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March 5, 2007

Adventures in Doll Making Pt. 2: Painting

When my paper clay doll dried it had the appearance of ceramic, but was much lighter. I gave it a quick sanding with some fine grit paper, wiped off the dust and spray painted it with a matte black paint.

In addition to the paper clay doll I have been experimenting with Sculpey Modeling Compound. Sculpey is much harder to mold, as it is very soft, however once it dries it is much more sturdy and can be sanded with a great deal of pressure.

I made a crow's head and some wings. I initially wanted texture in the wings, but after baking them I changed my mind. Luckily it was easy to sand most of the texture out without a problem.

After the rabbit was spray painted I was ready to add details and attach the limbs. I applied off white paint to the stomach, face, ears and tail. I found that doing this free hand worked the best. I then painted on the eyes, nose and whiskers, before applying multiple coats of matte varnish....which wasn't really matte...but it turned out for the best.

Lastly, I attached the limbs by running thread back and forth with a long needle. I used buttons to help hold the the limbs in place while maintaining movement.

I planned to make this guy some clothes and I found a great doll coat pattern at the libray, but after putting him together I feel he is perfectly happy in his birthday suit. Thus he is finished, and "Adventures in Doll Making Pt. 3: Clothing" will have to be post-poned for another day and another doll.

Posted by audrey at March 5, 2007 12:02 AM


Hmmm....maybe I should add some white to his hands or feet?

Posted by: audrey at March 5, 2007 12:45 AM

overalls dude, it needs overalls.

Posted by: kyle at March 5, 2007 11:10 AM

that is sweet. we just got super-sculpy in at my work, its supposedly much better for detail work. i want to try it.

Posted by: todd at March 5, 2007 1:41 PM

you have so many talents audrey... i love that you make dolls!

Posted by: jen at March 6, 2007 6:33 PM

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