Buried Treasure

9 years ago 25
Posted in: Work in Progress


I buried a doll in sand today. Then I dug her up, pretending that I was finding a precious, lost relic.


This photo shoot was for a project I’ll tell you about later. I would never do this with a resin doll, but porcelain doesn’t get stained by dirt or scratched by the soil particles, so it was relatively safe. However,  I was a little concerned about it getting inside the spring mechanism and between the joints, so I chose to bury her in sand as opposed to soil, because the grains are larger and can be  vacuumed out once they dry. I was able to brush most of the sand off her skin pretty easily, but she still needs a wipe down and a vacuum. She sounds worse than she looks, because her joints grate with the sand stuck between them. But she’ll be alright. It was a fun experiment.



25 Responses

  1. Merri says:

    These photos look amazing. But I think that only you Marina, would be brave enough to do this to an Enchanted Doll! I think most of us would consider them too precious!!

  2. Yan-yi says:

    I sure wouldn’t mind stumbling upon a “lost doll relic” like that. =) Lovely shots!

  3. ranjiangzi says:

    Good idea and amazing photoes!but never imitate this done by other ED owners……=_=

  4. Anna says:

    There’s almost an aura in the first photo, where the sand is in focus around her and the red of the jewel in the headdress, is very striking, it lends great life to the picture. Excellent shot! I love the last photo, it shows off the dolls beautiful shape and proportions! :)

  5. Annina says:

    amazing, and one of my favourite ED’s, if it is indeed Cathedral.
    i wouldn’t dare to do this either, not being able to take apart and clean the doll myself, but it’s really a very interesting idea!

  6. Astera says:

    This is brilliant (and corageous ;))…and I am so curious about the project! :)

  7. luna says:

    love this is soo much,I dont know why it gets to me for some reason. I hope one day find an ED

  8. Crystal says:

    There was a book out a while ago where it had hints on where certain valuable one of a kind jewelry pieces had been hidden and the reader had to figure it out and then find them. Maybe we will see an Enchanted doll treasure hunt?

  9. The Old Maid says:

    Love the second photo:)Glad to read nothing wrong happened to the doll;)

  10. Isabel Pacheco says:

    God! what a surprise it would be more than a treasure to find a beautiful doll, But I think that only you Marina, would be brave enough to do this to an Enchanted Doll! I think most of us would consider them too precious sentimental value. I’m interested to know what their new project:perhaps you are planning a new young couple, would be very exciting to see a new doll boy enchanted.

  11. Isabel Pacheco says:

    Marina forgive the question: I wonder what happened to the line of resin, and if think do in the future other male doll new boy , I hope you understand my bad English I speak Spanish Marina, forgive my poor translation.

  12. Crystal says:

    I know! You wanted to see the pattern the sand would leave so that you could paint it on a doll. :)

  13. Carmen says:

    These photos are great, specially like the last one. It has a very Gothic feel of a beautiful girl being rescued from her buried grave, just a little too late.

  14. What did Chad put in your coffee. Never but would never risk in damaging a hair of an ED. You are the only one in the whole wild world who would do this. Love the last shot of her….-_-

  15. Eiko says:

    Tbh I would be most worried about staining/dirtying up the leather pieces between the joints. ‘Cause once they’re dirty, I would not know how to clean them.

    Very lovely new headpiece btw. Hope to see more of it.

  16. Ilona says:

    Oh wow. I love the idea!

  17. Liz says:

    I thought it was a girl murdered at first. Also last shoot gives me the impresion of a dead body. But very beautiful anyways.

  18. MollyTheWanderer says:

    It is Cathedral right? She’s a great doll for this set up. Cant wait to see the end result.

  19. Ruth says:

    I love it!!! It would be great if “they” could make a material that only has the best properties of porcelain and resin. – found your dolls on Pinterest and became totally obsessed with them-its the first time that I became interested in dolls-besides when I was little.Thank you for inspiring me with such intricate and exquisite tender work,keep up your working passion!can’t wait to see what you will creat next:-)

  20. Loretta says:

    Magical little story in those pictures, I love the way that the doll looks in the sand, the pose she is in your hands when you rescue her, I felt like I was watching a motion. Very beautiful.

  21. Orangey says:

    Haha, oh wow! You and ONLY you would be so brave to do this. I really, REALLY love that last shot, she looks lifeless, and Cathedral’s closed eyes really do the trick to convey that feeling of unconsciousness, or even death.

    I also love the first photo, amazing.

    Did I mention that I really love the last photo? A lot.

  22. Brenda says:

    Gorgeous! I can’t wait to hear about it.

  23. Denetdra says:

    I totally agree the bueaty of the doll alone is too great to risk but I do appercepte the artistry ofnthe photos. You could defiantly create a short story behind those photos.

  24. És magnífic. Tan suggerent. Tan evocador. M’ha deixat extasiada. Tanta bellesa. Felicitacions. I feliç any nou.

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