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lavinia hawkmoth
« on: September 05, 2004 04:31:00 PM »

This is my first "official" post, so I'm not sure if I've done it quite right.  I suppose this could be posted under "toys" but it's not really functional.  This was a project I did for my sculpture class at university last year - sort of a macabre carnival game inspired by antique carnival knockdown figures.  The bodies are canvas, the heads are clay and the stand is made of wood.  I was quite happy with the way it turned out - just can't find a good place to put it.  The dolls are scattered about my room and the stand is currently supporting my cd player Tongue.  I also did a really cool dollhouse which I will post shortly.  Let me know what ya think.

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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2004 04:57:49 AM »

I like it.  Are the dolls tea-dyed?
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2004 08:52:10 AM »

Hey, those are some really cool, creepy doll knockdown things.
How did you make them?
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2004 09:06:35 AM »

I really like the concept of this. I'm contemplating making monkey/robot headed ones to send my sister and her new hubby.
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2004 09:10:07 AM »

Beautiful. I love them.
lavinia hawkmoth
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2004 03:06:48 PM »

Golly gee whiz, thanks for the nice comments.  The dolls are tea stained.  Basically, for the body I just cut out 2 peanut-shaped pieces of canvas, sewed them together and stuffed them - make sure that you put some weight in the bottom so they stand up, though (I used plastic bags full of rice).  Then, I made some strong tea and used a paintbrush to unevenly stain the canvas bodies - I wanted them to look like they had water damage.  I had actually intended to use porcelain for the heads, but porcelain should really be left to people who know how to 'work a hunk of clay real good', so I used air-dry clay.  I molded the heads around crumpled up newspaper balls so they would be lighter, and I made a small rectangular clay base under the heads with holes in it so it could be sewn to the bodes (heavy duty thread needed!)  I painted them with acrylics and then put a coat of modge podge over it and voila!  Just a word of advice though, acrylic and modge podge on air-dry clay does not work well at all.  They don't stick to the clay and they peel off EXTREMELY easy - I learned that the hard way!  If anyone has any suggestions for something that might work better that would be great.  The stand was just made out of wood - painted with acrylics and crackle medium.  Hope that made sense!
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