How to Make Dolls Hands and Feet From Paper Clay

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How to Make Dolls Hands and Feet From Paper Clay
You can make lightweight doll hands and feet from paper clay. (doll hand image by Leticia Wilson from

Use paper clay, which is similar to papier-mâché, to make sturdy lightweight dolls hands and feet of almost any size. The clay is suitable for doll making, particularly for larger dolls. Hands and feet made from paper clay add a finishing touch to a doll with a body of fabric that has a sculpted or purchased doll head.

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Things you need

  • Six sheets of newspaper
  • Saucepan
  • Blender
  • Plastic bowl
  • 3 tbsp white glue
  • 1 tsp linseed oil
  • 2 tsp plaster of Paris
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Fine sable paintbrushes
  • White acrylic paint
  • Red acrylic paint

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  1. 1

    Rip the newspaper into 1-inch squares with your hands. Cover the newspaper with water in the saucepan and boil it on the stove for 30 minutes.

  2. 2

    Pour the mixture into a blender and liquidise it. Transfer the mixture to a plastic bowl and add 3 tbsp of glue, 1 tsp of linseed oil and 2 tsp of plaster of Paris. Mix thoroughly with the wooden spoon.

  3. 3

    Draw the hands and feet to the appropriate size for the body of the doll on the cardboard. Cut out the cardboard hands and feet with scissors.

  4. 4

    Build up the cardboard hands and feet with the paper clay. Let the hands and feet dry overnight.

  5. 5

    Apply 1-inch strips of newspaper dipped in white glue over the hands and feet, cover them completely and smooth the newspaper. Let the newspaper dry for two hours and sand it smooth with the sandpaper.

  6. 6

    Apply primer all over the hands and feet with a paintbrush and let dry one hour. Mix the white and red acrylic paint to achieve the desired flesh tone and paint the completed hands and feet.

Tips and warnings

  • Use your own hands and feet as visual guides to draw realistic looking doll's hands and feet.

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