Saturday, July 5, 2014

Ballerina: Ruby part 4

 I use very fine hand dyed mohair for the wig.  

The costume is china silk.  The raw cut edge of the skirt is sealed with a fine line of Aleene's Fabric Fusion.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ballerina: Ruby part 3

The ballerina parts are attached with double strands or twisted 20 guage beading wire.  The two legs are glued together with 5 minute epoxy.






After the epoxy has set I fill the space with Milliput epoxy putty, available from Micro Mark.




Hands and toe shoes are protected until wigging and dressing are completed.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ballerina: Ruby - part 2

After the parts are bisque fire two things happen before the doll is put together.  

First the face and fingernails are china painted in layers to create detail.

Second the silk toe shoes are constructed on the feet.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Ballerina: Ruby in progress 1


The first step is to cast all the needed parts for the ballerina.  All of these parts are my original sculptures.  I make my own molds, not my favorite part of the process.

Next the parts have to be reshaped to create the desired pose. I've discovered it's much easier and safer to shape each leg separately and attach them after firing.  The arms, head and torso must be one piece for this pose and the style of costume I have in mind.











Thursday, May 29, 2014

Ballerina: Jeannette

Jeannette is my latest ballerina.  Her pose and costume were custom designed for a customer and friend.  The chair in the photo is by Nik Nichols.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Autumn Harvest

This is the latest figure in a series of seasonal women.  I think of her as Mrs. Santa in her everyday working clothes but she really is any peasant woman.  The inspiration for her costume has Scandinavian origins though I haven't adhered to any particular national costume. I simply enjoy this style and in particular the freedom of color choices.  The trug, her garden basket, was purchased from Jane Graber and the vegetables are from Twin Heart.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Dragon Ship

      This Dragon Ship is a new creation by Williamson, Walton-Marble and myself. We first displayed it at the Good Sam Miniature Show in San Jose, CA, this October, 2013.
The scale is 12th.


These two small boys used a rake and an umbrella stand to turn a dragon hammock into a Viking ship.  With their bloody swords, dragon t-shirts, viking helmet and eye patch they're living the life of vikings. 

This beautiful  Dragon was hand carved by Nicole Marble out of Bottlebrush wood.  The finish is shellac and wax and the color is the natural wood.  The teeth are made of bamboo.   The design is based on a real hammock.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Romeo and Juliet

     Every once in a while I get a commission that is a real challenge and at the same time wonderful to work on.  I loved doing the research for this pair of dancers.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Dragon's Dream Part 4: Finished

The finished dragon and rocks were painted with a couple of thin washes of acrylic paint.  I added some landscaping touches, moss made of model railroad grass and ferns made from laser cut paper.


The back view shows the tree made of twisted wire, solder and Sculpy clay inserted in the tube sculpted into the form of the dragon.

This little imp was made by 

Todd Krueger.
The old hag is my creation.  She's holding a wonderful dragon book made by Ericka VanHorn.