Porcelain Doll Making
Porcelain Doll making ain't easy!
Porcelain doll making can be a complex hobby, yet it is very popular with doll makers due to the beautiful porcelain dolls that are created in the end. In order to indulge in porcelain doll making you will need to familiarize yourself with the basics of sculpting and ensure you understand the entire process before you starting. Also, before you begin porcelain doll making you will need to decide whether you want to make the entire doll, or just the doll's head, with a pre-made soft body.
If you are novice at doll making, then it is best to first create only the doll's head with porcelain and then attach it to premade soft body, in order to create your doll. Either ways in order to create a porcelain doll you will need to get some basic materials, which includes porcelain slip, doll mold, a kiln, glass eyes, paint brush with flesh coloured paints, some extra fine sandpaper and glaze. Also acquire a soft body if you plan to make only the doll's head, and a doll wig.
Once you have all these basic materials you will need to start out by choosing the right porcelain slip for your doll. These are available in a wide range of colours, depending on the era you are making the doll from. For example, if you are making a Southern belle, white porcelain is best. Once you have decided on the right colour you will need to pick the right mold size for your doll. Pour the porcelain slip into the selected mold, make sure there are no air bubbles trapped in the slip, and fill the mold completely.
After you are done, place the mold in the kiln and fire it for about 8 hours. Be careful not to exceed this time limit, as it could damage the porcelain. Once the duration has elapsed take out the mold and leave it to cool completely. This is important otherwise the porcelain could crack while you try to remove it from the mold.
After you have removed the porcelain from the mold you will need to use the sandpaper to smoothen any rough edges. Once you are done, start painting the doll's face. Use a little extra pink on the doll's lips if it's a female doll, and keep the pink to a minimum for a male doll. After you are done painting the face, insert the glass eyes through the gap for the eyes in the porcelain face. Super glue the fake eyelashes on to the face, though be mindful to not drop any super glue on the glass eyes. Last but not least, glue on the wig on the doll's head, just make sure it is at the right angle.
In case you only made the doll's head with porcelain, you will need to attach it to the premade soft body securely. Once all these steps have been completed you can now start accessorizing your doll. This is an important step as porcelain dolls are very popular collectibles, and are usually popular as per eras of production. So conduct some research about the kind of clothes and accessories that your porcelain doll would wear, and acquire them accordingly. Research is an important aspect of porcelain doll making. Just remember that porcelain doll making is a complex task and practice will help you get better at it.