Large Porcelain Enchanted Doll !

6 years, 7 months ago 34


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!

34 Responses

  1. Annina says:

    oh wow, mind is blown, and just as I’m off to bed, now I’ll be dreaming of huge ED’s! :D

  2. jacci says:

    wow. that’s awesome. finger’s and toes crossed!

  3. dark_angel says:

    You did it again ! Searching, exploring new territories, whatever the difficulties !
    You are truly an adventurer ! And a gifted one !
    I wish you all the best for this new beauty, yet to be. ;)

    And if stringing is a pain, you still can try this version in resin, as it also very durable and strong to tension…
    Just saying !
    All my fingers and toes are crossed for your success… Of course !!!

  4. Alison says:

    Oh wow!!! I can’t wait to see her face!

  5. Jayne says:

    Holy cow! She is huge and is going to be so fantastic!!!

  6. Anthony says:

    Marina I have always been in awe of the detail you miraculously manage to capture in such a minuscule scale on your tiny Enchanted Darlings…. I cannot even imagine the amount of detail you will be able to capture on a larger scale…. The possibilities must be so exciting!!!! I know I for one am on 3 layers of eggshells to see the grand reveal of this statuesque beauty along with the 2 other Greek Enchanted mystery beauties we have yet to see^^

  7. Christine says:

    Thank you for putting the original size beside……goodness the size of the wig! Every thing will be over scale…..Must we say the price is going to be HUGE! Amazing!

  8. Anthony says:

    Marina I just noticed… One of the thighs of your smaller scale doll seems to have some type of design eched into it… Am I just seeing things or is that the thigh of a tattooed beauty? ^^

  9. Bertha says:

    Larger doll how interesting and it must be awesome and one of the masterpiece in the world! Congrates!

  10. Marcia says:

    Fantastic! I see you are keeping us in the dark with her head, I’m looking forward to seeing her face.
    It will be so amazing to see your doll in that scale, I really really want to design and make clothing for her! What a dream that would be!
    Can’t wait to see her!

  11. Sailor_Orbit says:

    How much would one large nude doll cost? I wish I could own one but I am assuming it will cost much more than the smaller one. Are you going to make even smaller sized dolls in the future as well? what made you choose 3 feet instead of 2 feet? or how did you come to deciding this size? also when they 3D printed your doll, did they machine out the plaster molds or just give you the plastic prototype?

  12. Merri says:

    Wow, very exciting….I look forward to the progress photos!

  13. Urszula says:

    Congrats Marina !!! By the way I don’t mind buying the little one on the right side :)))))))))

  14. Crystal says:

    Wow, I saw this picture yesterday and just did not know what to say. Reading all the comments I have to agree the doll is going to be absolutely amazing. I had thought it was going to be life size, but 3 ft. is pretty big. I imagine the large painted Asian head we have seen in the past is the head for this body? As a person who uses china paints myself I think it will be quite a challenge to get a nice even blushing on such a large area. Maybe an airbrush is possible?
    Looking forward to seeing more, of course!

  15. Yuxi says:

    Don’t have to cross any fingers or toes cause I know you can do it. :) Congratulations in advance.

  16. Elena says:

    Fantastic work, Marina !!!
    Can’t wait to admire the result.

  17. Sonia Anne says:

    Such a large doll has to be so much more work, sanding, painting, etc. I know the finished doll will be beautiful. Waiting for her completion.

  18. Iki says:

    I think we don´t need to cross fingers, because even if the stringing turn out to be not posible as you planned it, I´m sure you will find a way to make it all work, so stop worrying, and keep working.

    I still want to see a smiling ED since that is an aspect that have never been shown of the ED, but maybe that is a land that will never be visited.

    Gloriana is amazing YES!!!, but i think you could improve the articulations of the ED(making them less visible), rather that just a making a bigger scale of the doll since a bigger size allows different possiblities even for the articulation method.

    Even so, I love the new big ED.

  19. marina says:

    Thanks Iki, however, I think you misjudge both me and the inherent characteristics of porcelain. It is simply impossible to ‘hide’ the joints by decreasing their size without reducing the range of articulation in the whole doll.

    Because porcelain is largely glass, techniques used for making resin jointed dolls are not suitable for the porcelain moulding, casting, firing and stringing process’.

    So, what would your rather have, a doll with prominently visible ball joints that can flex and pose like a ballerina, or a doll with small, subtle joints that can’t bend her arms and legs all the way? How about I do away with all the ball joints altogether to make a pretty figurine that doesn’t move at all? Just stands there looking completely joint free.

    The thing is, Iki, for my dolls to move they way they move, they must have the joints they have. I resent the implication that I just half assed them. Every single square millimetre of the doll was designed the way it was designed for a reason.
    Every decision was carefully scrutinized and determined to be more optimal than other alternatives.

    If you know exactly how to develop and construct porcelain (glass) joints to be less visible, mold-able, cast-able and fire-able, and then have the doll retain its entire range of articulation, them I’m all ears.

  20. Brandie says:

    I have been a fan of yours for years now, I stumbled across your site some time ago and have thought of it here and now throughout the years (2? 4? I don’t remember how long ago now) and I just re found your website. Though your dolls are far out of my affordability I just love your work, I am in awe and will continue to follow your work, someday I hope to owe one but thank you for sharing your talent and the process you go through to create them! Keep it up. Can’t wait to see if the larger one pans out! I wish I had even the slightest idea of how to create such beautiful pieces of art.

  21. Syaron says:

    What an amazing doll this will be. Having made large porcelain (reproduction) dolls myself I can not imagine HOW the world you were able to not only make such a gigantic mold but also pour it! I bet it took gallons and gallons of liquid. Each one must weigh a lot. The ones I recreated were not even ball jointed dolls. How much will the finished doll weigh? Do you make your own liquid porcelain or is it a commercial brand? I always used Seeley. What color porcelain is she?

    Will she have painted eyes? If you don’t mind me asking, how do you determine what strength of spring to use? Is there some formula you have devised over the years? I am positively fascinated with the large scale dolls and tend to collect SD sizes myself. She is much larger than an SD size.

    Thank you so much for your time.

  22. Irine says:

    WOW!!!!!! This is GRAND!!!~!

    She looks great and she is huge compare to your original EDs. Can not wait to see the process of her being born into a wonderful doll. This is so so exciting.

  23. Glynis says:

    Marina,she looks as though she will gobsmackingly beautiful ( a Yorkshire expression :) ) did you know that Queen Elizabeth’s I nickname was Gloriana!? Can I ask do you ever get fed up of people asking you questions? How do you do that,why do you do that,why don’t you do that?? Or do you thrive on it? No disrespect to the people asking/prodding,but it’s a question I’ve wanted to ask for a while. Can’t wait to see Gloriana in all her queenly beauty.

  24. Bow says:

    How exciting. It will be interesting to see if, when she is finished, she will have a different quality to her to the other dolls, rather than the size being the only difference. One of the first photos I ever saw of your works was a doll that was curled up in a hand and although your dolls have very delicate features and proportions anyway, there was something about that scale that made them seem very fairytale-like and vulnerable. I wonder if this new doll, and no doubt she will be beautiful, will lose that feeling but evoke something new?

  25. Iki says:

    I have always thought that pose ability is over aesthetics (refering to dolls), so I prefer a doll that flex and pose like a ballerina rather than a stiff doll. So if it is the only posibility for porcelain articulations, that is how it should be.

  26. Crystal says:

    I think Enchanted dolls pose beautifully. Some of the resin dolls start to look like insects with all the joints they have. I prefer beauty over super flexibility, but everyone has their own taste in dolls! There is not real right or wrong, it’s just a matter of preference.

  27. Astera says:

    Definitely priceless!
    Best wishes!

  28. schizandra says:

    Eeee! I can’t wait to see them both finished, Marina! I have a good feeling about this large doll project. :)

  29. Jerry says:

    Just out of curiosity, was the bigger master mold/doll made from an entirely new bigger sculpture made from scratch or did you scan your original smaller ones and enlarged 3D printed it?

  30. marina says:


    Master molds were made from professional high resolution 3d scans of original small parts that were then printed out at 3x the original size in a large scale, industrial grade 3d printer.

    The cost of scanning the whole set of parts and printing them was around $10,000 USD and took approximately 2 weeks to complete.

    Unfortunately the plastic that even industrial grade 3D printers use is rather low grade at this point in time. It prints yellow, not white, yellows even further at a fast rate, is very soft, and it melts very easily with acetone. And on top of that, printing lines are very prominent and need to get sanded down before molding, which was a huge pain.

    On the up side, the printing resolution was really good and the parts were very light. I’ll be printing more parts soon.

  31. Debi says:

    This is so cool!!! I love huge dolls, I can’t wait to see her when she’s finished! :D

  32. lynne says:

    Beautiful….. i love the way you are carrying her in your arms makes her look so venerable and precious x

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  34. Marlone Castro says:

    I would like to buy one is this available for sale?

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