Hello all! Just wanted to share the doll I recently finished. It is a cyborg Sailor Mercury, equipped with a gun for an arm. I made her as a gift for my cousin, as we were both super crazy about Sailor Moon as kids when we lived together. Why a cyborg? Well, originally Naoko Takauchi planned to make Ami *so* intelligent that she wasn't even human, but a robot. This idea was tossed out before the anime was started, but is still referenced through jokes in the show. She also planned on having poor Ami lose an arm one story arc, but I guess they thought it was too graphic for kids or didn't fit the story line well enough. Either way, I took those two tossed aside points about the guardian of water and intelligence and RAN WITH IT.
I did have some problems while making her.. I burnt a few pieces (like the tops of her arms, and small parts on her back), which totally made me cry. But I pushed through it, even though I wanted to throw the entire thing in the garbage when that happened (at about the 50 hour mark). I've since learned some techniques to avoid burning your polymer clay, sigh sigh sigh.
She is made from a crystal polymer clay, with wire armature. She has articulated elbows, shoulders, ankles, knees, hips and head (my first time trying to make a doll head that could move!). She is 10.5 inches from head to foot. I am pretty happy with how she turned out, and even better is that she made it across the ocean to England without a single break! Hurrah! Critique, feedback or tips are always welcomed!! I have a couple work in progress shots on my blog (and there is a link to my behance account as well if you want more photos of her).
(sans arms all together)