I always post my daily progress on my Facebook art page but trying to remember to update my wordpress is another story. So I am a bit late on this dolls progress because she is already completed however thought it would be interesting to do a quick post on the stages of my doll from beginning to completion.
Dolls are pretty time consuming (sketching/planning ideas, armatures, making the eyes, sculpting, cooking, layers of gesso, painting, varnishing, lots of waiting for things to dry, attaching the limbs for the jointed dolls, making the costumes, gluing in the hair, and all the other little details that go into it). It really works my nerves when someone asks if I can “lower the price” or “”omg why does she charge so much”. If only people could understand this, much like painting or any other art form, is a time consuming process, and also these are one of a kind pieces of art. If you want cheap, you can always go for mass produced.
This is my newest piece. I have lately been taking a small break from my jointed dolls to make a few standing sculpts. (but don’t worry, jointed ones coming back soon!) She is my representation of the grim reaper.
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 had started this doll with the intention of having her completed for Easter but got so side tracked with the commission wedding dress as well as my own personal costumes. She is now completed and up in my Etsy shop waiting for a home. As always, layaway is available and I can break payments up to help make her easier to afford.
As with all my dolls, she is 100% handmade with no use of molds. Many hours and much love have gone into their construction. All pieces are original works that cannot be duplicated.
You can follow more of my work and progress on my art page.
She has been sold and is currently on a long journey to the UK. 🙂
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.
My newest sculpts inspired by Alice in Wonderland. They were both hand sculpted using Cernit doll clay over strong wire armatures, hand painted in acrylics and varnished for color protection. Both have been sold.
You can follow my art dolls, costumes and works in progress on my art page.
I plan to make some more Alice inspired dolls soon. For now here is the Queen of Hearts and Alice.
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.