Attention Porcelain Dollmakers!
Now That You Can Pour And Clean Like A Pro...
It's Time To Get Fired Up For The Finish
Master Doll Artisan Judy Orr is back with the second tape
in her porcelain dollmaking video workshop. In Part II, "Porcelain
Dollmaking 2: Painting and Assembly" Judy picks up where she
left off in Part I, "Porcelain Dollmaking 1: Pouring Molds
and Cleaning Greenware." These videos make up the first two
volumes of The Master Dollmakers Video Instructional Series,
a multi-part course featuring expert instruction by some of
the country's top dollmakers.
While other porcelain dollmaking videos limit themselves
to demonstrating only two or three stages of painting, "Porcelain
Dollmaking: Painting and Assembly" covers seven stages of
painting. The elements revealed in these seven stages will
allow you to create a more elegant and beautiful doll. You'll
also learn how to assemble your dolls, and the safety precautions
you need to take when working with certain materials. And
you'll discover creative solutions to many of the problems
and challenges you may encounter along the way to completing
your porcelain beauties. As in Part I, Judy begins with a
review of the tools and materials you'll need, including paint,
brushes, cotton, and pencils. Before painting your dolls you'll
use a sanding pad to remove any residual grit that may have
formed during the initial firing process. "When the porcelain
feels like satin," says Judy, "you're almost there." She then
shows you how to use a piece of silk to determine whether
or not you've sanded enough.
The next step is to add a base coat to the individual pieces
of the doll, including the torso, head, arms, legs, hands,
and feet. Although the initial firing will make the porcelain
look pink, it isn't quite flesh tone. Painting the body will
make it appear more natural. It's here that you'll also add
detail to the finger nails and toenails. And if at any time
you don't like what you've done, you can use paint thinner
to remove the paint and start over again. Remember also that
colors will become richer and more natural looking with each
Next you'll work on the face and add color to bring out the
highlights in the cheeks, lips, and eyes. Then it's time for
another firing. From there you'll move on to an additional
six stages of painting the face and firing it to bring out
even more detail and make the doll look even more beautiful.
These stages include painting the eyelashes, eyelids, lips,
and nose. You'll even learn how to paint traditional and swing
eye lashes. All of these stages follow the same basic procedure.
You'll begin by practicing on paper, follow by applying the
paint to your doll, and finish up each stage with another
Safety is also an important issue on this video. For example,
while it's O.K. to use saliva to remove tiny marks of excess
paint, don't put the tip of the painting tool back in your
mouth once it's been exposed to paint. "There's lead in oil
paint" says Judy. "So be very conscious of what you put back
in your mouth." By the sixth stage, all that's left to do
is add highlights to the nose, around the eyes, and mouth
before the final firing. And once the face has been painted
and fired for the last time, it's time to set the eyes. All
along the way, Judy shares the special techniques she has
developed over the past 17 years. If you've decided to paint
the eyes instead of setting them, Judy reviews the painting
techniques you'll need to follow. She suggests you begin with
pale colors and deepen them with each firing. Once again,
the procedure looks easy as Judy reveals each step in the
process in detail.
If you're setting your eyes, there's a multitude from which
to choose... from plastic to glass blown, to paperweight.
Paperweight eyes, says Judy, are made in Italy using old art
form techniques. This makes them more beautiful, but very
expensive. "If you're new to dollmaking, don't invest in paperweight
eyes," she says. "Those with a plastic backing and glass front
will work just fine." During the final stages of the video
you'll learn how to paint hair on both adult dolls and a newborn
baby. Then it's on to assembling where Judy reviews not one,
but five different ways of putting your dolls together. Don't
worry, though. The camera zooms in close enough so you don't
miss any of the crucial steps. So you're never overwhelmed
or intimidated by the process.
Finally, Judy challenges your mind and your dexterity by
showing you how to use the techniques you've learned to assemble
the tiniest of miniature dolls. Now there's only one thing
left to do... Have fun wigging and dressing your dolls any
way you like.
For that you'll want to turn to the other tapes in The Master
Dollmakers Video Instructional Series which include "Wigging
Miniature Women," "Wigging Miniature Men, Children & Babies,"
"Antique 12-inch Porcelain Santa," and "Dressing Your Tiny