls.
Two teeny tiny balls are the eyes. Move them around to experiment with their placement. You would be amazed at how a millimeter here or there can alter the expression of a face!
When you are happy with the look, press them gently onto the clay to be sure and get good contact between the parts.
Make a slightly larger ball and press it till it is a thin disk onto the tile. Draw a line cutting it in half with a sharp instrument (straight pin, craft knife, or such).
Very carefully, lift the separate halves off the tile and place one over each eye to be the eyelid.
This part is hard for me and I sometimes have to make several tries before I can get the clay off the tile without distorting it. Sometimes waiting a few minutes to let the clay cool down and firm up before trying helps.
Blend in the upper parts of the eyelids.
Roll out two tiny snakes and place them under each eye. Push them into a curve to follow the shape of the eye.
Blend in the lower parts of the shapes to make the lower eyelids.
With fingers and clay tools you can push and shape the clay to make any changes you want, then fire it in the oven according to the directions on the clay package (different manufacturers have sightly different firing temperatures).
The result is a one-of-a-kind mini sculpture that can be used for jewelry, art dolls, pin dolls, assemblage, altered art, and more!
Add dimples for a little smile!
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