I'm working on my second doll at the moment and I'm pleased with how she's looking so far. My first doll was ok but her joints didn't work properly and the hole in the top of her head for attaching a spring bar was too big. What I would love to know is, do any porcelain doll makers put a bar through the dolls head, ear to ear, rather than having the bar terminating in a hole at the top of the head Enchanted Doll style.? Would this method work..?
I'll post a picture of my doll in a couple of days when I've finished her hands and she's ready for mould making..
Thanks so much for posting that, I've never seen a photo of this type of bar before. I notice she also has a hole in the top of the head which I presume is just a pour hole.
I think the bar through the head looks better than the bar and hole at the top of the head, maybe less intrusive. Also I'm thinking of leaving some dolls wigless as part of their "look", so using this method would make this possible.. I love to see makers experimenting with new ways of doing things..!
Yes there is a pour hole on top of her head. There is a nice finished look with this method- Maybe there is also less stress on the head over all since the tension from the stringing mechanism is spread out and not just on the rims of the hole? But I dont know for sure. Anyway it is interesting how many ways there are to string and deal with joints etc. She is a very elegant doll though.