Clover Dolls by Mariya Zhukova Jul 3, 2015 5:36:54 GMT -8
Post by mariyazhukova on Jul 3, 2015 5:36:54 GMT -8
Clover dolls by Mariya Zhukova
Hello everyone! Happy to be here! My name is Mary, I live in Russia and dollmaking is my real passion! For 3 years (I started this hobby in 2012) I've dedicated my whole free-time and, to be true, some of my sleep-time too:). Everyone here does surely know, that creation of the porcelain dolls is quite a time and energy consuming process. Sculpting the master-model, moulding, porcelain slip, sanding and refining of porcelain parts, multiple kiln firing and china-painting, then clothing, making wig and accessories. But all of this steps and metamorphoses are so breathtakingly exiting, that it definitely worth time, energy and nerves. It seems to me that making something with your own hands from raw materials up to the small finishing touches and appreciation of the results, it is one of the best things in the world.
LiveJournal zhukova-mariya.livejournal.com/ it's in Russian, but it's full of "work in progress" photos .
My dolls are made from beautiful English "Parian" porcelain that's fired on 1250°C, they have variety of joint constructions (human dolls have 18-21 articulation points) and (as it proper for the porcelain) painted with permanent ceramic-china paints (currently I use Meissen china paints.) For accessories I use metal, leather, polymer clay and ceramics.
Now I'm working on new mold called Mira. Master-model's height is 51cm, in porcelain it will be approximately 42 cm (16-17"), she has 21 articulation points (double jointed neck, hips, elbows and knees.)
It's plaster moulds I've made for her
I like smooth and neat molds, because it's easy and pleasant to use them afterwards.
It's just a beginning and I'll show some progress photos later.
And some previous dolls (all of them are in private collections in Russia and Ukraine)
My first porcelain dolls (before them I had made only 2 in other material called Flumo)
I've used copper wire to make corsets, bows and quivers for them
There I used ceramics and glazes for beads (they are quite small, it was interesting to make it)
Miss Van Helsing
It's my biggest project yet, because I've used metal (silver, Lost-wax casting, it was awesome experience for me)
Silver and copper cross-bow, my precioussss ^___^ I'm still quite proud of myself about it. If you are interested in how I've made it, welcome to my LJ!
It's about some sculpture and plaster molding zhukova-mariya.livejournal.com/46754.html
Porcelain casting zhukova-mariya.livejournal.com/47036.html
Wig making zhukova-mariya.livejournal.com/47454.html
Metalwork (It's the very best!) zhukova-mariya.livejournal.com/47693.html
And meet her throne! It's made from polymer clay
After that I've made porcelain chameleons
And little pandas
I'll show them in details some time later.
Happy to meet you all! It's the first time for me to show my works outside Russian doll boards.