Progress on the wax model

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So, after all that hard work trying to guess the purpose of this object, I suppose I should tell you what it is already. All the guesses, with the exception of a pony, were pretty accurate and relevant.

It was kind of a trick question though, because I designed this piece with multiple functions in mind and can make it into many things that were called: it can be a fancy stool or an armchair leg, a throne pillar or a bench, a stand for a doll case, a column for a doorway arch or a frame for a Gothic window, a post for a canopy bed and a mirror frame….heck, I’m pretty sure I can even make it into a pony.  I declare everyone a winner!

However, the guess about it being a “fancy grave statue/ funeral monument“, was closer to the primary function of this piece than the rest.

You see, I’m making a new coffin for a new Snow White doll! I’m aiming for a very Gothic aesthetic, with lots of spires and ornamental bronze framework, embellishing and encasing a glass chamber. If it works the way I envision it, it will be spectacular.  A worthy vessel for an Enchanted Doll. This one pillar is just the beginning of the project. I will try to finish the legs to have it displayed in my Vancouver show, but I don’t know if everything will work out as planned. Tomorrow I will find out if molding and wax injections have worked out. If they haven’t, well, that’s very bad.

The longing to make a much more beautiful glass coffin has been tugging at me ever since I finished the first one in 2006 and realized I could do much better. During my trips to Europe, I visited countless cathedrals and always go down to their underground treasuries and tombs for research. The things that I love to admire the most  are exquisite glass and precious metal, holy relic holders. They are truly spectacular and intricate little things that heavily inspire this coffin project. These are just some of the relic holders I’ve come across and by far not the craziest ones. I believe they are from Florence.




Although these are incredible, my favorite relic holders are those done in a Gothic architectural style, with tiny spires and windows and aches made to  look like they are miniature cathedrals themselves. Like these:


This is kind of what I dream of making.

I find Gothic architecture to be crazy beautiful and ultimately want to have a glass coffin that resembles it and could belong in an ancient treasury, along with other precious relics. Except instead of some dead guy’s dry bones or shriveled up internal organs or something equally gross, there will be a beautiful, porcelain doll sleeping inside.

My plan is to have it completed by my Berlin solo show. I hope to succeed.

34 Responses

  1. It’s turned out beautifully Marina. I wish you every ounce of success in completing it, and surpassing all your expectations! The bottom photograph has some really beautiful designs, they look completely fantastical!!

  2. Eiko says:

    Wow!! That sounds like such an interesting. I can’t wait to see the end result.

  3. Jayne says:

    Wow, it looks amazing. I just love the last photo, when I’m dead I hope somebody thinks of putting me in one of those! I’d be gorgeous for the first time in my life (death?).
    Good luck with the wax injection…fingers crossed (and toes and eyes etc)
    Luv Jayne xxx

  4. Amal says:

    Monumental! It will be wondrous, I’m sure. I look forward (very hopefully) to seeing it in Berlin!

    Normally, all that detail might overpower a doll. But, because it’s all so intricate, tiny and to-scale, I think it will act as a perfect ‘frame’.

  5. noxy says:

    ooooh a new coffin! That would have been my next guess! Or yeah… maybe not. But still, so excited! The last picture is awesome. I can imagine an ED in one… only in my mind she’s sort of “haphazardly thrown in”… rather than “posed”.

    to see…
    new snow white…
    *le gasp*

  6. Annina says:

    ah i’m with Noxy, a new Snow White, and a monumental gothic coffin for her, wow i look forward to see this finished!!
    i hope hope i can come to the berlin show, i’m not sure if i can..
    all fingers crossed for you that the mould will work!

  7. Annina says:

    and Marina Marina, do not forget:

    audrey print sale today!

  8. Astera says:

    Splendid! I am with Noxy…on her pony…I mean, I share her enthusiasm for both the new Snow White (you’ll have to make it more beautiful than the previous version…is that even possible? I guess the answer will be YES) and her renovated resting place. Hurray!

  9. Sarah says:

    Call me morbid, but I always enjoy the contrast between the beauty of the reliquaries and the shock of whatever’s lying inside – like a bone, or even a whole person! But the ideaof something beautiful hiding within something else is even better!

  10. Gisela says:

    What a great idea!.. I admire your work very much!… is amazing… good luck, it seem to be a hard work for a wile!

  11. silvana says:

    It´s a beuatifull, and we don´t wrong…hehe…!! I like so much the antique little things sculpt you post here.
    Certainly you have to success in your plane to do an for Berlin Show! You are very perseverant! I hope to see the final coffin for a new Snow White doll! I thinks will be spetacular!

  12. Erin says:

    Reliquaries are very interesting little pieces of architecture.
    Wait, did you say Vancouver show?? When is it??

  13. Jú Serra says:

    so wanna see the result of this… It will be beatiful!!!!

  14. Anne (Paris) says:

    Oh my! A new Snow White! Having written this article about the first one in our first issue of Fées Divers I can hardly say how excited I am about this gothic project of yours. Your photographic references are awsome. Great Idea!

  15. shiny says:

    Just looking at the end result of the wax model makes my hands hurt, but it turned out beautifully and I hope you can get it to work, Marina.

    Can’t wait to see the new Snow White…

  16. kelly says:

    That is really detailed!!! How skilled will you be, Marina, when you are a few decades older??? Hope the molds work.

  17. Hazel says:

    A new Snow White doll, and a new coffin. That sounds pretty amazing! And with what you’ve done so far, it looks like it’s going to be one super work of art. With a new Prince doll too, perhaps? :]

  18. Marina says:

    No price this time. At least I don’t think so.

  19. katui says:

    I used to browsed the internet and found this site my little sister said that they look like pickled mermaid dolls :) but they’re great. I wonder if shaking the bottle makes the hair sort of sway and move in underwater motion. the dolls look just great with that.

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