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Progress of a doll by ladymeow Progress of a doll by ladymeow
So last summer I spent a lot of time working on dolls and I just realized that I forgot to post any progress pictures of them here on dA.

After the tiny Eka dolls, this is the second jointed doll I've finished. She took a lot of work to sculpt and there are some things I would change if I were to do it all over again... I might still try to redo her legs at some point but for the most part I'm really happy with her.

The original sculpture was made with la doll brand clay, which is kind of like an air drying paper clay I think, and she was 10 inches tall. The porcelain copies shrank down to 8.5 inches tall.
Seeing how much the porcelain shrinks is probably my favorite part!
When I designed her I wanted her to represent a 5 foot tall girl. That's not too important except I plan to sculpt many new bodies that will be in the same scale as this one. I think my next one will be a little taller and maybe look a bit more curvy or something. Or maybe I'll make a child in the age 7ish range..


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Stitchpunk89 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You didn't put the dolls made of la doll clay in any oven right, I heard you're not suppose to.
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ladymeow Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
yeah, you're right, I didn't put the la doll clay in the oven. I do put it outside on warm sunny days though or in the winter I put it over my heater and never had problems doing that. I don't see why putting it in an oven at the lowest temperature would be any different. I guess maybe if it dries too quickly it might be more prone to cracking.
But honestly I'm not the kind of person that would ever feel comfortable leaving the oven on over night anyways.
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Stitchpunk89 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Now to cover up the body (so it doesn't get soiled by water/other liquids), did you use Liquitex acrylic modeling paste?
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ladymeow Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
ah, yes! I guess you're working on your own doll now?

I didn't use Liquitex modelling paste on this particular doll but I have used it since then and I do like it because it sands down pretty smooth. On this doll I just used white acrylic paint and then clear gloss sealant.
The modeling paste still leaves a porous surface so if you use that you're still going to want to use some other kind of sealant too. I use a clear spray on sealant  for la doll clay or a brush on varnish if there's any polymer clay like on the hands. If you're trying to make molds from the la doll body parts then I'd definately recomend useing a gloss sealant instead of matte since it always feels like a slicker finish to me which means things are less likely to stick to it. Also even with many coats of varnish when I make my plaster molds the water still softens the body parts and sometimes there is damage anyways. I'm not sure if there is a way to make la doll 100% water resistant.
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Stitchpunk89 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, that's why I wanted I ask what exact materials you used to make your dolls besides la doll clay.
I'm gonna be making my own ball jointed dolls because the cloth dolls I made turned out shoty. Even though I put wires in the arms, legs, hands and feet, the dolls still couldn't move. I couldn't even find the proper skin tone color for the skin. So I started doing my research and I'm at the point where I need to draw out all the body sizes (1'9-7'0)
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suicidollxp Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing to see all the molds you need for one doll *q*
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ladymeow Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
yeah, it takes quite a bit of time to make just the molds... and then remake the ones that don't turn out well. XD
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suicidollxp Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
T__T yep i tried it once and i'm not good that it at all.
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thepunkpalace Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your dolls are beautiful! They're so delicate, I love them!
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ladymeow Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Thank you very much!
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