The coffin pillar wax injections turned out!

10 years, 9 months ago 31


They didn’t really come out of the mold in one piece, but my complicated models rarely do, so it’s business as usual. The waxes require extensive touch ups for casting, but that is always the case with my stuff because of the sheer size. The most important part is that there is no warping of the general form of the pillar, as that was the biggest concern. I am quite relieved now as this  was the most complicated part of the entire coffin project. But who knows, I might come up with something even more complicated to make tomorrow. I’m weird like that.

It’s almost a little bit masochistic: I don’t seem to like a quiet, peaceful, trouble-free existence. I always need to deal with some sort of a problem to feel like my life has meaning. I think I inherited this trait from my parents who are pretty adventurous, cooky couple that also can’t seem to live a simple, uncomplicated life. Like my mom and dad like to say: “First we create our problems, and then we heroically resolve them!”

Unfortunately I won’t have this pillar in time for the opening of the Dragonspace show as my casting techs are too booked up with Olympics coming up, but perhaps half way through I might be able to sneak it in. Don’t know yet.

Lolita’s outfit is finally going up on Ebay auction on February 21st. It took me a long time to bring myself to part with it. Seriously, this time it’s for realz y’all.

ATTENTION CONTEST PARTICIPANTS: Mailing deadline has been extended to March 13th.

And that big news I mentioned earlier is still coming up!

31 Responses

  1. Hazel says:

    Oh, oh, I’m glad they turned out well! :]

    I totally feel you with wanting to be complicated. I can’t stand not being busy, and not having some sort of project being developed in my head or by my hands. (Lately, it has been my Enchanted doll contest idea.) I’m notorious at school for being able to take a simple project and turning it into something more complex. Your parents sound like an awesome couple, Marina. “First we create our problems, and then we heroically resolve them!” LOL at that!

    Can’t wait for the big news! I wonder what it is!

  2. Jayne says:

    They are excellent! I’m really pleased they worked out well for you. I’m really looking forward to the finished coffin.
    And, the ‘big news’ of course.

  3. Ariel says:

    Thank you for the precious insights into your creative processes. You’re a clever thing – and I feel privileged to know how much effort backs up your cleverness. Feb 21 is my birthday! I can’t wait to see the Lolita outfit auction. Not that I expect a look-in atm, but it is exciting allthemore.

  4. noxy says:

    That pic look incredible like that! Like, wow! I’ve been feeling as though I’ve been creating my own problems as well… except I’m not so sure I can “heroically” resolve them. Which is, you know… greeeeat.

    “Seriously, this time it’s for realz y’all.” I look forward to watching the auction! Fo’ sho yo.

  5. Amal says:

    The detail at the top of each pillar looks really delicate – that’s the part that broke? Does fixing it mean adding to the wax (the same way you made the initial piece)? Are those three holes for construction? Are those other pieces at the top of the photo? Will it be like a mausoleum?

  6. joan says:

    i hope your big news is either that you are opening up your order book or you found a resource for resin. I WANT EDIE!

  7. Astera says:

    Escellent! This is going to be great!
    As for complications…I really try as hard as I can to avoid them, but without them life is a bit boring and I oftern do feel more alive when overcoming difficulties than during moments of calm. So I understand your point. ;)

  8. Heidy says:

    I’m waiting like the other people, and guessing also how it will look like the pieces when assembled. I just can’t wait for seeing it finished, I really know it will look marvelous!!

  9. Congratulations Marina, I’m sure you must have felt relieved :-)
    They looks crazy-beautiful… so intricate and perfect and.. painfull? Does that make sense? I can imagine when they are finished, and the new snow white is ensconed inside.. that looking at it will actually *feel* .. not painfull, but overwhelming… the same feeling when you look at something very old or very special, awed.
    We’re on the edges of our seats wondering what the news is.

  10. silvana says:

    I like what your mom and dad like to say: “First we create our problems, and then we heroically resolve them!” hehe. Your are very smart, and creative to. I know the coffin pillar no finish yet, but look beautiful, and i know you can to realize exactly what you want.

  11. ~joanna says:


    You never cease to amaze me, i have been watching your work grow for several years, i emailed you about your work during your senior year or right after it.

    You asked me i knew any doll shoppes in my area, Florida, USA and i suggest a few but suggested that you go with your web site, your work just draws people, because as many will let you know very quickly your PASSiON from your HeART shines through.

    Katrina with DollFAIR, took a picture of me and emailed it to you, i know you will not remember because you have been so busy and meeting so many new faces. i have been telling so many people about your work.

    You are such a talented, industrious artist, learning and mastering so many techniques.

    Thank you for creating this blog, it has been so much fun watching your work grow.

    It is going to be really FUN in the next few years, just do what you LOVe, you do it so well.


    ~joanna from FLoRiDA

  12. ~joanna says:

    oOPSiE!!! I failed to mention that i meant Katrina at IDEX in Orlando today…


  13. k-atui says:

    They look just great!
    I hope you take photos of your show and the Dragonspace and share with us here. :)

  14. Jenny says:

    It would have been perfect if I had the money to buy Lolita’s outfit since February 21st is my birthday. =D Though, I wouldn’t have a doll to put it on, haha.

    I can’t wait to see the coffin finished. Thank you, Marina, for sharing your WIP. =]

  15. Uyek says:

    I ws wondering how you would connect the columns/pilasters but I think we can see a few hints in this photo of how it might be done.
    You have my architectural attention now!

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