Sunday, April 1, 2012

I'm declaring this one finished

Bad Hair Day
OK....I'm not very fond of wigging, it's messy, time consuming, and I often make two wigs before I get one I like.  I used kid mohair for this doll, which I dyed a deep auburn.  It's extremely soft and fine, but can be a challenge to work with.  I made a small wig cap, applied the hair with Fabric Tac and then gave it a gentle wash. As you can see from the first photo, looks like a bad hair day.


With a good comb out and some Paul Mitchell styling spray I was able to get the hair to behave.  I took two sections from the front, just above the ears, twisted them under and joined them to a pony tail in the back.  I made delicate little flowers with gold vellum and  micro beads to decorate the hair style.  I used some great paper punches for teenie tiny flowers that I got at Hanky Panky, look how small they are!

I'm insane about miniature details, so let me show you the gold fabric paint and micro beads I added to the silk netting.  I also embellished the floral belt with tiny seed beads and gold micro beads.  In her lap is a tiny crocheted mouse I got from Christine at Dandelion Fair, http://www.etsy.com/shop/DandelionFair.

Like my other ballerina, I tried to duplicate real ballet slippers.  For the soles, I used Hearty clay, which I tinted with acrylic paint and rolled very thin.  It looks and feels like real suede.


























When she was finished, it was time for a photo shoot.  Her dog Jiffy, had to get in the picture of course.








8 comments:

Rhissanna said...

Oh my! She's gorgeous! The ballet shoes and the tiny flower are exquisite. I'm going to have to get a teeny flower punch. I've seen other dollmakers who use paper flowers and they always look good.

Koenig-Artdoll said...

она прекрасна! очень нежная, и прическа ей к лицу

Susan said...

Thanks Rhissanna, the paper flowers are a lot of fun to make and just the right scale.

Susan said...

Koenig-Artdolls...Спасибо, я люблю ваши куклы!

Colleen said...

I ADORE her...everything about her is perfect...her clothes..her pretty shoes...her beautiful hair-
do!!! Susan is BACK!!!! ok i'm sending you an email. i'm finally all moved in and I have to send you something. I need to verify the address I have...love Colleen

Susan said...

Oh thanks Colleen, can't wait to get an update from you!!!!

Rajib Hossain said...

i just loved these tiles!!
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Flora said...

WONDERFUL work !!! Blessings,Flora