What it Takes to Sculpt Hands in Clay

I love hands because they are so expressive. I hate hands because they are so difficult to sculpt. I have a love-hate relationship with my little hand sculptures that I create.

Hands are so detailed. You’ve got 5 tentacley things with three bends in each, and a little dab of nail at the tips. These details create havoc for the sculptor. Especially for the dollhouse doll sculptor working in 1:12 scale.

Squish it & Start Over

Sometimes I can sculpt a good looking hand in 45 minutes, and sometimes, well, honestly, many times, it can take me 2 hours and, in the end, I just squish it and start all over.

This is frustrating, but the artist knows that’s just all part of the journey because you do end up getting it eventually.

Successfully Sculpt Hands in Clay with Patience

I think a really important part of art is patience. Almost patience to a fault because when you’re too patient, you end up spending two hours on a hand just to squish it in the end. So the artist needs to have patience,

I think a really important part of art is patience. Almost patience to a fault because when you’re too patient, you end up spending two hours on a hand just to squish it in the end. So the artist needs to have patience, it’s so important. Truly art is a try, try, try again process.

But, I can’t complain, and here’s the love part of it all. All those lovely details create endless possibility. I create dolls to illustrate fairy tales, so I want a lot of expression in my work, and hands are a big part of that.

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I love the expressiveness of hands. Hands often can show expression far better than the face. The gentle feminine hand adds to the overall beauty of the sculpture. Hands communicate important messages about the subject.

I also love hands because it means I can sneak a little miniature into my sculptures. And, as you probably¬†know by now, I can’t resist miniatures.

with love, Caroline