- Quikwood is a two part resin. When mixed together you have about 20 minutes of open time before it begins to cure. It will fully cure in 24 hours.
- Only cut off as much as you need at a time.
- Make sure it is thoroughly mixed together (no swirls of color) or it will not cure.
- Do not wear jewelry especially rings when working with QW.
- Apply Avon Silicone Glove before starting and as needed when working with the QW.
- Use DecoArt Extender to blend QW being careful not to use too much or it will make your QW gummy.
- Before painting wipe surface with baby wipe to remove any oils.
Video on Quikwood Basics:
Getting Started – Attaching head:
Insert Dowel into pointy end of 2.5” Styrofoam egg, and then place 1” ball on top of dowel leaving ¼” for the neck. Mix up 1/8” of QW and divide into 4. Roll ball into small coil about ¾” long. Wrap around bottom of neck and blend onto egg and then dowel. Blend until smooth using extender if needed. Roll second ball of QW into coil and wrap under head, blend onto ball and down dowel. Shape making sure to keep neck thin and have QW blended onto the egg and ball. Repeat for other doll. Allow to cure.
For each doll cut off 3/8” QW and divide into 2. Roll each piece into a coil about 3 ½” long. Slightly flatten top of leg and then using pencil or tip of tool make a hole in the top of the leg.
For the guy bend his feet out on each side, the feet would be about 1/2”
Cut tip of 2 toothpicks to ½”. For the girl bend her foot out on an angle and then insert small piece of toothpick into heel with the point down, Allow to cure.
Adding clay to face:
Mix up ½”” of QW and divide in two. Roll clay into a ball and then start pressing and pinching to make a flat pancake. Lay on front of face and begin pressing and blending over head using extender if needed. Blend at neck, Keep blending until clay is evenly distributed and smooth. Repeat for second doll.
Trim two tooth picks to ¾”-1”. Insert toothpick into center of face for nose leaving about ½” out. Allow to cure.
Mix 1/8” of QW and divide in 4. To make socks on Sam roll two pieces each into a coil about ¾” long. Lay around each leg about ¾” from bottom. Cut off excess and flatten.
Use excess from above step and divide into 2. Roll into small ball and lay at heel of Sid. Blend down over heel and onto shoe.
Flatten two remaining balls making them ¾” wide and squared off at top. Pull down on bottom edge to create bevel. Pick up and lay edge to front and wrap around foot. Blend bottom edge into foot letting boot hang open at front.
Using X-acto knife press ribbing on Sam’s socks. Allow to cure.
Lay parchment paper over pattern for brims of hats. Mix ¼” of QW and divide in 2. Roll into a ball and then lay on pattern. Press and pat to fill in pattern. Let sit 10 minutes.
Cut X’s in top of center of each brim. Pick up and pat on top of head stretching if needed. Adjust brim as desired. Let sit and cure. If needed use a little super glue gel to hold in place.
For her hat mix up 3/8” of QW and for his ¾” of QW. Roll hers into a ball and place on top of her head and pat into place. Roll his into a ball and then begin shaping so that it is tall and a little fatter on the top than the bottom. Sit on top of head and pat into place. To make hook cut a piece of wire about 1” long for each of them and fold over. Insert into the top of their hats. Allow to cure.
To attach the legs for each doll cut1/4” QW and divide in 2. Cut two pieces of wire about 3” long and use round nose pliers to fold in half. Slip wires into legs and insert into the bottom of the egg. Leave about ½” – ¾” of the wire exposed. Also allow yourself enough room to work between the legs. Roll the clay into a coil about 1 ¼” long and wrap around top of wire next to egg. Blend clay into egg and then shape top of leg with fingers, using extender if needed. Repeat with second leg. If needed use an old paint brush to blend the clay between the legs. Adjust length of wires if needed by pushing in or pulling out. Allow to cure.
Tree, Flowers for Hats & Vase:
To make the tree mix ½” of QW and press and pinch to flatten, then lay on parchment paper and flatten with palm of hand. Cut out largest hand of the clay cutters. Remove extra clay and reroll and cut medium hand. Remove extra and roll and cut small hand. Reroll and cut 2 of the next to the largest kemper star. With remaining clay pull off 2 small balls and roll into a small cone and flatten to make leaves. Attach to hat and place a star in the center. Roll a small ball of clay and place in center of flower. If you have any extra clay take a small piece at a time, flatten and press and blend to any Styrofoam area on the doll. You can do this any time you have extra clay. Wait 5 minutes to assemble tree.
Pick up largest hand with fingers down and place tooth pick under leaving ¾” to 1” showing for trunk. Push point of toothpick through top center front of hand and press into place. Pick up medium hand and flip over and lay on top of tree. Pick up small hand and lay on top of tree. Pinch top of hand to make a point and then lay star on top of tree. When tree cures mix up a sliver of QW and blend to back of tree.
To make her vase, flowers and hat flower mix up ½” of QW. Pull off 1/3 of clay and roll into a ball. Then begin shaping into vase with a flat bottom and curved in at the top. Pull off ½” ball of clay and lay on top of vase and gently flatten. Flatten remaining clay and begin cutting stars. You will need a total of 4 next to largest stars and 2 medium stars. With remaining clay pull off 2 small balls and roll into a small cone and flatten to make leaves. Attach to hat and place a star in the center. Roll a small ball of clay and place in center of flower.
Pull off some small pieces of clay and make leaves over vase. Begin adding flowers and more leaves as needed. Roll small balls and place in center of flowers. Place any extra clay on body of doll. Allow to cure.
Mix ¼” of QW and taking a small piece at a time, flatten and press and blend to bottom half of both dolls before adding skirt and pants.
To make skirt for Sid mix up 1” of QW and roll into a coil about 5 1/2” long. Lay on Parchment paper and flatten with hand. Make sure the one edge is straight. On opposite edge begin pulling and creating a bevel edge. Let sit 5 minutes.
Lift skirt off paper and wrap around doll centering front of clay with front of doll and with beveled edge up. Let overlap if needed and blend seam with extender. Blend top edge of skirt up on body. Let hang for 5 minutes.
Begin pinching clay of skirt to thin and then ruffle. Hang until cured.
Mix ¾” of QW and divide in 2. Roll each piece into a coil 2 ½” long. Lay on Parchment paper and flatten with hand. Make sure the one edge is straight. On opposite edge begin pulling and creating a bevel edge. Let sit 5 minutes.
Cut V in center of each piece of clay on the bevel edge. Lift first leg with V between legs and wrap around leg. Overlap clay and blend edges together. Blend top of leg onto body. If pants are too wide pat together to make smaller. Add second leg the same way. Shape as needed and allow to cure.
Mix 1/8” of QW and taking a small piece at a time, flatten and press and blend to top half of both dolls. Mix more if needed. Before finishing dolls you might want to paint their sweater and dress and the back of the vase and tree to make it easier later.
Sam’s Sweater Trim:
Cut ¼” QW and roll into a coil 6” long. Wrap around body where you want the bottom of the sweater. Gently pat into place. Using x-acto knife making ribbing lines on band. Hang and allow to cure.
For collar cut 1/8” of QW and roll into a coil 2” long. Lay around neck and gently pat into place. Using x-acto knife making ribbing lines on collar. Hang and allow to cure.
Cut 1/8” of QW and roll into a coil about 2” long and lay around neck. Gently pat into place. Using tip of tool press dots in collar to give the impression of fur. Allow to cure.
For arms mix ¼” of QW and pull off a small dot and place on back of vase. Position on body. Divide remaining clay in two and roll into a 3” coil for arms. Begin placing her left arm at the shoulder and have hand under vase. Position wrist and elbow. When happy with placement gently pat into place. Do the same thing for the other arm with the hand cupping under the other hand. When happy with placement of second arm gently pat into place. Allow to cure.
To put cuffs on dress mix up a sliver of QW and divide in 2 and roll each into a coil about ½” long. Lay over wrist and trim excess. Gently pat in place and then place dots using tip of tool as you did for the collar. Allow to cure.
For arms mix ¼” of QW and pull off a small dot and place on lower back of tree. Position on body. Divide remaining clay in two and roll into a 3” coil for arms. Begin placing his left arm at the shoulder and have hand over trunk of tree. Position wrist and elbow. When happy with placement gently pat into place. For his right arm start at the shoulder and have hand lay on waist. Position wrist and elbow. When happy with placement of second arm gently pat into place. Allow to cure.