|Step 1: Either paint legs/arms black, or have them poured in
black porcelain. Next in pouring stage of porcelain doll, cut nice off center slit
in her head for realistic part. Then sand off heel from shoe.
After pieces are fired, build up a basic body using fimo. Bake as directed.
2: Skates. Make two small worms of fimo. Gently attach one
to each shoe bottom, indenting with toothpick for bar supports (3 holes - see photo for
placement). Bake. When cool...put a drop of superglue into indent, insert tiny
drawer pull (we used Houseworks). When set, gently press on bottom roll of fimo,
curving slightly at the toe. Bake. When cool, repaint skate bottom a metallic
grey. Next add a line of pulled bunka around top of boot for 'fur'. Let dry.
Step 3: Petticoat. We used 1/2 of an vintage hankie. Simply cut
off rectangle piece of hankie (be sure to use lace bottom), form a tube, gather top
edges, and slide up doll, fastening around her waist with thread.
Step 4: Cut out rest of pattern pieces from velvet like material. We
used doeskin suede in our sample (and kits). This wonderful material looks like
velvet, glues great, and doesn't fray.
Step 5: Take bottom layer of skirt, gather top edges, and gently pull on top
of petticoat layer. Make sure edges meet and overlap in front, forming nice
design. When happy with folds, sew shut.
Next take top layer of skirt, and gather top edges, pulling this on top of bottom
layer, again pinning and arranging folds in gather, to suit your eye. This layer
should come to almost her hips. ***HINT: Never
gather anything around the dolls waist except the last layer....otherwise she is going to
look like a weight watchers ad! Simply too much bulk.
Step 6: Turn jacket, right side to right side. Sew a seam from hem to
cuff on both sides. Turn right side out. Slide up doll's arms. Pull
jacket tight in front, cutting off excess. I didn't dart or seam this jacket on
Maura. Simply pulled the two front pieces tight, cut off excess and glued front
edges flat. I then cut a small strip of fur material, to cover these raw
edges. Realistic and easy! One thing though...you need to sew those side seams
using close stitches so they don't pull apart. Next cut small rectangle of fur
material, and glue down for collar and cuffs. I then tied a big silk bow for
decoration on waist, and added a bunka strip with two buttons for closure.
Step 7: Hat. Cut small long rectangle strip from fur material.
Turn top and bottom edges and glue towards middle on wrong side of material. When
almost dry, start at one edge and roll up forming a small log. After gluing edge to
hat, add a couple of rhinestones and feathers for decoration.
POND......I took a small round mirror and sprayed with spray glitter to simulate icy
frost on a lake. Next I took SnowTex (a snow used on ceramic houses) and covered the
edges of mirror. Maura is attached to a doll stand (glued the mirror on top).
The doll stand is covered by her petticoat.
Wigging....for directions, view past issues of FF for details.....we used the
largest size pleater for nice waves.
available (free) by mail with a SASE to the address below.
Dana of Miniature Art
5531 Windsor Drive
Sheboygan, WI 53083
(Make sure to include a note stating *which* pattern you are