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Creature Features - Unforgettable Facial Features for Doll Making Beginners

teacher avatar Allia Rahman, Fiber Art and Illustration

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Creature Features - Intro


    • 2.

      Glass Eyes


    • 3.

      Nose Sculpting


    • 4.



    • 5.

      Attaching Nose and Eyelids


    • 6.



    • 7.



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Learn to create stylized facial features for your one of a kind dolls with completely original tips and tricks from fiber artist, Allia Rahman.  There are no prerequisites for this class, so beginners are welcome.  This course covers:  painted glass eyes, realistic nose sculpting, teeth installation, eyelids, and hair.   These fun and playful methods are sure to bring life to your characters and make them absolutely irresistible and unforgetable! 

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Allia Rahman

Fiber Art and Illustration


Hello, I'm Allia!  I'm a fiber artist and illustrator based in the midwest.  

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1. Creature Features - Intro: Hi, guys. My latest obsession has been Glendon their stories. Buying sweaters, chopping them up and making these spreader creatures. In this video. I'm gonna go over some of the techniques that I use, including eyes, sculpting, poses, teeth, installation, just tricks and tips. Maybe some patterns. You can buy things pretty cheap, bringing cardamom hardest. That's what me and make something. Really? If you're interested, stick around. Uh, yeah, let's get started. 2. Glass Eyes: to make your glass eyes, you'll need acrylic paints, glass gems, which you can get involved. They tend to be a little scratched up sometimes, but as long as the blemishes are along the outsides, it's nothing. You can't cover up with the eyelids later. You'll also need a plate to mix your colors and a brush. So the first thing we're gonna do is make a pupil, and it's pretty simple. There's gonna take our black and make a circle. At this point, you could also do a diamond shape and have a cat or a snake. I So there's lots of possibilities here, all right, so I'm just kind of working my way around trying to keep it a symmetrical as possible. And when you feel like you have a nice looking dot, flip it over, check it out. And if it looks right, you're ready to move on to the next step, which is adding the color. So I'm gonna go ahead and mix up the screen, and for this style, we're going to keep the color pretty flat. I'm making sure to take my strokes from inside out, because when you flip it over, you're gonna be able to see the texture of that brush stroke. For the second style of I, we're gonna have a little bit more variation in the color of the iris. So to do that, we're gonna make some streaks of our first color. And before it tries, we're gonna go ahead and add the next color and kind of blended in as you add it. So as you work your way around, you're gonna wanna move kind of quickly and kind of soften all those initial strokes. And when you're ready, flip it over and you got yourself a durable glass eye. 3. Nose Sculpting: to begin sculpting your nose, you'll need some breakable clay. Handsome tools. If you don't have fancy clay tools, that's totally fine. A toothpick are chopstick will do the job, so we're going to start by work. Softening are clay, make a ball and then form it into a cube shaped. And I like to use a reference photo as kind of a roadmap toe. What I'm doing in a poke two little holes to begin. Now I'm gonna add this center crease and soften the edges on either side by using the side of the tool and kind of rolling it along the edge. Now this tool I'm kind of using for the finer detail. But I am using the same technique of kind of rolling the edge along the clay and softening that edge and coming all the way around to the back and then hitting that front middle section again. So once you've got both sides looking the way you want them to, you can start thinking about texture. Right now, it's got this kind of fingerprint texture, but lace is a really cool way to add texture to your noses. And if you don't have lace you can use pretty much anything. Just play around with different techniques to see what you like the best. So now you're gonna kind of redefine anything that may have gotten squished in the text oring process. And that's pretty much it. You got a nose? 4. Teeth: to make an install your teeth, you'll need breakable clay colored glue sticks, preferably red or pink and ah, hot glue gun. So before we start, we're gonna want to check our clay and be aware of the temperature that it bakes at and how long and we can start to form our teeth. I like to start with a long strip because it makes it a little bit easier to divide the clay into equal parts. Then you're gonna take each section and make a cube out of it. So if you want kind of a Moeller shape, you're gonna keep it as a cube. Otherwise, you could make some freaky long teeth or some cute, itty bitty little teeth. And if you want to make canines, of course there gonna be a little bit sharper, so fast forward a little bit here. I've baked the teeth that I have so far, and we're ready to install them. So, as you can see, I am taking the colored blue and making a circle around the base of the tooth and then really carefully setting it into place. So the thing about thes high temperature grew guns is that the glue coming out is ultra hot , and it takes a little bit longer for the glue to dry. But it's definitely worth it, because it allows the glue to completely saturate the fabric underneath. And it gives you a little bit more time to finagle your tooth and get just the right placement. So another tip to remember is when you have your to a place where you want it, make sure you hold it for 15 seconds at least, and make sure your glue is all believe dry before you let go. And I'm not gonna lie. This part of the process can be very nerve racking, because once the glue hits the fabric, that's kind of it. I mean, you can peel it off the tooth, but the fabric is a little bit more permanent. Until this last part of the process, I'm going back behind the teeth and adding a little bit of bulk to stabilize them. So there you have it. Some crazy, stylized marshmallow teeth 5. Attaching Nose and Eyelids: to make your eyelids, you'll need leather or felt or some kind of material that won't fray. A needle. Scissors, ballistics, A 1/16 inch hole punch, which is quite a bit smaller than a standard for lunch, embroidery, floss and hot glue gun. So this guy's nose turned out a little bit pointy ear then I had planned. So I put it in, and I'm basting around this edge that I created with a color that will be too visible. And by doing so, I'm creating this little nest. So when we're done, stitching in place will be able to glue our nose. So as I finish up these last couple stitches, I wanted to share a technique that I used to tie off my thread so that they're nice and secure. I first take a bite of the fabric and create a loop, and if you're holding that loop, you can slip the needle through there two or three times and pull it tight to create a really durable not that won't slide. Then right at the base of your not you're going Teoh, pull your needle through to the other side, pull it taut and snip that tail, and if you stretch it, it is completely hidden. Now we are ready to glue this nose in. I'm gonna put some hot boom on the back, and I'm staying away from the edges because when you push it down, you're gonna have some of the glue kind of squish out, which is not so cute. So I'm gonna cover it up with some more. And I have improvised this little nose patch, which will cover up my mistake, but I think it looks pretty cute. Now we're gonna pull out our super mini hole punch and punch some holes along the ed here. I'm just kind of free styling these holes, but I would highly recommend marking them out with a pen first just to make sure that all even. And now I'm gonna glue it into place again. I'm staying away from the edges. You don't want any of that glue squishing out onto your project, also adding glue to the crease above the nose just to make sure there aren't any gaps. And now you've got the patch in police. So the glue job on the nose with pretty thorough, but it's not that necessary because this stuff is just attack the patches in place as we steps down. So I'm doing the island patch, and I'm doing right above the eyeball to kind of seal that cap and pressing it on. And it's gonna take a little bit of playing around with your patches to get a good fit, because you may want a whiter I look, Or maybe more squinty eye look. Or maybe you're gonna play with expression and kind of tilting islands forward or tilting them back. Or you may not even want a bottom lip, so just kind of seeing what that looks like and playing with all your options. Replacement of your eyelids really do make a huge difference in the expression of your doll . No more eyelids are all tact and please, and we are ready to start stitching with our embroidery class. I'm pulling a length of loss that is no longer than my arm span so that I don't run the risk of tangling as I so So I want this first stitch that I take to be under the patch because I want my not to be hidden. Speaking of knots, Here's how I do you mind. I looped the flaws around my pointer finger and roll it down my thumb and then use my middle finger to scoop the not to the end of the threat. And there's our little Now let's bring in What I absolutely love about pre punching those holes is that it makes it so much easier to know where you're going to take your next stitch, as opposed to poking unwanted holes in your leather. Of course, you can skip the full punching if you don't have a 1/16 inch hole punch, but I certainly recommend it because it makes this step so much more streamlined and gives you a neat and professional final product. If you don't have a hole punch, you can also pre poke your holes with an all or an extra thick needle. So as I come to the end of this knows Patch, I'm gonna finish it off by taking a stitch underneath catch so that it's hidden and I'm going to pass my needle through once and twice and three times if you want it to be extra secure, and then we're gonna pull it tight and pass it through to the what this does is saves you extra stuff of having to finish off and restart your threat. Now that you've come up on the other side under the eye patch, you're gonna secure that flaws by making a not And by making this not, we are ensuring that the tensions days on this not instead of the nose region. Because when we go to take our next stitch, we want to be able to pull it tight without distorting the shape of the face. So now I'm just continuing around the eye, and this part is a little bit boring. So we'll go ahead and skip to the end. I have stitched everything on, and now we just need to finish off our stitching by taking a little bite of the fabric and making a loop and then sticking your needle in through the loop 2 to 3 times like we did before. And I love this stitch because my grandpa taught it to me when we used to go fishing. And I always think that if it can hold a fish on your line, it can definitely hold your project together. So now we've got or not. We are going Teoh, Poke it in through our project and out the other side and pull it taut one last time. Snip off your tail, and there you have your beautiful, neat and tidy eye patches. 6. Hair: two. So in style your hair you'll need thread. A sewing needle for of your choice pins, scissors and really important, but not pictured. Here is an Exacto bleed and Elmer's glue or some kind of equivalent. So the first step is to figure out how much for you need to cover the space you want to cover. So what this guy, I'm just kind of tracing out with the pen how much I need and then hunting the for very important, you have to cut the for from the back with a razor or an Exacto blade. Otherwise, you risk cutting the actual for and way don't want to do that quite yet. So before we attach the hair when I make sure and pin everything is securely in, please, and I would also highly recommend counting your pins before you start. So you make sure and have the same amount of pins afterwards because you do not want to be losing pins in your project. So I have my needle double threatened, and as I take my first stitch, I'm gonna slip my needle through the loop that happens right before the not just to make sure it's secure at the beginning, and that mind not isn't slipping through. Now I'm taking a stitch into and out of the top of the for, and I'm going to curl this raw edge under because we're gonna hide it as we go. Technically, this is called a ladder stitch or an invisible stitch, but basically what you're doing is taking an in out bite of each side. And so when you pull your thread taught all your stitches lineup with each other. So again, that's an in out bite of the fer tucking that raw edge under as you go and an in out bite of the sweater starting directly across from where you came out of the for. Now, take that all the way around the hairline, and we are ready to give this guy a haircut. First I'm brushing it out and just kind of taking a look at what I've got and imagining what kind of haircut I want to give him. I'm starting with this little Mohawk, and then I'll trim everything that falls to the side of that, and I don't really know what I'm doing here, but I just kind of imagine what they would do in a hair salon and give him a high fade like where it's short on the sides long on top. Seems like a pretty popular haircut these days. So, yeah, I think that it might give my my guy here some sets, so I'm just even you. Out was final touches, and now we are ready to pull up Elmer's glue. And I know this sounds really weird, but you're gonna pour a glob into your hand and a rather around, and then we're going to give this guy a hair massage. So the cool thing about Elmer's glue is that it's water based, so if you make any mistakes, you can always reconstitute it with water and go back and change things if you need to. But for the most part, there you go. 7. Recap: So just to recap what we've gone over in the creature features Siri's. We have covered how to paint your own durable glass eyes, sculpt a nose from skull P, install marshmallow teeth, attach stylized islands and sewing and styling your own short haircut. If you're following along home, please feel free to share your project at any stage, no matter where you're at. Whether you did one part of the project or another, it doesn't matter. Just share what you've got. I always love to see what you guys come up with, and the whole point of this is to have fun and play and just see what kind of crazy stuff you can come up with. Because this course heavily focuses on the facial features of these characters, I want to dedicate the next Siri's to actually forming the bodies. So stay tuned for the next Siri's and thank you guys So much for watching. I really appreciate it. We'll see you in the next videos