Ballet Statues




Hi, there! It’s been a while since I made these statues, but I have finally put together the tutorial for them.

Upon deciding that I wanted to have two statues of ballet figures in front of my ballet theater, I thought of a couple of ways to make them.

The initial thought was to modify pre-existing Sylvanians.  But that thought was too heart breaking, so it quickly disappeared.

Then I thought of taking molds of my Sylvanians.  Well, I wasn’t too sure how well flocked fur would hold during the process, so that idea was turned down, too.

So I gave up trying to cheat, and set my mind on making my own statues with clay.

Once I was determined, I thought, “I might as well make statues that are impossible unless it’s made with clay!”

I’ll explain what I mean as we go…


As you probably know, Sylvanian Families have ballerina dolls with special body parts.  These ballerinas are girl sized, so I combined that design and the figure of a big sister doll.  Big sister Sylvanian is taller and has slender figure, and I thought it would be a great model for my statue.

I made body parts in rough shape first.

Once the clay was hard, I shaved off some extra clay to adjust the connecting joints.

Then I connected the parts.

Once the body was intact and hardened, I added some clay to create more seamless joints, and let the clay harden once more.

After the clay hardened, I sanded the surface to smooth out a bit.

Then I made clothes for my ballerina.

As for the “Big brother” statue, I totally made up the body shape.  I used silk cat big sister’s face as a model for  this one.   By the way, I did consult numbers of real ballet photos to decide this posing, and I also think that my own experience learning ballet in my childhood helped a lot to make sure I got the details correctly.  And this posing is not possible with actual Sylvanian dolls.  Using clay made it possible!

Once the statues were done, I painted them light gray at first.  But I didn’t really like how they blended in with the stairs in the background.

So I painted them once again, with bronze.

It was pretty hard to make sure that the statues looked good from every angle, but I really like how they turned out.


12 Replies to “Ballet Statues”

  1. Your website is very impressive indeed. Thank you for showing how you made your beautiful models.

    1. Ahaha, I myself wasn’t sure if I was capable of it, but I guess determination won the battle this time. lol I really can’t remember ever getting good grades in art classes in school. :O

  2. Wow, these are amazing. I must admit, my first thought was ‘Oh no, she’s used real Sylvanians and covered them with clay and paint!!’ I should have known better, shouldn’t I? 🙂 🙂 A beautiful way to finish off the Ballet studio.

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