There are many ways you could go about this, I think!
For example, you could make small, medium, or large heads. The larger you go
the more expensive it is, and the more likely they are to crack (though there
are solutions for that). You can also go from very simple features (sometimes
even made from the single motion of a paintbrush handle) to very complex. You
can also use molds (which you purchase, or create from an existing sculpture or
doll); the mold can also be "distorted" to create very different faces.
You can color the faces with chalks, acrylic paints or washes, or not at all.
You can make and bake eyeballs to be inserted into the unbaked head, you can
paint them, cane them, or sculpt them only. You can sculpt hair, or add fake
hair of many types, or add hats & other accessories, etc.
Another thing to think about is the body. Do you want to sculpt the arms and
legs too (then use a stuffed fabric body), or sculpt the whole thing? Do you
want to hinge the body parts, use Flexiclay which is somewhat ***y, or make
the whole thing one solid piece? You can also use other materials for the
body like pipe cleaners (which can be dressed--ask me about this if
interested), mailing-tape tubes for fingerpuppets, prepurchased bodies, hand
puppet bodies, flat bodies of clay for pins, etc.
If you have Cernit already, it has a lovely translucence which makes good skin
tones. If not, I suggest you buy some SuperSculpey (1 lb. green and white box,
at Michaels, etc.). It also has a nice translucence and many people use it for
sculpting. You can probably buy it even cheaper if you try mail order (see my
e-mailed info letter, under supplies).
I'll send you a bunch of other info on sculpting by e-mail, and after you
narrow down what you might want to try, let us know and we can come up with
more specific help :-) . . . Best of luck --it's a great, fun project!
P.S. I'm not sure about boiling heads . . . the only problem might come from
the features, which stick out. There may be some way to keep the features
face-up in the water until the clay has at least partially cured, or wrap it
sufficiently in batting, etc., to protect it???
Jimbob: sculpting with pc
sculpting & armature w/ SSculpey (how to)
wire+ armature for sm.figure, head, hands, details (Astralos')
Portrait Pin swap --heads
head,hands,feet,armature photos (mom)
*Katherine Dewey's many explanations
Tommie's darker sculptures & others' work
Ro's many-artist figures
*faces -Creagers[face pins.jpg]
*dolls & figures (many)--worldwide
*Victoria's cats scene (thumbnails)
*Tamila Darling, figures, xmas
*Chet's Clay Page
Barcy's short character people
*Z Kripke (heads, & good all around)
*JeanneCook:West, fancy & not
*Klew button/beadshapes & tiny boxes/molded faces
*Comport's Genie--head on bulb body
Comport, multi-media head/hat--Bulbette (same?)
Dotty's covering a prescrip bottle --figure?
JC--hinged clay people
face slice on clothdoll, blackboards
Samitz: wire with jewelry (bust+)
StoryPeople's almost-abstract people
Lynelle's jointed figures (marionnettes?)
Little Fellows Dollhouse Miniatures & Food