It's been a really long time since I've posted here.... can you believe it's already spring?! Here in Pennsylvania though, it hasn't quite felt like it this week.... I've just started what I hope to be the last fire in the wood stove, and my bones are creaky and stiff from perpetual shivering. I have vague memories of flying kites and picnics in late Marches past, wearing jeans and short sleeves.... this Month has been determined to stay a lion all the way through!
I have a teeny little pixie named pepper that has finally been finished and photographed. She's been sculpted for months without her wings, so I finally stopped procrastinating and finished her. She is only 2.5" tall. I hope to have her up for sale in a day or two. She has lots of little freckles.
I just finished this super tiny ALice, and am so pleased with how she turned out. She's only 1.25" tall, and comes with a glass drink me bottle! It was a challenge to make, as the neck of the bottle is smaller than the opening, and I had to constantly check and make sure that she was able to easily fit, without compromising the pose and details on the piece itself
Just popping in to show off a few tiny ornaments I have made in the last few weeks... the mermaid is sold, but the other two are currently available on ebay. 3.5" tall, and are meant to be displayed all year! I expect to have 2 more finished in another day or so, so check back :). I also have some tinier ones in the making, sculpted onto handblown glass drops. You can see some examples of these from previous years, in the miniatures photo gallery to the left. Typically, they are about 1 to 1 1/2" tall, not including the glass droplets.
It's been forever since I last posted here on my blog... for the last few months I have had very painful swelling in my finger joints, and have been taking some time off from sculpting to rest them, try some new ways to reduce the inflammation in my body, start a new exercise regime, get healthy blah blah etc. etc. etc. lol. Anyway, I have not been completely idle... and have very slowly managed to complete a large (compared to most of my work) ball jointed doll, hoping to get it out before Halloween. so, a quick little peek at a witch I've been working on.. she just under 10" tall. Her costume is very gothic lolita.. personally, I like the look better without the wings, but so many people like fairies, that I made removable ones that slide into the rear laces of her corset. The sewing on the costume took longer than the actual sculpting process.... I am by no means a skilled seamstress, and sewing such tiny clothing is a challenge for me. The boots were a blast to make, with tiny realistic tread on the bottoms. I'll have some better pictures up in a few days, that show all of the costuming details, these photos are rather flat I'm afraid. I decided to attach the hair on this particular doll, but I do have a headband with removable bangs, so she can have a bit of a different look.
I am not giving up miniatures though.... and in a few weeks I will be starting some hanging ornaments for the holiday season... I would like to have more of those finished then the past two years, so check back soon to see what is available!
****update.... I am giving her permanent bangs, it is decided.... to remove the headband again and again will eventually muss the hair, and she looks cuter with them than without. ****
***second update**** more pictures and she is up for auction.. I will consider any serious offers, so don't let the asking price put you off lol... try me!
Sooo... I've been working on this doll for the last month. Needless to say, it could have been finished a lot quicker, but she is sculpted in cold porcelain, handmade on my stove, and is an air dry clay. I was pleasantly surprised by the lovely finish and strength that it produces. The fact that it is non toxic is another plus, however the drying time between layer was maddening! Not to mention sculpting with clay that is a firm bubble gum texture. I have her strung here, but think I will be playing around with a few other methods of attaching her parts. Anyway, it has been an interesting learning process..... I think next time I will make a larger one. I started out with plans to make a 12" doll, and voila, she has ended up 6" tall. She has 2 removable wigs, although neither is fully finished.