Friday, 19 July 2019

Folksy Friday!

Another batch of totally new designs are now in my Folksy shop

These two designs both came to me from an English vintage dealer, so may have in fact been treasured toys, before becoming broken and discarded. They both caught my imagination at once, so have "jumped the queue" to become jewellery, many thanks to Debbie for making the introductions....

I spotted this Dollie, in a hodge podge of broken doll parts, and just knew that I could make her more beautiful..... Meet "Lucy"..... 

Lucy on the left, the original antique head on the right

Lucy - Dottie Dollie Brooch
Next, I spotted something else which I thought had potential, a single discarded leg... probably from a late 19th Century china doll, now alone and unwanted, but I saw the potential for fun and decided to add it to my collection too. I've already been enjoying painting different stockings, garters boots & shoes, yet I'm sure there's still more to imagine and create.... Pinterest has some wonderful examples of fancy Victorian boots which I've been loving this week....

Dottie Dollie - Victorian Leg Brooches 
That's all for this shop update, have a great weekend!

Friday, 21 June 2019

Shop Update

Just popped a couple more brooches in my Folksy shop

Judy Pale Aqua

Elise Pale Blonde
For the time being the older girls are still in my Etsy Shop, but during July I will be shifting all of my handmade stock over to Folksy.

It's admin. season for me at the moment, so I'm mostly looking over business records, and not creating....normal service will resume soon!!!

Thursday, 13 June 2019

New Brooches, a New Material, & a New Shop

Well they say change is good, so it's all about change at Dottie HQ this Thursday!

I've been experimenting with resin, this will mean that the Dollies will be more durable, and so can begin to appear as other jewellery items, such as rings, pendants and earrings. Keep your eyes peeled, these will be coming soon.... 

In the meantime here's two all new resin brooch designs, in a few different colour variations for you to try. There's also a new hand modelling the brooches....no need for a manicure these days!!!

Dottie Dollie - Bell Girl Doll Brooch

Dottie Dollie Cameo Style Brooch

Dottie Dollie Cameo Style Brooch

Dottie Dollie Cameo Style Brooch

Dottie Dollie Cameo Style Brooch

Dottie Dollie Cameo Style Brooch

Dottie Dollie - Copper Face Brooch


Also making her debut in resin is an old favourite, Elise

Dottie Dollie - Elise Brooch
If you want to check  out these brooches, they're all now listed in my new Folksy Shop 

Over the next few months I'll be moving all of my stock over to Folksy, since being traded on the stock markets, Etsy just isn't the same anymore, so after 7 years were parting ways. (Ooh, is that a seven year itch?!?) 

If you want to order multiple brooches across the two shops don't worry, I'll refund any excess postage that you may be charged.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Zouave Drummer Boy - Izannah Walker Inspired

Zouave Drummer Boy - Izannah Walker Inspired
 This special doll is my first Izannah Walker inspired boy doll, and he wears a costume inspired by the trend of dressing boys in military uniforms during the American Civil War. The bright Zouave uniforms especially caught my eye, so I decided to create a costume inspired by them. This doll is a new, unique sculpt.

Hand Painted Boots - Izannah Walker Inspired
His red trimmed black ankle boots, have been hand painted, and gently "aged".

Izannah Walker Inspired Doll

His hair is brown, and was painted in many layers, to give a beautiful depth, and lots of individual hair strands. He has short wispy strands across the back of his head, a centre parting, and wisps framing his face. 

His features have been painted with artist grade acrylic paints, and sealed with several coats of matt varnish. He has painted blue eyes, and  has been antiqued to give him a real "old doll" look and feel.

His body is made from calico, and his head and hands are hand sculpted from Paperclay.

Izannah Walker Inspired Doll - Boys Underwear

Izannah Walker Inspired Doll - Red Pants
He wears cotton drawers, and an under shirt. His wide leg pants are made from red cotton, and fasten with a hook and hand worked loop.

Izannah Walker Inspired Boy Doll


 His blue cotton jacket has a tartan lining, and hand stitched soutache braid decoration. His sash is made from red wool, with a pale blue silk trim, held in place by a black leather belt.

Zouave Drummer Boy - American Civil War
 I carved teeny drum sticks for him, and made a small drum for him to carry. It has the badge of the 5th New York Zouaves, from the American Civil War. All of his clothes are fully removable, and feature french seams and large amounts of hand sewing.

It was a lot of fun to work on a boy's costume for a change, I imagine there will be more boys in the future!

Friday, 6 October 2017

Finished on a Friday!!!!!

I've had an absolute blast working on these cute girls....and now they are all finished and ready to venture off to their forever homes.....  They are all cast from the same mould, the Kestner 111 jointed googly. All have custom, handmade mohair wigs & hand painted features.
Each doll is around 18cm high.
Dottie Dollie Googly Girls

Googly with Green

Googly in Undies

Googly Sailor Girl

Nautical Googly

Googly in Peach

Dottie Dollie Googly
 I have a few more of these girls in the pipeline, and there's still that mould making that I need to do....busy, busy, busy!!!