So we’ve been over sculpting faces. (Check out my blog featuring free videos on how to sculpt a face for your figures, HERE!)
And it’s not easy, I know, but with time and practice you’ll be happier and happier with your results. It’s true… you’ll go from Swamp Thing to runway model in no time. Ya just gotta KEEP AT IT.
Time to move on to sculpting the arms and hands.
Now I know many of you may be thinking, “What’s the big deal? That’s, like, SOO easy, my CAT can do it in her sleep.” And while many of you may have some riDICulously talented cats, I contend that sculpting a hand and/or arm is only easy AFTER you’ve seen or figured out some helpful tricks.
There are nuances and tiny details to the hands that can make or break the look of your whole figure. Things you can EASILY miss if you’re not careful in your studies. I shall give you an example that still gets me all hot and bothered every time I look at it.
Here’s a cake I made a while back… the angel on top being one of my first sculpted figures. I had made it as a tribute to an amazing woman who had just recently lost her battle with cancer.
And I cringe EVERY time I see it.
It’s that HAND.
I can see nothing else but that horribly sculpted, awkward… just plain WEIRD looking hand. And I can’t get past it.
But the thing is, I didn’t SEE that hand until I was done with the whole cake. And what I mean is this… it was one of the first times I had really sculpted a hand, which I thought would be super simple to do, so I just did it without really paying attention to the details of the actual human hand… and then carried on with the rest of the project.
And because I didn’t pay attention to that one little thing, it has marred the entire project. (Yes, I know… an artist is always WAY harder on themselves than anyone else, but there’s really no denying that that ugly hand just ISN’T quite right.)
Wish I had a REDO. BIG time. But I don’t. And I’ll tell you… it’s a mistake I decided I would NOT be making again. (Hopefully. *sigh*)
So what’s the moral of the story? Little details can often have a HUGE impact on your project… ESPECIALLY with your figures.
And I am putting together this blog, today, to make it just a bit easier for you to pay attention to your “stuff”. I’ve researched the sculpting of hands and arms and have found some great free tutorials, below, that I find are very good demonstrations of how to go about this very topic.
Some are more detailed… some are simple yet effective. You can take this “art” to whatever level you’re happy with… but these tutorials will, at the very least, give you an idea of what needs to be paid attention to while making some realistic arms/hands for your sugar figures.
So that you can keep your cringing episodes to a minimum.
‘Cause cringing causes wrinkles.
And, well… I don’t want to talk about THAT. *cringe* SHOOT!!!
Here’s a good picture tutorial for you by Deb Wood at Enchanted Hearts.
(Click on the picture below to view the tutorial.)
Deb is working with clay in this tutorial, but it is very similar to working with modeling chocolate (my favorite medium to work with. Click HERE to read about it and see a free video tutorial on how to easily make your own modeling chocolate). The only difference is that modeling chocolate will heat up in your hands, so if you’ve got a “hot hand” problem, keep an ice pack close by and pick it up now and then to cool them off. And if it’s TOO hot and humid in your workspace, you’re probably going to need to stick to fondant or gumpaste.
Here’s another good picture tutorial by CDHM, Custom Dolls, Houses and Miniatures.
(Click the picture below to view the tutorial.)
Here’s a great video tutorial by Amanda Day, Doll Makers Dream.
(Click the picture below to view the video tutorial.)
Amanda is also working with clay… and she has SEVERAL free, helpful, doll making tutorials on her website, HERE.
And here’s one last video tutorial by Aula de Biscuit.
This video’s in a different language, and since I don’t speak it 😉 I hit the mute button and speed the video up a bit to get a quick rendition of the her style. I’m not positive what medium she’s working with, but I don’t think it’s clay or modeling chocolate or even fondant. Makes no difference, your edible mediums will work the same way.
I hope these tutorials are helpful in giving you an idea of where to start when sculpting some great arms/hands for your figures!
And I’d LOOOOVE to see some of your finished pieces! In fact, if you’ve used ANY of my own tutorials and/or my tutorial recommendations, please pop on over to my Facebook page, McGreevy Cakes, and share a photo of your work on my wall!
K, now get yo’ hands ready… and go make some HANDS with yo’ hands.
Handy. 😉 Xx
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