Faux Real Food Kokeshi Doll Tutorial
Grab your supplies and let’s begin!
- An old fashioned clothespin or doll pin
- A saw
- Polymer clay in colors of your choice
- Liquid Polymer (Translucent Liquid Sculpey or Fimo Deco Gel)
- Polymer clay roller (A Highlighter pen works in a pinch)
- Exacto knife
- Straight Blade or Tissue Blade
- Clay cutters
- A slim, drinking straw
- Craft baking sheet or aluminum foil
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not use any items for food after they’ve been used for polymer clay. If you do not have a baking sheet that is designated for crafting, place a layer of foil between your polymer pieces and your baking sheet.
Make certain it is wide enough to wrap completely around your clothespinDecorate the kimono before you put it around the clothespin, it is easier to decorate while flat. I cut out flowers along the hem, and used the same cutter to cut out gold flowers,
Then I placed the gold flowers in the holes of the purple piece.Next, I used a small straw as a cutter and I cut leave shapes out and filled them with green polymer clay, I used my Exacto knife blade to carefully remove the cut pieces from the kimono Gently pat the gold and green pieces with your finger so they will stick to the purple kimono.
Add a little bit of liquid clay to the clothespin (This helps the polymer clay adhere to the wood) Slide your straight blade under the kimono and gently place over the clothespin. Push the notched edge in around the neck and smooth out the edges, I use a dotting tool for this, you can use your fingers or a plastic spoon if you don’t have a dotting tool. I used the handle to smooth the seams, a pen barrel would work for this too.
Wrap the belt around the doll’s waist and trim any excess polymer. Roll another rectangle of polymer and cut two long triangles for the sleeves Trim the small point off the triangle and attach at the doll’s shoulderRepeat for the other sleeve
Bake your doll for 10 minutes at this point. Pre-baking will keep the Kimono nice while you sculpt the hair. I’ll show two different hairstyles, we’ll practice on another doll. The first hairstyle uses two balls of black clay, the quarter is there for scale. Take the larger ball of polymer and push it over the dolls head, smooth it over the forehead and down the back of the head. Continue working and smoothing until you like the way it looks. The “hair” should be short over the face and long in the back. Take the small ball of polymer and gently put it on top to form a bun.
For the second hairstyle, roll out a flat piece of polymer clay and cut it into a square approximately 33 cm The top of clothespins vary in size so check and make sure it fits around the dolls head and is a length you like. Place the doll upside down on the square of clay and trim as shown. This will create the bangs. Trim them if they’re too long. Cut the back in this way. The two long ends will wrap around the back. Place on top of the doll, to check the fitsmooth down the bangs and sides, then wrap the long pieces around the back, trim if they overlap. Remove the hair, put a bit of liquid clay on the head, replace the hair piece and smooth the seams.
Make a bow for your dolls hair. Note: The photos of bow construction are not to scale, I made the bow much larger so you could see how to make it. Make yours tiny to fit your dolls head.
Roll out gold polymer and cut a rectangle, then trim each corner, also cut a long thin stripPinch the center of the rectangle and push in the center to form a bow shapeTurn over and add the long strip over the pinched areaTurn the bow over and wrap the strip, cut off excess Add a dab of liquid clay to the back of the bow and place it on your dolls hair. Bake again, according to your polymer clay package directions. After the doll cools, paint on eyes and a mouth. The easiest way to paint eyes; dip the tip of a toothpick into black paint and place where you want the eyes. A smile can be drawn on with a pencil or painted with the tip of the toothpick as well.