Wax carving for a Berlin show doll

7 years, 7 months ago 17


This wax model is fresh from the CNC machine. I’ve got about 18 hours to hand carve additional detail and definition, and then it has to be rushed off for molding first thing tomorrow morning. I may or may not get to sleep tonight. My intention with this design was to create a look of embroidered brocade fabric. This project caused a lot of head ache for my CNC specialist, as we’ve been fighting with it since January. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that he hates me. Although, he probably wouldn’t take on this job if he did. :)

Cropped CNC model

…And now it seems like it’s finally coming together. I’m so excited about it, that I feel giddy, almost drunk. Or maybe it’s all that caffeine I’ve been guzzling to keep going… I really do hope that it will mold ok, then inject ok, and then cast ok. Still three unknown variables remain, and there is so little time left to mess around with it, that if one of those variables doesn’t go as planned, it will seriously jeopardize the whole thing. Having now crossed the point of no return, there is really nothing else to do now, but to plow full steam ahead and hope it wasn’t all for nothing.

17 Responses

  1. An Bidault says:

    A-MA-ZING!I wish I knew how to do it and make such perfect carvings

  2. Oly says:

    The model is greate, terrific, astonishing!
    But I beg you, take care of yourself! Please, don’t work that much – it’s very dangerous. I was a workaholic too, and where is my health now? It’s gone almost seven years ago! I’m helpless and useless now. Be very careful. You are remarkable person, World’ treasure.

  3. Sailor_Orbit says:

    make sure there’s enough sprews and have the silver heated up to a higher temperature, just know it takes more heat to fill into all that filigree. since there’s a base to all the filigree and not a ton of piercing it looks like it can work! (if the base is thick enough) fingers crossed

  4. This is so impressive. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=533558506695448&set=pb.100001239092593.-2207520000.1366255770.&type=3&theater

    Marina this looks very much like a tussy mussy. Was very popular in the victorienne Era…hope I got the link right!

  5. Marina, it will turn out perfect! Don’t worry.

  6. Jayne Wourms says:

    I think it is absolutely lovely and I hope it turns out perfectly for you.

  7. stefy says:

    That’s amazing!!! you never stop of leaving me speachless! It must have been a hard work but I think any minute you spent on it, it was worth it! Absolutely!

  8. Glynis says:

    Marina,wow!!! Amazing, but you do seem to put yourself under incredible pressure,maybe that’s how you work,but as someone said earlier you must also take care of yourself. You will get it done,you always have,then sit back and enjoy the reactions

  9. Merri says:

    No wonder you’re excited Marina. This looks absolutely awesome! :)

  10. Si así queda el molde, el resultado final será algo maravilloso. Bezozzzzzz y enhorabuena.

  11. Crystal says:

    I’ve never seen anything like it! This is going to be absolutely fabulous! Can’t wait to see the whole doll!

  12. joan sandler says:

    you are amazingly talented!

  13. Sylvia Leticia says:

    Wow!!! ***BREATHTAKING*** :-}

  14. Kristen says:

    She’s glorious!

  15. Mattias says:

    You should try ZBrush. I bet that if you spend a little time learning it you can create the most amazing jewlery for your dolls using that software. There are firms out there that can take any 3d model and make it in gold or silver or whatever. It is not terribly expensive and it would make it possible for you to test different designs much faster.

  16. very nice work, we need 3d models, if any one can make please email me at varun_tmh#yahoo#com

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