Monthly Archives: April 2014

3 years, 1 month ago 33

parts

Although it’s not quite finished yet, I believe it is now safe for me to tell you about my secret doll project that kept me largely absent from the internet for the last 6 months. This is it – the first porcelain¬† prototype of a large Enchanted Doll. She is a 1 meter tall ( 3 feet) scaled up replica of my original sculpt. You can see the sets side by side for size comparison. Both of them are getting painted this week and assembled into dolls.

Needless to say, the last few months have been rather challenging and nerve-wrecking, as I’ve had to learn a bunch of new skills and acquire new equipment to be able to create large scale ceramic sculpture. To make matters even more interesting, during the whole process I had no idea if the project was even structurally possible or viable. The will-it-or-won’t-it aspect of it has definitely added some nervous excitement into my life, but I’m really happy that the uncertainty is almost at an end.

Although who knows, more problems will probably crop up as they tend to do with new territory. Stringing might prove to be an insurmountable disaster yet, and render all my efforts pointless. I’m testing new springs tomorrow, so keep a ALL your fingers and toes crossed for me, will ya?

And of course now that the cat is out of the bag, stay tuned for the picture updates on the painting and stringing this new doll of mine.

To soothe those of you who are wondering, I have absolutely no plans to abandon my original scale. From now on, I will be working small and large. The new, glorious era of Enchanted Doll is here!

And this doll shall be called, Gloriana!

3 years, 2 months ago 22
Posted in: Doll Accessories

I’ve been waiting to show you this piece until I had better photographs of it, as I hate to create a false first impression based on bad photography, but I’ve had it for 3 months now and that’s quite long enough. Enjoy!
corset 3

This Brocade corset is cast in Bronze, plated with 18k gold and set with 4 Amethyst cabochons. There is also one in sterling silver. This corset is still in the testing stage, but I’m hoping to clear it for pre orders as early as next month. Price will be announced along with official photos in the middle of May. If you’re interested in it, then email me at inquiries@enchanteddoll.com and get on the wait list! Let me know if you have any questions.

corset 1 corset 2

3 years, 2 months ago 35

I don’t know about you, but my last week was dedicated almost entirely to making sterling silver jewelry and doll accessories for orders. And by making, I mean ‘finishing’ it. And by finishing, I mean clipping, cutting, grinding and polishing raw silver castings to the point where they actually look silver. They start out looking nothing like the precious little things they become. Check it out.

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Ultrasonic clean: Metals are dirty after casting and need a very good cleaning. After a short walk home from the local artisan foundry with my heavy bag of dirty silver, I throw a batch of it into my ultrasonic machine before the work can begin.

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Clipping and cutting off injection sprues: Once the parts are dirt-free, I begin using a combination of cutters and high speed disks to de-sprue all my pieces. Every little bit of silver sprues is saved for future castings. Silver is pretty expensive.

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Keeping an orderly work surface: For some reason artists are portrayed and perceived as messy individuals. It never made sense to me, because creative pursuits requires a good deal of strategic planning, prioritizing and execution. I maintain order as I work, so as not to become overwhelmed and discouraged by the accumulation of production debris.

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Grinding: Ok, now it’s time to get my hands really dirty. I use safety equipment such as solid particle extraction to protect myself from respiratory damage; an eye/body barrier to keep high velocity metal shards away from me,¬† and finger armor to safeguard my hands from friction burns and savage skin gouging by spinning burs and abrasive wheels. Brrrrr…..they are sharp, fast and nasty.

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Acid bath: Now my freshly de-sprued and ground pieces go for a little dip in some relatively mild acid, which still burns human skin on contact. I use precautionary measures, but accidents still happen. Usually, this is when I discover all the little cuts on my hands from hours of grinding because they sting double when acid gets splashed on them.

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Post-acid dip: This particular type of acid, turns silver black. I love black patina because it increases contrast between recessed and raised areas by making intricate details stand out more against the background. Sometimes, instead of dipping pieces, I apply acid with a tiny brush to selected areas. Almost all of my metal works feature black patina. It brings out the depth of each piece.

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Tumbling: Now that my parts are black as pitch, it’s time to burnish them to a satin shine inside a tumbler full of stainless steel shot. While a variety of finishes can be achieved, I prefer satin finish on my jewelry, which is shiny, but not brilliantly so. During the course of several hours, the tumbler shot removes black patina from raised surfaces, while leaving it inside finer details, thus making it stand out against the smooth, bright areas.

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Ready for assembly: When my parts are shiny, I sort them, dry them and bag them in order of priority. Gradually, shoes get laces and buckles attached, pendants get bails and chains, while doll’s ‘clothes’, such as that Crow Helmet for example, get put together from multiple parts and embellished with additional accents.

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And that’s the gist of my metalworks. I hope that it was both entertaining and informative to you. I think I’ll go stick my hands in some ice now.