Friday, June 19, 2009

Some of my other babies...





These are my clay and fabric bunnies. I only make them once a year, around Easter. They are all OOAK whether clay or fabric. The hand-sculpted bunnies are 2 to 3 inches, and the fabric bunny is around 21". Just thought I would share my other babies.



Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Design disaster



This is one of my first Photo face designs.
As you can see the body design
was a total disaster. I never sent her to eBay,
she was given as a gift.

The face design was O.K. but the arms ....oh my!

Designing patterns does not come easy for me ....lol. Sometimes it takes me weeks to come up with a design that I approve of.

I have lots of patterns in the designing stage. One is almost ready to go. I'll post more when I am farther along.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Where it all began

I began making dolls 30 years ago. I started out making cloth dolls. Unfortunately,
I didn't take a lot of pictures of my first dolls, and those few pictures are put away somewhere...so all I have are pictures of my latest designs.

I remember making a lot of Mop dolls, and primitive dolls. My favorite were the baby dolls. It took me years of making Miss Martha dolls when I decided I wanted to make my own patterns. I have boxes and boxes of patterns that I have designed. I made so many cloth dolls that I think I got burned out. That's when I decided to try sculpting.

The first doll pictured above is "Marzipan", a pattern I designed that uses a photograph
transferred onto the cloth face. She is about 21 inches and stuffed with high loft fiberfill. I made the wig. She has been sold.


The last doll pictured is "Margaret". Same pattern,
different face.

So there you have it.... The 30 year history of my doll making, through my last few posts.








Monday, June 8, 2009

Crazy about "Reborning"


As you can probably tell I am crazy about all kinds of dolls.
Along with sculpting, I also love to "Reborn".
I have been Reborning for about 7 years.
I mainly sell the dolls at local doll shows, and local shops.
There is just something about these kits that are so endearing when they are Reborned.

I started out when you would take a play doll, like a Berenguer and take it all apart. That was a lot of work. Now the kit comes all ready to paint. It is so much easier. I have a hard time deciding which dolls I am going to work on next, there just aren't enough hours in the day.

It is really strange, I have searched and searched the internet for Reborn artists who blog, and I have only found a handful of them.
I thought there would be hundreds.

I guess the last type of doll I have to blog about is the cloth dolls that I design,
but that will be in another post.

The doll that is pictured has gone to live with her new mommy. Her name is Hayley, and I created her in 2008. She is 19" long and 6 pounds. Genesis Paint was used in her painting. Since then I have switched to air dry paints. I came down with chemical Pneumonia from the solvents and acetone I was using. I also use clear cap wigs or paint their hair because I have carpel tunnel so bad. So there you have it...
Now on to more doll making...

Thursday, June 4, 2009

My first "Love"


I started out my sculpting career with Life Size babies.
From there I went to Faeries, Miniature dolls, and everything else in between.

I feel like now is the time to return to my First Love.
I am feeling a real strong desire to sculpt my life size babies again.

I have found a polymer clay that I don't have to mess around with. I can use it straight out of the package. My old hands can't take the mixing and kneading anymore. Even with a food processor it still is too much.

The picture above is my very favorite sculpt. "Sweetness"
She is 20", and 7 pounds. Her hair is imported English Mohair.

Dolls Magazine, to my surprise did a featured article on her.
I received the magazine, opened it up and saw her picture. I was so
happy.

I have been inspired by the many gorgeous sculpts I have seen over the past few weeks and months.

Of course I will still be making my miniatures every now and again.

There is just something magical about holding a One-of-a-Kind, hand-sculpted, life size baby in your arms.

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