Last week, I was asked to be one of the judges for the Harry Potter contest over on Instructables. As you may know, we are huge fans over here, so I absolutely loved judging this contest! One project that caught my eye was this Dobby poseable clay doll. I instantly wanted to try it for myself! PS- spoiler alert: she was the grand prize winner.
Dobby the House Elf clay doll
I brought all the supplies to make this craft on our weekend getaway, and created it in about 2 hours (all except the painting part, which I did yesterday, at home). This was my first time ever creating a scultpture using an armature. It wasn’t bad at all! The details in the Instructable are great.
The one thing I would actually do (that is in the instructions, but I forgot to bring) was use rubbing alchohol to smooth the clay. I looked all over the house we were renting for some, and there was none in sight. So my Dobby is a little rougher than he should be.
The thing I made differently was the body. I am sadly allergic to wool, so I couldn’t use it. Instead, I sewed a tube of muslin fabric, slipped it on his torso, stuffed with poly batting, and then hand sewed the top and bottom closed.
He does stand, but I made his legs so they bent at the knees, and consequently, he kind of looks like he is riding a horse.
Mine only stands about 10 inches tall, so creating those tiny digits was challenging. Plus, I didn’t realize that Dobby only has 4 fingers on each hand, so I made an extra wire digit that I had to incorporate into the other finger.
Overall, I am pleased with how it came out! I am thrilled to have this skill in my repetoire for future projects.
I absolutely adore sculpting. I took a class in college (I was a fine arts major), and fell in love. I tried throwing pottery, and was not very good, but handbuilding was more my speed. Since then, I haven’t done a whole lot of it. I really need to make time to do it more often. This one was so much fun!
What have YOU made today?