Thursday, August 16, 2007

Almost there.

Here is an update on my Big Nose Fae. She is now holding a baby. I completely re-did her feet, meaning I chopped off the original ones and replaced them with paperclay feet. I used the same treatment on her legs like I did with her arms. Her shoes are made from the same brocade satin as her bodice with little wooden beads for trim. The sleeves were also fixed. I sewed the ends closed and trimmed them with the same gold gimp. I still need to iron her skirt. Above she does not have any wings. Below are the same wings I made for her originally, but I am leaning towards not having any wings. However, Sherry Goshon made some great suggestions for integrating the wings. But then again, I may not use the wings at all. She'll wind up being an elf.
I hand dyed the silk to match the flower on my Big Nose Fae's hat. Originally, I was going to use the silk on the skirt, but it just didn't look right to me. So I used it to costume the little baby. I used historical photos of swaddled babies as a starting point for my baby fae. I echoed the adult fae's hat on the baby and used the same wooden beads on the baby as I did on the big fae's shoes.
Now I need to make some sort of chair for my fae and her baby. But I think in the meantime I am going to work on another fae. This doll has been quite a challenge for me. One I am learning an awful lot from.

Stay tuned for more updates of this doll. I appreciate any comments you would like to leave.
Happy Dollmaking,
Melisa

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10 comments:

Katie said...

How wonderful! Now I know what she is so serious about. :) Love the feet too. I think she is great without the wings.

thecoppermouse said...

Thanks, Katie. I am leaning towards no wings myself. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.

Tami said...

Oh she is turning out to be gorgeous. Although I personally like wings, I don't think that this doll needs them. Save them for another one. The baby is the perfect addition. She looks like a nursemaid. What's her name?

thecoppermouse said...

Someone said this doll reminds them of "Nursey" from "Romeo and Juliet." Ever since then, I've been calling her Nursey. I like it. :)

kay susan said...

Lovely, lose the wings...........

Fran said...

She's wonderful and love her holding the baby. The colors are just right for them. My granddaughter Brittany is here with me looking and she said, I like the Big Nose Fae and her baby.

thecoppermouse said...

Thank you so much. What a lovely thing to say!

Karen Mallory said...

Oh! Your doll looks so much better now. I like her without the wings as it gives her a much more professional look. The baby is the perfest one to add and is so precious. How big is that baby? You have a great piece of art here!
hugs Karen

thecoppermouse said...

Thank you Karen. The baby is about 3 1/2 inches long. It is definitely one of the smallest pieces I have sculpted in paperclay.

MimiK said...

I love this piece- the baby is especially wonderful!