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« on: February 03, 2006 01:18:56 PM »

This is me in Kokeshi doll form.  She's two-sided cause i started her at the same time as my New Year's diet.
One side of her looks longingly at my fave (Sculpey) foods

the other is smiling at a big plate of greens!

Her kimono prints are made to match.  My wood turning's not up to much so she's a polystyrene egg with the bottom cut off.

 ;)i lost 13 pounds since i started her - so maybe i should start shaving bits off!
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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2006 01:34:30 PM »

Aww, cute.
And I'd just like to add... wow, 13 pounds? That's awesome. Congrats!  Grin
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2006 01:36:23 PM »

That's a great idea!
I like the facial expressions.

And congrats on losing that 13 lbs!   Woot! Woot!

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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2006 04:12:32 PM »

What e great idea to work not only on doll but also on her surroundings. Great job.

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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2006 10:42:19 PM »

I really like that, what a great idea!  So cute and creative.
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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2006 07:08:09 AM »

she's cute--congrats on the weight loss!

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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2006 07:20:23 AM »

I LOVE how her kimono is printed with little cupcakes and peapods! So sweet!

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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2006 08:33:26 AM »

I love her!  She should be a great inspiration to you on your journey.  Way to go on the 13 lbs.! 

Actually, I'm not sure what's cooler...13 lbs. or the doll!  Cheesy
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2006 11:57:05 AM »

Very cute, and 13 pounds, I dance with you!!!

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« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2006 01:03:40 PM »

Ver-r-ry nice!!  Both creative and well executed  Grin 
Also my congrats on the 13 lbs... I hope you can find even more creative ways to lose weight re what you eat, when you eat, what you do instead, etc.... every *tiny* thing helps IMO! 

My wood turning's not up to much so she's a polystyrene egg with the bottom cut off.

Love the mixed media, but if you wanted you could also make kokeshi figures from polymer clay too (you prob. already know that, but I'll elaborate a little). 

...If they're really small figures, they could just be made from solid polymer clay.

...If they're thicker than 1 1/4" or so, you might want to use an armature underneath to save clay (and also to make sure the clay doesn't crack if rapidly cooled after baking).  Some good armatures for this shape might be tightly-scrunched aluminum foil, turned wood forms (even several glued together first), papier mache shapes, etc... one clayer made a kokeshi figure over a tiny glass bottle and used the head as a stopper; plastic Easter eggs (the rubbery, hinged ones work best) or polystyrene foam are also possibilities, but they will shrink during baking and may need an extra consideration or two (quite doable though).
There are even dissolvable or removable armatures that could be used if you leave the bottom open... like a carved potato or other foods that can be sculpted if necessary and soften when baked, or an eggshell (dissolve shell out after baking with a long soak in vinegar), various grain-based things like cereal and  doughs, etc.)

There's loads of info on "covering" all those materials with polymer clay on this page, and on permanent and temporary armatures that can be used with polymer clay on these pages, if you want much more detail:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/BOH.htm (small glass bottles, stoppers)

Looking at your stuff, I think you'd also get into making your own polymer clay "fabric"... Joanne Banuelos made some fabulous clay fabric simply by painting small motifs onto her solid colored, baked clay (though she also added clay embellishments):

But there are also many ways to make the  pattern totally from clay too. 
In the case of the small isolated motifs like you have on your figure, the easiest way would be to make a simple "cane" of the motif first (like the cupcake or leaf), then cut really thin slices and apply them to a sheet of clay, rolling over to embed well (then use as fabric to dress the doll... or you could instead add the cane slices to the clay after it's been shaped (then roll over to embed with something smaller like a pen barrel or knitting needle).
If you're interested in making all-clay "fabric" and seeing more examples, check out the various ways on this page too:
(....click on Clothing > All-Clay Clothing...)

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