My first ceramic creation

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As I promised, on tonight’s post, I present you my first creations in ceramics. I started with small pieces. At first, I knew I had to draw what I wanted as a first work. Initially, I had the idea of creating a soap set for the bathroom, and then I changed my mind as soon as I started to mold. I had the choice between the RAKU clay and porcelain clay. I opted for the RAKU, since I didn’t feel ready for the porcelain clay. RAKU shrinks 10% after the bisque firing. This clay is a gray color before firing and turns an ultra pale pink afterwards. With the RAKU clay, I explored different textures: Snake, striped, lace, etc.  I intend to use these techniques in the development of textile prints for my future fashion doll creations… Other images on my ceramics classes will be posted on my blog tomorrow!

Comme promis, je vous présente mes premières créations en céramique. J’ai commencé avec de petites pièces. Des le départ, je savais que je devais dessiner ce que je voulais comme premier ouvrage. Au début, j’avais l’idée de créer un ensemble de savon pour la toilette, puis j’ai changé d’idée dès que j’ai commencé à modeler. J’avais le choix entre la pâte RAKU ou la porcelaine. J’ai opté pour la RAKU. Je ne me sentais pas prête pour la porcelaine. La pâte RAKU rétrécie de 10% après la cuisson dite biscuit et passe de la couleur grise à un rose ultra pâle. Avec la pâte RAKU, j’ai pu explorer différentes textures : serpent, zébrée, dentelle, etc.  Je compte utiliser ces techniques dans l’élaboration d’imprimés textiles pour de futures créations modes pour mes poupées…D’autres images sur mes cours de céramique seront diffusées sur mon blog, demain!

BJD in the making!

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Happy Sunday morning! A few days ago, I finally started my Ball Jointed Doll (BJD). Although other changes will be made, once the finished doll will be finally made, the corrections on my technical drawings were very useful. To begin this doll, I decided to experiment some personal techniques, including the use of plastic straws for the framing. Each part of the doll will consist of a bespoke cut straw. Subsequently, each trimmed straw will be wrapped with a layer of polymer clay (Sculpey Ultra Light). This light and strong clay is often used for creating unique jewelry art pieces used by artists. I must confess that I am conquered with this clay, it is so easy to mold and even after baking, it carves well. On the other hand, the advantage of this polymer clay is that once baked, it is just as light as a sheet of paper. According to what I have read, this asset is necessary so that the BJD, in polymer clay, stands:  the heavier the parts are, the more the balance will be off. And that’s what prevents the BJD, in polymer clay, to keep the poses fluid. To close this post, I inform you, in the last six months, I took a few classes in ceramics. I plan to take others in the spring of 2017. Do not be surprised that the next few posts will be mainly allocated to a few ceramic pieces that I did this year. This will give me the time to continue my BJD in a calmer period before the Holiday rush. This project requires a lot of time, patience and energy. In the meantime, have a great day and I’ll be back in a few days. Thanks everybody!

Bon dimanche matin! Il y a quelques jours, j’ai finalement commencé ma poupée (BJD). Quoique d’autres modifications seront apportées, une fois la poupée terminée, les corrections apportées sur mes dessins techniques étaient très utiles. Pour débuter cette poupée, j’ai décidé d’expérimenté quelques techniques personnelles, dont l’utilisation de pailles de plastique pour réaliser l’ossature. Chaque partie ou pièce de la poupée sera composée d’une paille taillée sur-mesure. Par la  suite, chaque paille taillée sera enveloppée d’une couche de pâte de polymère (Sculpey Ultra Light). Cette pâte légère et solide est souvent utilisée pour la création de bijoux uniques d’artiste. Je dois vous avouer que je suis conquise avec cette pâte, elle est si facile à modeler et même après la cuisson, elle se sculpte bien. D’autre part, l’avantage de cette pâte de polymère, c’est qu’une fois cuite, elle est tout aussi légère qu’une feuille de papier. Selon ce que j’ai pu lire, cet atout est nécessaire pour que la poupée BJD, en pâte de polymère, reste debout : plus les pièces sont lourdes, plus l’équilibre est contrarié. Et c’est ce qui empêche la poupée BJD, en pâte de polymère, de garder des poses fluides. Pour clore ce post, je vous informe que j’ai pris quelques cours de céramique au cours des six derniers mois. Je pense en prendre d’autres d’ici le printemps 2017. Ne soyez pas étonnez que les prochains postes seront principalement alloués à quelques pièces en céramique que j’ai réalisée cette année. Cela me donnera le temps de continuer ma poupée BJD dans le calme avant la période folle des fêtes. Ce projet demande beaucoup de temps, de patience et d’énergie. D’ici-là, passez une bonne journée et je vous reviens dans quelques jours. Merci à tous!

Look at what I’ve been up to!

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Look at what I’ve been up to! These are the two polymer clay heads that I have molded for the past four months. The polymer clay used is a mix of various brands, in other words, they are leftovers. When I carved the first head, the one on the right, my first goal was to create a lady of 49 cm (19 ½”) with a head sculpted of 6.1 cm (2 ¼ “). But since I like to put myself in challenges, a few weeks later, I had the desire to make another head and this time, slightly larger, 6.6 cm high (2 ½”) and for a final height of 53 cm (20 ¾”). My second goal was to create ethnic and authentic ladies with the right proportions. I went a bit overboard with the second head, the one on the left, but I love her! With her, I could developed another technique to create eyes with polymer clay. In a future post, I will give more details on the subject. In short, by the upcoming weekend, I intend to finish these two heads, but there is no way I will complete their body: I don’t have enough clay! What do you think my friends? Till then, enjoy these pictures and we will find each other in my next post!

“Regardez ce que j’ai réalisé! Ce sont les têtes d’argile en pâte de polymère que j’ai moulé il y a quatre mois. L’utilisation de pâte de polymère est un mélange de diverses marques, en d’autres termes, un restant de pâte. Lorsque j’ai sculpté la première tête, celle de droite, mon but premier était de créer une demoiselle de 49 cm de haut (19 ½) avec une tête de 6,1 cm (2 pouces). Mais puisque j’aime me mettre en défis, quelques semaines après, j’ai eu le l’envie de réaliser une autre une tête.  Mais cette fois-ci, légèrement plus grande, de 6, 6 cm de haut (2 ½) et pour une grandeur finale de 53 cm (20 ¾). Mon deuxième objectif était de créer des têtes ethniques et authentiques avec de bonnes proportions. J’ai un peu exagéré la second tête, celle de gauche, mais je l’adore! Avec elle, j’ai pu développer une autre technique pour créer des yeux avec de la pâte de polymère. Dans un prochain post, je fournirai plus de détails sur le sujet. Bref, d’ici l’autre fin de semaine, je compte terminer ces deux têtes, mais il est hors de question de réaliser leur corps : je n’ai pas assez de pâte! Qu’est que vous en pensez mes amis? D’ici-là, appréciez ces images et on ce retrouve à mon prochain post!”

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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Faye the baby face!

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Hi everyone! Fall has truly arrived and we feel it here in Montreal. The weather has only reached 12 degrees (53,6 Fahrenheit) today! But fall is such a beautiful season: we eat better, sleep better, the colors of the leaves are inspirational for creativity! My minds just can’ t stop creating, especially during this season. Actually, I like going to the park were I can sketch or write things…though my mind never stops creating through out the rest of the year, Fall keeps my mind grounded, calm and of course, I think that  it as to do with the temperature or the shorter days. Now, let me introduce you to Faye, yes like Faye Dunaway. Faye is my second doll created earlier this year. She was created in a mix of Prosculpt (baby) and Cernit (flesh) polymer clay. She is the first doll with Swarovski crystal handmade eyes that I made.

Since most of my previous dolls were young women, I sculpted her to have a baby face on purpose,with all her facial features sculpted closer and with bigger eyes. What is particular with her, is that she’s the tallest doll that I have ever made: 52 cm (20 ½ inches) tall! Though I really love big dolls, for me, Faye is way too tall! All along while I was molding her, I kept asking myself is will she turn out OK after baked…because of the weight of the clay, I was constantly worried. However, Faye turned out fine, in fact, she was better than I thought. She is a bit heavy, but not as a few of my previous dolls. I think that it is due to the fact that I changed the way that I do my doll armature: aluminium wire instead of heavy metal wire. Before ending this post, since Faye is part of a three part post. Tonight, I will only show pictures of her both before and after sanded and painted. Thanks/Merci to everyone and we’ll see each other tomorrow.

Marie Georghy Jacob

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Fukiko

Good morning! With this name, Fukiko, I am sure that you all aware that this doll was inspired from Japan beauties. Fukiko in Japanese means, joyous girl or child of a joyous women. Isn’t sweet and pretty don’t you think? My choice of clay was clear from day one. In my mind, only Fimo Puppen Porcelain was the best choice to make this doll to come true. However, I was a little afraid on the painting side due to the very pale effect of this clay once bake. To solve that problem, I mixed a few of Fimo Soft light flesh. At the end, the mix turned out to be a very light peach, closer to chalk white actually. Also, I discovered  after baking Fukiko, Fimo Puppen was very strong, solid and semi translucent and which I found very beautiful.  She’s is certainly one of my favorite dolls that I made so far. Enjoy!

Marie Georghy Jacob

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