Sunday, April 30, 2006

Freedom- In progress

This is my newest doll. Her name is Freedom. One of my dear friends gave me the beautiful leaf beads for my birthday. She told me Barb McLean helped her pick them out for me. Since Barb uses these on her Leaf Goddess Dolls, I decided to use them the same way. The deep red inspired the theme. Her face is made of paperclay from a mold I made. She is still a work in progress, but I wanted to share her with you. I was married to an Army officer for 15 years and I have a very strong patriotic streak. I still don't know if I will bead all of her or let some of the fabric show. When she is done, with torch and all, I will post her again. Posted by Picasa
This is a doll I did for a swap. It had to incorporate springs in it to qualify for the swap. It was quite a challenge to fasten the springs to the doll. As with each doll I make, I tried to include new stitching techniques. Her name is derived from Carmen Miranda, the 1940's musical star. Her name is Carmen MeAnders as she will be traveling. It's surprising how difficult it was to let her go. She's the first doll I've sent away from home. It's as if they are my children and I get very possessive of them. Her face is polymer clay. I made it using a blend from my PC days and a face mold. Her hat is a spring with fruit beads attached. It was fun working with such intense colors . As with all my dolls, she is a part of me. I guess that's what makes it hard to let them go. The bottom picture is the back of her. I never have a preconceived idea of how I will bead a doll. I usually start around the face and wing it from there. My next doll is well on her way to being done.

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

This is a bracelet from a class by Marcia DeCoster. The medallions were a challenge, but I learned alot. Isn't that what classes are all about? If you ever get a chance to take a class from Marcia, do so. They are informative and great fun! I already have some ideas for a necklace. I love doing new projects like this . They tend to trigger all kinds of ideas.
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