New Year Baby 





Wash your hands before you start working



Materials you need

  • Smooth tile to work on

  • Little knife

  • Piece of aluminum foil 6x6 inches

  • Black beads nr 011

  • Toothpick

  • Clay shaper

  • Thick needle

  • Fimo: white and flesh


The body:


Make a 1" cone out of aluminum foil.

Cover the cone with white clay. Pierce the topside

 with a needle.

You will be placing the toothpick here later on.         





Make a 2" by 1/2" long worm from the 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. 

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

Slippers are made of two even oval balls, that are 

kneaded into shape and fastened to the legs. 

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 two " long worm from white clay ( a less  thick then 1/2"). 

Cut this in half through the center.

Pay attention, the baby has one hand and one mitten  instead of a 


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

of the arm with the mitten.

Pierce a small hole for the hand and the mitten and fasten them. 

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




Make a small ball, a little less then 1" in diameter for the head. 

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

Make sure the head stays round. Press a tiny ball on the bottom of the groove for the nose. The nose will be finished after you poked two holes into it with a toothpick.

For the eyes you flatten a very small ball of flesh clay. Cut into 

two halves. Lay them on the right place (see picture).

You don't have to make ears!

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 the upper lip a bit.

Also pull out a bit of clay for the under lip.

Now you have a little hole to put the thumb in.




Make the cap with a white ball of clay.

Press into it with one side of your thumb, so you will have a dent to place the head into.

Cover the ears with the cap and finish by putting a trim around it. 

Make a hole into the point of the cap and fasten a little white ball. 

Make a couple of strands out of flash Fimo clay for the hair and fasten these so they will peek out from under the baby's cap!

Give Genevieve  a bear or other toy in her hands.


Other embellishments:    

  • Bake baby for 20 minutes at 100 in the oven.

  • Once baby has cooled, color the cheeks with some blush.




Enjoy and have fun with this workshop!

Jacqueline van Hesse-Penning (Pennydolls)

January, 2001 Text and Illustrations