I would like to create a “product line” of small art dolls – a theme, style, and size that would unify a series of one-of-a-kind animal dolls that I could put in my Etsy shop. So my idea is small (about 8″ tall) animals with polymer clay heads and paws, felted bodies, and rustic “up-cycled” clothing. I would include foxes, raccoons, badgers, and rabbits and maybe some others.
Although these won’t be easy or quick to make, they’ll be easier and quicker than the art dolls I often do and they’ll give me practice for the more complicated pieces for my NIADA application next year. I especially need practice on poses and expressions.
So here’s my initial attempt. This fox will be star-gazing. As planned, her head and paws are polymer clay. I just used scrap clay in a non-descript gray then painted it. I get much better details by painting than by trying to use the colors of the clay. You can see the details in the top phoro of ‘her head. I used 4mm glass eyes from www.glasseyesonline.com.
The armature is number 12 single-strand electrical wire which I glued into the polymer pieces with two-part epoxy glue. I also used two-part epoxy for gluing the three main strands together – after wrapping them with thin gauge craft wire.
So far, so good.