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Tutorial - Poseable Art Doll Animal DIY How-To by RikerCreatures Tutorial - Poseable Art Doll Animal DIY How-To by RikerCreatures
Because I believe in sharing knowledge. 
I am not too great with hyperlinking etc, so please go to the URL below to see the full photo-set and tutorial on Imgur.

imgur.com/a/09e6n

A proper outdoor photo-shoot of this girl will be uploaded soon :)
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baka-espada Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Student Traditional Artist
Best tutorial ever!
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner 13 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
:3 Thank you so so much!
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Merikku Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! Thank you so much for putting this tutorial here<3 I'm planning to do a Espeon for my boyfriend and this will help so much!
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful! You are very welcome love :)
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kkyak1 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for sharing your how-to posable art doll. Wish I had found this ages ago. Love the details in your feet and eyes, both are areas where I felt I needed some help. Also the steps to add fur over the clay face, brilliant! Again thanks so much!!! Hugs dear
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome; glad you liked it!!!
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samsnauticalheart Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
Best tutorial hands down! I do have a question however. Does the acrylic paint come off on your hands once its dry and your handling it? I thought I would ask the pro! That and I see that your very nice and answer alot of peoples questions. Thank you!!!
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem at all, I love answering questions :) Im glad you like it!
The paint does not come off once it's dry in my experience. However the amount of color change you can do is limited - for example you can't make dark fur lighter with acrylics.
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Wolfacine Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
Maybe I'll try making a thylacine :) !
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
YES do it!!!! Your imagination (and the structural capabilities of armeture wire) are your only limit! Lol
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Wolfacine Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
I really hope I can! :) (lol) You inspired me with your work,  I mean
your plushies/art dolls are absolutely amazing!
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wolfgirl333 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
When you bake your clay do you do it separately or do you just put the whole doll in the oven with the cotton fabric etc, your tutorial is slightly confusion for that part lol not sure if those materials are oven safe and all. Other than that, wonderful tutorial 😊 and I adore your creations.
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Yes I made the tutorial back when I was using mostly epoxy clay which cures on it's own in room tempurature. For the polymer bake clay which I prefer to use now, you have to bake it on the frame before putting any stuffing or fur or anything synthetic which will melt. The only thing I add before baking is whiskers made from natural horse hair, which don't seem to be affected by the 275-degree fahrenheit oven temp. for baking polymer clay.
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CraftDragon Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for sharing. I have a question, if you use acrylic paint to colour the fur won't the paint be removed if the doll gets wet.
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. Alcohol based dyes or markers will not run, but acrylics do. That is why I make sure people know before hand that it is art not a toy and you cannot clean it with water.
If you wish to make something that can be wiped down you should not use acrylics
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CraftDragon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you!
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JustYourAverageDino Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is going to help me a lot! also, your stuff is great!
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks soooo much! I am glad you love it :D
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karkat1001 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Student Artist
Magnificent tutorial! Only.... I'm afraid I cant ever use this tut, because I can't buy faux fur, that wire stuff, and.... im kinda to young for handling ANY of it
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww don't worry! You will be able to do it in time :)
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karkat1001 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Student Artist
Mkay
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SteamPixy Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Incredible. Thank you for sharing. 
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!! I am so happy my tutorial inspires people
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CraftyMaelyss Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love how you bring these creatures to life! :la:
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!!! :3 
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CraftyMaelyss Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Anytime! :la: Also I have a question, if you were making something like a dragon or reptile, what would you use to give them a scaly look? P:
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ok to be honest, I would most likely start with a scaled fabric base (there's all kinds of cool shit at fabricland lol) and then from there fashion my own larger scales for prominent areas like ridges and eyebrow scales etc from colored sculpey and glue them on one by one.
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CraftyMaelyss Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Alright, because at some point I wanna make this guy:
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
YEah; for sure! I would use purple and lavender fabric, hand-dye the darker purple blobs with diluted fabric paint, and make the big scales out or sculpey or sew them out of fabric
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CraftyMaelyss Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sweet, thank you!! It'll take me a while (like MONTHS since I wanna get this guy as perfectly accurate as possible) but hopefully it'll be worth it!! :la:
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FallenLeavesKoi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Truly amazing work! Wow!
 I admire your talent as well as your patience after seeing this!:headbang:
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you thank you!!! <3
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WingedAfricanWildDog Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Oooh, awesome!
Now I wanna make my own. :D
Thanks so much!
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Go for it! It's super fun
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WingedAfricanWildDog Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Student General Artist
What kind of wire do you use?
Is it expensive?
Where can I get it?
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I get mine at lowes/home depot/ renovation depot, any construction store in the section with cables and chains and wires etc. I'ts steel construction wire, comes in multiple guages (thickness) and it's very durable. You can also buy armeture wire from craft shops etc, which is specifically made for dolls and is also rust-proof if you are using water-based clay to sculpt with.
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WingedAfricanWildDog Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Okay, thank you for the help!
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StarrysStudio Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Student General Artist
This was amazing. Exactly what I was looking for too! :'D
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh awesome thanks for leaving a comment!!! Glad it hit the spot :)
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Starburstangel8 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the best tutorial I've found yet thanks so much.
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful! I'm so happy that people are finding it helpful :) Thanks for taking the time to put a reply
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Brambleshadow12 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
is there a way for me to get like tiger or cheetah pattern on the Posable creature I'm working on?
And nice tutorial ^^ helped me more then the first ones I did :D
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, glad it helps! I don't have any patterns, I work mostly by eye. But you could probably find a pattern online for a stuffed animal tiger or something, and build the posable wire form according to the measurements of the pattern.
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Omg Thank you so much for this!! Iv been wanting to make one of these but i had no idea about how to go about it! im more of a visual learner so if i cant see something being done i have a hard time understanding -_- but this is amazing You are awesome! Heart 
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D awesome I'm so glad you liked it! Me too, and I found it sooo hard to find information when I started - but now that I know a bit more I'm glad I can pass on info to others <3
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TrainxHeartnet Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Well I really do appreciate it! <3 If you dont mind me asking where do you find your fur? im looking around for something online i have a couple of craft stores around here but they are VERY limited in the fur department =/
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
craft stores are not where you wanna go. I get all my fur at fabric and textile shops. I get some of my fur at Fabricville (I think it goes under the name Fabricland in the USA if that's where your from) Or any other textile store. Check out speciality fabric stores, for example here in Montreal there is a street down-town that is mainly visited by seamstresses etc. and they have many stores that have a selection 4 or 5 times bigger than Fabricville in the faux fur department in every color imaginable. Sometimes they are hard to find online, and you have to trawl message boards for your city or talk to some people who do seamstress work. I had to walk all over the place before I found my favorite place :P But it's really nice because I can go in and see and touch the fur, see how thick it is, how it looks in the light etc.

If you are stumped at finding a place in your city, there are some great online stores with shipping and lots of selection, only drawback is you can't really tell how the quality of it will be until you get it in the mail. I haven't ordered online as of yet, but if you decide to go online, make sure to check some reviews of the site first and you should be good :)
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TrainxHeartnet Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Yeah im from the US plus i live in Kentucky sooo in terms of fabric stores im in the wrong place but i do know a seamstresse so I will make sure to ask her and look around to see if there is a store nearby even if its not in my town =D... but thanks so much i really do appreciate your help!
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, good luck out there in Kentucky!
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