May Baby

" Erica"














Attention: wash your hands before you start working!

 Materials needed:

  • Smooth tile to work on

  • Little knife

  • Piece of aluminumfoil 6x6 inches

  • Black beads nr. 011

  • Toothpicks

  • Clayshaper or sculpting-tool

  • Thick needle

  • Fimo, white, pink, flesh and mint



The body


Make a 1" cone out of aluminum foil.

Cover half the cone with white clay. 




Make a 2" by 1/2" long worm from flesh clay   

and cut this in half for the two legs. 

Make two little feet at the end of each half worm.

Make two incisions in the hollow of the  knees,    

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



Use white clay for the dress




Arms and hands


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

Cut this in half through the center.

Make the hands.

Make two incisions into the elbows, bend the arms into shape and fasten them to the body.

After you fastened the arms, make a little collar out of white clay.

Use a little part of the toothpick to push (gently) into the body.

Here you will put on the head when it is finished.


The head


Make a small ball, a lit less then 1" in diameter 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 into it with a toothpick.

For the eyes you use two little beads.


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.

Make the ears from two little flesh balls and shape them with your clayshaper.

Give Erica a little pink hat with two mint pompons and finish it making a trim around it!

For the hair, make a couple of strands of Fimo- clay. Turn these round a needle to make little curls and fasten these.

It is Erica's birthday so make her a nice birth\day cake.

I think she likes to have something in her hands to cuddle.





Other embellishments:

  • Bake  the baby for 20 minutes at 265 F. in the oven.

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





Enjoy  and have fun with this workshop!

Jacqueline van Hesse-Penning (Pennydolls)

May, 2001 Text and Illustrations