Sorry it’s been so long since the next installment. My husband got his days off, and then yesterday I got to see a dear friend that I haven’t seen since Christmas of 2011. I felt bad because, honestly, my house is just a giant bundle of boring, but she and I got to just catch up, and that was enough for me.
Anyhow! Back to the tutorial. Today let’s attach those limbs!
I started with the legs, it’s really about preference, though I have always found that when I put the arms on first, they end up getting smooshed, or something along those lines, while putting on the legs.
Piece of wire, head pin, or eyes pin
Other chibi pieces we have made
So, grab your torso and firmly (but not so much that you squish anything) place your legs onto the body:
Now, obviously this is for a seated chibi. I will go over later how to make a standing one, and further down the road, I will do a tutorial over clothes (I hate making clothes. That’s why most of my chibi’s are little nudists XD).
Once those are place, you are going to want to smooth out the joints. The joints are where your torso and legs meet in this case:
Don’t worry about correcting any creases or such yet, just get the clays worked together for the moment. We will smooth the rest out later.
Now you can adjust the legs to be in the position you want them. I’m just leaving them slightly angled, but you can do any number of poses:
Now let’s add the arms and do the same steps as we did for the legs:
Great! Now let’s add our piece of wire that I mentioned in one of my other posts…I think…meh, I’ll probably do a list of tools at the beginning after I type all this *ramble ramble*.
The wire is going to go through the neck and down through the torso. Please be careful about not poking through the bottom. Your wire only needs to go to the center of the torso, not all the way down:
Now let’s give the arms a bit of shape. Right now they are just hang there. Since I am going to make this one a fairy, eventually adding wings, I decided to place her on a stick. Clean the stick well before using…I know that sounds stupid, but if you are going to use objects from the outdoors, wash them thoroughly first. Anyhow, I am shaping her arms to make it look as though she is sitting and leaning on the stick:
And there we go. We have added and shaped the limbs to our chibi’s torso. Next time I will go over how to make the head, hair and face (which they may have to be broken up, because they are time consuming and use a lot of very small pieces of clay)!