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blending clay

I have made a small baby with super sculpey. The hand holds a tilted head, at the base of the cheek. But the base of the neck does'nt blend. Even by adding new
clay, it keeps "opening" itself. Any advice?
Thank you so much. Your forum is helping me a huge lot.
(I did the baby with your booklet, it's great)

Re: blending clay

Hi Isabelle,
I'm not certain I understand your description of what is occurring. Are you stating that the clay (where the neck attaches to the torso) refuses to blend? Or, are you stating that, once blended, a gap opens at the base of the neck? If it's the former, I suspect a contaminant is causing seperation. In that case, I would clean the surface of the torso clay with alcohol and then try blending again. If it's the latter, I suspect tension or stress caused by the neck armature. Is it strong enough? Could the armature wire be too weak to support the weight of the head? If so, replace it and secure it thoroughly. If it is strong enough, could the neck armature be moving? If so, secure it in the head and the torso with a touch of instant glue. It's important to anaylize and understand the cause in order to correct the problem. I hope I've given you a clue to understanding and solving the problem.
All the best,

Re: blending clay

Hi! Thanks so much for those great answers. In fact after putting the head back in it's place, and curing, it's holding fine. Now, I'm using glue that was recomended by someone who's been doing dolls for 20 years. I glued the legs to the torso. But when the glue is dry, the legs come off. It's a kind of superglue. In france we don't have the same brands, so I don't know if you can help. We'll see. Thank you anyway for that wonderful forum. I couldn't work without it!!!


My baby doll is made of super sculpey. I have an issue with sanding. I use wet sanding paper from 600 to 1000,
and it does almost nothing. Could it be that my doll is not cured enough? When I sand the back it makes quite a lot of "white dust", and the other parts don't get soft enough. I'm lost!
Please help!!
Thank you so much!!!