Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A Penny for Your Thoughts (or thoughts about my Penny Doll...)

Please meet Eve, my Penny Doll. She is quite the lady, wouldn't you agree? She lives with me at work in the Seattle Design Center, and is the talk of the showroom. All the interior designers just love her!

This pretty necklace was a gift from my dear mother. It kind of pricks at me and is uncomfortable. I enjoy it more on the doll. It's perfect! The fabric on her front bodice is shirred. It's not difficult to do... Just hand baste several rows and gather them all together so it scrunches up.

Eve holds a parisol (fancy umbrella that is part of her courture, not raingear!) The parisol is made with silk as is her lovely handmade hat. I'll show you how to make one in a future post. It's easy!

The top of the parisol has a beautiful Swarovski Strass crystal on it. It came off a very expensive but damaged Schonbeck chandelier from the showroom that I work in. It's a real "found object!" The "handle" is made from a damaged antique silver spoon. The earrings are the most special of all. They belonged to my grandmother and are very precious to me.

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Monday, December 08, 2008

Mirror Mirror in My Hand... Who's the Fairest in the Land?


Looking for a special gift to give that special someone?  Looking for something DIFFERENT?

This gorgeous doll face was created on a simple handheld mirror.  
She's made of paperclay, and painted with acrylic.  
Her hair is made of organza, dipped in Paverpol, and rubbed with a bit of antique gold.
It's easy to make (especailly with a push mold!)

The mirror is just made out of plastic.  Cover it up with masking tape or florists tape so the clay will stick, and walla!



Put some beads in the clay for a little pop.  Let it dry and then paint it.  When the paint is dry, put a coat of glossy finish to protect it.  I used "yacht varnish."  It really stinks but it does a great job.


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Saturday, December 06, 2008

A Penny for Your Thoughts (or thoughts about my Penny Doll...)

Please meet Eve, my Penny Doll. She is quite the lady, wouldn't you agree? She lives with me at work in the Seattle Design Center, and is the talk of the showroom. All the interior designers just love her!



Eve holds a parisol (fancy umbrella that is part of her courture, not raingear!)
The parisol is made with silk as is her lovely handmade hat. On another post, I will teach you how to make one. It's easy!

It's difficult to see in this picture, but the top of the parisol has a beautiful swarovski crystal on it. It came off of a very expensive but damaged crystal chandelier from the showroom. It's a real "found object!" The "handle" is made from an antique broken spoon, and her earrings are heirlooms too.






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