Miniature Doll Family

This is my miniature doll family.  The man stands about 5 1/2 inches tall.  The baby is all porcelain and the man and woman have porcelain head, shoulders, lower arms and legs.  Their bodies have a pipe cleaner structure covered with stuffing and fabric.  I made the clothes from scraps of fabric and lace.  The man’s buttons are hand-sewn embroidery knots.  I’ve inserted wire to the bottom of the woman’s dress and brim of hat to add shape.

Quick explanation of the doll making process: 

Liquid porcelain clay is poured into a mold.  When firm it is removed and allowed to dry.  This is the greenware stage.  After trimming, the greenware is fired the first time.  It comes out of the kiln rock hard.  The porcelain is then sanded smooth and painted with china paints.  It is fired for the second time.  The doll is then ready to assemble.

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About Wings of Wonder

Linda Ruddy is a creative and she works in a variety of materials including pencils, paints, paper, porcelain and fabric. Her current projects involve hand-sewn bookbinding, children's book illustrating, and writing. In 2010, two of her paintings were published in the Saddleback College literary magazine, The Wall. In the past, she has received recognition for painting and doll making. Linda lives in California with her husband and family pet. Her new blog can be found at:www.wingsofwonder.worpress.com Please visit often to see how the site develops. Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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