I am finally getting back to working on new dolls. Lately I have been so busy with commission costumes that I had to slow down on my sculpting but I am near completion on my last commission…..just in time to start some pieces for halloween (my favorite time of the year!)
My grim reaper is now completed and for sale in my Etsy shop! Like all my dolls, she is 100% handmade without use of any molds. I have hand sculpted all the little skulls and details on her head and chest. I use cernit clay (which I have found is the strongest of all polymers) and she is built over a carefully constructed wire based armature. She is painted in acrylics, and varnished for color protection. She stand about 15″ high and is not posable. Her eyes were also handmade by me.
For more of my works please visit my art page where I love to share my progress of each doll.
My second custom piece, Aneira (which means Snow in Welsh).
I was sent a drawing from one of my return customers who asked me if I could bring this to life. Drawings, as well as detailed descriptions are always the most helpful when making custom pieces because it allows me to see the vision that the person has in there head. She allowed me the freedom to experiment and do my own interpretation of her drawing however indicated that she definitely wanted to keep the colors in silver and white, wanted the hair pulled up, and wanted me to incorporate ice both on the costume and on the body. She then decided that she would like me to add horns and feathers along the skirt and if possible some form of wings. I sent her images throughout the process to make sure she was happy with the direction I was going. It was quite a fun process for both of us. I love the fact that custom pieces always give me new challenges.
If you are interested in a custom doll please feel free to contact me for more information. You can see more of my dolls here.
I have recently been commissioned to do a faun/satyr inspired doll. So far this has been a fun project for me and turning out to be my favorite doll that I have made. In fact, I am loving the design so much that I almost think this doll will be an inspiration for my next Ren Fest costume.
Here are some work in progress pics from start to where I am at the moment. For the most part her body is done although I am still adding little details such as feathers and flowers. Today I will be painting and decorating her limbs (her feet will be hooves). Hoping by Monday she is assembled and ready for a photoshoot. To see my progress and final product (because I don’t update on my blog as often as I should), please follow Majestic Thorns’ art page.
After working with polymer clay for so long, I decided it was time for a change in materials. I have used stone clay (La Doll Premier) in the past however in the end it always stressed me out and I would end up with an unfinished project. In fact I have 2-3 pieces sitting around my room that I will most likely never finish. This time I decided to force myself to finish and I am so glad I did because after giving it another chance, I think this clay is finally starting to grow on me. I absolutely love the way it sands so smooth and the way you can easily add or subtract. Not to mention the paint goes on rather nicely almost like becoming part of the clay rather than just sitting on the surface. And the best part is their are no fumes, no cooking, it is very lightweight and it is so easy on my hands!!!
This time I have documented my progress so I decided to show the transformation from beginning to end.
(Yes, I know she looks rather ridiculous in this picture. This is one reason I do not normally post in progress pictures.)
I am working in sort of a strange order here. I was getting impatient waiting for the limbs to all dry so I figure why not start clothing her. That is the one part about this clay I do not like. You must have PATIENCE because it takes a LONG time to dry.
Her limbs are jointed and can “lightly” move. I did the joints a little different this time so her limbs don’t bend as much as I would have liked them to.
I will admit….. I am horrible with names and titles. It stresses me out severely. I ended up calling her Ravyn (or Raven) because of the black feathers and just coincidentally my Edgar Allan Poe book was sitting nearby and “The Raven” popped into my head….so I figured why not just go with it. (By the way, I love Edgar Allan Poe)