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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Finally Moved In...NOW... Movin On with New Dolls! And a short face sculpting class at the Warwick NY Library!!!

Cupcake girl...Rose Fairy...Pea Pod Girl.....hmmm


Oh my gosh...the whole while I had to pack and move all my things to the shore house for good!!! (yay)....I just kept thinking of faces and textures....I was thinking...Col...you are losing it...but I guess when I cant do something...I just want to do it MORE!!!! haha...



Instead of clay bodies...these girls have a wire armature bodysuit BODY,,,,




Anyway...working on 3 new dolls and finally figured out who they will be... to get through them quicker because of "wasting time moving"....haha...priorities!.....I made original arms and legs then went for a MAKING A TWO PART MOLD OUT OF POLYMER...how EASY!!! was this!! and how much time did it save?? LOTS!!! Here are the easy steps to do this:






1. Soften your polymer clay...here I used super sculpey because its pretty soft and you get a nice impression.....make a neat block that is back enough for your item...in this case an arm...and a leg.



2. Press your item into the clay evenly..only HALF WAY. take your item out neatly, not moving the clay....



3. Bake that mold for 20 minutes...cool...and now put the item back in the mold.



4. make another neat block of soft clay...push it over the already baked mold with the item inside the mold...pressing your new clay so that it fits the baked piece...now flip the entire block over onto a tile that fits in your over...and carefully pull the already baked mold off of your fresh clay. If the item is stuck in the clay..carefully remove like you did with he first part and bake .



YOU NOW HAVE A PART MOLD THAT fits snugly together. Fill it with paper clay (dust the mold with a powdered brush and fill with paper clay. press the 2 parts together...pull apart...and remove. at this point i push my armature wire through (sometimes i leave the wire in the original so when i make the mold...there is an actual slot for the wire,,,and I lay the wire inside in the molding step.



I also taught a 3 hour Face Sculpting Workshop at the Warwick NY library.  The Workshop was Sponsored by Artist LILLIAN ALBERTI for her new Area Doll Club.   The Workshop was a huge success with over 20 attendees...and Lillian and Heather Brauner assisted in teaching.  Every person created a beautiful face...and some of the ladies had never sculpted! 

11 comments:

Susan said...

Congrats Colleen, I just saw your dolls in the May/June/July issue of Art Doll Quarterly....great article, your girls look fantastic!!!!

Colleen said...

Thanks Susan!!! I didn't get my copy yet.....but I did get a sneak peak on the computer....very excited....
Ok..did you see the picturein this post of me teaching? Do you see the girl with me in the picture? Her name is Desi...she sat at the table
with you and I at diane keelers class ...small doll world!
Your package is on the way!

Colleen said...
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Amber Dawn Inventive Soul said...

You are BACK!
YAY! & Oooh, your eye candy dolls are in a magazine!?Double YAY! Congratulations!!!! :)

Heather Elizabeth Brauner said...

Boo Hoo you moved so far away .. Love the post I'll be making leg and arm molds .from my next finished pair ..peace & love Heather

Elizabeth Parsons said...

the day was awsome and you are awesome! glad you are all moved in and happily making dolls!

Joanna said...

Hi Coleen
Your dolls are just amazing! What sweet little faces. You always dress them so beautifully!
Congratulation!

Shashi Nayagam said...

Thanks for that mini tutorial it is cool. I can never get my doll legs to looks so amazingly shapely!

Paige + Shauna said...

your dolls are so ethereal and
with their soul-filled eye.

LOVE!

i always wanted to make dolls-
so cherish-able.

Paige + Shauna said...

oh and when is your next face
sculpting workshop? - i live in new york.

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Colleen you have done a great job really your barbies are too beautiful and are fantastic.

NY wow

NY wow
dIANE kEELER CLASS

Diane Keeler Class

Diane Keeler Class
Diane Teaching

Diane Keeler class

Diane Keeler class
Class Picture

Sculpting a Childs face

Sculpting a Childs face
My face ..Day 2 ..ready for EARS!

Working on a new face now!!!

Working on a new face now!!!
Completed face and breastplate

Attached head to breastplate

Attached head to breastplate
The clay is very dirty..the cleanest i can get it!

After Face Make up

After Face Make up
WOW...it gives a translucent glow...hid the dirt!

Removable wig...not styled or cut yet

Removable wig...not styled or cut yet
Goat mohair that was dyed and combed

Now she's styled!

Now she's styled!
But it is a wig...it will be glued when i'm ready!!!

Painted Face...still needs brows and lashes!

Painted Face...still needs brows and lashes!
She will be sealed with Duncan flat mat as soon as it comes in the mail!

Cloth Pixie body fit under breast plate...

Cloth Pixie body fit under breast plate...
After drawing and sewing a million body parts....

Girly girl "21" charms

Girly girl "21" charms
Angelica's 21st birthday charms

Devon with his creation

Devon with his creation
Devon and his monkey boy

Devons Doll that he made from a pattern

Devons Doll that he made from a pattern
Monkey Boy

another charm group

another charm group
Debbies Charm

Leapord tube charm

Leapord  tube charm
The diamond shape is a soldered glass bead.

Wax medium melted over polymer clay face....

Wax medium melted over polymer clay face....
She's getting there..i think this hair suits her better..she needs eyelashes and ears

Odd Vintage bug- like Fairy

Odd Vintage bug- like Fairy
Just the idea

Clay Window glazed with Utee

Clay Window glazed with Utee
Stamped Utee glazed "Charms"

Clay Charms

Clay Charms
Making a mold from a charm to make more charms!

Charming

Charming
Clear tubing and stamped Utee

Charming!!! ....REALLY!!!

Charming!!! ....REALLY!!!
Soldered Vintage photos

Charming!!! ....REALLY!!!

Charming!!! ....REALLY!!!
Soldered Charms

Journal Day with Tery and Stephanie

Journal Day with Tery and Stephanie
Creating an Art Journal

Stephanies journal

Stephanies journal
of course..completed first!!

New Art Journal

New Art Journal
Journal made from SCRATCH!!!

Art journal EMBELLISHMENTS

Art journal EMBELLISHMENTS
Clay, Stamps, Utee

Inside cover

Inside cover
Material and free motion stiching

Celeste

Celeste

Celeste up close

Celeste up close
Celestes shirt is made from gessoed and tinted lace with free motion embroidery

EVA

EVA
She is with her new mom Evelyn