Making the Face
Make your own mold from two-part mold material:
Mega Sil (silicone) is the name brand and it is used in jewelry making and PMC molds if you want to do some research yourself.
What I have is pink. It comes in different colors. The color does not affect the mold making.
- Go to a thrift store and find an inexpensive doll or three and use their face for a mold.
and choose from among what you find. Etsy shops sell both molds (which they have made by using doll faces or by molding a face they sculpted themselves) and completed faces (usually made from polymer clay).
Face material. I make my faces from clay finish with stain or glaze. You can also use Air Dry Clay, any polymer clay (i.e., Sculpy et al – which need to be “cooked” and not in your home stove please), paper mache, and/or two part resin (which hardens without cooking. I use Apoxie Sculpt from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Apoxie-Sculpt-1-Lb-White/dp/B0013UDWXI ). JoAnn’s Crafts, Michaels and googling on-line sources are good for any of these.
You stretch your imagination and make a paper/cardboard face, a shell face, use a thrift store doll face (or even the whole doll – there are no rules here!), use a wooden spoon for a face – the only limit to what you use for the Spirit Doll’s face is your imagination. Streeeetch it!
Making the Body
Just as for the face, there is no limit to what you can use for the body. You can use found branches or driftwood to make a doll commemorating a special place, you can also use metal (new or used), wire, cloth, shells – anything that gives you the platform on which to build your doll.
Spend an afternoon with an allotted splurge of $20 (or more or less) wandering around a thrift store, a craft store, a sewing store and/or a Dollar store to see what catches your eye.
Explore small bins of pins and packages of buttons. Allow yourself hours of uninterrupted browsing (i.e., go alone) for bent wire, and fabulous feathers. Rummage through your jewelry box (a treasure trove of goodies!), tool box, closet and/or junk drawer and see what calls you. The oddest things can make the most wondrous creations!
Pay attention to texture: dried flowers, shells, pieces of wood. Add materials with different colors and feel, ribbons, rough cording, lengths of beads, embroidery floss, buttons, old jewelry.
Think about hair: raw wool, nubby yarn, wrinkled paper packaging, straw, reeds, feathers, Spanish Moss
There is no such thing as “wrong” here.
Decisions are made in a person’s life by small moments
of knowing, each moment opening until,
like pieces of a quilt, one day everything comes together
in a precise, clear knowing.
Linda Hogan, Solar Storms