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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Best polymer clay to use in making dolls? on: August 17, 2012 04:17:18 PM
Let me just get this straight--I want to make dolls, not sculpt figures. Everything I read is talking about porcelain-like finishes, and I'm looking for something a little more flexible, because if all goes well, I want to start making plush toys with polymer clay faces and details. I don't want to fret about them bumping anything and cracking or breaking.

I've done some research, and found several products I kind of like the sound of, but I have the budget of a college student and can't afford to just buy everything and try it. (Though I wish I could :p) I was wondering if anyone has used any of these products and could answer some of my questions?

Sculpey SuperFlex Bake and Bend. It apparently, even after baking, retains a rubber-like consistency and does bend and twist and what not. It comes in a very limited set of colors (Beige, Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Red, White and Yellow). I'm wondering if I could paint over the colors and would they stay? Or would the consistency of the product make it hard to paint/keep the paint true/etc?

Sculpey Ultra Light. Apparently this stuff bakes rock hard, but it's very light and you can use it for jewelry making and such. It even floats. It says it's perfect for doll-making on certain sites with reviews. It only comes in one color (White) and paints very well. I'm worried about its probably to chip and crack and such. Also, what sort of paints/sealing agents/etc I could use with this would be awesome. This seems like the most likely choice for me.

A general question for any and all of the stuff I use--would I want to use glass eyes? Could I insert these into the clay before baking or would it be best to sculpt eyes into the face and just paint them with a very high sheen?

If there's anything better out there that anyone could suggest, I would love to hear about it. I'm working with a limited budget, but I don't play to make the dolls any bigger than 6-10 inches, so I wouldn't be using too much of the stuff at a time and could afford something from a cheap-to-medium price range.

Thank all of you for your help c:
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: In need of Vintage Pattern, anyone know where to find it? on: October 30, 2011 06:46:46 PM
I'm fretting over the difference of sizes--I don't know how to alter a pattern to fit my size D:
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / In need of Vintage Pattern, anyone know where to find it? on: October 29, 2011 05:42:42 PM
I've seen it twice in my size (or as close as possible to my size; it was a 36 inch bust rather a 38) on the internet, but whenever I do, it's 'Item has already been sold'.

I'm looking for a Vintage Simplicity 3918 and a Vintage McCalls 5419. They look like these, respectively:
and

Does anyone have these? D: Does anyone know where I can find these? I really love the way these dresses look. I'll even take a tutorial on how to draft a similar pattern, even?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Summer dress on: May 16, 2011 06:21:05 PM
I love this dress, so so much, and I'm just trying to figure out the construction of the bodice, bar the beaded triangle. I don't know if I can't see the seams because of the print, or if it was one whole piece. It doesn't look like the latter, considering it forms snugly to the breast area.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Navy lace dress and (now with action shots) and a chance to win the belt on: February 16, 2011 01:09:36 PM
I adore the overall shape and cut of the dress. Did you draft the pattern yourself? If so, I am very jealous. I've been trying to figure out a way to make a similar sort of dress--only I wanted to use a pale blue color with a splash of rose red C:
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Oh well, let's try this again (PROM) on: January 25, 2011 02:26:45 PM
Hallo again. Because of the difficult and overall shape of the last dress I sketched up a dress inspired by it. (This is my original design, I would really appreciate it if no one borrowed the over all idea/etc. without asking)

Anywho, this is the sketch. I figured out a way to tackle the bodice, but not so much the skirt pieces.

This was the original sketch, and I went back and did a more detailed one trying to figure out how to make the dress.

This is the second sketch.


The dress is going to have a base, a zipper, and the straps/sleeves are more like the ones in the first picture. I'm having trouble figuring out a shape for the skirt pieces. I managed to figure something out for the very bottom 2 pieces that cover the hole formed by the overlapping drapes.

Any ideas anyone? Someone offered a semi-circle or rounded triangle, but I'm not sure.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Prom's getting closer! on: January 12, 2011 04:22:12 PM
Thanks!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: What pattern is best for copying this oscar de la renta? on: January 10, 2011 08:19:43 PM
It'd start with this pattern for the bodice:
http://www.simplicity.com/p-2108-misses-tops.aspx

And then continue Aislynn and BailiMartini said. It's really just three tiers of fabric, different in length and gathering. You might even use this tutorial (modified) for the skirt of the dress:
http://www.theanticraft.com/archive/imbolc07/petticoat.htm

Looking at the pic, those were the first two patterns I thought of to make this xD
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Isolde Blouse by Dracula Clothing on: January 10, 2011 08:07:24 PM
I've seen several blouse patterns on Simplicity or Butterick that are very close to what you want.

http://www.simplicity.com/p-5247-misses-miss-petite-shirts.aspx
http://www.simplicity.com/p-1973-misses-tops.aspx
http://butterick.mccall.com/b5526-products-12348.php?page_id=875

It looks like a straight, standing collar with ruffled detail and a sort of cravat tied over top (that's the big ruffle in the front of the throat with the pin). The shirt sleeves are also just a normal, straight sleeve with two, cascading bells attached to the bottom. It's hard to explain xD I'm half asleep. I tried to draw a quick pic to explain, but that ended up just as discombobulated.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Prom's getting closer! on: January 10, 2011 07:57:54 PM
Okay, okay, I know I may be crazy and looking to kill myself with this project, but I love this dress. I want to do something like this:

Without the applique flower and maybe just one or two pieces coming from down the side. Thing...elaborate toga. I know draping is going to be hard, but can anyone point me to sites/books that may help?
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