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Clay head tutorial, sorta by uropygid Clay head tutorial, sorta by uropygid
When I originally submitted the werewolf doll, someone had asked how I attached the clay head. I'm terrible at explaining things when I can't just show someone IRL - I hope this helps!

For reference, here is a progress shot of the doll's head prior to baking the clay: [link]
You certainly don't have to make the creature's head with coloured clay, you can always paint all of it after baking.

(TOP VIEW)
Leave a stump beyond the face or head, which will later be embedded in fabric. Or a bit of an edge, whatever. Poke a bunch of holes in this before baking - if you prefer, stick a whole bunch of sewing needles in it, and leave them in while it bakes. They'll be easy to pull out after baking the Sculpey.
I don't know how this would work with any other clay, as some shrink while curing...

I'd also recommend forming the 'core' of the head out of tinfoil or paper or something, so it's not TOO heavy.

(MIDDLE)
Now, where I attach the clay face to the fabric body, I leave a sort of tube of fabric - I cut it much longer than I know I'm going to need. Settle the head about where you like it, and whip-stitch the fabric to the holes you poked in the base! Make it nice and tight.
Faux fur is recommended, as the fur pile - even short ones - is more forgiving. The fabric may pucker a little, or show the stitches, but it'll be hidden in fur pile. C:

(BOTTOM)
Then I use a super sharp razor, and just sort of eyeball and cut the fabric to where I want it to 'end' at the clay face. Then glue those flaps down! Go slow and careful. I take a needle and gently poke the very edges of the fabric under, so cut edges don't show at all...
You may also have wanted to stipple the clay head stump everywhere it will be covered by fabric; just poke or scratch at it with a needle. This will give some texture for glue to stick to.

For glue, you can use whatever you like. I recommend E6000, Gorilla Super Glue, or any polyurethane glue, as I know they all stick very well to polymer clay.
Tacky glue will also work, but it seems to take FOREVER to dry, and it's easy to bump it accidentally and shift everything out of place. You could also use Krazy glue, but I find it sets TOO fast before you can get everything just right.

If this helps anyone, please share pictures! C:
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:icongypsypup:
Life saver! Thanks!
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myikap Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fucking love you!! Thnaks!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Kayla-san Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, clever! This is the first armature-less (sp?) cloth/clay doll tutorial I've seen. I'll definitely try this!
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Glacialwolf13 Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you hand sew the holes in the back of the clay head right? then i better start practicing...
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:icongwenevere1213:
Thank you so much for the tutorials, I have fell in love with these guys and I sooo want to make one for my own, but I was just kind of guessing how to make them. This is so helpful and I think I am going to give it a shot
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:iconpaganicusa:
Thank you so much for this!
I've been searching everywhere for a tutorial on soft bodied dolls with clay heads and there's zero information about it on the net.
It's really, really helpful, thanks again.
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:iconkurimu-san:
Thank you, now I want to try this :D
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Black-Zebra Aug 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I really want to do thiiisss
Thanks for posting it c:
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Persephone-Rose May 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for sharing.
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Duzloo Apr 28, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Made this [link] out of it :D
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