Custom Ball Jointed Dolls by Forgotten Hearts

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I found my way to a wonderful Custom Porcelain Doll Company through a lead on Pinterest.  Above if their website header showing their latest ball jointed doll, a mermaid.

ball jointed porcelain dollThese dolls are made to order and each part of them is meticulously created and painted for each customer.  Above is a close up of just one of the faces of the line of dolls.  I love the eyes and the porcelain is milky white, so beautiful.  You must see the others and you can go there from this link.

These Forgotten Hearts Dolls are made by AiiS Roman & Gamalier Bravo, who you can see below.  If you are a doll sculptor or beginning polymer clay artist, you can learn a lot by going to see the doll making process here.

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AiiS Roman & Gamalier Bravo

 

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Pinterest – Fairies in Trees & Gardens

Long ago and far away (before the internet), I was lucky if I came across one gorgeous fairy sculpture per year. Now with the internet and in particular, Pinterest, they are waiting for me everyday! And sometimes more than one. Here are four that I have collected recently. Let’s take a look and analyze them for our new sculptors out there.
011916-Frost-Queen-Deviant-ArtHere is the Frost Queen that is from Deviant Art.  I love the drama created with the black background and the various shades of white, including the hair, as well as what looks like glitter-enhanced wings.
Even her body has a shimmer to it and her pose is very soft and gracious.

Her “gown” appears to be a tulle-like material and it’s flow adds a softness and brings the viewer’s eye in and out of the picture like a painting.

Even from a distance, her eyes are very expressive.  Look closely at the knees and you will see evidence of a fantastic sculptor.  You can almost see the knee caps and the leg bones, but yet they maintain a certain amount of grace and believe-ability in the pose.

Great work of art!
fairy sculptureNext is a beautiful sculpture from forgottenhearts.com.  This fairy is also presented in a lavender “monotone” with her wings and her hair matching.  She sits gently on a branch, and her hair is perfectly in scale and this artist too shows remarkable ability in the gracefulness of the fairies legs and arm poses.

The contrast against the real-world green is amazing.

I wish I could see a frontal view of this doll’s face.  If anyone know the artist’s name or have other pictures, please feel free to post them below.

fairy doll in a gardenThis beauty is from tatteredfae.blogspot.com.  This fairy’s focus is her eyes and I love the hairstyle.  It’s quite elaborate, but believable and in scale.  She too has a very believable pose.  The little skimpy outfit she has on matches her hair perfectly and it too is very believable.

I cannot tell what her wings are made of, but whatever it is, it looks tattered enough for someone who spends most of their days flying around gardens and forests.

Her facial features are very sweet and yet very dramatic.  Love her to death.

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Inspirational – Japanese Shironuri Subculture Trends

Tokyo Fashion Presents Minori in Shironuri:

Japanese Shironuri is a subculture in Japan similar to the Lolita, but a bit more creative. The exotic makeup and dress is both artistic and adorable. It is like a mix of gothic, lolita and 80’s punk. Minori is the most creative I have come across in doing a youtube and google search for “Japanese Shironuri”. I post it on my doll making blog because I can see this style easily translated into doll costuming.

If you would like to subscribe to Tokyo Fashions, the YouTube Channel is here.

To see more of Minori’s Fashion Shoot, click here.

Minori’s Webiste is here.

Below are some screen shots from the video and one from Minori’s website:

 

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Polymer Clay – Faux Wood – with Alina Sanina

This is a great video by Alina Sanina of Youtube. Alina demonstrates how to make a faux wood cane for jewelry making and/or pen making. Her techniques are simple and it’s a fun video to watch.

For those of you who would like to subscribe to Alina Sanina, here is a link to her YouTube channel.

 

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Monster High Doll House Tour with Super Buddies Forever

Displaying Dolls:

Whether you are a doll collector or a doll maker, displaying dolls can be kind of challenging except for the very creative people who can think up the best ideas for just about anything.  You will see what one such creative family has done with mom’s Barbie collection and the daughter’s Monster High Doll Collection.

This room houses 40 rooms for the different Monster High Dolls and the Barbie Dolls are displayed on shelving in the same room.

This video will give you great ideas on how to display your own collections.

If you are another creative type and have any good ideas for displaying your dolls or any other collection for that matter, please post some pictures to give the rest of us ideas on displaying our collections.

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