the Maureen Carlson Studio

Sculpting  Faces in Polymer Clay:
Creating Faces with Real Character
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Suggested Tools Supplies needed for class


* Paring knife or utility knife

* Knitting needles in a variety of sizes, including one that is a size 6, 7 or 8

* Small brushes of good quality (no loose bristles!) in these  approximate sizes: liner (size 0 or 1), round brushes (sizes 2 and 10), a flat or filbert (sizes 4 and 8)

*Sharp needle tool

* Ruler

* Favorite sculpting tools if you have them

*Oven that can be used for polymer clay

* Pan for baking

* Oven hot pads

Other Useful Things to Have Nearby
* Plastic bags for leftover clay

* 91% isopropyl alcohol in container

* Alcohol wipes, small ones, individually wrapped

* Paper towels or clean cloth

* 10 Blank sheets of copy/printer paper

* Pencil

* Hand cleaner
(Maureen uses Fast Orange without grit)
A Word About Ovens

 Your home oven is fine for beginners for occasional use, but have on hand a covered pan, either foil or a roaster
pan, in which you can place your clay to keep excess fumes from going into your oven or the room.

Toaster ovens may have
too shallow of a depth for
larger faces. There should
be at least 2 inches of space between your baking clay and the walls of the oven to prevent scorching.

Baking tips will be
covered in class.
Something to Think About

My friend Nancy always said during her classes, "Don't make it precious."

Making it precious short circuits the learning process. Class projects are almost always learning tools, not your eventual masterpiece. If you stick with it, that will come.

* Aluminum foil,
1 box, regular weight

* Polymer clay (PC)
Flesh tone, brand and color of your choice, 8 ounces (226.8 g) (see note, below the supply list)
Note: Maureen's clay of choice for sculpting faces is Super Sculpey Living Doll polymer clay. Living Doll is a soft, flexible, opaque clay that bakes and paints beautifully.

For a variety of skin tones, mix in Sculpey Premo polymer clay in colors of your choice.
 Both Living Doll and Premo are produced by Polyform Products Company

Sculpey Premo, beige, mixed with a small amount of opaque colors of Sculpey PREMO polymer clay is her second choice.

White Polymer Clay, 1 small package for eyes and optional teeth. Clay eyes are great when you're practicing as eyes can become expensive.

You may choose to use purchased glass eyes. The average adult eye size is 1/5 the width of the finished head.
Eyes for a 4-inch tall adult head would range from 12mm to 15mm depending on the emphasis that you wish to achieve.

Other Colors for Accessories:  If you wish to add polymer clay leaves, accessories or hair, you'll need appropriate colors of pc. The amount needed will depend on the size and style of your character. If the mask at left on the class description page were 5 inches tall,  the leaves would take about 8 ounces (227 g) of pale green polymer clay. Additonal color was added with Genesis paints.

Use What You Have. You may also choose to use leftover mixed colors of polymer clay for embellishments and then add paint for detail.
* How about mixed media for the embellishments?
You could choose to use yarn, rope, string, fibers, wool, collage, twigs, fabric, old silverware, metal, etc. There are so many options! Maureen will demonstrate and show examples.
* Paint:
A basic set to start with would be
Acrylic Paint in black, brown, red, white, blue and ochre plus

Matte Gel Medium
(brands of your choice)

Other Paint Options:

Maureen will demonstrate the use of acrylics, oils, watercolors and Genesis Heat Set Artist Oil Colors. If you don't already have one of these types of paint, she suggests that you watch the demo to see which paints appeal to you before you purchase more paint supplies.
NOTE: There is currently a shortage of some of the polymer clays on the market, especially white. Note that prices may widely vary, but buy from a reputable source. You don't want old, hard clay!



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