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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Another Contest from ArtDolls.Com - Steampunk Ball Jointed Doll

I am having such a great time working through the ArtDolls.Com contests. The current one is a simple ball jointed doll. If you are interested in joining in on the fun here is a link to the contest kit.

I have never made a ball jointed doll before. Until this week I did not think I was skilled enough to do it, however, joining this contest has changed that.

Here is the start of my ball jointed doll.


Head sitting on torso
 Head and Torso

The contest is for a simple ball-jointed doll dressed in Steampunk fashion. The video demonstrates sculpting a much younger and smaller doll than what I am creating but I am utilizing the same techniques so I should be OK. 

I don't sculpt child like dolls and since this sweet girl wanted to be here I just went with it. I will be working on her arms, legs, hands and feet this week. She is due before September 15th as is the Art Doll Quarterly entry for their Age of Aquarius challenge which I am also working on. 

This has been an exciting project for me. I tend to procrastinate when I am unsure of something but in the very beginning of the videos that go along with this contest Arpyl Jensen tells you to take it one step at a time. You focus on one part of the doll, for instance, it isn't overwhelming to sculpt a single leg. Then you focus on the next, then the next until you have a complete doll. So I sat down and sculpted her head, then I moved on to her torso. Next I'll do her legs... I am thrilled with how she is turning out and I am really looking forward to costuming her. I love the Steampunk style and had so many ideas I may need to make friend for her so I can do more than one costume!

Another new process I will be experimenting with on this doll is blushing and painting with the Genesis heat set paints. I've seen them used. I have them, but I've never used them, so with this doll I will be using them which is why she has no color on her face.

Once again I have to say... seek out challenges for your art. Try something that scares you. Your skills will grow by leaps and bounds.

Monday, August 14, 2017


My doll Punk Rock Girl has been published. I cannot tell you how amazing it feels to have one of my dolls in this magazine.

Here she is
Punk Rock Girl

A tribute to Debbie Harry of Blondie

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Art Dolls Tiny Elfin Doll Contest

As you know I entered a doll into the Tiny Elfin Doll Contest. They had 2 different ways to win, judge's choice and people's choice. I WON people's choice. I am so excited.

Not only did I win 6 bars of ProSculpt clay (my favorite for dolls) I also won registration for one of Jack Johnston's or Apryl Jensen's sculpting classes.

I am so excited! I have always wanted to take a class from both of them. Now I get to.

Here is the doll that won:

She is such a cutie.

Here is her sister

Regardless of the medium you work in, I highly recommend seeking out contests and challenges. The contests I have entered have improved my skills. You never know how far you can go until you start to try things you have never done.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bowl Swap

I am taking part in the 2017 Polymer Clay Adveture. Learning fun things and just making time to play with clay.

This month I joined a bowl swap. I'd never made a polymer bowl before but I had seen some amazing ones.

Here is the bowl I am sending in for the swap. (I made 3 of these cuties). They are about 2.5 inches wide and have 3 feet.

Here is another one I made using the same clay cane. I would have sent these but I ran out of the cane.

I have so many ideas for clay bowls now! These are decorative bowls, not for use with food. I am thinking rings, change, just for fun... I will definitely be making more.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

2017 Piggy Bank Challenge

Val's Quilting Studio

So while reading through the blogs I follow I saw a post about a piggy bank challenge and had to check it out. It is geared towards quilters but I am so in!

Here is a link to the information about the challenge. It is being hosted by Val's Quilting Studio. You have until August 1st to join in on the fun.
Here are the rules:
  1. Create a post this week sharing your "piggy bank".
  2. Include your goal of what you'd like to purchase with your savings come this time next year.
  3. Include the linky button (available on this post)  to help spread the word to all your followers. 
  4. Return and link your post here anytime this week until August 1st.
  5. Start "penny pinching". (Coins and bills are allowed)
  6. Next year we'll  all empty our piggy banks on July 6th and create a post exclaiming our totals, share what quilty(or sculpting in my case) purchase we're going to make and link up once again to celebrate! (Don't worry, She will send emails to all who link up this week with reminders.)

Darth Tater

**UPDATE** Here is my piggy bank. He already has $26 in his feet. I counted it before I put my change from the day in there. I really hope to fill him. That is my goal!

I love this idea. Saving change throughout the year is something I have done randomly. This time I will be intentional about it.

My goal for the challenge is to be purchase additional colors of Tibetan Lamb hair as well and some fun fabrics, ribbons and laces to add to my stash. I'll use this money to splurge on some that I would normally shy away from due to the price. This will be my splurge fund.

Another Wee Doll

I had so much fun making the first tiny elfin doll for the Art Dolls Tiny Dolls contest that I had to make her a friend(or two).

I am going to add glittery shoes and some type of ornament in her hair to finish her.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Just a Wee Doll

I've been sculpting a lot lately. Eventually I will be updating my 2017 PC Challenge album but for today I am going to share the Tiny Elfin Doll I made for the Jack Johnston Art Dolls Tiny Elfin Doll Contest. This particular contest is based on Linda Lyons adorable dolls. Here is a link to the contest page and here is a link to Linda's Artwork.

I have been having such fun creating dolls for contests and challenges. I've found that if I have a deadline I am much more likely to finish a doll. Soooo, challenges and contests will be entered :)

Here is a picture of the first doll I made for the contest. The pictures are not the best but I think she is cute.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Mermaid - Complete

I finally finished the mermaid. I'm very pleased with her!  Next up... Age of Aquarius submission for Art Doll Quarterly, 2017 PC Challenge updates and a Pirate.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Mermaid update


Here she is so far. As you can see my tail experiment was a success. I love how her tail came out and I didn't have to worry about burning the clay with a heat tool.

I'll post more pictures of her once she is complete. I need to distress her shell bra, add eyebrows and eyelashes and a necklace. I'm pleased with how she is turning out.

Thanks for visiting :)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Angelina Film – The Baking Experiment

I’ve been working on a mermaid for a contest being hosted by Jack Johnston and I’m very pleased with how she is coming out. As I was getting ready to add her tail fin I did a lot of research. I looked at videos, I did a google search, I looked at YouTube and most of what I found recommended to add the fin then bake the clay used to attach it to the body with a heat gun. Yikes! That sounded a little scary to me.  Heat guns get hot, much hotter than the temperature necessary to cure clay so I thought I would do an experiment with baking the Angelina Film, on the doll, in the oven.

This is the faux tail I made for my 1st experiment. I used “The Ultimate” glue to attach the wires to the bottom layer of film. When adding the glue to the wires I used a needle and applied a thin layer to both the top and the bottom of the wire. I then added another layer of film on top of the wires and trimmed the excess film from around the wires. Once I had the basic shape I covered the base in translucent clay, making sure the bases of all the wires were enclosed in clay.

I baked the tail in a pre-heated oven at   ̊275. At first I thought it would be a total fail because the film immediately shrunk a bit, but then it stabilized. My original goal was to see if I could bake it for 15 minutes. That came and went so I continued for a total of 30 minutes which was my ultimate goal. Why 30 minutes? Because the clay that I prefer bakes for 30 minutes per ¼ inch to cure properly. I knew I could attach a tail with ¼ inch or less thickness of clay so this was the perfect amount of time.


Here is what it looked like when I removed it from the oven after 30 minutes. Notice that the film is not super shiny and there is a gap at the top where the two separated.


Here it is once I heat the film with a heat tool and shaped it with a candle flame. Using the heat gun adhered the two layers of film together and made it shiny and translucent.

I consider this a success.



For my second try I went with a larger tail, one closer to what I will need for my mermaid.

I used the same steps, gluing the wires onto the film and adding a second layer of film on top of the wires. Shaping it and baking it for 15 minutes. This time the clay that I used on then end was only 1/8 in thick so I did not need the full 30 minutes.

Here it is direct from the over

Here it is once I heated it with a heat tool and shaped it with the candle flame.

 Here are both experiments. I’m very pleased. Yes, I know the tails look a bit ratty and have soot on them, I wasn't going for perfect, just making sure the film reacted the way I wanted it to.  

***Before baking your Angelina film test bake a sample to see how the color shifts***

My next step will be to design the tail for my current mermaid. Scary stuff. I am so happy with how she is turning out that I do not want to ruin her with a bad tail, but she needs a tail!

Here she is trying on one of the practice tails. 

She just came out of the oven and now has arms. Next up I'll be adding her hands, a tail and her hair. Stay tuned for more pictures

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Lilac Fairy

I finished this sweet girl for the Jack Johnston fairy contest and displayed her at the Quincy Quilt show.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Mermaid - in Progress

This is the latest project I am working on. Once complete she will be sitting in an abalone shell holding a pearl. At least that is my current plan, we shall see how she feels about it this weekend.

I'll post more progress pictures this weekend.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Homage to Blondie

*** Update
Punk Rock Girl has been selected for the August Issue of Art Doll quarterly! I'm removing her picture until the issue is published. ***

I've been working on my Polymer Clay Challenge heads and many other projects. I'll be updating the blog this weekend with all sorts of fun things but today I'd like to share with you a doll I created for a challenge.

She is lovingly called Punk Rock Girl and is a tribute to Debbie Harry of Blondie.

I love music. It is an art form that is magical to me. Music has always had a special place in my life. When I was a baby my mother told me that I used to sing myself to sleep, I would sing when I was playing or in the car. Unfortunately, I cannot carry a tune as an adult but that doesn't stop the love or appreciation of those who can.

Deborah Harry is one of my heroes. She is a strong, powerful woman with an amazing voice. I've enjoyed her music for as long as I can remember and I hope you enjoy seeing Punk rock Girl and much as I enjoyed making her.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Clay Improv was at the Portola Quilt Show

I belong to an amazing group made of artists called Clay Improv and this past weekend we had a couple of tables at the Portola California Quilt show.

You may think...dolls at the quilt show? Really? Absolutely! First off, I have to tell you that the quilts at this show were just amazing. The detail, skill and workmanship that went into them is obvious when you walk along the aisles. There were so many varieties of quilts; hand quilted, machine embroidered, pieced, appliqued and more. It was so inspiring to be among these works of art.

Here are just a few of the stunning quilts that I saw

So the dolls... it was an honor to be included in the show. We had two tables just inside the door of the show. Our dolls range from cute to crazy and everything in between. They are made of polymer clay, fabric, porcelain and more. Our work was very well received. Many of the people who stopped by to talk to us had never seen anything like it. It was fun to talk to people about our art, the process and the fun.

Here are some of the dolls we had on display at the show

I think this was a pretty good fit! I'm looking forward to doing this show again next year!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Happy, Happy Day

Greetings everyone,

I am still here. I had to take some time from my sculpting to get ready for my wedding :0) To make a super long story really short, I remarried my best friend yesterday. We've been together for over 20 years but several years ago we made a mess of things and divorced, within 3 months we figured out that was wrong and got back together. Yesterday we got married again. It was a wonderful day from start to finish. We celebrated with family and friends and are looking forward to the next 20 or 30 years together. Yesterday also happened to be National Drink Wine day - I think it was meant to be!

I'm back to sculpting and will be catching up on the 2017 Polymer Clay Challenge in the next few weeks.



Sunday, January 29, 2017

2107 Polymer Clay Challenge Week 5

For week five of the #2017PCChallenge I decided to try something new. I added teeth.

First Attempt at Teeth

My first head with teeth looks a bit skeletal so I will be adding more clay to her to "flesh her out". You will see her again.

I am very happy with how my second attempt turned out.
Before Color

With Color - Pre-Bake


I struggled with her eyes and nose but over all I am very pleased with her. I am always amazed at how much the color lightens once it is baked. A little clean up in her eye, some eyebrows and hair and she should look great!

I think next weekend I may have to put hair on all of this month's sculptures. I can't wait to see how hair changes their personality.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 Polymer Clay Challenge Week 4

This is a quick post to show you my week 4 sculpture for the 2017 Polymer Clay challenge. I have additional pictures to post later. Been crazy weather here and I'm a bit behind :0)

Week 4

I'll share more later.

Have a great day,