I picked up a porcelain baby doll at a yard sale, ill fitting dress and minimal features. To me she was creepy. So what did I do? Make her even more creepy. Luckily, she is now living with WiccadWitch, who seems to love her more than I could. It's nice when your children are loved by someone else. Here she is in her innocent glory.
She hit the terrible twos and look at her now.
I used alcohol to clean the porcelain parts then coated her with several layers of gesso, sanding between coats. Then I painted her black. I used the tried and true "Elmer's glue cracked paint" technique to get the cracked look. You paint on Elmer's glue, medium thick, let it get a bit tacky (don't wait too long), then paint a to coat of acrylic paint. I used an off white craft paint. Let it dry. You don't have to cover the area completely with glue, in fact it looks a bit more realistic if you leave some areas uncracked. I wanted a very aged look, so I was a bit heavy handed.
The wounds were drawn/painted on, with a heavier white craft glue and left to dry. It left a raised area that I then painted with dark red blood and black stitches. I used black and brown pastels to create additional ageing, a coat of gloss gel, then more ageing with brown distressing ink. The ink runs a bit when you put a coat of gloss gel over it, but that actually worked well.
Her dress was made from an old cotton table runner. I made up the pattern as I went, lots of experience with doll clothes here. And I wasn't too concerned if it fit her well, I wanted it a bit loose. Then I aged, ripped and bloodied it up.
She needed to travel safely, so I made a coffin packing case to fit inside the shipping box. That was fun, and ended up presenting her quite nicely. A spider web veil and she left in style. I truely could not keep her myself, my wife just could not bear to look at her!