Mad in Pursuit Notebook

Lake Ontario 3 AM on Jan 2, 2017, from Ontario NY

Dollmaking: Tackling Polymer Clay

Jan 8, 2017. Deep winter has arrived. Time to launch the winter pasttimes, beyond eating and drinking. I'm excited about getting back into dollmaking, but decided I need to push my skills to a new level. My goal is a magical expressiveness. My secondary aims are playing with new materials (new tools! supplies!), the fun of learning, and the keeping the old brain challenged.

After looking through a book of gorgeous "art dolls," I decided to tackle polymer clay for heads, hands, and feet. The frustration immediately set in. Attempts at "pretty" and "simple" were a bust. Aargh.

I found a kindle book: FaeMaker: Making Fantasy Characters in Polymer Clay by Dawn M. Schiller, which helped me start to break through. And I helped myself along by setting up a doll work station in the great room, in front of the TV, of course (photo above). As I found with needle-felted dolls, ugly is easier. The gross features of trolls and gnomes are not delicate and forgive roughness and assymetries. But I definitely do not want to make a doll that looks like a mass-produced garden elf.

The ears have to go. Watch this space...


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