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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Wicked Topsy Turvy Doll on: July 19, 2016 10:10:20 AM
Very well done. Her beading on her costume is great. And it looks like a doll a child could actually play with.
Did you use a pattern?
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Uncle Sam doll on: July 19, 2016 10:07:45 AM
Excellent plush dolly rendition of good ol' Uncle Sam!  The star-spangled outfit looks great, and you did a really nice job on his bushy hair and face details, especially the eyes.

If you don't like sewing shoes, you might try sculpting them out of polymer clay or something similar instead.  You could put little plastic baggies over the doll's feet (both to protect the doll and to make the shoes a little larger than the feet, so they're not too tight), and then sculpt on top of the plastic bag.  I made a pair of sandals for a doll that way one time and it worked out well.

I've been following a pretty well know dollmaker, Ute Vasina, who makes great doll shoes, using a similar method. She covers the doll feet with plastic wrap, and forms the shoes over the feet using fabric and Sobe glue. The end result looks like leather. I've asked her to write a book detailing her tutorial. But shoemaking in general, requires a similar method, using a last, which is a form of the foot, to build the shoe around. I'm pretty sure i just need to build my skillset.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Uncle Sam doll on: July 17, 2016 06:21:17 PM
I took a break from doll making for about a year or two. Jumping back in with this fella.

 I still hate making shoes, but I'm going to work on that this Fall while the kids are in school. I also am looking at trying some different patterns for the doll. This one is of my own making. But, I am intrigued by ball jointed dolls. In my Instagram I've discovered some really talented doll makers and I'm hoping to learn from them.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Portrait of Sir Stirling Moss on: November 15, 2015 05:46:07 PM
It's a rare thing that I get on Craftster anymore. But you didn't disappoint! I went through and viewed the attached thread with all of your previous sculpts. You are a talented sculptor! Thank you for sharing your process. So much can be done now with 3D scanners and printers. It's fun to see what people are doing.
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Raven Halloween Art on: October 15, 2015 05:59:57 PM
Just a quick sketch in black acrylic over the top of antique book pages mod podged to a canvas

On my mantel with all of the other Halloweeny stuff
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: sketch books on: August 10, 2015 03:28:12 PM
Thanks. I feel rusty, and out of practice. Which is why these are sketch book work. I don't feel ready to do anything good enough to frame. I only have high school art classes to refer to. I wish I could go back to school and learn more.
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / sketch books on: August 10, 2015 10:02:43 AM
I laid down my painting and drawing for many years. I've been busy raising children. Now that they've gone back to school I have more time to indulge.
Just some things I've done in the last 3 weeks:


8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hand painted fox chair - from ugly vintage to awesome (IMHO lol) on: August 05, 2015 04:11:28 PM
I don't know what the other fabric was, but this is genius. Your polka dots are perfectly aligned. It looks like the fox fell asleep on the chair. If you sit on it, you might hurt him! So cute.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Papier mache affirmation houses! on: August 05, 2015 04:04:31 PM
Pretty. I like the idea. They'd be fun as cards. Something to keep, instead of toss in the trash after reading them.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Sewing Table Turned Planter on: August 05, 2015 04:03:03 PM
Great idea. I love the color you chose.
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