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« on: July 17, 2016 06:21:17 PM »

I took a break from doll making for about a year or two. Jumping back in with this fella.


 I still hate making shoes, but I'm going to work on that this Fall while the kids are in school. I also am looking at trying some different patterns for the doll. This one is of my own making. But, I am intrigued by ball jointed dolls. In my Instagram I've discovered some really talented doll makers and I'm hoping to learn from them.
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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2016 07:34:16 AM »

Excellent plush dolly rendition of good ol' Uncle Sam!  The star-spangled outfit looks great, and you did a really nice job on his bushy hair and face details, especially the eyes.

If you don't like sewing shoes, you might try sculpting them out of polymer clay or something similar instead.  You could put little plastic baggies over the doll's feet (both to protect the doll and to make the shoes a little larger than the feet, so they're not too tight), and then sculpt on top of the plastic bag.  I made a pair of sandals for a doll that way one time and it worked out well.
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2016 10:07:45 AM »

Excellent plush dolly rendition of good ol' Uncle Sam!  The star-spangled outfit looks great, and you did a really nice job on his bushy hair and face details, especially the eyes.

If you don't like sewing shoes, you might try sculpting them out of polymer clay or something similar instead.  You could put little plastic baggies over the doll's feet (both to protect the doll and to make the shoes a little larger than the feet, so they're not too tight), and then sculpt on top of the plastic bag.  I made a pair of sandals for a doll that way one time and it worked out well.


I've been following a pretty well know dollmaker, Ute Vasina, who makes great doll shoes, using a similar method. She covers the doll feet with plastic wrap, and forms the shoes over the feet using fabric and Sobe glue. The end result looks like leather. I've asked her to write a book detailing her tutorial. But shoemaking in general, requires a similar method, using a last, which is a form of the foot, to build the shoe around. I'm pretty sure i just need to build my skillset.
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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2016 09:24:06 AM »

I never considered gluing fabric onto the plastic like you described, but that sounds like a great approach too!
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2017 04:26:31 PM »

That's an incredible doll! He has a great face and I love his hair. Wonderful work!
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