Nia’s work in progress continues

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Hello everyone! Here is my miss Nia who is completely finished and who waits patiently to be sanded. I admit that the sanding is laborious, but it is just as crucial for the final appearance of the doll, not to mention that her creation was shorter than was my previous doll, Pea. So, it was nice to sculpt her, I would even say very nice! Actually, to be clearer, everything went well and I say it with modesty: the clay was not lacking and I understood better what I was doing and a lot of pictures have been taken during her creation.

Allô tout le monde! Voici ma demoiselle Nia qui est complètement terminée et attend patiemment son sablage. J’avoue que l’étape du sablage est laborieuse, mais elle tout aussi cruciale pour l’aspect final de la poupée, sans compter que sa création fut moins longue que ma poupée précédente, Pea. Donc, elle fut agréable à sculpter, j’ajouterais même très agréable! En fait, pour être plus claire, tout s’est bien déroulé et je le dis avec toute modestie : la pâte n’a pas fait défaut et je comprenais mieux ce que je faisais et beaucoup de photos ont été prise lors de sa création.  

The work in progress of NIA

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Good evening to you all! Here are the first pictures of the work in progress of NIA. I used a mixture of several polymer clay brands, such as Prosculpt, Fimo & Cernit to create her. From the beginning of her realization (NIA), I felt confident with her modelling, since I understood what I was doing. This has not prevented me to read and look again at my books and DVDs based on ball jointed dolls. In my opinion, this would have been a serious error of egocentrism, I’m a firm believer, that we should never think that everything is acquired… I am one of those who is trying to do things modestly: the perfectionist in me forces to do so. To return to NIA, in terms of silhouette, I wanted her to be different from PEA: slightly larger, a longer torso, finer hands and more realistic feet. I’ll be back with more pictures of her very soon. Thank you all!

Bonsoir à tous! Voici les premières photos du travail en progression de NEA. La pâte utiliser est un mélange de plusieurs marques, Prosculpt, Fimo et Cernit. Dès le début de sa réalisation (Nea), je me sentais en confiance avec son modelage puisque je comprenais ce que je faisais. Cela ne m’a pas empêché de lire et de regarder à nouveau mes livres et dvd sur la conception de poupées bjd. À mon avis, cela aurait été une grave erreur d’égocentrisme, car je crois qu’il ne faut jamais penser que tout est acquis…Je suis de ceux qui agit avec grande modestie, la perfectionniste en moi me l’oblige. Pour revenir à NEA, en termes de silhouette, je la voulais différente de PEA : légèrement plus grande, un torse plus long, des mains plus raffinés et des pieds plus réalistes. Je vous reviendrai avec d’autres images très bientôt. Merci à tous!

Hands & feet completed

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Hello friends! I have finished my two pairs of feet and hands. I spent an entire morning sanding all of the pieces, therefore, the worst part has past. Now I have to paint everything. As I mentioned in my prior post, polymer clay feet and hands are the trickiest and hardest to realize. Indeed, each finger and toe are modeled on a thin metal rod and each layer of polymer clay must be carried out in various firing stages.  So, my biggest challenge is the clay! I have to test it, manipulate it, and work it in depth. Some blocks are sticker when handled and others, which are harder, work wonderfully during shaping. Of course, I have my preferences, but I won’t disclose them, since from one artist to another, tastes are very personal and natural. More so, I’m a fan of blends and polymer clay is no exception. More pictures will come soon! Thank you all once again for your interest in my work.

Allô les amis! J’ai terminé mes deux paires de pieds et de mains. J’ai passé un avant midi à tout sabler, donc, le pire est passé. Il me reste maintenant à tout peinturer. Comme je l’ai mentionné dans mon précédant post, modeler des pieds et des mains sont les pièces les plus délicates à réaliser et plus particulièrement avec la pâte de polymère. En effet, chaque doigts et orteils sont modelés sur une fine tige de métal et chaque couche de pâte de polymère doivent-être réalisés par étape de cuisson.  Donc, mon plus grand défi est la pâte! Je dois la tester, la manipuler et la travailler en profondeur. Certaines pâtes sont plus collantes à force d’être manipulées et d’autres, plus dures, se travaillent à merveille une fois modeler. Bien sûr, j’ai mes préférences, mais je ne peux les divulguer, puisque d’un artiste à un autre, les goûts sont très naturels et personnels. De plus, je suis un fan des mélanges et la pâte de polymère ne fait aucune exception. D’Autres images viendront bientôt! Merci à tous encore une fois pour votre intérêt que vous portez sur mon travail.

Another difficult piece to make

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First modeling steps before first firing / Première étape de modelage avant la première cuisson

Hello my friends! This is the first step of a pair of hands that I’m working on at the moment. It is difficult to produce since each finger is modeled on a thin metal wire. So, this means that I don’t have the choice to work in stages for modelling: a layer of polymer clay for each firing. The polymer clay I used for this piece is Prosculpt . This clay is fantastic to work tiny details, but I intend to use other types of polymer clay to realize various pairs of hands, which I will show you very soon!

Bonsoir mes amis! Voici la première étape d’une paire de main que je travaille en ce moment. Elle difficile à produire puisque chaque doigt est modelé sur une fils fin en métal. Donc, ce qui signifie que je n’ai pas le choix de travailler en étape de modelage : une couche de pâte pour chaque cuisson. La pâte de polymère que j’utilise pour cette pièce est Prosculpt . Cette pâte est fantastique pour travailler les détails minuscules, mais je compte utiliser d’autres pâtre pour réaliser d’autres paires de mains que je vous montrerai très bientôt!

Heartbreak…with Adele!

Hi everyone! I didn’t know how to start this post, in fact, I decided to take my time to write something, because I am a little heartbroken with my doll Adele! Some of you who are following me via Tweeter or Facebook have probably noticed a huge crack on top of Adele’s right leg! It looks horrible! What happen? I think it happen while I was making her wig. You see, the way I sculpted Adele’s legs are different: the right knee is bent and which makes that leg vulnerable in terms of manipulation. I don’t know if I would have used another firmer polymer clay, like Cernit or Fimo, I would have experienced the same type of problem! Anyways, I have fixed her leg with…Apoxie clay. Personally, aesthetically, it doesn’t look pretty.To be honest, it’s the only thing that I see when I look at her now! I will paint that upper leg and changed half of the design process and I will get back to you with more updates of Adele’s working progress. Thanks everybody!

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Work in progress of Adele

Hello to you all! On tonight’s post, I will continue with the work in progress of Adele! Yes that’s the name of my next doll and yes, I’m a big fan of the talented British singer Adele and I love her name! My doll Adele is a continuity of my previous work: making a doll sketch, building a solid wire armature and under armature, molding and mixing polymer clay and than molding the doll in stages: one layer of clay, bake it and let it cool down, before putting another layer of clay. But, what is different with this doll, I am planing to mold her with high heels, something that I have never done before! I was a bit concerned of the solidity of her ankles, but thanks to my new love and saver  in doll making: Apoxie clay! I knew, right from the beginning it was the right medium for me to use  and since the doll is tall, I wanted to be reassured! More details of Adele in a few days! Stay tuned and thanks for watching!

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My next doll preview!

Hi everybody! Here is a sneak preview of my next doll made in Kato polyclay! More details and photos of her on tomorrow’s post! Stay tuned!

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Presenting Glòria!

Good evening to all of you! May I present to you Glòria my very first doll for 2016! Yeh! I started this beauty early last December between a very busy schedule (working and going to school). It was my first time using Kato polyclay. From what I’ve read and heard from various articles and artists, this polymer clay was a must try. Last fall, I decided to purchased a few of them, beige, brown and white translucent. I will make a very short review of this clay and I will focus mainly on my personal experience  and on my research to find the best technical aspects on making fully sculpted dolls. Let’s not forget, that my dolls stand between 17 & 19 inches tall (43 cm & 48 cm) and I have NO intention in making smaller ones. First, this polymer clay looks and feels more like plastic when you touch it, but is not sticky when you start working with it. Second, if you need something to be strong after baking, this clay is the one to choose. Also this clay is not expensive for the quantity purchased (8,99 US$ for 12 Oz / 350g) http://prairiecraft.com/ On the other hand, I found two downsides to this polymer clay, the first one is its smell which tends to be very strong. In my own opinion, it smell like strong rubber or plastic, but  I can work with it. The second downside, just like Cernit, the color darkens once baked. If I use it for future dolls, which I probably will, I plan to mix it with other strong polymer clays. For my Glòria, I chose the beige color mixed with translucent white. This beige color, unbaked,  looks similar to Prosculpt Caucasian flesh.

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First doll of 2016!

Hello everyone! Here is a little preview of my very first doll for 2016! She’s the first one that I created with Kato clay, a polymer clay that I had never used since my journey on making ooak dolls. I will sure make a small review on this clay on my next post. Thanks for watching!

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Exploring a new clay!

Hello everyone! This past weekend I started to explored a new polymer clay: Kato. I have purchased tree colors: beige, brown and white translucent. I’m planning to make three nude dolls with these polymer clay and test it. I feel very excited with this clay and plan to mix it with other polymer clay. Wish me luck with this one, since it will be the first time I will be using it.

Thanks/Merci

Marie Georghy Jacob

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A mix of part equal of Kato Beige & Brown (227g of each) or ½ poud of each.