Monday, January 08, 2007

My First Doll

After a week of intense sculpting, my first girl is born! This is my very special Elizabeth, inspired by her dark-haired, starry-eyed namesake, Elizabeth Bennet! I am in love with Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, and have been looking for the perfect doll for my Victorian House. Returning empty-handed everytime, I decided to pull up my sleeves and make myself the perfect doll!

From her itsy bitsy toes to her tiny little nose, I love every inch of her! I have to thank Patricia Rose for her wonderful online tutorial on dollmaking. Instead of porcelain, I used Sculpey and acrylic paint.

The most daunting task for me was creating the hair. The doll hair I bought from the craft store came in one long curly strand of fiber. I am not much of a hair dresser which explains my short hair. But I must say, I am very proud of my Lizzy's hairdo! She has a bun which is circled by long braid. Her hair parts to the side, and a loose curl falls over her shoulder. To bring out the details, I used reddish brown highlight on her originally raven dark hair.

I still have to decide on her dress and ornaments. Have any suggestions?
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Cre8 said...

Wow girlfriend, this doll is truly amazing. I can not believe the details you have put into her. Her face is beautiful and her hair is in a category all on its own. You can sell doll wigs. AWESOME!!! WAY2GO!!!! I LOVE IT!!!

smehreen said...

Dearest Andrea
Thank you so much for your kind words! I was very nervous about the hair, this being the first time and all! I found out super glue works wonders to keep the hair in place! I still have a long way to go, but with friends like you, I have enough encouragement to take me there!

Anonymous said...

Your doll is truly amazing, I can't believe it's your first attempt. Very professional looking.
I've not plucked the courage up yet to have a go myself.
Well done!
Bonny Scotland

smehreen said...

Dearest Aileen,
Thank you for your encouragement! Making dolls is so much fun, you just can't stop once you start! I am already working on a second doll. Just pick out a tutorial and give it a go. Once you finish the doll, you would have fallen in love with her ~ I guarantee it!