Thursday, July 22, 2010

Maya, a Paperclay Doll

I've always been fascinated by the beautiful clay dolls I've seen while browsing through etsy, flickr and doll magazines.  So, while we were away on holidays, I spent a rainy afternoon playing with the paper clay I had brought along.  Maya's head was made by wrapping clay around a styrofoam ball, and I used a bamboo stick for her neck.  The pieces didn't take to long to harden with the warm weather, and when we returned home, I sanded each body part and drew on her face, then used watercolours and pencil crayons to give her colour.  Her hair is made from wefted mohair, which I cut into 1/4 inch strips and glued directly onto her head.  For her dress, I gathered a strip of wide cotton lace and glued it onto her body.  A green ribbon and a fabric flower are the finishing touches.  Little shoes were painted on, and I added narrow strips of lace above her knees - really just to hide the knots from the embroidery thread that holds the leg joints together.
Maya is my second attempt at a clay doll.  I made the first one a few weeks before we left, and as you can see in the photo below, she needed A LOT of improvement!


For my next one, I will attempt to sculpt her entire face with the clay instead of painting it on.  The first doll's nose and lips were sculpted, but more time and detail needs to be used while doing that part, they are quite tricky!

For all those who have been wanting to try Paperclay, please do!  It's super nice to work with and has a lovely consistancy.  And another bonus is it has a smooth, velvety texture once sanded. 

Just wanted to share one more pic of the newest addition to my doll collection.  Aggie was made by Sarah, who I'm sure most of you are big fans of!  She is the creator of amazing clay dolls and her work can be found at http://www.etsy.com/shop/blackeyedsuzie.
Aggie is a sweet little darling and her eyes, completely handmade by the artist, are incredibly soulful.  Please stop by her blog to see what she's up to!  http://blackeyedsuzie.typepad.com/



For additional pic's, check out my flickr site at,  http://www.flickr.com/photos/gingermelon.


11 comments:

  1. Maya is lovely, and thank-you for the encouragement to try something new :-) It will be fun to see where you go with this technique.

    Beth

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  2. I think you did an awesome job creating Maya. I'm sure that some lovely dolls will be lovingly sculpted to delight us all.

    Joyce

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  3. Well, thank you both! Just to give you both a little heads up, I'm thinking of doing a sculpted brooch, or maybe a pendant for my next give-away. Will keep you posted:)

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  4. Maya is wonderful. I´m sure you will make great sculpted faces.
    I want to try paper clay too but I never find the right time.
    I´m a big fan of blackeyedsuzie dolls and I love your sweet Aggie.
    Have a lovely weekend!

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  5. Wow! I love your work so much! Have followed your blog for a few months now and absolutely love your dolls! They have such personality and you really know how to pose them in such realistic and beautiful ways! Love Maya, your paperclay doll! Do you use Creative Paperclay or any other brand? Or do you make your own?
    Thanks for a great blog! Have the best day ever!
    /Lina in Sweden

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  6. Thank you Ana and Lina! I'm having so much fun playing around with it.
    Lina, it is Creative Paperclay, I find it to be the best one out of the two I've tried, though I can't remember what the other one was called.
    Hope you both have a wonderful weekend:)
    Shelly

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  7. Hi, I mentioned doing a doll swap with you before you left on vacation. Are you still interested? I think it'd be a lot of fun. My site is www.mechanicalwings.com, and I hope to hear from you.

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  8. this is funny...... I decided to try my hand at making my own BlackeyedSuzi type doll seeing as she said she wasn't doing many anymore for a bit. I didn't have any glass eyes... so just painted on some eyes....must see if I can find some like she uses... any clues? are they glass? ... Well, anyway.... mine isn't done yet, but what fun I had for the face part. Now to get some arms and legs going....some day.... .

    probably months away now as I'm having wrist surgery in a few weeks...

    Your little dolls are great.....

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  9. jajaj, is just the exact way that i feel! there is not enough time to do all those things you have in mind! good job with your dolls :#

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  10. Oh wow.
    Maya is super adorable.
    A great little piece of art.

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