Dolls Making

Dolls making - include your Kids!

Doll making is a very old hobby, with a large of number of enthusiasts practicing this art form even today. Ranging from simple cloth doll making to complex Victorian doll making, doll making is the perfect hobby for people of all skill levels and all ages.

To start with the hobby of doll making you will first need to conduct some research about the different types of dolls available. Some of the popular varieties for novice doll makers are cloth dolls, rag dolls, voodoo dolls, paper dolls and even cartoon dolls. All these dolls require minimal materials and no special skills. Basic knowledge of sewing, in the case of cloth doll making, would be an asset.

For the more experienced doll makers, porcelain or china dolls or even plastic dolls, polymer clay dolls, are all great options. You will need to know, how to work with porcelain slip, baking in the oven and sculpting of clay. These dolls are better suited for experienced doll makers, as these dolls also have very specific parts, which can be difficult to create and assemble.

Doll making is a hobby which can be learnt easily, so even novice doll makers can hope to start building porcelain dolls, right after they get comfortable with working with porcelain slip, or just the basics of doll making. Subscribe to a magazine, many of which are available for free online. Or join a local hobby club to interact with co-doll makers to discuss the basics of making the different types of dolls.

There are several books which can also help you with doll making. These can be found at local book stores or even your local library. The best resource for doll makers is definitely the Internet. Not only can you communicate with other enthusiasts in forums, you can also see the work of popular doll makers and get in touch with them directly for tips and other helpful information.

Apart from this, you could always ask your family and friends for suggestions on how to improve your doll making skills, by taking their feedback on the dolls you make. Remember not to exclude the suggestions of kids, as in the case of dolls, they often know more than many adults. Like any other skill, practice will make you perfect at the art of doll making.

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