12 February 2016

Back to Childhood - from start to finish


I have no idea if anyone is even interested in this but I am. I thought I'd do a short post on my process returning these dolls to childhood.

All of these dolls are used - sometimes very used and abused. Some have had "haircuts" some have had "custom painting" on their faces. This is a lot of five I paid too much for just because I was desperate for that red headed doll. 



The first thing I do is take off their clothes and shoes (feet), arrange them nicely, photograph them and put the shoes, clothes and accessories up for sale on eBay. This helps defray the cost.


Next everyone goes in the doll Jacuzzi to soak in hot water with soap up to their heads for an hour or so. 



drip drying 



I usually make under 6 dolls at a time. First I remove their factory faces (yucky) and wash their faces, shampoo and condition  their hair and let them dry for 24 hours. I use real shampoo and conditioner to get the hair soft and help with the brushing.




This batch had had their faces removed and hair brushed. The doll on the far right had actual red, red hair mixed in with a more natural color. I tried to remove some (not successful) when decided to do two braids that would meet in the back. This helped camouflage "some" of the colored hair.


Next comes face painting. Since I can't film myself I am embedding a great face painting video from Sonia Singh who was the artist I first saw recreating these used dolls and giving them a new more natural life.



These poor dolls had stiletto heels, boots and huge platform shoes when I bought them. Now I made them new shoes. I also learned this from Sonia Singh. They are made with a 50/50 mix of 100% silicone caulk and corn starch. I make mine in just the white then paint them to look like shoes. You can get step by step directions on Sonia Singh's YouTube channel.



I use the same 6 dolls over and over to make shoes because their legs and foot knob are coated in Vaseline. I call them the "shoe girls".








I think they look so cute as if they were baggy socks and soft shoes.



Now I have a doll that is ready to go except for clothing.



This is my redheaded doll with shoes. Soon she will have a face and clothes and a place on honor on my desk.



This tiny piece of batik with be a sun dress and a skirt and blouse.




Slacks, jeans, shorts and a skirt above and a knitted sweater below.



This is doll 41 finished








Doll 12 has freckles across her nose and cheeks as well as her forehead.


If you are interested in buying one of my dolls, just leave a comment and I will get back to you. They are 10" tall.

I think these are the last of the doll posts although not the end to my "making"

09 February 2016

One more and sewing


Doll 17



Poor doll 17 has been waiting for those turquoise shorts for a week. She was catching a draft with just the sweater on. I really love the long sleeve sweaters.



 Before and after. Hard to believe it's the same doll.


I made a second peach skirt so I will be knitting another peach sweater tonight. 



06 February 2016

This is for Patricia and Chastity

Here are the dolls in numerical order. The number is at the top of the photo


 3


 6




10 



Also here is another African American doll that I will work on this weekend and hope to have done in time for Chastity's viewing on Monday


05 February 2016

Just to recap


Here are the first 9 dolls finished.



The naked Doll is Number 7 and is clothed below



 Doll 8 is below


Doll 9 is below. I LOVE his long sleeve sweater.


Below is doll 15. All of the dolls are numbered and initialed on the back of their head at the hair line - small. The initial and number is so small that I taped a number on each of their legs so I could tell at a glance who I was working on. Until this point, they were just numbers. I put the sweater and shorts on her and called her Kelly. That means nothing as far as her future home but she just looked like a Kelly to me. 


Love those Mary Janes.



02 February 2016

For a while...

I will be working on these dolls for a while. I am enjoying the process. In my past it was always about the product but now I have discovered enjoying the process almost as much as the finished products. I will just annotate the pictures without too much explanation.



The next 6. I bought five dolls just to get that redhead!!


The redhead doll is for me.


Making shoes/feet out of silicone caulk and corn starch. Dolls taped to the full cans to keep them flat until they harden.



First half dozen


All painted


I also made 2 shorts and 2 slacks out of this fine wool.



Doll 14

I knit these little sweaters in the evening while I watch TV.


Doll 12. I love both of these outfits. 



26 January 2016

A few odds and ends


None of these worthy of it's own post so I decided to make a "grouping". What the heck!!






This is a beautiful arrangement I received in December. You can't miss with purple and green!




This is a print done by my friend Janine on white linen/homespun. I heat set it and will probably "color it up" with thickened dyes. In French it means, Anything is possible or Everything is possible. You've got to love that.





This is my sweet Owen on "his" love seat and on "his" quilt. Usually he has his head on one of the two pillows he has claimed. He actually sleeps in this position!!