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CLAY Chibi Character Tutorial by GrandmaThunderpants CLAY Chibi Character Tutorial by GrandmaThunderpants
People have been asking for a long time for me to show how I make my little chibi characters, and I love to share secrets but I do still need some secrets of my own! So I struggled to find a nice easy way to tell people to use to make their on little characters, so I've finally come up with something simple for everybody to use!

Characters I've made:


My commission info:
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Shadow34698 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
What did you do for the hair for the pic at the top? ( Paint, Glaze, etc) Sorry, newbie XD Used to learning as I go but I think it'd be better to find out ahead of time. Love the tutorial by the way. Simple and easy.
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8888DeathTheKid Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Would it be okay to mix paint in to color your clay. I'm wondering if it would ruin the clay and just be inefficient or would I be better off just painting over the clay because at the moment I only have shade colors ^^;
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Try to imagine adding wet paint to unbaked clay and then mixing it in your hands. xD You're going to have a huge mess, then when the paint dries you're going to have clay that cannot be used, as parts of it are going to be hard from the paint. Just use your clay as normal, then paint it once it's baked and fully cooled. I recommend just buying colored clay. Since you're in the US, this might interest you: grandmathunderpants.deviantart… :3
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8888DeathTheKid Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah..I guess I didn't think it through any NEAR well >.> but thank you very much for all the info. I think I'll be taking a trip to
Michael's now XD
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks
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:iconchrubez:
Chrubez Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
do you paint the face before you bake it?
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:iconakane0:
akane0 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013   Artisan Crafter
So cute, i'm going to have to try it! :love:
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:icongrandmathunderpants:
GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D I'd love to see what you come up with!
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:iconakane0:
akane0 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013   Artisan Crafter
NP! it's really cute! i'll try to make one soon. :la:
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:icontheassbuttnamedyuba:
TheAssbuttNamedYuba Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely going to try to make one! :heart:

Also, hopefully, someday I will get the chance to commission you. * 3 *
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aw, thanks! :D Good luck with your item! ^^
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InuyashaRules6596 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012   Writer
what kind of clay did you use for the hair I'm looking for some glittery clay
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:iconkebetchet:
Kebetchet Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love these, but I was wondering do you buy colored clay? If not how do you color it?
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:icongrandmathunderpants:
GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I buy colored clay. :3
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Kebetchet Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Okay, thanks that helps a lot!
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:iconxxmisaki-chanxx:
xXMisaki-ChanXx Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
How long would you bake these for? I'm considering making an attempt at making one of these :3
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
About 15-20 minutes. :)
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xXMisaki-ChanXx Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Thanks so much! Btw, your work is amazing!
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:iconrui-rei:
rui-rei Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
CUTE!! didn't know tat clay would make such cute and wonder things!
I was wondering, if im going to make a charm, would i need to stick a pin or could i use something else?
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:icongrandmathunderpants:
GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Using a head/eye pin or a small hook would be the easiest way to make it into a charm. :3
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:iconrui-rei:
rui-rei Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
thank you :D
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:iconmelody-ike:
Melody-Ike Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
is the sparkly clay a certain kind?
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:icongrandmathunderpants:
GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's Premo Effects. :3
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Melody-Ike Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
premo effects? :iconcluelessplz:
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:icongrandmathunderpants:
GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep!
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:iconmelody-ike:
Melody-Ike Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
its that a brand?
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:icongrandmathunderpants:
GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
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Melody-Ike Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
ahhh,, thx ^^
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Alistu Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So wait, you paint on the faces before you bake them? I always bake my pieces before I paint them. Does it make any difference?
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It depends on how much paint you use, if you use a big drop of paint it might bubble up if you expose it to heat and look strange. If you want to paint your entire charm, bake it first then paint it so it doesn't mush up while you're painting the entire thing. I would say stay with what works best for you. :)
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sapphire44456 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
How do you gat the eyes round, and what colors do you mix for skin tone?
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xylianth Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What did you use the razor blade for? And how do you glaze the clay?
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:icongrandmathunderpants:
GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Razor blade is for cutting clay. O: And you glaze it with any clay glaze and just a paintbrush.
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DRAX-IS-MY-NAME Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi sarah-chan! My mom got me a ton of sculpey clay and tools for Christmas! :D

I've been making things like crazy, and I've basically figured out how to deal with the clay and baking and whatnot... but what I'm having trouble with is the head pin. I haven't figured out how to bend it correctly to attach a ring to it...
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:icongrandmathunderpants:
GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww, yay! Seems everybody is getting into clay lately. :D You'll need a pair of jewelry pliers to bend it easily and into a loop, do you have a pair? O: Trim off most of the extra metal on the pin then just clip onto the tip of it and turn it down into a loop. It sounds weird when you put it into words, but I promise it's really easy. xD I can make a quick video for you if you'd like?
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DRAX-IS-MY-NAME Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, my mom bought me some jewelry pliars too! :D

*-* if you could make me a quick video I would love you forever. I'm having so much trouble with the pins.
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:icongrandmathunderpants:
GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
[link] here you go :D
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:icondrax-is-my-name:
DRAX-IS-MY-NAME Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D thank you!
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Chumiiya Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
could you make a full body chibi tutorial?
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:icongrandmathunderpants:
GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Because those are labor intensive and a good chunk of my income, I won't be doing a tutorial on the full-body chibis. Plus it varies so vastly from one character to the next, there's no 100% set method to explain anyway. O:
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Chumiiya Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Okie dokie o3o
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Haven-the-ottselcat Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What kind of clay do you use and where do you get it?
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:icongrandmathunderpants:
GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's polymer clay, you can find it at almost any craft store. :3 There's more info here: [link] :la:
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Haven-the-ottselcat Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:icongrandmathunderpants:
GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
No prob! :thumbsup:
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sweetlacie Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
no! its cute! XD weeeeeeee!! thanks for this tutorial love it :)
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Nicole101LOL4 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Is that blue shine in the hair the clay or did you use Pearl Ex?
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:icongrandmathunderpants:
GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's a blue pearl clay mixed with black clay. :3
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Nicole101LOL4 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
It looks soo awesome!!! Good thing I have both
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:icongrandmathunderpants:
GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah! I love to mix pearl clay in coz it's super glittery ahaha.
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