2 Jan 2023.
Challenge. After Eli's makeover, with my boxes of wool and felting tools out, I wanted to play. Also, at the back of my mind is always the call to "do something" with the remainder of Jim's collection of antique brooches and buckles. Could I incorporate some brooches into a simple doll design?
Plan. I drew inspiration from the Living Felt channel on YouTube, specifically, the video "Needle Felt Waldorf Doll--Bee Fairy." "Waldorf" style encourages faces without features to encourage a child's (or adult's) imagination. And 6-inch "fairies" don't need much armature--only 2 pipe cleaners.
I also relied on Living Felt's "Needle Felt Doll Hair Styles--Dos & Don'ts."
I picked out three brooches and buffed them with the Dremel silicone polishing bits. Mind you, I didn't ruin the patina of priceless gem pieces. These are made with glass and base metals--pretty costume jewelry (although the blue brooch does feature the wing of a morpho butterfly, which is both exotic and sad).
Results. I made three dolls, using my old skills more effectively with each one--(1) blue Morpha; (2) lime green Topaz; and (3) green Pearl. For Topaz I used felted sweater wool for her core. I was working on her in the image below.
The results were surprisingly lively and fun. They look like they are singing!
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