Sterling Silver collar on a doll

11 years ago 34


I did this mock up shoot earlier today to finally show the collar on Enchanted Doll. This isn’t an actual costumed doll. The composition was assembled specifically for this photo shoot to show off the collar. I made this wig a while ago to use in a different photo composition, but haven’t gotten around to it yet, due to the constant time deficit.

I am so in love with this creation of mine. I’ve been playing with the collar all day and neglecting other work. I tried putting it on every doll I have at home and observing the impact it had on the costume. I even combined it with a new Chinese gown, a seemingly odd combination, but it looked like it belonged there. I’ll shoot some pictures of it in the upcoming week. I’m just so blown away by the results. Almost four months of work and it was all so worth it! It’s exactly how I envisioned it and more. It’s huge, yet very light. It still can’t stay on the shoulders by itself, but I’m working on a simple clasp that will either attach it to any low neck costume or more conveniently, a discreet harness to allow it to be worn independently of the costume and be removed with ease. Initial testing of a transparent, elastic harness were very promising. I’m leaning towards the invisible harness.


I might have this collar available to order as a limited editon within a couple of months. I don’t have an exact price worked out yet since I’m still developing the formula for making each piece, but a rough estimate would be around a $1,000 CND, more or less. The cost of precious metal fluctuates all the time, which means the cost of casting does too. Once I get the average worked out, I’ll announce it. Drop me a line if you’re interested, as the number of people wishing to purchase it will affect the time line of release.

When I get back from Europe in November, I plan to begin the costume which was meant to go with this collar. I’m going to set gems into the lace work of the collar as well as the dress I have planned for it. It’s going to be wonderful. I might even try a 24 k gold or a rhodium plate for a truly brilliant surface appearance. I look forward to it. The piece is actually so versatile and can be successfully combined with various dress designs, but first things first- I’ll start with one and see how far I can take it.

I have several new things to show you. The new tattooed doll is assembled, as well as some new compositions and dolls which I have just gotten around to photographing. There are also some really pretty, random doll pictures from the past that I may post here. The next Sketch of the week segment is Scheherazade, coming up on Monday. Now that I have the  collar up on a doll I will put together those progress sequence pictures I mentioned earlier. I just need to go to my parents place and dig up one old picture in the family album which is relevant to this project. Stay tuned. Lots of new stuff is coming up! So much, that I’m struggling to space out the posts for the next couple of weeks, without overloading you with information.

Let me know wich of the two pictures you like better.

34 Responses

  1. Kamila says:

    No worries, the possibility of us being overloeaded with information simply does not exist.

    I like the second picture better. Shows more of both the doll and the collar.

    Can’t wait to see the new tattooed doll.

    Btw a callender of your shows on the website would be a good idea to keep track of the places where EDs can be seen. Or maybe there is one already and I just didn’t notice?

  2. aneemal says:

    Exciting times!! It’s nice to feed off your buzz!! ^-^

    Is this one of your new face sculpts? I like her a lot, especially with the incredible hair.

    Can’t wait to see the sketches for Scheherazade… and all the other projects you’re working on!

    If I could have one wish, I’d wish for you to have more hours in the day! Well, that, and my own ED! :-p

  3. Hazel says:

    The collar is so beautiful! I can’t wait to see the rest of the costume you have planned. I would consider buying one if I had money atm but, alas, I do not.

    And may I also say that THAT doll is stunning. She looks like an Elizabethan noblewoman! I think I may just have found a new favorite ED face. :)

  4. aneemal says:

    Gah, on second thoughts, she looks like Penelope.

    Forgot to say I too prefer the second shot as it is less busy and the detailed elements are more evenly spaced, leading the eye more easily from one to the other.

  5. annina says:

    i did spot this wig (i think) on the doll that sits on the sofa behind you in this shot:×266.jpg
    and since then i was curious ;)
    it’s such a special wig, i’m amazed!

    and wow, the collar is just wonderful, and it fit’s this doll so well! i did say that i’d love to purchase one but a headpiece has priority for me and so i don’t think i will be able to buy this collar, even though i’d love to. (only if some unexpected money comes in, but then i’d let you know. then again in some months i might be able to, so i’ll see)

    i like the second picture better, it shows more of the collar and gives some space to look at the whole composition of this doll, her wig and the collar.
    i don’t exactly understand how she is a mock up? is it that her face was painted in photoshop, or that she is not an assembled doll?
    either way, her face painting is amazing and shows how very much your skill improves even though one wouldn’t think it was possible to improve more!

  6. Ruth says:

    She has something intriguing about her which is part of her beauty, but goes beyond it too. It keeps my eyes moving back and forth between the astonishing collar and the person wearing it, I keep wondering about her thoughts. She reminds me of the young Bette Davis, who had that intriguing quality too.

    Is this the wig that you said made Chad say “Wow!” when he saw it? Even if it’s not, it’s still a “wow” wig!

  7. Biscuitbear says:

    I prefer the 2nd photo. The collar is gorgeous and so is the wig. She looks like she has stepped out from an 18th century painting.

  8. Dollutional says:

    I love both photos. The first, looks like a commercial or “teaser” photo. The second gives the viewer the “complete picture”. I’m new to Enchanted Dolls. I can’t get over the depth and breath of your talent. You make the dolls, the accessories, the wigs and the ocstumes — a true “renaissance woman” you are.

  9. winternight says:

    I prefer the second photo as well.

    The collar is magnificent and the doll is as well. This is my favorite piece you’ve done so far, and she’s not even complete yet… looking forward to seeing the final project and hoping I win the lottery!

  10. Habox says:

    if not baut perfect collar, but baut doll:
    it’s Kia, I think, but with changes around eyes.

  11. Marina says:

    This photo is a mock up in a sense that it’s assembled from independent elements and photo props. The doll itself is very real. Actually you will be seeing more of her very shortly.

  12. shasha says:

    wow I love it:)its amazing Marina:)


  13. Anika says:

    I think that the 2nd photo shows more of the collar and is a bit prettier, especially on the gorgeous girl’s face.

    Is this a new mold? She seems familiar, yet new, very nice!

  14. noxy says:

    Oh the collar is lovely! Just beautiful! I can’t wait to see more of the project as it progresses!

    And that new doll is so adorable! Her face looks so familiar, like a person I’ve seen before. It might just drive me crazy. lol

    I too like the second picture most, only because it shows the full doll. Hehe

  15. annina says:

    noxy i feel like i know her too, hmmmm!

  16. Anne (UK) says:

    The doll is so beautiful, the wig is amazing and the collar is down right exquisite!

    I like the second picture best. As everyone else has said it shows more of everything which can only be a good thing!

  17. miss LK says:

    So much excitements that I can barely handle :)

    I like the 2nd photo for the altitude of the wig and the grandeur of the silver collar. The composition is very architectural yet it is balanced with an ED that is so soft and ethereal. Are the flowers meant to be orchids? In some ways, the composition reminds me of Victorian greenhouse/terrarium where all the exotic orchids were grown.

    A new tattooed doll?! Ever since I have Fiori/Peacock, I seem to live for tattooed EDs… God help me.

  18. ~Jenny~ says:

    Very Marie-Antoinette with the hair. =) Well done with the collar. It looks fab!

    I prefer the second photo better than the first, although it depends on what you are going to use it for.

  19. Leah says:

    Wow, she’s truly stunning. Out of all your dolls you have, I believe this one is my absolute favorite; of course the collar might have something to do with my huge attraction to this doll ^^. I so can’t wait to see your new pictures (or old ones :D). I always love seeing your work, and am quite excited about your new updates. Feels like Christmas already, hee hee XD

  20. She is exquisite….

    And I actually like the top image better (even though both are breathtaking) I am absolutely blown away!

  21. Erin says:

    I think I like the second one more, you can see her face better. Who is she? She’s beautiful.

  22. giperborea says:

    I like the first picture more. The doll is quite different from the others, the face so peaceful and aristrocratic. Her collar reminds me of Queen Elizabeth and her high updo is something Marina hasn’t done before, love the flowers (orchids?) in the hair or are they butterflies?

  23. Somnifer says:

    I think the composition of the top photo is more interesting, but the angle makes her eyes look uneven to the point of deformity, so my vote is for the bottom picture.

  24. Ylang-Ylang says:

    Beautiful…the collar is amazing !
    About the doll, I love the way you sculpted the eyebrow arch…very aristocratic as already said. She has a cute face !
    In the first shot she reminds me of a female version of Harry Potter ! (because of the angle of the eyes). I prefer the 2nd shot for the same reason Somnifer wrote.

  25. ~Mia says:

    Magnificent sterling silver collar,Marina!
    The wig is absolutely fabulous !

    The like the lighting in the first photo..
    it complements both the doll and ss collar..
    even though the second one shows more overall…

  26. ~Mia says:

    ———> I instead of ‘The’ second paragraph
    ..should have coffee before commenting..

  27. Anchesenamon says:

    OMG!!! Marina,you’re hust the best!!! I like the second picture more. This doll and this colar are breathtaking

  28. Kimmi says:

    Marina. PLEASE make this doll available so I can buy her! I will PAY you. Haha.

    But for real.

    I also like the second picture best. The expression of her face is just divine.

  29. Jigglypuff says:

    I absolutely love the collar. It looks like it belongs on some queen from a faraway land or world. The second picture rocks in terms of composition. It really shows her expression very well, which I must say, is very divine.

  30. Sophie says:

    wow that doll-and the collar-are amazing!!! So intricate and beautiful!! can’t wait to see more pictures of this doll ^^

  31. Eiko says:

    Wow, that collar looks amazing. Great job, Marina!

    I think that the second picture is better suited for showing off the collar. It really shows how it fits the doll. The first picture would be perfect for an Enchanted Doll art show poster or flyer IMO.

  32. Nick says:

    You know.. it’s strange. The doll, it looks so much like you, only reversed like if what’s inside of you were photographed. When I see you in pictures I always think you look so ‘normal’, but then I try to imagine what thoughts might be going through your head at that particulair moment. Somehow I always picture some romanesque fantasy filled with whimsy, yet brilliantly and meticulously drawn.

    I have looked at the pictures several times, and I only noticed it just now. I was glancing at your “beetle gross-out” photos, and then looked up at the doll, and I swear the features look so similair..especially your eyes. It’s almost a self portrait in sculpture form, if perhaps a little bit more idealized. What do you think?

  33. silvana says:

    Hi Marina, The doll is lovely, and the collars amazing!!!! The Sherazade sketck so adorable, i like to know the process for yours dolls costume!!! I Think the second picture is better, i can see the eyes, the ornament hair and the complete collar to much better!!!

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