A Doll in Progress: The Inner Makings of .... okay...so maybe I shouldn't write documentary titles. Just say'n.

Well, I will be honest. This week has been a bit on the crazy busy side so I don't have a new completed project to show you today, BUT, I did work on some stuff recently, so I want to show you!!!! The photos in today's post will carry you through the steps of the doll I am currently making. The funny thing is...I've not done one this way before, so you will not be seeing the work of an expert, but rather that of a student of sorts, learning as I go. What you will NOT see, however, is the completed doll. WHY? You ask. Well, two reasons, really. A.) I'm saving that for a special post later this month. 2.) The completed doll doesn't actually exist yet. Just say'n. HA!

Step 1: Make a ball out of some recycled material. I don't care what you use. I used plastic bags and covered them with masking tape. Many use foil, but I prefer to recycle. Stick that ball on the top of a lolly pop stick. Congratulations. You have a Dolly Pop.

Step 1

Step 1 (full)

Step 2: Add twisted wire around the stick to create limbs.

Step 2

Step 3: Set Dolly Pop with Limbs up on a cute flower frog for a photo shoot. Why? Because it's FREAKING HILARIOUS. THAT'S WHY, SILLY!!! HA!!!!

Step 3

Step 4: Wrap batting around the body portion of the dolly pop. This will give him some girth and keep him warm while you dilly dally and leave him sitting on your desk for a good week or two before completing him. Just say'n. I tied some string around a couple of areas for a bit of definition. Which is amusing because I have no idea how I am going to cover that part yet. It may be fabric, it may be more paper clay. I don't even know. Inspiration will hit.


Step 4

Step 5: FUN PART!!!! Sculpt the limbs and the head around the armature that you have built with paper clay. (Yes, that's that neat thing that we created in steps 1-3. I didn't want to scare you with official words and stuff. HA! TOTALLY KIDDING.) I haven't sculpted over wire limbs with paper clay yet, so this was an adventure, but I enjoyed it and I love that he is so posed! (Yup. I've created a Poser. Just say'n.)

Step 5

Step 6: Use small pieces of paper clay to sculpt the facial features. Have fun with this part! You can do so much to give your doll personality! And yes, I did clean this up a bit. This is, after all, and in progress documentation.

Step 6



Yes, I know the hat is cracked and uneven. Yes. I did that on purpose. All will be clear, my dears. All. will. be. clear.

BUT...not today!!! That's all for now! I hope you enjoyed this little foray into my head while creating and I look forward to showing you the completed doll soon! Have a super fabulous Thursday! And leave a comment! They make me happy!!!!

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  1. You are adorable...

    HUGS from Lolly Pop to ole Dolly Pop. We're kin.

  2. Dolly pop - I LOVE it!!! I really like how you made the hat. Can't wait to see your finished dolly! Theresa :)

  3. I'm excited!! Can't wait to see finished product!!

  4. I love this! you can totally see his personality taking shape (tee hee). I adore the photos too...great help for attempting my own!

  5. I think that's really cool. She'll fantastic when she's done. Have you ever seen that show on HGTV called That's Clever? They feature crafters and I've seen a lot of doll makers. They all do it a bit differently, but it's cool to watch. Here's a link http://www.hgtv.com/thats-clever/show/index.html

  6. He He that looks like Mr Bill...LOL

  7. cute little poser teehee.
    Nice to see a work in progress. Now I want to see the finished doll, Now I say!

  8. Cool to the process of making the dolls. Looking forward to seeing the completed result.

  9. How cool is that? I can't wait to see how he turns out!

  10. Can't wait to see the finished doll! Are you done yet?

  11. My FAVORITE post so far!!!!!! I love how you showed us the steps in your dolly-making process! I can't wait to see the finished result!

    (P.S. I'm still laughing at the "keeping him warm" part....you're so funny!)

  12. Hi Jingle! Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying "hi". I have paperclay, but haven't worked with it yet. You have inspired me to just do it! I can't wait to see how your doll turns out.
    Happy Creating,

  13. i bought paper clay about 2 years ago and havent opened the packet for fear of what to do with it!! i love the way you inspire me to just try...what is the worst thing that can happen right??
    cant wait to see the end product and who knows one day i might even try to make one myself :)

  14. You make this look so easy. Dolly Pop cracked me up. Love how you just GO with what comes up next...
    I have a feeling we are going to see this guy on June 26th. Just say'n.

  15. What a brilliant post, you have me all excited to see what's coming next!!
    big hugs
    En x

  16. Seeing your doll making steps was VERY interesting...thank you. And I look forward to seeing the finished piece.

  17. Do I see the workings of the Mad Hatter here? hum.... Now I can't wait to see your finished creation!

  18. Can't wait to see the finished doll!

  19. Can this project be any more fun? I don't think so...can't wait to see him all finished! Thanks for showing us what you're up to on Modern Craftswoman Monday! Rory

  20. Wow! Thanks for letting me see the inner workings of your doll! How cool is that! I think I'll have to try making one...


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