Friday, May 28, 2010

Cage Skirt Doll- Final Touches

Final is all in the details...
Details...that is what sets your doll apart. Many of you know that I am a big fan of Japanese design. In that design things are kept very clean and simple, but within that simplicity is the complexity of balance.

It is actually something that I strive for within my work- ask any of my students, the doll may look simple but there are very detailed techniques and thought that goes into each piece to make it beautifully balanced, clean and simple in design.

In this doll, I added special details that followed the design or shape of the costume. Just enough to enhance each piece designed but not to take over or detract from it.
I started with the edging of the tulle. It needed to be finished but delicately- like the fabric itself. I chose two threads- one an older silk thread and a hint of metallic thread. Normally I would not use an older thread to actually hold a piece together because the thread can be dry and break easily but for this case it worked and the older thread was just the perfect color!

Next came painting the cage. I used several different products. I love painted wood in metallic gold...I feel that it just enhances the wood but keeps it in the same warm tones of its natural state. I also used an antiquing liquid to age the and soften the brightness of the gold.
For simple embellishment I stamp "Love is all you Need" and sealed that with a matte finish. My final touch was adding a small trim around the base that I painted in the gold to depict a carved effect.

Now for the Crown...
I made several different sizes and styles...
not bad but just not quite right...

I didn't even bother to paint this one!

perfect and I added that same
vintage beading in the center section

Here are more details that I would like to point out to you.

A thin line of vintage trim with a bit of gold at the bodice edge,
the woven section with various textures of fabric,
and notice the elbow gusset with the
blue & creme cotton fabric as the lining.

A few more details of the glass matte beads for the joints

And the Final Piece

Thank you for joining me
on this Creative Journey!

Start by doing what's necessary;
then do what's possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Francis of Assisi
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