Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Tula is a tiny fall baby fairy. She comes in a lovely round box (like a small hat box) with some fantasy film fiber for a soft bed. Her hat was hand made from mulberry paper.
She is currently on Ebay at this link:
Her opening price is a low $25. Compare my price to a similar OOAK baby that just sold over the weekend for an opening price of $259 and you will see how generous my price is! (I think mine is much cuter, more realistic, and more "baby" too!).
Here is a tip for the day:
To make sure that your sculpt does not get dark while in the oven, tent it with aluminum foil. And, if you are series baking, cover the hands with tiny pieces of wet paper towels to keep them from getting darker than the rest of the body.
Thanks for stopping by and happy sculpting to you!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
This is Lulu. She is my second "poseable" doll *not jointed, but poseable). Well, her arms are poseable but her legs are in a fixed position. I learned how to make poseable dolls several years ago but haven't concentrated on them as much as jointed ones. A wire runs from the shoulder to the wrist, so you can put Lulu's arms in endless postions. It's amazing how moving her hands can add so much expression!
I used to start my auctions at $9.95 on Ebay. I got lots of bids and it was a win/win situation for me and the bidders. However, in this economy, I simply cannot risk starting my work out at such a low price. I tried it and ended up crying all the way to the post office!
I spend many many hours on each doll. There are so many steps. I start tediously sculpting with the face, then move to the body, limbs, hands, feet and detail with little fingernails and creases. Eyes are hand painted. Eyelashes are applied one at a time. This little girl's hair applied and spiral curled on lock at a time. I designed and created her wings from mulberry paper and wire. So, I hope you understand why price is where it is. After all, there will never be another Lulu like this one! She is one of a kind, just like you!
I love to sculpt and will continue with my passion for years to come. What doesn't sell will go to my children and my grandchildren.
I received a very reassuring email today. It was from a lady who won my baby carriage fairy and she said that, in person, my work is far more detailed than the photos show.
Here is Lulu's auction link:
Thanks for visiting my blog!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
This is my new jointed fairy doll that I listed on Ebay Monday evening. Her name is Pixie Pink! I used soft pink chiffon to make her dress. I love this shade of pink with brown. You can read more about her here at her auction site:
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Here is my new fairy, Breeze. She is currently up for auction on Ebay. I really like the lighting in the some my photos of her. They have a very ethereal look, don't you think?
As most of you know, I struggle with my Parkinson's shake in my left hand, so I am always coming up with new ways to make sculpting easier. I figured out a new way to sculpt hands. Not only is it easier, but they look much better and more realistic. I sandwich the fingers into the palm. Anyone interested in a tutorial? You may be satisfied with your current way of sculpting hands, but I have never been pleased with any of the most popular methods. The cutting method is just lousy, at least for me. I suppose it would work with bigger sculpts like Nicole West's whose are about 9inches tall, but my beings are very small and to cut the fingers and then shape them is next to impossible. Actually, I sculpt much smaller than the "big girl" artists like FITA.
I was planning for this new one to be a little older than she is, but sometimes the clay leads you down its own path.
Off to the gym, and then more sculpting this afternoon! I have a jointed fairy baby that I am just dying to finish!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I listed Lula on Ebay last night and she sold almost immediately. I used Living Doll clay to sculpt this one. It was fun to use a different clay, but I am going back to ProSculpt. I think it's easier to smooth and is more seamless, but Lula turned out pretty cute!
I do have another doll to list later today. She is another Living Doll piece. I don't have photos yet, but will post them later today. She is a child fairy on a pedestal. My dolls are usually free standing or sitting and don't come with an elaborate setting. That's just my preference. I like to sit them on books, nestle them in crooks and crannies...just like any regular house fairy would do!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
It's so difficult to come up with new ways to add interest to doll listings on Ebay. I am so proud of the idea that came to me last week. I did my first "Interview With A Doll." It's pretty cute and makes the description reading a lot more fun than just the usual "no molds used, made from polymer clay, hand painted eyes" etc. So, I may do other interviews with dolls who are old enough to "talk."
I hope you enjoy reading it!
See you soon with more dolls!
Sunday, August 1, 2010
I've been busy! I listed the two dolls that you see in the photos in this post. The older doll is jointed at the arms and legs. Please read her auction. It includes "Interview With A Doll." I hope you enjoy it. The idea came to me out of the blue one day last week.
I think my dolls are much cuter and more endearing in person. My kids tell me I need a better camera. I can tell you one thing. I do not photo-shop my pictures. What you see is what you get!
I am working on an adult fairy. Every once in a while, I have to try my hand at a grown up. Babies and toddlers are deefinitely my niche, however.
I am still toying around with the idea of doing a tutorial showing my jointing technique. I just need to discipline myself to do it!