Of course, I had to first sketch the eyes and eyebrows, because they're helpful in determining where the ears are supposed to go.
When happy with the placement, I pressed the cardboard ears against the head and traced around them. Now to apply the paperclay, using my pencil marks as guidelines - but first, after finding out the hard way, it's important to score a shallow line along the pencil line. If you don't, when you spritz the dry clay with water so the new clay will stick, it'll wipe right off.
I finger-rolled a snake of clay, and placed it along the marked line for each ear. Using my fingers and clay tool, blended the edges toward the head. This doll with have a cloth covering made of cotton knit, so the ears will be fairly low-profile so the cloth will go over them smoothly.
This Izannah-inspired doll is being created in Dixie Redmond's Izannah Workshop. Visit the blog for the details HERE.
Oh yes, those pesky ears! I tend to do one at a time, and the first one I spend lots of time on, getting it 'just so'...and then I get midway through the second and realize that no matter how careful I am in the placement, it's WAY off.
And I must scrap it off and start over.
Think I'll try your way from now on!
This is brilliant! Such a simple solution to an age old problem.
I dislike dreawing ears as much as sculpting them. I say, thanks goodness for hair to cover them! You are a trooper to make them each time.
I'm glad this has helped - at least with the symmetry of the ears. Then there's the sculpting bit. Ear are funny, complicated things, aren't they?
Diane ~ I'm a cheater, in that I DON'T sculpt ears each time. Lots of my dolls are ear-less with lots of hair to hide that face ;-)
WOW ... Love this tip. I will use it for sure.
Thanks for sharing ,
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