Monday, February 20, 2012

Another version




I'm trying another version of this little ballerina, a more mature thinner body and face, and more jointed parts.  I imagine it's a lot of work to do a full ball jointed doll, because even this simpler bead jointed version requires some measuring and fitting.  I wired all the parts together temporarily, made adjustments, added back, sanded off, just to make sure everything fits together properly before I seal the paper clay with several coats of gesso.  I've taken a few photos to show you where I drilled small holes with a micro bit and sanded curves with a half round bit between the joints where the beads will go. Interesting effect posing the body parts on a black velvet background....looks a little spooky.

9 comments:

Beth said...

Susan, your dolls are pure enchantment. Your tiny ballerina is so dainty, and so detailed. I need to come here more often :-)

Have a great day!

Beth

Mary Ann said...

Looks like she's floating in space:)

Susan said...

Thanks Beth! I love your blog too and visit it often.

Rinni's Playground said...

Oh my goodness, she looks amazing! I am loving this little ballerina! So much hard work and detail went into this and it shows. ;)

Susan said...
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A Magical Whimsy said...

I just became a follower of your blog. I love your profile photo of the rabbit, possible Alice's White Rabbit? Very amazingly created.
Your simplified BJD is very, very nice. I am scared to death to try a full BJD...I hear of ladies pulling their hair out when making them.
You are brave to make a doll like this one too. Very lovely indeed...
Have a lovely rest of the week~
Teresa in California

Colleen said...

susan...Wow!!! this is fantastic...i love how you let me "see" the parts by putting it on the black velvet see perfection...... I am excited for this doll to BE!!!

Susan said...

Thanks Teresa, I enjoyed your blog too, just joined. I see you like Alice in Wonderland as well! Yes, I made the rabbit to go with my Alice doll, it's in an older post.

Keep making dolls!

Susan

Susan said...

Colleen...how are you...I followed your trip to Florida on Facebook...did everyone finish their Mermaid...I'll bet it was a great class with you as the teacher....and you probably kept everybody laughing...
Trying to get this doll completed, costuming always seems to take extra time.