New Knitting Pattern: I have created a new knitting pattern on the http://CastingForPurls.com/ web site. It is a baby's undershirt, which is very simple to knit, but the results are quite sweet. Select the Patterns link, then select Baby Eric's Undershirt. I hope you get around to knitting it sometime!
Joy in Pointe Claire
UK kilns: I use the Hobbycraft 40 which I think thousands of dollmakers have used for years....no complaints at all, and it runs from a 13 amp plug with no special wiring. (mine is in my playroom and is wonderful in the bleak mid-winter ) got it from Cromartie Kilns: http://www.cromartie.co.uk Another address is http://www.briarwheels.co.uk. Don't know much about them, but have heard good things from the people who have used them.
Claire in Morecambe, England
Dainty Doll Newsletter: you can read more about my newsletter on my web site: http://daintydoll.tripod.com/DaintyDolls/ It's especially for people who make, dress, or collect miniature dolls. We give patterns with instructions, helpful hints, news, and artist features. We have more ideas than we have room for! Anyone can email me personally for more information. Daintydollnews@InsightBB.com
1/12th Scale Character Figures book: I got the Carrington book for Christmas. What it did was intimidate me from even trying to sculpt! I put the book away and am trying again to get up my nerve. His people are so wonderfully lively. I think maybe Kitty Mackey's book would be less scary to start out with; her article in DM on sculpting an Elvis wasn't nearly as intimidating. And one thing that disappointed me about Carrington is that the information on costuming was negligible, and the realistic drape and hang of his garments creates much of the realism. I've never been a mini-doll person because I don't do Victorian, and pretty much all male garments and modern female garments just don't look real to me, however real the dolls. Pants don't hang right and jackets look bulky like life jackets. (I wanted to learn to make dolls just to try another skill, not necessarily to populate my houses.)
Carrington book: I agree completely with what Loretta Sniarowski says about the James Carrington book: "...one thing that disappointed me about Carrington is that the information on costuming was negligible, and the realistic drape and hang of his garments creates much of the realism."
I also agree that his approach is more intimidating than others, and I was also very disappointed when he did not include instructions for getting that realistic look. That was exactly why I ordered his book, thinking I would learn about costuming. Telling us to use chalks is one thing; showing us is another.
I think you can get just as much in the way of general info about sculpting from other less expensive sources. For example, I have learned far more by joining the MiniDolls list (email@example.com).
Wanna in El Paso
Carrington book: I have met Jamie Carrington and have seen his dolls in person, they are incredible. His dolls remind me of him, he has a personality and a half, great guy! I have his book and it takes you step by step through the process with drawings and tips, also a few giggles. lol I think the book is a must have.
I think there are people out there that can tell you the basics, but for me, I don't think I could have understood it all without the book. Just my humble opinion.
Kathy in NYC
Wearable clear "glass" slippers for a Cinderella doll. I've never done it, but it seems to me you'd have more luck by painting the shoe onto the foot, with the foot having oil or some kind of mold release agent all over it, so you could pull the shoe off later. Resin might not be pliable enough - you may need to use a soft latex. No matter what, I'm fairly certain you won't be able to hollow out the inside of a solid shoe. That only works for clunky wooden Dutch shoes.
Paulette in IN
Rusty in Ky
WAC doll circa WWII: My husband works in the museum field and has a special interest in Military History. So I asked him for help with your WAC doll research. He says this may be the only source you need: http://www.AWM.lee.army.mil
This is the web site for the US Army Women's Musuem. It shows both uniform and insignia in detail. I am sure you could contact them if the web site doesn't answer all your questions.
One piece of info he did give is that early in the War the WACs were an auxillary corps and had their own insignia. The insignia was an Athena for officers, enlisted wore an Anthena on a brass disk. Cap badges were a strutting eagle for officers, enlisted wore a strutting eagle on a brass disk. Later in the War they became an army corps and wore the same insignia as men.
Dolls: we have added two new dolls to our site. Just visit http://www.twinfirsdolls.co.uk and go to our news page. We now have the Tudor, Victorian and Edwardian styles fully covered!
Rubber Dollies: http://www.lollyinc.com/
Nursemini, Akron, Ohio
Roberta's dolls. http://www.minidolls.34x.com
Roberta Favá from Brazil
Angel Children, Teddies: At http://www.tinyheirlooms.com there are Angel Children under Dolls and a tiny teddy bear under Half Scale Accessories. We ship internationally. You could also go to the Angel Children site, at http://www.ethelsdolls.com/
Tammy in Virginia
1/12th Teddy Bears: The link you need for 1/12th teddies is:
http://www.teenyweenyteddies.co.uk Dave Pennant also makes the most exquisite doll house dolls.
David & Joyce Betts - Grandads Playroom - Bost
Dolls: Sylvia Brinkley's address. Sylvia is a fine miniature doll
artist and I plan to feature some of her dolls in the Sept-Oct issue of my
"Dainty Doll Newsletter". Here are her addresses:
Bunka Uses - it's great for wigging the tiniest dolls, and for gluing on as trim on doll costumes. Use it as rope to decorate a 1/2" scale Christmas tree, or make wreaths from green Bunka. Decorate mini Easter eggs, or picture frames. I'm sure other Small Stuff readers will give you 100 more uses.
Paulette in IN
Gold Dipping: I have used the gold paint from the Ceramics Shop. It is called Mega Metals by Gare. Check your ceramic people. It is #MM6301. I used this on my golden Merman.
Pattern Material: I often made patterns for my old dolls by cutting them first and fitting using paper toweling. It is cloth-like so it can be fitted quite easily, yet is strong enough to really use for a pattern. Have done this with mini dolls, antique, and modern in all sizes.
1/144 microminis: Just wanted to let you know I have added more pictures of my 144th scale dolls to my album at webshots:
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