I offer these instalments as an encouragement to others really. I am no doll making expert and have never taken any classes, I'm just bumbling along because I learn by doing rather than being shown. I am bound to make mistakes but, so what, they can be rectified and you learn more that way. I have been freelance on and off for most of my career (since the mid 80's... I'm practically Antique!) and always do something more personally creative when I am not working for a client. I really want to draw, write stories and paint but that just isn't working for me right now, so I am learning to make dolls instead.
On the subject of mistakes: using paperclay for the first time, finally managed to track some down, but sadly (it's called PAPYDUR) the instructions are only available in various Scandinavian looking languages, so it's all guesswork. That's one of the biggest hurdles that I've found being in the UK, well away from London. You see people in Japan and the States making amazing creations and glibly referencing materials that you just can't get your hands on over here... even in Hobbycraft!!!!
Oh well, back to the MISTAKE... the PAPYDUR has been left to dry for nearly 3 days and is like rock wherever it was thinly spread, but, I wanted to smooth the join between head and neck, so filled it in and smoothed over. I picked it up to do the photographs and found that it was only dry on the surface and have now made a huge crack into the wet stuff underneath! Ooops... PAPY-DOH. I think I might need to add less water next time.
Off to the Art shop in a moment (over the hills and far away) to pick up some silver acrylic paint, She's having silver boots with real leather laced uppers, better get on with it :o)