Saturday, October 22, 2016

Pumpkinhead Progress

I've been working on a couple dolls simultaneously. One is an Alice in Wonderland doll (see earlier posts), and the other is a Pumpkinhead sculpted from Paperclay. Boy, I'm really out of practice (not that I was every very good!). I've still got a lot of refining to do, and add a stem, of course.
I've got her dress fabric picked out, and her arms and legs are sewn and stuffed. Now I'm just waiting for the clay to dry before sanding a bit more.
October 23
A little more sculpting today. Once dry, needs sanding.

While waiting for the Paperclay to dry, I picked up an unfinished pin doll I started at least a year ago. I haven't made a pin doll in a very long time:

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Alice nearly done

Alice is nearly done. I'm not sure I like the placement of the buttons on her bodice. I may space them more closely together. All she needs now is an apron, which I'll make from a vintage hankie. I've got three to choose from.
In this photos, you can see that her skirt is a little damp. That's because I've misted it lightly with water to help with the fabric drape.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Alice Progress

Technically, I've got today off - though I've got an afternoon meeting at work. So I'm taking advantage of a couple free hours this morning. I've finished Alice's legs and shoes, and have attached them to her body. I've also dampened and combed out her hair (Tibetan lamb), and am waiting for it to dry.
10:30 a.m.

It can be tricky getting the stripes to match. I use a glue stick to help keep the fabric from shifting while sewing, but didn't get it perfectly aligned.
11:15 a.m.
Bloomers on, hair starting to dry. 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Rainy Day Progress

Heavy rains are forecasted today, and I have no intention of stepping outside unless absolutely necessary. So, I'm going to continue working on two dolls.

Progress so far:
8:30 a.m.
Verity/Alice has 6 coats of Messy Mix on the head/bust, and 2 on the arms. Two coats of gesso. Two coats of flesh-colored acrylic paint (specifically, Jo Sonja's Artists' Colours in Unbleached Titanium).
10:30 a.m.
Face is done.

11:20 a.m.
Tibetan lamb wig (sewn earlier in the week) has been glued and pinned to the head. After glue has been dried, hair will be combed and styled. I always glue lace to the edge of the painted bust.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Ongoing progress

Today I started painting the layers of Messy Mix onto my Verity/Alice doll. Her head/bust will eventually have at least five layers of this concoction. The arms will not need as many layers.

In between coats, I searched for (and found) a pattern from an old book I used back in 2009 to make a Pumpkinhead doll (because the shape of the stuffed head was so odd). I've wanted to make another of these dolls for several years and if I don't start it now while the season is upon us, I'll put it off for another year. In the photo below, Pumpkinhead has a coat of while glue on the head and bust. When this dries, I'll begin layering and sculpting in paperclay.
Blog posts about my original Pumpkinhead:
And finished doll:

Friday, September 23, 2016

On the Worktable

It's been a very busy summer. I've finally been able to get some sewing done. I don't usually agree to commissions because free time is pretty scarce, but I made an exception for a collector I met at ODACA Day in Washington DC. She wanted an Alice doll like the one I made for that show/sale.
I'm using my "Verity" doll pattern with some modifications to the lower legs and costuming. I hope I can find another vintage hankie suitable for her apron.
My goal today is to stuff the arms, sculpt the face, and apply the layers of Messy Mix.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Successful ODACA Day

This year's ODACA Day at the UFDC Convention in Washington, D.C was a great success. I don't think I've seen so many Artists in the sales room, and we welcomed six new Artist Members!
The ODACA website will feature these new members at its next update.
My husband and I had three days to enjoy the city and get in as many museums as we could during our short stay, but there was still much to see.
Next year's convention will be in Orlando, Florida.

Friday, July 22, 2016

So few dolls

This is it.
The only dolls I'll be taking to Washington DC for ODACA Day.
This small group represents many hours of work.
I'm going to have to spread them around like peas on a kid's plate.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Cecelia, finished

I've finally finished my ODACA Helper doll, Cecelia. It's my second day of vacation, and there's still so much to do.
Cecelia is made from the "old" and beloved Doesuede (no longer available) that I've hoarded for years. Her hair is "Fuzzy Mohair" by Dizzy Frizzy. I like it, and it was easy to work with.

I had some issues with the colors of her dress bleeding a little, so I had to fix the dye with vinegar and salt. It seems to have worked.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Cecelia, stuffed

I got Cecelia stuffed a couple days ago, and will try to get a start on her dress tonight. Now I'm wishing I'd gone with a different jointing method, but I don't have the time to re-do it. Here, I'm using the Dritz metal shank buttons for invisible jointing. Next time I'll joint with buttons on the outside, covered with skin fabric to make her hips a little narrower.
Her skin color is not quite true in this photo, but will make corrections with the official photos when she'd done.