I sculpted my 2nd doll head with Cernit. It’s very durable, sands well, and it accepts new clay very well. It’s a nice material to work with. My next project will be with LaDoll clay. I wanted this girl to look as though she might have some African heritage.
I photographed my progress as I sculpted my first BJD head. I hadn’t sculpted in years. I used DAS clay since it’s cheap, very workable, readily available, and this is a project just to get a feel for sculpting again. I wouldn’t recommend DAS for anything other than practice because it leaves a fuzzy surface and it is weak in thin areas (also a bit smelly). I later coated this head in a layer of gesso and modelling paste which gave it a beautiful surface and significantly improved the appearance.
Start with the sketch and scroll down to see her evolve. I used a method that a lot of doll sculptors use–I thought I invented it but like most good ideas, a lot of other people thought of it first! If you’re planning a project, you may find these pictures very helpful.
I won’t be casting this head because it is too similar to Dollstown heads. Dollstown is my favorite company and I think I was influenced by their aesthetic without really realizing it. So, she was a good learning exercise and an unintentional homage to my favorite doll sculptor.