Sunday, April 30, 2006

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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