Making dolls is a popular hobby not just for kids but for adults of all ages as well. Dolls provide a wide range of choice in terms of type, size, colours and styles, offering something for every doll maker. Before you can start making dolls, you will need to conduct research on all the different types of dolls available. An expression of creativity, it is more important to choose a doll that you like rather than something that merely looks pretty. Making dolls is something that most people pick as a hobby however if you get good at it, you can even look to expand commercially, making dolls for a living.
The first step towards making dolls is to collect information about the different kinds of dolls that you can make. You can visit your local library or book store to find some information on making dolls. The Internet is also a great source of information and also a resource that lets you see different styles & types of dolls from all over the world.
The different Types of Dolls
Once you are familiar with the different types of dolls, you can start making dolls by picking easy doll-styles to begin with. For this, making miniature cloth dolls is a great place to start. This will not just teach you how to plan out your doll's features, accessories, shapes, etc. but will also give you the confidence to move on to bigger and more complex styles.
Basic knowledge of sewing is a bonus for any doll maker, especially those who are looking to use cloth, in some form, for their dolls. A good doll maker also needs to know about the basic materials, their characteristics and the tools used to build the dolls that they prefer. For e.g. making porcelain dolls requires basic knowledge of sculpting & sculpting tools as well as the knowledge of using moulds, and even creating them perhaps.
In case you wish to expand your hobby of making dolls into a commercial venture, you will need to learn about the current market trends and the value of different kinds of dolls. Subscribing to a doll collectors' magazine, attending auctions and even visiting museums & galleries are some of the ways that can help you stay in touch with the latest in the doll market.
To enhance your doll making skills, you can even join a local club or classes where trained instructors will guide you through every step of the doll making process. You can even start a club for those interested in making dolls, if there aren't any nearby.
Remember to let your creativity flow as that is your best tool when making dolls.