Silver slippers and bracelets for Schehrezade

12 years, 4 months ago 14
Posted in: Doll Accessories

This is how tiny the slippers are. I just adore them. It’s been a dream of mine to make tiny, precious shoes for a doll since grade 6. I’ve been beading their shoes up to this point, but on the scale i work with, they end up looking too bulky for the doll’s feet because even the tiniest of seed beads and crystals are still disproportionately large for a 1:6 scale foot. I mean, they do the job, but i’m always trying to improve on my technique and execution and so, for the last two or so years i’ve been wanting to make slippers from a precious metal, such as gold or silver. This is the very first pair cast in Sterling. I carved them and the bracelets in jewelers wax, which was very tricky because you have to account for the shrinkage of metal during casting. So, there was quite a bit of guesswork involved into how big i should actually make them; too big and they will not look good on the foot, too small and they will not fit the foot. And you can’t exactly squeeze a porcelain foot into a metal shoe. It has to go in freely. So, I calculated the best i could and they turned out perfectly! I’ll see if i can have molds of these made for a limited edition run. Let me know if any body’s interested in having these for their Enchanted Doll. They are solid silver and won’t be cheap.

The new Scheherezade doll is wearing over 120 grams of silver on her body. She will be unveiled in the September issue of the Haute Doll Magazine along with 2 more new costumed dolls.

14 Responses

  1. Biscuitbear says:

    Oh how precious! Love the slippers. I’d be interested in a pair. I’ll be sure to buy that issue of Haute Doll!

  2. Anne says:

    The silver slippers are exquisite and I have a subscription to Haute Doll so looking forward to seeing your dolls in the September issue.

  3. twigling says:

    These are fantastic!!

    Have you tried using Art Clay for your precious metal creations?

    http://www.firemountaingems.com/

  4. Ilona says:

    These are absolutely fantastic!!! Even as a piece of jewellery that would be great! I love your attention to detail.

  5. Ilona says:

    I would be interested in the bracelets!

  6. Marina says:

    Art Clay Silver SUCKS!

    Art Clay is for Amature hobbyists. There is a reason professional jewelers use carving wax.

    The clay shrinks a lot during firing.
    It has only about 5 minutes good working time.
    And it has such a high porosity post firing that it’s a lot weaker than sterling silver and tends to crack and break.

    Making ornate objects such as those shoes and bracelets on 1:6 scale that look good and fit well IS very close to impossible or so difficult that it makes the result almost not worth the effort it would require.

    I tried it, tested it tweaked firing times and cycles and became completely disappointed with everything about Art Clay.

    Short work time is the worst thing about it. It took me about 12 hours to make the first shoe in wax and about 9 hours to make the second one. The work is very ornate and requires a steady hand and several application techniques. There IS NO WAY these can be done in 5 minutes of work time. Even in stages. You can’t make smooth and small granules in Art Clay. THAT is impossible because you’d have to roll every single one with fingers and it would dry well before you were done. Then you’d have to attach it with slip and that would just make a mess on the shoe.

    Anyway…I could go on and on and on about how unfit Art Clay is for making tiny and highly ornate things, but you get the idea.

    So, like i said before:

    Art Clay is for Amature hobbyists. There is a reason professional jewelers use carving wax.

    Don’t buy Art Clay.

  7. twigling says:

    Thank you very much for the review on Art Clay, I will definitely steer clear of it. 5 minutes working time is ridiculous!!

  8. alexea says:

    Just to clarify, are you calling Tim McCreight (among other metal clay users) an unprofessional hobbyist? “Real” jewelers can use metal clays, you know. It’s unsuitability for your applications doesn’t seem like a good enough reason to insult everyone who uses it. (disclosures: I have never used Art Clay, only Precious Metal Clay. I have carved waxes and cast them myself in gold and silver. I have taken a course with Tim McCreight and own many of his books, including the PMC one.)

  9. Marina says:

    Oh, i own a bunch of Tim McCreight’s books. I learn from them. Nor am I calling myself a “real” jeweler, as in i’m mostly self taught.
    I was insulting the Art Clay silver, not those who use it. And i stand behind what i said. 5 minute work time IS ridiculous.

  10. Doreen says:

    I would be very interested in purchasing your shoes and jewelry. Please keep us posted.
    Thanks,
    Doreen

  11. Nathalie says:

    wow! the dolls are amazing!

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