OOAK Doll in Air Dry Clay – Project Explained

Artist Creo Boetiek Features Her Doll:

Above is a video where the artist, who is unnamed in the video or on the webpage I found this on, shows and explains the entire project on video.

This is a great video for beginner OOAK sculptors to watch because the artist explains and shows in detail the outfit, the hair, you can see the pose of the doll, and her setting.

Pay particular attention how the tree branch that the fairy doll is sitting on is painted white, but looks like a white “wash” instead of just painted one color.  It still maintains the look of a tree branch, but the wash helps it blend into the overall monotone look of the entire project.

She also has painted or washed the flowers and jewels at the base to also blend in with the monotone color of the presentation.

The Fairy doll is gorgeous.  She is made out of air dry clay and is impeccably sanded to look like porcelain.  If you would like to see Crea’s YouTube Channel, click here.

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Sculpting Faces Practice – Baby Fairy

Baby Fairy in Blanket with Bow

This little baby was selling for over $1,000 on Ebay.  This picture was posted on Pinterest and I tried and tried to find the artist who sculpted this masterpiece.  She looks real.  Look at the skin tone, the painting/blushing on this doll is unbelievable.

For those of you who are trying your hand at sculpting, this is a good inspirational picture to try your hand at sculpting this baby’s face.  It is a great project for beginners because you can focus on the features and the skin tone, and not be distracted by having to do the eyes, when opened, can attract all of the attention.
http://whitegothic.com/shop/product/two-baby-fairy-faces-molds/You can try from scratch or from the “baby fairy faces” that will give you a jump start.

These faces come with the baby fairy push mold or you can purchase them separately.

 

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Art Dolls by VicciNoel on DeviantArt

Art Dolls by Professional Doll Artist Vicci Noel:

This is but a sampling of Professional Doll Artist Vicci Noel’s work.  You can see a limited gallery of her work on DeviantArt here.

Art-Doll-Sugar-Skull Day-of-the-dead-art-doll

Alice-in-Wonderland Fairy-Art-Doll-Flapper

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Polymer Hungarian Folk Art Stamped Earrings

Polymer Hungarian Folk Art Stamped Earrings:
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MoonSafariBeads at Etsy:

I spotted this embroidery patterned earrings on Pinterest, but it came originally from Etsy.  You can go to MoonSafariBeads at Etsy here, but as of this writing, she is “taking a break” so these earrings might not be available right now.

Apparently, the way she made them was by rolling out two big teardrop shapes, flattening them, and then using a rubber stamp to imprint the “hungarian folk art” pattern that you see.  They were later colored with teal either paints or chalks.  They look great.  This is one of those patterns that you can make up when you have an odd-colored dress or outfit and cannot find (or don’t have the shopping time) the right jewelry for.

 

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Pinterest Favorite Boards – Mikyla Carpenter – Polymer Clay

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Here is a luscious polymer clay board from Pinterest.  It is by Artist Mikyla Carpenter.  It is her Polymer Clay Board.  I really love the first Apple Tree Ring.  This is an “embroidery” effect done with tiny coils and dots of polymer clay onto a solid cabochon.  If you click on the board above, you can see the entire board by Mikyla.  They have some great polymer clay items.

There is also another one done as a “heart” with embroidered flowers on them.  They are really beautiful.

round discs jewelry mold

Hers is done on a ring blank, but this could also be done using the Round Disc Jewelry Mold that I sell too.   You can see it to the left.

I have seen this “embroidery” technique showing up on YouTube and on Pinterest.  I love it.  It is very tedious work because the tinier the jewelry or pendant, the smaller you need to make the coils and petals or embroidery shapes.  However, the finished effect is beautiful.

If you see any more, please feel free to post a link to them below so we can all see it.

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Baby Fairy Inspiration

BabyFascination-PinterestInspiration for the Baby Fairy Mold:

Here is a 4 inch baby fairy named “Inspiration” by Doll Artist Galina Makovskaya from Penza, Russia.

With a little facial tweaking, you can make a similar baby fairy using the baby fairy push mold and the extra face that has closed eyes.

The hair on this baby looks real, so I think this hair was pieced on in sections using glue and real human hair.

This baby is so tiny, you can use your own hair from a haircut if you cut 2 inches off.

The mouth is slightly opened, but it is a very similar doll pose.

You can see below that the baby fairy push mold forms a doll almost the exact same size as this one.

Baby Fairy Push Mold

Baby Fairy Push Mold

 

 

Baby Fairy Push Mold Doll

Baby Fairy Push Mold Doll

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Chibbi Doll Series by AngelinaC at DeviantArt

Chibbi-set-of-dollsHere is a perfect example of how a “series” of tiny dolls or any other jewelry item can become so much more than random pieces of jewelry or dolls.  They are all the exact same size, and the styles are slightly different.

This is want makes a doll series collectible.  When someone can’t decide “which one they want”, it leads them to want the entire “series”.

You can see all of AngelinaC’s work at DeviantArt.com

 

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Polymer Clay Jewelry Making for Beginners EBook

Polymer Clay Jewelry EBook

Check out my new eBook just uploaded to Amazon.com. It’s called Polymer Clay Jewelry Making for Beginners and it has lots and lots of information for beginner polymer clay jewelry making. Have a look at the Table of Contents below and see what is covered in the book:

Table of Contents:

Why I Wrote This EBook Table of Contents How to Make Polymer Clay Jewelry The Roadmap Let’s Look at and Learn about the Basic Supplies Let’s Talk Safety Blending Polymer Clay Mixing Two Colors to Achieve One Solid Color Leeching the Clay Some Common Mixing Formulas Faux Jade Skin Tones Marbleizing Polymer Clay How to Make Faux Turquoise Designing with Push Molds Making a Clay Backing Making Basic Beads Stringing Basics Stringing on Fishing Line Using Crimp Beads Stringing and Knotting onto nylon or cotton cording The Macramé Slide Closure Designing a Necklace How to Make Earrings Designing in Segments The Focal Pendant Pendant Hanger Decorative Matching Element Bead Bead Crown End Beads The Closure The Matching Earrings Making Push Molds Materials to Make Push Molds How to Make a Plaster Push Mold Making a Push Mold with MoldMaker Let’s Look at Individual Jewelry Designs:

  • The Roses in Hearts Pendant and Earrings Set
  • Marble Cane Heart Pendant Necklace and Heart Earrings Set
  • White Roses Cross Pendant Necklace with Macramé Slide Closure
  • Black and White Heart Necklace with Matching Beads & Earrings
  • Push Mold Face Penfant in Frame with Matching Beads on an Adjustable cord in Blue
  • Push Mold Face Pendant in Frame with Matching Beads on Adjustable cord in Black
  • Iron on Transfer Pendant with Matching Beads and Macramé Slide Closure
  • Rubber Stamped Celtic Cross Pendant Necklace with Matching Beads
  • Push Mold Face Pendant Necklace with Matching Heart Earrings
  • Turquoise Heart Pendant with Matching Beads on Silver Chair and Matching Earrings
  • Rosary Bead Redo Necklaces
  • Faces & Frames Push Mold Profile Pendant with Rose and Seed Beads and Matching Earrings
  • Art Nouveau Face Pendant and Bead Necklace with Simple Tie Closure

Final Thoughts

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OOAK Baby Doll by Lauren Faith Jaimes – Drool worthy!

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Look at this gorgeous OOAK baby doll by Lauren Faith Jaimes.  This doll is selling right now on Ebay.  She is 6 inches tall and made of polymer clay.  She is beautiful.

Lauren has many pictures in the actual Ebay listing for this doll and each picture looks more realistic than the next one.

If, per chance, this doll is scooped up and is no longer on Ebay, I am sure we will see many more from the talented Ms. Jaimes.  If you would like to follow Lauren on Ebay, click here.

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As you can see from just two of the pictures of this doll, she is adjustable.  Everything about the doll is beautiful.  All of her clothing is in scale and the coloring of her face looks human, it looks alive.  Lauren is an award winning artist and you should have a look at her dolls on Ebay.

 

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Selling Dolls – Tips on Inventory

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I get a lot of emails asking about how to sell dolls once you begin to make them.  I decided to start a series of blog pots under the category of Selling Dolls so I can share whatever tips I have gathered along the way with all of my students.

When you are beginning to sculpt, each project is a “new creation”.  When you begin to sell your dolls, it is necessary to think about a “signature line of dolls”.  If you will be displaying your dolls in an art show or even in a museum, you want your work to have it’s own look.  You want your dolls to  have “family traits” that collectors will come to associate with your name.

The picture above is an example of a signature line of dolls that even a beginner can understand.  If you think about how only one doll would like, it would look like a simple one of a kind doll.  However, when you see what the artist has done in creating this “line of dolls”, you can see the power of a “signature line” of dolls.

Having many dolls side by side, all different, but all the same style is an art presentation by itself.  Once you find your own style of doll making, whether it is fantasy, cute, realistic, miniature, etc., start to create a “line of dolls”.

If you search the internet and look at the work of the famous doll makers, you will see how recognizable their dolls are.  Study the collections and see if you can pick out the areas where they have established their style.

These dolls are made by an artist by the name of Antonella.  This is a perfect example for beginners to aim for.  Even with limited detail in her sculpting, the dolls can and do stand on their own as art pieces.

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