How to Make a Ballerina Doll

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How to Make a Ballerina Doll
Learn how to make a realistic ballerina doll out of clay. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Make your own ballerina doll out of polymer clay so it looks the way you want it to look. Polymer clay hardens after a short amount of time in a conventional oven and comes in many different colours, so you won't have to paint colours on your doll after it has hardened. Use a wire-form technique along with aluminium foil to build the inside of the doll so it is lightweight, sturdy and able to stand by itself.

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Things you need

  • Wire
  • Ruler
  • Bolt cutters
  • Aluminium foil
  • Polymer clay
  • Knife

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    Using bolt cutters, measure and cut one length of 16-gauge wire so you have one wire that is 3 inches long and two more wires that are 4 inches long. Twist the end of the 3-inch-long wire around the middle of one of the 4-inch-long wires to make the legs of the ballerina doll.

  2. 2

    Wrap the middle of the other 4-inch-long wire 1 inch down from the top of the 3-inch-long wire to make the shoulders and arms. You have just constructed a simple wire skeleton for the ballerina doll. Wrap aluminium foil around the twists to help hold them in place.

  3. 3

    Position the arms and legs of the wire skeleton into a ballet pose. Look at photos of ballet dancers to get ideas for how to bend the arms and legs. Bend the arms up or down starting from 1/2 inch out from the twist in the middle of the arm wire to make the doll's shoulders. Bend the middle of the arms and legs for the knee and elbow joints.

  4. 4

    Wrap aluminium foil around the wires to build up the "muscle" and shape of the ballerina doll's body. Use the photo of the ballerina as a reference for the shape and size of the muscles. Wrap a ball of aluminium foil on the 1-inch-long end of the wire above the arm wires to form the head.

  5. 5

    Cover the head, arms and shoulders with flesh-coloured polymer clay for the skin. Cover the doll's legs and torso with white clay for her bodysuit. Wrap thin pieces of white or pink clay around her feet to form her ballet shoes. Wrap a flat half-circle of clay in whatever hair colour you like around the top of her head and attach a ball of the same-coloured clay on the back of her head for her hair bun.

  6. 6

    Flatten a round piece of pink clay so it is 1/8 inch thick. Using a knife, trim it down to a circle that is 3 inches in diameter. Cut a slit from the outside edge to the middle of the circle and cut a 1/2-inch-wide circle in the middle. Wrap the middle of the circle around the middle of the torso and press the ends together to keep it in place to form her skirt.

  7. 7

    Place the clay ballerina on a baking tray and bake it in the oven for 20 minutes at 121 degrees Celsius. Remove it from the oven and wait one hour for the clay to cool before displaying the ballerina doll.

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