This is my cat Misty who was not so willing to be abused with the Xmas outfit this year! :-D
She is a Golden Persian cat who needs constant grooming. I often wonder what could I do with her beautiful hair and finally I found a use for it!
Here's my last doll, a little sprite with Misty's hair! :-)
To all my friends, far and near....... I wish you a magickal Christmas and a new year filled with creativity and only good things!
This is a picture of my tree, just taken a few minutes ago of this Christmas night 2010. My cat Gino is sitting in front of the packets and posing for me! You can't see him well because he is in the dark. I think he is curious to see us open the gifts but it won't happen until tomorrow morning........ :-)
Star Light Star bright,
The first star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.
Starlight has a mannequin base body (no legs), paperclay turning head and articulated arms. She is adorned in Swarovski star and beads. The lace used for the train (or over skirt?) is from my mother's wedding dress (1959).
14" tall, painted eyes, mohair hair.
My mom is currently here on vacation so she has seen me working on her and it's her fave of my dolls so I'm going to wrap the doll up and put it under the tree for her.
It will be a surprise and they'll go back to Italy together in Febraury.
I decided to give away "my secret" for making glass-like doll eyes. A sort of Christmas gift to those who follow my blog and like to know and the many who asked me.
You will be able to make your own special OOAK eyes and give a special life to your dolls because all human eyes are different, so all dolls eyes should be too! :-)
What you need:
White (polymer) clay
GEL DU SOLEIL by JudiKins (from judikins.com)
real sunshine or UVA lamp.
Make two flat balls or ovals with white polymer clay and make a round dent in the clay where your pupil will go. I use the eraser of a pencil for this or anything else that's perfectly round and in the size I need.
BAKE the clay (or air dry it).
Paint inside the round dent with acrylic paints. Help yourself with some photos of eyes if you're not so familiar with painting. It's easy. Try to stay inside the circle as much as possible.
Last you will paint the black dot in the middle. Gel du Soleil will magnify your painting so don't make it too big.
Let the paint dry.
Now you can add the Gel du Soleil resin. Fill the dent with a big drop. Remember the pupil is domed.
If necessary, you can add a second drop after the first is cured.
Gel du Soleil will cure if exposed to full sun. If you have it, you can use a UVA lamp.
Ten/fifteen minutes of exposure will cure the resin.
These eyes may be baked in the oven with polymer clay dolls and will not yellow with time.
I was at a thrift store with my friend Zed some weeks ago and I spotted these two iron pieces. I couldn't figure out what their real purpose was but I envisioned an odd doll base. Zed and I bought one each and challenged each other to do something with it....... here's my result. Now I'm waiting for Zed's....... ;-)
I called her Rowena and she was supposed to be a Japanese woman but she ended up being a goth beauty!
12 inches tall, all Paperclay, jointed arms, turning head, Tibetan mohair wig and painted eyes.
I had this little doll face around here forever. She kept looking at me and begging for a body but I just couldn't "see" who or what she wanted to be. Until now...... and here's Roselinn, the pink haired little princess.
She is about 9 inches tall from head to toe but she mainly is a shelf sitter with articulated legs and bendable arms. Her eyes are glass like handmade by me.