Friday, July 9, 2010

New Teddy Bear Baby

I saw the sweetest Teddy Bear Baby on eBay and I tried to win it but I didn't. So I decided to make one myself. I looked through all my stuffed bears and picked out a very old fashioned one. Then I made a newborn head (revamped and resculpted out of a discarded head), painted it, put on brown mohair. Then I took the head I cut off the Teddy Bear and made a teddy bear hat and own Teddy Bear Baby. I think I like him better than the one I tried to buy. He really looks even cutier in real life.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

New Group....The Traveling Baby

I joined a new group that works together to create and sculpt a baby, then send it to the next member to work on it...maybe put together the baby, paint baby, and put hair on the baby. Then on to the next member who might gloss where needed, dressed and clothe the baby. Then to member number four who might make blankets, hats, socks, and shoes. The fifth member might make toys and any accessories needed to help this baby look his best and take completed baby photos. At this time the baby goes back to it original creator/owner and she will have a beautiful baby that has traveled through many states and hands. The owner is supposed to tell a story about their baby. This time the babies traveled to 5 homes...another time they may travel to depends on how many people sign up to be in the travel. My baby turned out to be a newborn baby elf. Here are some beginning pictures of her (I had started putting on her body when everyone decided that it would be easier to paint the babies if they were not put I stopped after I had connected her legs) and you can read about her journey at the blog link:
I was hoping she was a newborn baby girl elf , so I decide to put her hair on and see it she looked like a girl or a boy. I really think she looks like a girl, so I named her Bliss after the village park I found her in....Blissfield Town Park.

A New Portrait Baby Girl Jewel Lee

I have just finished a new Portrait Baby. It is a copy of my daughter Jewel's hospital picture. It is my fourth Portrait Baby. It took me quite a long time to make her but she is finally done. She was a beautiful baby with a perfect shaped head and lots of dark brown hair. She is an OOAK (One Of A Kind ) molds are used in making any of my creations. She is made of Professional ProSculpt Clay with tiny tools, my mind, hands, and patients. I use memories or photos for ideas and lots of time and love. She has a handmade soft doeskin body that is filled with steel shot and some soft fluffy filling that makes her very poseable. Her head turns from side to side and her limbs are jointed. She is baked to perfection and painted with a special Genesis Heat paint to give her the infant skin color and blushing. Her lips, toes, and fingers are glossed. Her outfit is hand knitted especially for her by a lady in England and her afghan is handmade by a lady in California. she feels wonderfully weighted when you cuddle her in your hands.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Doll Show

If you want to see the pictures bigger, click on them. The titles don't match the pictures. When I get a few minutes I'll try to fix it is just too much....Sorry

Doll table At Madison Heights Show

Mini Piggy Bank

Sweet yawning Boy Baby

Flower Elves

Reborn Elf Baby

Lady Bug Baby Elf and
Sweet Pea Pod Baby

Sweet Bundle Babies

Flower Elves

Dressed Puppy

Dressed Mice

Chihuahua Puppy

Portrait Kelly Anne

Portrait Baby Tanner

Bundle Babies

Boy Babies and one Girl Baby

Bears, Mouse and Baby

See the little monkey?

Tiffany's mini sculptors and mini toys

Cowboy Billy, Cowgirl Jane, and Baby Cowboy with stick horse

The Girl babies

I was invited to put my sculpted babies in the biggest doll show in Michigan. It was the Madison Heights Doll Show. I went with my granddaughter Tiffany who also sculpts with me. We had a good time. We both took examples of our work and we both sold pieces. The managers of show said that they had never seen OOAK sculpted babies so they were excited to have us in the show. We got many good comments and people said they hoped we would come back to the show in the fall. I got to meet Dorothy Steven who is a wonderful sculptor from Canada and I enjoyed talking to her. Here are our picture of the show.

Friday, May 28, 2010

My Portrait Babies

The next thing I have tried are Portrait Babies. I have finished three Portrait Babies. The first one was a Baby with a Silly Smile. (dressed in a Bunny outfit) I wanted to buy one of eBay ID whiterabbit's babies with silly smile and they always go so high, I can never get them. So I took the picture and tried to make one like them. It kind of looks like them.

Next I found a crying picture of my grandson Tanner soon after he was born , actually, in the delivery room. I made the head first, even glued on hair and it wasn't very good. So I waited a while, pulled off the glued on hair, and put new clay on the old head and resculpted it. It looked much better. This time I baked on sparse medium brown hair and it really turned out good. I bought the cutest white trimmed in baby blue romper with a matching hoodie and booties from my friend Anabell. He looks darling in that outfit.

Then I took my daughter Kelly's hospital picture and copied that one. I really worked hard on this least three days on the head alone. The eyes are just barely open. If I remember right it was hard to get a picture of Kelly with her eyes open. They tried to take them three times and this was the best they got. I also baked on sparse light brown hair. I should have cut more off because Kelly didn't have a lot of hair...especially in the front. But the mohair looked so pretty, I just couldn't make it so short. The whole sculpt took me well over a week. I made the fingers on one hand spread out like Kelly's right hand was in the picture. I made one leg stretched out and the other one pulled up so she could look like she was trying to wiggle when she was on her tummy. I also dressed her in one of Anabell's dainty white trimmed in pink crocheted outfits. It was a sweater with flower embroideries, a plain white top, shorts in white with pink trim and matching booties.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Have You Ever Tried "Flocking" or "Furring" to Make Animals Have Fur?

The first thing I tried was "Furring" and this is how I did it. I went to the Goodwill and found a big teddy bear with reddish brown curly fur. I started cutting it off with my good sewing scissors and storing the small chunks of curly fur in a plastic bag. Then I made some little Pro sculpt clay teddy bears and used glue to add the curly chunks of reddish brown fur. They were pretty easy to do and looked very sweet. I think I will look for teddy bears of other colors and start clipping off the fur and storing it in plastic bags.
For the "Flocking" I purchased many colors of the flocking on eBay. The directions said to use those yellow and red plastic squeeze Mustard & Ketchup bottles to spray the flocking. That works pretty good. You make your clay animal, cover it with glue, and put it in a tall box or ice cream bucket. Then you spray it with the color you want to use. I haven't tried two colors...not quite sure how you would do that. I made two medium size jointed mice and a large jointed white mouse (all made of clay) and some very small dogs. Two were Chihuahuas and one was a mutt. Their bodies were cloth and the paws, heads, and tail were made of clay. They were fun to do also.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

My Little Reborn Elf Baby

I have been wanting to have a reborn Elf or Fairy baby but they are so much money on eBay. So I decided to make one of my own. I started looking for a small reborn 10-15" that would make a good elf. I finally found one that was perfect...15"....already reborn and for sale on eBay. I sent a message to the lady who made her and told her what I wanted to do if I won her. She said she thought it sounded exciting and would be happy to send me the complexion color paint that she used on her. So I did win her and she did send me the paint with little Baby Zoe Marie...I added the Marie. What a perfect name for an Elf Baby. As soon as I got her, I took her head off, made pointed clay ears, painted them with the same color as her face, and put them back on. I bought some cute preemie outfits for her and dressed her up. She turned out darling...I really love her. I sent the lady who made her pictures showing her new ears and she thought she was so cute too. She has a magnetic pacifier that she uses.

The little boy baby in the picture above is the Silicone Baby Matteo that I plan on making into an Elf Boy Baby. He feels so good and heavy, but with soft vinyl. I bought some special clothes to put him in too when he is an Elf.