Thursday, January 27, 2011

" Solstice " the winter Garden Farie

At first I thought the feet Molly
Provided were crazy Big ...But
They look good and The  Doll
Stands on her own
    I only name Dolls when I'm going to keep ..I am in love with Solstice ! This is by far the best face sculpt I have ever done . Her Hands Came out beautiful  Too . Thank you Molly .
    I did her face with a verity of mediums .Acrylic paint ,sparkling H2o water color, a little human makeup , chalks and a couple mists of Duncan super matte finish She still needs eye lashes and  shimmer powders  to soften her a little and blend out the tiny imperfections.( a tiny bit of dirt in the clay )
    I don't usually apply the hair before the costume is finished ,but I was looking for her personality. The BIG hair is just what she needed .
   I love the sparkly blue fabric I
chose for her under garment . her shoes  have a coat of paint ,
and need embellishing
    As For Wings.. I have a pair of wings started ,,,I'm not loving them. We will see if I make her a new pair or use the pair I have started , I guess  it All depends on The fabric I choose to create the rest of her costume from


I think she needs more hair on the top of her
Head . she will get a crown of some
sort  , if she needs more hair I'll add it
behind her  head piece

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A weekend with Molly Stanton

 On January 14th Colleen Athens and I packed up our sculpting Gear and Drove to Quakertown PA , for a fun and educational  2 day  Doll Sculpting workshop on the 16th and17th With Molly Stanton .The Workshop was held  at Molly's Cozy home studio ,about a 20 min drive from our Hotel .We stoped to pick up a light lunch on our way . We arrived a few min before 11 am ,the starting time and were happy to see a fellow sculptor and friend Dea  had already arrived for the workshop . Thank you  Dea for turning us on to Molly and Her work ! 
      Here are a few of the  45 photos I took during the Class .I hope you enjoy them , and that they inspire you to take a workshop with Molly ,she not only teaches doll sculpting but Dragons and creatures too! The Workshop was worth the trip  I know I will be traveling to Quakertown again to sculpt with Molly .

Thanks to Molly I now know How to make Beautiful hands

Look she stands !

<>  This is My Dolls  finished head ready to be attached to the body <> 
Fantastic little hands !

I have Fabric , hair and embellishments picked out for her costume ,and have started Jazzing up the wired wings molly provided us with .I have also started to paint slippers on the feet Molly made for all of us .So it shouldn't be too long before I post photos of a finished Doll . 
I learned this Body Suit  for  covering
the wire armature from
Colleen Athens

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Half Pint Pixie .. The first in a series

I picked up this  pattern at Day With Dolls 2010
It is an Allison Marano Pattern  it went together beautiful 
      Half Pint Pixie... Pattern By Allison Marano
As you can see my version is not like the doll pictured on the pattern . That is because I usually buy a pattern for the basic body then I do my own thing.   
   This Pattern went together like a dream , from the perfect tiny fingers to the cute little tush . I love the simple body suit Allison put in the pattern  and I'm using it on all the dolls in the series,
   I added eyes and eye lids  to the face and needle sculpted the nose a little more than the pattern called for .
   The Tattoo on her face was Inspired by a tiny hole I put in the face while moving some fiber fill around with a needle . Glitter and some beautiful crystals  did the trick and I think made the doll. this Doll is the first in a series I have two more dolls that are faced up and partly dressed and a forth that is just a body and head  with no face yet .I'll post them as they are finished . Peace and Love Heather.

This is the first Doll  in a series ,I took the photos
the day I packed her up and Mailed her to Germany
To live with My Beautiful Sister Dawn .

I am really Happy with her face if you  look Close
you can see her tiny eyelashes  ,I achieved
the pout  and gloss of her lips by applying several coats  of 3D
 Crystal lacquer

The hair is light pink Tibetan lamb ,her body suit is a funky bit of stretch lace . I made petals from chiffon for her little dress and heat sealed the edges  before adding a little glitter to them .I used a little texture glass on the ruffles to add dimension  .She has wings made from lace and wire,  with bicone crystals on the tips.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Cleaning of my craft closet

    Today was a cold and windy day ..A very good day to clean my craft closet .
    Over the holidays the floor totally disappeared under the piles stuff.  My home is a two family built in 1880 .  My hubby Big Ed and I live on the first floor in very nice 1 bedroom apt  and we have tenants in the second floor apt .
     Living in a small place has led me to be creative  in storing my craft stuff.  this closet is approximately 3 ft wide by 10 feet deep it is located in my kitchen , I guess It could have been a pantry .
     I only keep cotton fabrics here .all kinds of .ribbon .All types of glue and spray sealers. a box of  Doll heads and eyes  I even have a big box of unfinished Dolls !  The tower of green bins holds all kinds of Clay ,embossing supplies ,cookie cutters and the big bin on the bottom is stuffed with doll hair .As you can see I have a lot of photo boxes labeled so I know right where to find the things I need,