The Birth of Ruby – Assembly

9 years, 10 months ago 17
Posted in: Work in Progress


I’m on the home stretch with Ruby. The glue in the leather lining will begin to enter its maximum strength stage in 12 hours and while it’s setting I lay out the parts neatly on the tray and begin to measure out pins and connect the springs in the required configuration. I have my formula down and I follow it.


Assembly itself is not the most interesting part of the doll-making process, but the fact that it’s shortest and the last stage of it, makes it very exciting. It’s a culmination of all the work that has gone into the project, when everything is literally pulled together. For days the doll exists only in my mind’s eye and in small bits of porcelain. But when I begin to assemble those parts, then the vision becomes a reality.


At the end of each assembly I can’t help but feel a slight awe at the fact that only a few days ago this creature did not exist at all now it’s here, and I’m its maker.

I’ve been brought up to be a humble person. My parents have taught my sisters and I that a person should be a good human being first, and everything else later. I try to live by it and not let my pride get the best of me most of the time. After all, no matter how good you are at something, there is always some one who is better than you. But at the moment of assembly I allow myself a moment of glee and triumph: ‘Damn, I’m good!’-I think to myself:’ I made this out of nothing!’

I let those feelings wash over me for a few moments, then gently move them aside and begin to think of ways to improve myself: my concepts, my techniques, my work ethic and my general performance as a human being. We have to be so many things in our lives, and I’m all too aware of how one aspect of you can evolve at the expense of others. It’s hard to keep all parts of you in a semblance of a balance, in fact, it’s almost impossible. The law of Relativity. Sadly, we are governed by the laws of physics. Even art.


I like to celebrate the assembly of each doll in my own small ways. Sometimes I go to sleep while other times I watch a movie. The actual celebration happens inside my head with the sense of accomplishment and a fleeting, temporary peace, only to be broken again a short time later with the thoughts of making another, better doll.

17 Responses

  1. MissLK says:

    No, no, no Marina… you’re not good, you are GREAT!!!

    Confidence allows one to do things well and being humble will keep a person’s thirst for learning.

  2. Robert says:

    Love to read the inner workings of the creation and thought process, esp. of one so meticulous. Your insight to creating something from nothing is an epiphany I’ve often had with my writings…the idea that those pages used to be blank. This did not exist before my hand…

    Take care, and I wish much continued success creatively. I look forward to reading more.

    Thank you for sharing-


  3. Jon Songserm says:

    I love how nice you are!

    It’s make me very adore and respect you much, please don’t forget it.

    and take care, finaly Ruby is Born!
    Bravo for you hard work.

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  5. Manü says:

    Marina, you are the best dollmaker i’ve never see in my life, your work is incredible talented and your dolls magique.Congratulations for the birth of Ruby,In the last pics i can almost said that she is happy to born in your hand.Bravo

  6. Красота какая получилась :)

  7. claudia says:

    I am in awe each time I read your blog. I feel so privileged to be a witness to your process. A very open and generous artist you are. Life feels that much more special when I read your words.

    Thank you.

    sydney, australia

  8. Annina says:

    i can feel the satisfaction of putting a doll together from the photos.

    i love how pale she is (the light blushing).

    now i’m looking forward to see what hair she will get!

  9. Maura says:

    That,s right! Now comes the hair!

    I think a moment of jubilation and (a bit of)pride is called for at the end of this process: you worked very hard and the result is splendid.
    Yet, it’s admirable that you don’t feel like you reached your full potential, that you still see ways to improve your creations and persue them. It’s wonderful to watch you grow with each doll.

  10. Nune2010 says:

    I’m really happy to read your journey with joy of happiness. Your creation cannot hide some kind of sadness but it’s the proud of you! I do admire the way you are. Thumbs up!

  11. Eiko says:

    She looks absolutely amazing. What a gorgeous girl :)

  12. Yasmin says:

    Yes it really is great to read your thoughts and feelings about your process of making art. It’s a very personal and emotional thing that is usually kept within the head.. I’m very glad you’re sharing it with us.

  13. jslord says:

    They are so graceful.
    How do you DO that?
    She looks like she is about to speak.
    Will she be wigged? What color?
    Well, I guess we will just have to wait and see.

  14. Oh this has been such an exciting journey Marina. Thank you for inviting us into your home as we witness the birth of yet another beautiful piece of art. I’m looking forward to see her go to her new home.

  15. Once again speachless, Bravo to you Marina. She is going to make someone very happy…….her hands are just graceful.

  16. Kimmi says:

    I absolutely LOVED this process. I think she is the most lovely and beautiful Ruby I’ve ever seen, honestly. And… Ruby nudes usually aren’t my favorite *gasp*. But I really love this one! She is all the more special because I got to read your thoughts and feelings throughout making her.

    That first picture, by the way, is really just amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen your doll’s genitals that close up before–how on earth do you achieve such realistic detail in that tiny of an area?? I mean, that area is already relatively small on humans, I can’t even imagine on a doll! I like how you don’t shy away from reality, you’ve even blushed her, as real female genitalia look.

    Sorry if you find it awkward that I’m awed by your doll’s genitals but I just love your attention to detail :D

    And I agree with Annina, I like her pale blushing, and the contrast against her dark eyebrows. Lovely. Sorry I’m gushing :)

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