Years ago I bought a head. An Obitsu doll head. I was really interested in the style of dolls, but could only afford the head to start with. I bought it some eyes, then promptly forgot all about it for a couple of years!
I discovered Monster High dolls, and realised you could customise them too, so bought a few since they were significantly cheaper!
With obsession levels building, I had soon purchased a Hujoo baby Suve doll, and a Pong Pong Pukifee doll to learn to customise for myself! (Poor Pong Pong is still waiting her turn to be done!)
Once I had seen Marina Bychkova‘s beautiful Enchanted Doll website, and read about how she had sculpted the dolls herself…I was determined to make my own too! Though at the moment I have no intention of getting into Resin casting, or porcelain casting, I do want to focus on one of a kind paper clay dolls for the time being. (The recent purchase of a 3D printer might tell you something about our future plans though…hehehehh)
I had bought a 16oz pack of creative paperclay, and had read a few online tutorials, so I knew to start with a removable base shape to build the clay onto. I made mine from tin foil, over plastic drink straws. The first layer takes a few days to fully dry, but once it does, it feels nice and light, and sands smooth very nicely ^__^
I just went for it with the first head, I hadn’t tried to sculpt anything since my teens (and i’m in my thirties now!) so it looked a bit rough, and less than ideally shaped. I decided to start a second one, and work on both simultaneously, to see which one I preferred.
Since paperclay takes ages to dry if it’s thick, I decided to start the torso pretty quickly too, using the same armature materials as the head, which came out quite easily once I’d cut the head-cap off ^__^
Here you can see I’ve added a layer of clay, added a little definition, and let it dry fully before cutting in half along the rib line. Once I’d removed all the tin foil, I built up a rounded lip onto the lower torso section, to allow the top section to move smoothly over it.
More development next time!
Thanks for reading!