December Baby     "Stephen"   




Attention: wash your hands before you start working!


Materials needed:

  • Smooth tile to work on

  • Little knife

  • Black beads nr. 011

  • Toothpicks

  • Clayshaper or sculpting-tool

  • Thick needle

  • Fimo, (baby) flesh, white, green and red

  • Fimo, (decorations)black, brown, red and green

  • Christmas ball  (thick glass!)



The Christmas-ball

Cover the top of the ball with white clay. Use a hard brush to make it look like snow.To make a Christmas tree you first make a   cone out of aluminumfoil. Cover it with green clay.

Now make a lot of leaves (with a mold!). Scratch the needles in the leaves and stick them to the tree. Start at the bottom.

Place the tree in the snow before you  put on the  last leaves!


The body:


Make a 1" cone out of aluminum foil.

Cover the cone with white clay. Pierce the topside with a needle and push the toothpick  in here.      




Make a  worm out of white clay 

and cut this in half for the two legs. Before you fasten the cut side of the leg to the body, press a slightly flattened (white) ball against the bottom of the leg.

Here you will make a hole with the toothpick for the slippers.

Slippers are made of two even oval balls.

Make two incisions in the hollow of the knees.            

Bent the legs into shape and fasten them to the body.


Arms and hands


Make a worm from white clay .

Cut this in half through the center.

Fashion a white, slightly flattened ball, fasten this to the bottom 

of the arms.

Pierce a small hole for  the mitten and fasten them. 

Make two incisions into the elbows and bend the arms into shape.




Make a small bal out of flesh clay for the head. 

Press in and make a groove from ear to ear with the wooden part of the clayshaper.

Make sure the head stays round.

Press a tiny ball on the bottom part of the groove for the nose. 

The nose will be finished after you poked two holes in it with a toothpick.

Use two little beads for the eyes..


The mouth is in the middle of the nose and the chin. 

Push the top of a toothpick on the right place in the clay, pull out and lift up the upper lip a bit.

Also pull out a bit of clay for the under lip. Now you have got a little hole to put the thumb in!

You don't have to make ears!

Give Stephen a white cap with holly and some berries on it. Don't forget to make him some  hair!


Make a hole in the bottom of the head with a needle and carefully place the head (turning back and forward) on the toothpick in the body. 

Now give Stephen a nice place in the snow on the Christmas ball.

Decorate the ball with little presents, berries and whatever you like.

Mix the colours you use for the decorations with white clay.






Other embellishments: 

Bake the baby  for 20 minutes at 265 in the oven.  If it has cooled of, color the cheeks with some blush. 





Enjoy  and have fun with this workshop!

Jacqueline van Hesse-Penning (Pennydolls)

December, 2001 Text and Illustrations