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If you are making a statue this will possibly show you an easy way to make great looking hands.
I know that some statues have some really ugly looking hands, mainly because the artist didn't know how to make them look real, or almost real.
A pair of ugly or crudely made hands can take away from a beautiful sculpture.
The different colored hands, has nothing to do with the making of them.
The dime is only included to show scale.

Tools Needed

#2, 3, or 4 knitting needles
Single edge razor blade

Molding Clay Hands


Start with a nice ball of clay.
The size will depend on how big the piece is that you are making the hands for.


Roll the clay ball into a cylinder about 1.5 inches long and a little larger at one end. The smaller end will become the wrist.


Use your thumb to flatten the larger end until it looks like a flat paddle.


Use a blade to cut away a little notch on one side.


Pinch, pull and shape the clay into the thumb from the little segment that remains after the cutout.
Smooth and round any cut edges using your finger tips and the knitting needles.


Make three cuts with the razor blade, as shown in F.
This is the beginning of making four fingers.


Smooth the edges with your finger tips and needles to round over cut edges and the spaces between all the fingers.
Use a finger to push in the center of the hand to form a slightly cupped palm.
Gently push up the clay along the base of the thumb to form that large rounded base thumb muscle.

Use your own hands as the models.
They have all the design secrets.
I hope this is enough to at least get you started.

Courtesy of http://www.desiredcreations.com/

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Have you ever come up with a good idea while working with your handmade pottery and thought that you would like to share it with others? You have? Well, why not send it to us and we will add it to the tips page for all to see.

Handmade pottery can be a very gratifying hobby that produces fun and satisfying results. For many people it's an enjoyable release that is created by working an inanimate mound of clay into a beautiful work of art that you made through your artistic abilities.

The best way of starting out is to take a few lessons from Youtube. You will probably waste quite a bit in materials when you first get started. Figuring out how to truly make handmade pottery correctly and shape into what you want it to be can be quite an ordeal. The different tools that a normal shop will have can be fun to try. You will soon see which ones you like to use the most and then when you are ready you will know which ones to buy.

With the help of the internet, you can now purchase most if not all of your ceramic and pottery tools and supplies online. We are located far from any well supplied dealers and yet working with reliable ceramic and pottery suppliers online has allowed us to recieve most of our orders within a timely manner.

When you get all set up, just enjoy the hobby and have fun at it. Some people get pretty serious and start selling their creations at craft fairs and small stores, but others just like to create items for themselves, relatives, and friends. Whichever kind of handmade pottery you desire to endeavor, enjoy the hobby and have fun doing it.

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