My newest art doll is now available in my Etsy shop.
Her body is fabric stuffed with poly fill and her arms and face are sculpted in clay. She measures 24.5″ long and 12.5″ seated.
Follow my Facebook page for more of my dolls and WIP! Since Mardi Gras is almost here in the South, I decided to make a few fun dolls inspired by it. Pictures coming soon.
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.
I recently told myself I needed to step up on my dolls, and push myself harder to perfect them, particularly on the faces. Faces have always been the biggest challenge for me (mostly setting the eyes even) so I really tried to focus on this one, trying my best to be as symmetrical as possible. I created my own eyes (using clay and sun curing epoxy) rather than just painting them straight onto the dolls and I am happy with this decision as I find it gives her more life. This is something I will definitely be continuing with on my future dolls. Another thing I experimented with, although nothing to get too overjoyed about, is curling her hair. I know its rather simple but to me it was exciting to transform pieces of straight fibers into beautiful curls, something I plan to do more often. Perhaps soon I will even hand dye my own fibers.
I am very pleased with the direction she is going.. I currently have cosplay on my mind (because it is that time of the year for me) so I was thinking about my last costume which was gothic lolita-ish, full of ruffles and lace and also had devil horns. I used this as inspiration for her however wanted the hair to be bright red rather than black. I was also thinking back on my recent trip to A-kon where I got to meet Huang Shan (RingDoll ..doll maker from China) and all of his dark,gothic dolls. While at A-kon I had also attended a class on Victorian mourning customs and traditions and their attire so I also had that in the back of my mind when creating this doll.
I still have a bit of work to do on her, such as sculpting the rest of her limbs (yes sometimes I work in a weird order), creating shoes, working on something for her head and finishing the remainder of her costume. I may also add a few more details and beadwork here and there.
Usually I list my dolls in my Etsy shop, however someone has already contacted me about purchasing her, so she will not be available for sale. I do have lots more dolls that I will be making and will be sharing my progress so if interested you can follow my work here.
Just wanted to share some photos of me modeling a mask by Vincent Cantillon. As I have written before, I can’t say enough about his masks. Extremely well crafted, and gorgeous. I am now a happy owner of both a black and white one. Hoping to eventually add red to my collection as well as some of his headpieces!
Costume was made and designed by me. All photos were taken by my talented boyfriend but edited by Vincent Cantillon. It was such a pleasure collaborating with him..
For more of his mask please visit his art page.
You can find my art (art dolls/sculpts , modeling, costumes) on my art page.
This was my costume that I made for Texas Renaissance Festival Masquerade Ball. It was the first masquerade ball that I had ever attended so I wanted my mask to be perfect. After much searching and not finding much that appealed to me, I came across the most beautiful gothic, laced mask by Vincent Cantillon. My jaw dropped when I saw his work and I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. I am so pleased with my purchase from him. The mask was so well made, and worth every dollar I spent on it. And as a bonus, it even came with a matching choker.
The rest of the costume (corset and skirt) was made by me. I also made a jacket which I looked so forward to wearing. It was December and I assumed it would be freezing cold….But living in the south, the weather is so unpredictable and it ended up being hot during the day ….so I only got to wear it a few hours that night at the ball.
Feel free to stop by my art page and check out my updates on costumes and dolls. You can also visit my cosplay page. I am now in the process of working on a white lace dress to go with a white mask by Vincent Cantillon. I am so excited about doing a photoshoot with it!!
I am working on some new chokers to sell at an upcoming steampunk festival in November. Until then I will be listing them in my Etsy shop. They are all OOAK, handmade chokers with double interfacing for extra strength. They have grommets in the back so they can corset to fit a variety of neck sizes.
Feel free to follow my Facebook art page for more updates.
Here are a few jewelry pieces that I have created for some recent local events. Some of them have been sold already but I still have a few pieces available in my Etsy shop. I will most likely be taking a month off from my doll making to focus on my costumes (which need to be completed for June) so this month will also be dedicated to jewelry pieces.