Well long time no see ! I've taken most of the year off from writing this blog and have taken the time to play and just see what turns up. I have been painting in oils - illustrating some new ideas for a children's book , embroidering and just lately making dollies !
I will be showing some of the above over the next few weeks but at the moment am enjoying making the dolls so much I've just got to talk about them.
Below is the first one I attempted and like anything else it takes a while to to get to grips with new materials - in this case it was polymer clay ( fimo and sculpey ) and this was after trying my hardest to get my hands on the Paper Clay they sell in the U.S but not it seems over here - well not in the pre made up form that you can see Martha Stewart use. You can get a crude form of the paper mix which air dries but then needs lots of sanding afterwards - great for larger projects but not for dainty dolls.
So I'm hoping that one day we will be able to get the super smooth mix available over the pond but in the meantime the stuff you have to bake will have to do. The flower head doll below was my second attempt and as you can see I'm experimenting with the style of face to paint on. All these figures are button jointed which means getting the holes in the bodies and joints in the correct place and big enough to thread the elastic through. All extremely fiddly but then I never seem to pick the quick and easy option !
What I particularly enjoy is the use of all my long collected fabrics , trimmings and buttons. The cameo brooch on the red doll at the top of the page was from a tiny pair of earrings found in an old button tin and proved perfect for this job. So glad I'm a hoarder.
We are now onto the next batch of girlies who by the way measure about 6 inches in height.
The paint is more translucent on their faces but nice and opaque on their tights. By this stage I am feeling more confident in selling them !
My third batch had a more wintry theme and here I've used some lovely fine woolen printed fabric that a friend must have given me over twenty years ago for the skirt - the jacket is felt and the jumper and tights are old socks ! Boots are velvet and she has a diamante buckle.
Audrey 7 inches £50