Let's Party! Celebrating 5 Years



For over 5 years this site has been celebrating creativity and being inspired by antique dolls.  What better way is there to celebrate this milestone than to have a cyber party?  So, I got a cake....and candles...  Wait.  Where are the guests?

Oh, that's right.  Here they are! These are some special Iznnah Walker inspired dolls created by lovely doll makers. 

L-R, dolls made by Jackie Hendricks, Artis Corwin, Dixie Redmond, Elaine McNally and Martha Bishop
To celebrate 5 years of inspiration, I decided to learn a new skill, to pour reproduction heads of a German covered wagon china doll in composition.  This required me to learn to pour slip in plaster molds, which was a big learning curve! Psssst!  As part of the fun I am making 5 of these available to MAIDA Dolls Group members to purchase.  

For MAIDA Dolls Group Members to Purchase


Edyth O'Neill joined in with me to mark this day by designing a body pattern for the reproduction head above.  


Below you can see one of the heads painted, and placed on a body made by Edyth with Edyth's antique style body pattern.  This body pattern fits the reproduction head, but is also appropriate for antique papier mache and china doll heads. 

To Purchase Edyth's Body Pattern
$7

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For those of you who have been thinking of making an Izannah Walker inspired doll, I am offering my pattern for $18 until March 1st.  Click the image below to go to the point of sale. 




GIVEAWAY -  I am giving away this wonderful sculpting tool made by Gail Wilson.To win this sculpting tool, leave a comment on this blog post.  I use this sculpting tool almost exclusively.  This tool was a game changer for me with my sculpting.  It fits perfectly in my hand, and is way better than the skewers I started out on, or the cheap wooden tools I found locally.  It is carved from apple wood. To read more about this tool, you can visit this page on Gail's site and scroll down to Molding Supplies, to Gail's Special Wood Tool





And last, but not least, please visit Edyth's lovely new blog.  



Here, have a piece of cake.  :-) 

Thanks for coming!

16 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! What a great party Dixie, Luv you!

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  2. Happy 5th birthday, Dixie and MAIDA. Love this group.

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  3. Congratulations Dixie and Edyth!

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  4. Beautifully done! Happy Birthdya, Maida!

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  5. Happy Birthday! Love the repro doll - so lovely and a wonderful paint, too. The tool looks interesting - does it work on a variety of clays (paperclay, polymer, etc.)?

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    1. I've used it to finish off the composition slip heads (shaving seamlines, etc) as well as on paper clay and on an oil based clay. It worked on all of them but works beautifully with paperclay. I haven't tried it with polymer because I hate polymer clay.

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  6. Happy Birthday!! Thank you for all the wonderful years of Dolly friends and new lessons. Hopefully everyone will eat some cake and ice cream today.

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  7. Congratulations & thank you for all the inspiring work and words that have made this such a wonderful group! I am so happy to be a member. The doll head is beautiful--both painted and unpainted.

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    1. Joan Strong, you are the winner of the sculpting tool!

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  8. I am lifting a glass of bubbly to all the friends I have made here! Luv yall!

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  9. Congrats Dixie! Love your new castings!

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  10. Thanks for creating such a great place to be inspired and encouraged. I enjoy myself every time I come in...

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  11. Joan Strong is the winner of the sculpting tool!

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  12. Thank you SO MUCH for saying that learning to cast and mold was a *#$^@ for you to get right. It gives me hope. :D It means it's not just me. :D

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