Saturday, June 21, 2014


I finally decided to take the plunge and try making a doll following the techniques of the late artist Robert McKinley in his book "Dollmaking One Artists Approach". I've heard such great things about the artist. I know many artist use some of his techniques in their doll making process. This is my attempt to construct a doll using some of his techniques.

Making the cardboard body armature to develop a body pattern

I was hoping my paper clay Head would fit and could be used but it doesn't.

Draping muslin over the cardboard front torso armature

Front lower torso

The body is stuffed and ready for the neck plate to be formed

Covering the upper torso to receive neck plate
The neck plate was developed and is drying
Carefully removed the Neck Plate and peeled off all the foil .The Neck Plate is amazingly flexible!
Trying on the Doll's Neck Plate (it can be trimmed if necessary)
This is where I left off
This is the side view showing the doll's dowager slump
I was hoping the Old Woman Head would fit this body.....but to my surprise the muslin filled out a little fuller than anticipated and I had to go back to the drawing board to construct another body. Also, Robert McKinley made his doll using Super Sculpey, therefore, this body construction may not work with a Creative Paper Clay head and neck. We will see. This is my doll maker's muse for today.


Mary Ann said...

Wow! You always amaze me at the challenges you take on. Nothing stops you:)

Sherri Farley said...

Thoughtful detailed work....Love it!

Shashi Nayagam said...

Wow you are an amazing artist

Jo Ferguson said...

Absolutely fascinating and so intricate. Your work is exquisite.

The Stitch Fiddler said...

Thank-you ladies. Robert McKinley was a great artist and I hope I can accomplish similar to his one day.

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