She’s a doll

first doll

This was the beginnings of my first polymer clay art doll. Not without faults, but I was happy with her face. It only took several tries to do her eyes and it only cost me a few fist fulls of hair (no, not really).

I have drawn portraits since I was a kid, and I always wanted to try my hand at sculpting one. Her eyes were the most challenging as I had to ‘build them’ layer by layer with gesso, first filling the eye sockets, and then to get a rounded cornea. In the end, they were a bit flat, but I was pleased overall.

Her hair was done with mohair. Black would have suited her complexion more.

I won’t show her body, because that was where it all went wrong. Some parts were troublesome..there was breakage in some areas… and so there are some areas where she is just a wire form. When my husband first seen the body he said, “hmmm. It’s like Ex-Machina” I also managed to scorch her bottom a bit during the bake.

firstdoll

Last week, a parcel arrived full of several pairs of acrylic and glass eyes for doll making. I think this time I will try to make a a sweet Granny doll. I already chose a 6mm pair of violet eyes and started playing around with a face…

head

After a hour or so it didn’t end well. Granny is now a lump of clay once more. I’ll have to reach in, retrieve the eyes, and start over! I’m looking forward to the challenge and sharing my progress.