How to Make Miniature Figures

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How to Make Miniature Figures
You can make your own miniatures using craft materials. (miniature model army image by Jon Barnes from Fotolia.com)

Miniature figures are often used when playing with a dollhouse or pretending to lead an army, or as character models for a role-playing game. Although you can buy premade miniature figures at a hobby shop or toy store, they can often seem generic. One solution is to make your own miniature figures out of polymer clay, which can be sculpted like modelling clay and baked right in a conventional oven.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Polymer clay
  • Clay tools
  • Baking tray
  • Oven
  • Model paints
  • Paintbrush

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Knead a quarter-sized piece of polymer clay for 5 minutes to remove any trapped air bubbles.

  2. 2

    Shape the clay into a 2- to 3-inch-long cylinder that is 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide.

  3. 3

    Press a clay knife into one half of the clay lengthwise, making sure that the cut leaves two even dangling pieces.

  4. 4

    Mold the two hanging pieces into legs and feet using your fingers.

  5. 5

    Press the clay knife into each side of the form, cutting out two even pieces on each side.

  6. 6

    Mold the hanging pieces into arms and hands with your fingers.

  7. 7

    Mold the top of the form into a head shape using your fingers.

  8. 8

    Add detailing onto the form with the clay knife, such as hair, facial features and clothing.

  9. 9

    Place the figure on a baking tray.

  10. 10

    Bake the figure in a 200-degree Fahrenheit oven for 10 minutes. Allow the figure to cool.

  11. 11

    Add colour to the figure by painting it with model paints. Allow the paint to dry completely before displaying the figure.

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