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Topic: TRANSFORMED: Thrift Store Cloth Doll into ARTSY KITCHEN WITCH GYPSY  (Read 4647 times)
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« on: January 09, 2013 04:37:33 PM »

Okayyyy...so, joining the Junker Jane Swap has given me DOLL FEVER!

I went to the Goodwill yesterday, and bought up some crappy cloth dolls in need of a make-over.
Using one of the dolls I bought, a tacky little "country angel" type thing, I crafted all day today and transformed her into this:



But wait! Get this: the doll started out looking like THIS: (drumroll, please!)



What would possess me to buy such a thing, you might ask? First, it was only $1.00, and second, it had these really cool little "laces" stitched onto the front of its feet. From that one detail, it knew it was meant to be re-born.
Here's a better shot of its feet; it is sitting with other dolls that will be recon-ed very soon:



PROCESS:

--I stripped the doll of all its accoutrements: cut the dress off, threw out the twig-wings (  Roll Eyes ), and generally stripped it down to its bare body. This was not hard; it was mostly held together with hot glue.

--I also washed it by hand, and put it through the dryer. Here is was when it was all clean and ready to be crafted:



RECON: I basically just crafted in frenzy all day. Here's the essence of what I did:

--Hot glue ribbons and fabric to the dolls body to make clothes.
--Paint the face with acrylic, after shaping a bit with stitches.
--Replace its arms with steel wire and seed-beads (thanks for the idea, LovesClutter!)
--Crackle finish.
--Make and glue on "wig" made of this great yarn I got at the Dollar Store...PLUS, the yarn is acrylic and nylon, so it's VEGAN, yet looks like wool!!!
--Wrap wire to define doll's "waist" and create a loop on back for hanging.

Here's more shots of the doll. It is over a foot long; one of the pics shows the doll near large tarot cards on the wall to help with scale:









And the little shoe laces detail which first drew me to the doll, and which I preserved:



Thanks for looking! C&C and questions welcome Smiley

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UPDATE ON THE DOLL:

a couple weeks after posting this last summer, i was contacted by a woman in the UK (i am in US) who titled her message with "Your Doll Looks Like Me!"...long story short, a friend of hers had been searching craftster, and stumbled on my doll, which apparently looks a lot like the woman (Ginger).

anywho, Ginger arranged to buy the doll, and I packed her up for her long trip across the pond. I asked Ginger to send me a pic of her WITH the doll, but she never did Sad

but somewhere, the doll is living a new life!!!
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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2013 06:03:33 PM »

THAT is fabulous! What a transformation!  Shocked
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2013 06:55:24 PM »

Amazing make-over. Never would have guessed that was the beginning of this doll's journey.
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2013 09:45:51 PM »

WOC you are wowing all of us. I got the bead arms from Sharalee. This is fantastic.
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2013 10:03:10 PM »

Stunning. It apparently bears no relation to the original. I can't wait to see what you do with the other two as I really can't imagine what they will become.
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2013 10:18:40 PM »

Oh my goodness...I love this idea! I must try this sometime!
She turned out great...I never would've believed that was the same doll. I'd love to see what you do with the other two!
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2013 10:34:46 PM »

She is stunning!  Thanks for the inspiration.  Now I need to go to our good will stores and see what kind of doll I can transform.
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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2013 02:35:49 AM »

You rock! For the second time in A WEEK! Amazing!

Love what you did, it is hard to believe what you did to create a completely new doll.

Great work!
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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2013 05:29:17 AM »

Stunning. It apparently bears no relation to the original. I can't wait to see what you do with the other two as I really can't imagine what they will become.

Thanks so much guys for all the LOVE!

As for the other two Goodwill dolls, i DO have some cool plans for them...I wanna turn the RaggedyAnn into a bohemian dreadlocked chick....we'll see how that goes! And the tiny doll in the middle might be used for a shoebox craft that I wanna make for the shoebox contest that's coming up Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2013 12:41:03 PM »

WingsofClay strikes again! You made a fabulous transformation  Grin
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