Post by mariyazhukova on Jul 8, 2015 2:07:41 GMT -8
bibarina thank you! Here one more "before firing" pic with another head
Yesterday I fired them end everything is ok.
ivdolls Thank you so much! Happy to know you like them!
Snegurochka Oh, thank you! It was somewhat disorienting, and now it became crystal clear, I am very grateful for the answer.
Want to share some old dolls (Miss Van Helsing and Kimono cat) WiP photos
First, I've sculpted a new prototype head. This doll was made for the costume bjd contest, there was no time so I used my mould of that time and changed the head and the breast (later, while modifying the porcelain casting)
New head mould
Preparing for the casting
Pouring porcelain is not as easy done as someone might think (there are a lot of moments when something could go wrong, but you would know it only after firing) but it looks easy enough.
At first, castings are not much to look at.
They need refining and sanding, and after some work they look better
And here's the head
Then firing. I have a small kiln at home
First parts are fired on low temperature (it's called "low" but in fact it is about 900°C for me), then they are sanded once more (this time in distilled water) and fired on 1250°C. Kiln firing takes much time (about 15 hours) and anticipation, but magic needs time:)
Porcelain transformation is something I still can't use to. It's like alchemy! At first, porcelain is soft, somewhat plain and crude, but after, it emerges sparkling, translucent, solid and cold as marble! And after kiln firing the porcelain shrinks an average of 15 -20%.
It is fascinating to watch the process of doll making. I am so in awe of all of you- there is so much involved! I am looking forward to seeing more. I really like the lines of your body too, they are so elegant.
Oh I love the carving,it's so pretty,she has such a mysterious face too. In England we spell it mould,but I think in America,and maybe other places,they spell it mold. But it doesn't matter really,we know what you mean I admire anyone who can speak,read and write in another language. Please update with pictures as you go along
Oh my, I love all these pictures. The hands are beautiful and elegant, and I love the long torso. I am also totally in love with the feet and the separate toe! I am in love with the detail you put into this work. Looking forward to seeing more ^_^
Post by EarthShine Doll on Aug 13, 2015 18:24:24 GMT -8
I am so glad you are on this forum! I randomly came across a picture of your 'Mira' and totally fell in love with her! You are so talented! I look forward to seeing more of your work! Absolutely beautiful and elegant