Buying a doll

I thought I would share a little bit about how I make the dolls,  where you can buy them and how much they cost .

I love the whole process of doll making. From the initial idea itself to completing the doll I enjoy every step .
I sculpt each character from polymer clay, I take a lot of time working out the facial expression to suit the character and as I am sculpting I am already deciding on the colouring and hairstyle the doll will have.
I paint with genesis heat set oils. They are wonderful and really natural colouring can be achieved with them.
I usually have an idea of how the doll will be dressed but often this changes at this point. The dolls character really becomes clear after the painting and often they turn out to be quite different to how I planned them !
I like my characters to have some movement so they usually have poseable arms and legs.
The costumes are handsewn onto the dolls, they cant be removed . I use natural fabrics, fine cottons, muslins and silks and strive for as much realism as possible. I also like to dye a lot of my own fabrics
I prefer to work in 12th scale , although every now and then I do something smaller and I do enjoy making tiny toys to accessorise my dolls.

Prices range from £140 for a child doll - £180 for an adult . special pieces cost more depending on the work involved .   
Each doll has my initials on its right foot and comes with a custom made clear acrylic stand for secure display.
I have closed my order book right now as I am booked up with commissions until well into 2017.
In the meantime my dolls will be available from my Etsy shop in between shows.
I exhibit at both Spring and Autumn Miniatura and at  Kensington Dolls house Festival and Christmas Festival were you can meet me and  purchase directly from me . I update the  " shows " page with dates of each fair  so you can put them in your diary !
I also have an Etsy shop where I sometimes sell dolls between fairs.


Anonymous said...

Do you have an email address?

BKelly said...

Can you make dolls from a photo of a person please?