In search for the perfect clay

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 14 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

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Left over mix of different brands
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All my left overs will be used to practice small parts: feet, hands and heads.
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Kato Polyclay, which I will use and test next month.

Honor

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.

Thanks and have a great evening

Marie Georghy Jacob

http://www.ateliermissgeorgia.com

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The making of Honor!

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.

Thanks everyone for your support

Marie Georghy  Jacob

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Aglahé part 2

Tonight, I will make this short and sweet: in this post I am presenting more pictures of Aglahé, my sixth doll of last year. By the way, all pictures on this post were made early this month. Thanks/Merci

Marie Georghy Jacob

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Adami part 2

Happy Sunday everyone! When I first made Adami, I knew right from the beginning, that I needed to challenged  a bit my self and do something a bit different. Although I knew at first, that this doll would be exotic, I wanted to sculpt something that looks more refine, more women and mysterious too. On my next post, you will see that continuity on the subject with another doll, Aglahé.  Thanks for watching and for you encouragement.

Marie Georghy Jacob

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Rachelle part 2

Hello everyone! For tonight post, I present the second and last part of Rachelle fully painted and blushed. As you have may notice, Rachelle’s body is more athletic and toned, which I really do like. In real life, I love variety though my aesthetic do not change that much.

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Rachelle

Good evening everyone! How are all of you feeling tonight? On my part I feel good, however for  this post, I didn’t know If I needed to present my next doll…simply because she was a pain to create and yes this is do to the clay that I used at that time, a mix of Living Doll and Prosculpt. Like I explained in previous posts, Living Doll clay is more fragile, not holding as much flexibility as some other polymer clay. Also, it becomes soft and malleable too quickly, which I do not like at all. Moonies and so do cracks tend to be a problem if you are not at ease with your sculpting process. For these reasons, I had to blend this clay once again with Prosculpt and Fimo Classic, my favorite clay up to now. Anyways, this is Rachelle, my second doll created from last year. Like all my previous dolls, her blue crystal eyes are handmade by me and her wig is made with synthetic hair. Painting Rachelle was also a challenge and her blushing, in my opinion, did not turned right, it was too “pink“. Meanwhile, I think It would not have been fair, on my part, not to show her…she is part of my ”evolution” on my doll making journey and deserves the right to be seen and appreciated…

Thanks everyone!

Marie Georghy Jacob

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Beatrice part 2

HI everybody! Tonight I present you the second and last part of my doll Beatrice and all pictures where taken about a year ago.

Best regards

Marie Georghy Jacob

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Beatrice

Hello to you all! Here is my Beatrice, she is the first girl that I sculpted last year (2014) in the month of February. She is mostly made from Cernit (almond) and a part of Prosculpt (Baby). The mix of these two polymer clay was fantastic! Adding Cernit to Prosculpt firms it up and makes it less greasy. However, I still needed to use my food processor and pasta machine to mix them. I was over the moon with the nice satiny matte finish and once it was baked the color was very pretty and easy to blush after sanding. With her, I wanted to create a beautiful south american young women from either Peru, Colombia or Ecuador.

Since I felt more confident with my molding, by better understanding the human anatomy and proportions, the way I sculpted her was very different from what I did in the past. Looking at fashion magazines was the best thing for me to do, since you get a realistic human figure, but nothing comes close or beats practice! Practice is definitely a MUST to improve. Thanks again for watching more pictures of her tomorrow.

Marie Georghy Jacob

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Anaïs & Jane

Good evening! I couldn’t wait for tomorrow to show you these pictures of Anaïs & Jane! Enjoy!

Marie Georghy Jacob

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