Tuesday, April 29, 2014


I bought a Minerva metal shoulder head as I fell in love with her dark brown glass eyes. I have covered her with paper clay, painted her and given her a cloth body, wig and new clothes. Her name is "Minerva", she is the tallest doll pictured!

Monday, April 28, 2014


Here is another before and after of a doll I named Sarah. She is 12" tall made of papier mache with the prettiest blue glass eyes. I removed her wig and gave her head a good wash. I then repainted her with artist acrylics and buffed her to a nice shine. She has a new cloth body stuffed with wool and a replaced hand. Her braided wig and black maryjane style shoes are yet to arrive. She is wearing a wig from another doll as she told me she would not be photographed bald. Dolls can be so finicky!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Todays Project~ Wooden Peg Dolls in a Book

I had these old 6" wooden peg dolls and decided to change them up a bit. I added some paper clay to make little noses and tuck combs, repainted and redressed them in linen and antique lace. They both fit perfectly in a leather keepsake book which I painted gold on the inside to highlight their white gowns. Click on pictures to enlarge.

A Doll Named Laura

I purchased this papier mache shoulder head doll on Ruby Lane from my favorite seller, Joy Smith. She is an artist doll made by Donna Gilbert 26 years ago in 1988. She was in desperate need of a makeover. I painted new eyes and curls and painted over her tea stained mitten style hands then redressed her in a period style gown. I have named her "Laura".

Monday, April 21, 2014

Day 4~ "Amelia" is Finished!

Here are photos of the doll I have been working on, I have named her "Amelia".  She is 27" tall and can wear real baby clothes such as the antique slip, christening gown and bonnet pictured. I have modeled her after an 18th century oil painting by Mary Beale. The only hair on her head are her eyebrows as she is a very young baby. I suppose she could be a he named "Arthur" for that matter. I tried to capture the allure of 18th century eyes which are often off set and void of much expression. I hope you can see what I was going for in the photos. Click on photos to enlarge.

Portrait of a Baby attributed to the Circle of Mary Beale (1632-1699)
England, about 1690-1730, Museum no. B.447-1994 Oil on canvas - 

Close up of hand comparison.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Making Progress~Day 3

Updated picture of my current project doll.

My Current Projects

I currently have two projects I am working on, a composition doll shoulder head which I showed in my last post. Yesterday I added papier clay over her entire shoulder head and refined some sculpting around the eyes and mouth.

I also finished another project which was to remake a papier mache shoulder head doll. Below are before and after pictures. She has the most beautiful blue glass eyes!

Friday, April 18, 2014

My Latest Project

I recently purchased a large 8" tall composition shoulder head which was in terrible shape with the idea of making a new baby doll using a cloth Babyland Rag doll body (pattern by Dixie Redmond).  I have added some paper clay and inset blue eyes so far. I will let it dry overnight and start again in the morning. More pictures as I progress.

Friday, April 11, 2014

"Emily" An Izannah Walker Inspired Doll

Emily is 18" tall wearing a dress made by Carol McDaniel and a bonnet I made from a scrap piece of ruffled lace and satin.