Hello all doll lovers! It was a very hot one today in Montreal. To be more precise: sticky and humid! But, for tonight, it is time to introduce you to my tall Haven (19″/48,2 cm). Not only is she tall, but also a little heavy. This beauty was created at the end of October of 2014 and was fully sculpted in Fimo Puppen. Haven was such a joy to make, though it took me three days to condition the clay. After baking, the clay was very strong and even the tiny details came out pretty well, but not as translucent as I wished. Which means more work for me on the painting side. I would have loved that her handmade glass eyes to be much bigger…just to show their blue color better. Despite that, I really enjoyed making her. I will post more photos of Haven tomorrow.
Good evening! Making dolls is a serene and a relax time for me, but technically when things do not work out, it can be frustrating, especially when you are totally sure of what you are doing. I can’t tell you how many times some of my dolls that I created made me nervous, because of the clay used. Though most polymer clay cure generally the same way, between 265 °F (129 °C) to 275 °F (135 °C) sustained for 15 minutes per 1⁄4 inch (6.4 mm) of thickness, all brands are different. Some contain more PVC (polymer polyvinyl chloride) resin than others and some have more kaolin, like Fimo for which it changes the pliability, work ability and the appearance of the sculpted product once baked. Also, I went to so many artist blogs and websites to see and read all of the pros and cons for all of the types of polymer clay. It sad to say, that making polymer clay dolls, is different than making jewelry, though these two art forms are using the same medium, the approach is different. What I mean, is that my dolls are big, between 18″ and 20″ tall (45,7 cm to 50,8 cm) and are fully sculpted on a strong aluminum wire. Up to three and sometime four layers of clay are needed to make each dolls body. Each layer of clay must be baked before applying the next one and this makes the dolls heavy. I’ve been experimenting with many mixes of brands and which I still do, simply because I’m still in search for the perfect clay. I am a bit difficult and demanding when it comes to quality. I want the best for my dolls even if it means to work harder. I guess many of you is dying to tell what I am looking for, in other words: strength, durability, detail work and nice finish. Thank you for your interest all you art doll lovers.
Marie Georghy Jacob
Left over mix of different brands
All my left overs will be used to practice small parts: feet, hands and heads.
Kato Polyclay, which I will use and test next month.
Here comes Jaya! This Indian name has many meanings, in Sanskrit Jaya means victory; it is also the name of a famous mountain in Indonesia, Puncak Jaya actually. However, the true meaning of this name is a secret woman, who is reserved and careful. She does not show to much of her emotions or her feelings and prefers to keep cold headed. She is also very determined, mature and will work rigorously to get through administrative procedures to achieve her goals. As some of you may have notice or who know India very well, I decided to choose a girl from the south instead of the north, meaning someone darker who lives in the Tamil Nadu region, which is closer to Sri Lanka. My doll Jaya came alive in late October of 2014 and was sculpted from a mix of different brands of polymer clay: Prosculpt, Living Doll and Fimo Soft. In my opinion, this mix was to soft and malleable while I was working with it and had to work quickly with it since it become sticky in a short period of time. The next step was to let the clay rest for two days; otherwise I could not work with it properly and would lose patience with a soft clay, which did not permit me to mold specific details: nose, fingers, toes, eyes and ears. Sadly, I sensed something would go wrong with this doll and at the end I was right, because a few fissures appeared on her body, especially on her arms and behind the neck. You can be sure that I will never be using this combination of this mixes of clays ever again, though it was a nice try…and really do love the way I sculpted her. To finish with this post, her green handmade glass eyes were made by me and her wig is made out of black human hair. Thanks for your interest in my dolls, all you doll lovers!
Good evening all art doll lovers! Tonight I feel better with all the nice comments on my dolls that I have received from several Facebook followers. Making and creating dolls, in my studio, is most of the time a serene one but it can sometimes feel lonely too. Thanks to each of them and I really feel the spirit of the doll community and for which I am very proud to be part of! For the second part of this post, here are more photos of Honor a doll that pretty much enjoy to create last year. As I previously explained in yesterday’s post, Honor does not look Irish. Though I had one in mind, when I drew her at first, but when it came to sculpt her…it was another story! Even with her red hair and wrinkles, she looks much more as an Asian girl instead. Regardless of these minor differences, I hope you will like her.
Good evening and let’s get to dolls! This is Honor, an Irish name, though this doll does not look like one. She was created last fall (2014) in Prosculpt polymer clay (Caucasian) and is 18” tall (45,7 cm). She was easy to sculpt since Prosculpt is pliable and, of course, once this clay is baked, it has a gorgeous translucent effect that I love so much for the paint and blushing.
Hello! Before I continue with this post, some people feel offended about the nudity contained on most of my posts. All of my fashion art dolls are nude and l do feel sorry if I have offended anyone. Honestly, it wasn’t my intention. The two main reasons on why I show my dolls fully naked: first my sculpting capabilities and secondly, it is a question of fitting and hanging. First, it’s greatly important as a new comer, in doll making, to show the improvements that I made so far, and of course, on things that I need and most work on as doll artist. Also, as I feel much closer as a fashion doll designer, I prefer my dolls to be fully sculpted, and that it means no cloth body…personally, by judging my own experience, clothes fit and hang better on a fully sculpted body.Thank you for your understanding