Faux Vintage Victorian Doll ( I believe very strongly in using recyclable, reusable, reclaimable and repurposable materials in my crafts so as much of this type of material as I could imagine using is incorporated in this doll) To see pictures of this doll, click on the above link.
Wine cork -for head armature
Salt dough - for skin, hair, hands and lower arms
Large toothpaste tube- for core of body
Clothes hanger wire- for arms
Fused plastic shopping bags- for material for dress
Rose Pattern - for dress material pattern
Permanent Magic markers -for decoration on dress material
Acrylic paint- for hair, features of doll
Gloss medium -to coat head, neck, shoulders, lower arms and hands
Plastic bag strips and pieces -to shape body of doll
Masking tape- to hold shape of core of doll
Cat litter Container lid- for stand of doll
Tyvec water bottle labels -for dress belt, bow and gloves
Glue stick -to glue water bottle labels together and plastic stripping on doll
Hot glue- to glue on dress, gloves, etc.
Hot glue gun
White copy paper
Small paint brushes
Fine grade sandpaper
Directions for making doll:
Cut bottom off toothpaste tube and clean out tube - let dry.
Cut approximately 8 inches of clothes hanger wire for arms.
Cut out white part of 6 plastic shopping bags- save the colored pieces and handles for stuffing
Cut long 3 inch strips of plastic shopping bags - save left over pieces for stuffing - cut up several bags
Make salt dough (2 cups salt, 2 cups plain flour, 1 cup warm water. Mix together well, knead for approximately 10 to 15 minutes until dough is very smooth and elastic. If sticky, add more salt until dough is stiff) - note: This recipe will make enough dough for 20 dolls - adjust accordingly. Store excess dough in plastic bag in fridge.
Make dress material - Set iron to wool setting. Using one white part of plastic bags, place pattern beneath bag and trace out using permanent markers, color in flowers, leaves, etc. until entire bag is covered with pattern. Flip over and place on top of other five white plastic bags - smooth out and place on top of 2 or 3 sheets of white copy paper, cover with 2 or 3 sheets of copy paper and iron. Keep iron moving using good pressure in same direction or about a minute on one side, flip and iron for a minute on the other side, check to see if bags are fused together. If not, iron a little longer until bags are fused. The plastic will shrink a little during ironing. Trim off excess bag close to pattern and save a little of this fused bag. Material made.
Cut and shape wine bottle cork in rough shape of a head and cut off long bottom of cork.
Put doll together by poking a hole just beneath the curve of the top of the toothpaste tube through to the other side of the tube with the clothes hanger wire. This makes the doll's arms. Stuff the tube with plastic bag left overs until it is tight.
Bend down top of tube over wire and tape down with masking tape, this makes the shoulders.
Pinch in the waist and tape down smoothly with masking tape.
Cut 4 opposite 1/8 inch slits in bottom of tube and turn out. Stuff more plastic bag into tube until it is very tight and stiff. Glue bottom of tube to center of top of cat littler container lid with hot glue - this makes the stand.
Glue on the wine bottle cork to the top of the toothpaste tube -offsetting it a little to make a chin- with hot glue.
Cover entire body smoothly with masking tape.
Pad out hips, bottom and breast with folded plastic bags - tape down smoothly with masking tape.
With long plastic bag strips, start at base of doll and wrap around doll smoothly, shaping as you wrap up to the chin, over the head and the upper part of the arms (leave the lower part of the arms with just masking tape as the salt dough will cover this part of the doll). Glue down ends of strips with glue stick.
Bend down arms and bend into position desired.
Use about 1/8 inch thick salt dough to cover the doll's head, neck, and shoulders. Make a nose, indents for eyes and eyes brows and hump for lips - don't worry about making it look like a sculpture as the features will be painted on like a doll's features. Make coils and braids for hair and stick on using a little water and your finger tips. Make the skin as smooth as possible.
Wrap salt dough around the lower arm and hand portion of the doll. Pinch in dough to make a wrist and flatten out into a hand shape. Again, don't worry about making the features too fine as the fingers will be painted on.
Let doll dry completely - I waited approximately two days in rainy weather.
When the doll is dry (it should feel rock hard) -use a little very fine sandpaper and sand all the salt dough surfaces. Paint with white acrylic paint and let dry completely. Paint on hair, eyes, eye brows, lips and nostrils. Paint on fingers. Let dry completely.
Paint on gloss medium (I used Triple Thick). If needed, paint on extra layers until the doll takes on a glass like appearance. Let dry.
Cut out material for skirt, pleat and drape around waist using dabs of hot glue to glue in place. Glue on ruffle at neck using a piece of fused white plastic bag. Cut out and glue on top of dress.
Wrap a piece of tyvec water bottle label around waist for belt. Cut out and shape two pieces of tyvec water bottle label glued back to back for bow on back of dress. Cut out and glue on fingerless gloves from just over fingers to bend of arm.
Cut out dress sleeves last- pleat and shape around arms - glue into place with dabs of hot glue - use a tooth pick to spread glue as needed anywhere on doll.
Viola!! Doll is finished.
Thank you for the opportunity to enter this contest and for all the useful information and wonderful crafters and artist on this site.
aka Gail Mansel
"Waste not, want not."