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« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2006 08:11:01 AM »

Those r A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!!! I would NEVER in a million years be able to get something that tiny! It's even really hard for me to get something to be 2 inches! Anyway great job. Good luck! Grin

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« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2006 11:06:37 AM »

They look so cute standing there in a row!  I know you had fun doing them.

unfortunately they dont fit into each other, i tried to make them so that they would but i wouldnt hold their shape

I don't know which method you tried, but one time when I was thinking about maybe making some nesting dolls, here's some stuff I put at my site:


nested dolls ...Russian, Chinese, Indian, etc. http://www.nestingdolls4u.com/products.htm
...there could be several ways to go about making these depending on the shape desired, and how much difference there might be between the graduated sizes.
....the tightest fit would come with surrounding the smallest (already baked) doll with Repel Gel, or with smoothly-wrapped aluminum foil, before making the next size doll around it ... metallic powders also work as releases, and ArmorAll might work or not (cornstarch thickly applied to the inside of the new raw clay might work too, but would be a little tricky)... more info on various releases in Molds >Releases
......after the new unit was baked, the horizontal (equator) cut for making it into 2 halves could be made while the clay is warm (or go over a previously lightly-scored line)... after cooling, one could proceed with the next layer-figure
...a looser fit (with more space between each figure) would come from surrounding each new doll layer with something thicker, like polyester stuffing or batting or wound fabric strips, totally-dry paperclay, etc.?, or even wadded aluminum foil, though the cut might be harder to make
........for more on that general technique of cutting in half to create two parts, see Vessels-Rock
...creating a new figures by coiling a long rope of clay over the spacer could be one way of maintaining a sort of even thickness of the clay for each new doll layer, but still allow the exterior to be reshaped a bit
....to make the individual figures stiff enough... use a thickish layer of clay, or usea layer of Sculpey underneath a layer of a strong clay because it bakes up "harder" (though it is weaker when thin)
...... could also stiffen somewhat with a coat or two of acrylic finish or liquid clay (liq. clay must be rebaked... and acrylic finishes will be "harder" if rebaked at 250 or less for 5-10 mini)
(for more methods of making hollow clay items, also check out other pages at this site ... Vessels> Hollow ....and Beads> Hollow )


(hey, you could always just call them Japanese Kokeshi dolls since those don't nest  Grin)

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« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2006 06:07:43 PM »

When I was little I used to carry the tiniest doll around with me everywhere!  Good job.

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« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2006 04:03:30 PM »

thanks for that tutorial, im gonna have to try that Cheesy thanks for your comments
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