Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Challenging Project

It's always a challenge for me to make a doll that's supposed to look like a specific person. So I surprised myself by volunteering to make a doll for our hospital's retiring CEO. I told him I was working on a "project" and lured him to the ER so I could photograph him, with the intention of making a photo-face doll (and with just a couple days in which to complete him).

This is how far I am. The doll's due tomorrow, to be presented along with his other gifts. I'm finding his hair to be particularly difficult. First, he has straight, short, light blond hair. Limited to what I had on hand, I found some wefted mohair. So far, I think I've spent about 4 hours on the hair alone. I glued row after row of mohair to the head, after cutting off the weft. When the glue dries, I'll give him a haircut. Doncha think he looks a bit like "Flock of Seagulls" lead singer right now?

I want to darken his facial features a bit, too, but don't want him to look like a drag queen when I'm done.

I have yet to design/sew his arms and legs, but that should go fairly quickly. Then I'll dress him in slacks, collared shirt, sweater vest, tie, and will give him a name badge on a lanyard like we all wear.

I really hope he's not too freaked out by this doll. After all, it's all in fun.

5 comments:

OldeTimeDolls said...

I just love him!

Dixie Sargent Redmond said...

You amaze me.

clothnclay said...

This is so cool! I'm sure he will get the biggest kick out of it! Happy New year, Deanna!

Sycamore Moon Studios said...

A labor of love! Can't wait to see the end result!

Maggie R said...

FABULOUS!!! love it...
HAPPY NEW YEAR DEANNE....
xoxo(((((hugs))))
Maggie