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.

About Wings of Wonder

Linda Ruddy is a creative with a diverse range of interests in writing and painting. She currently is revising a middle grade novel, and author and illustrating a picture story book. She is an active member of SCBWI, Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators. Linda has a body of paintings, which form the foundation of her artistic development. This work can be viewed on her website: Her recent illustrations are an outgrowth of the style she developed in these paintings. Another passion is sculpture. Linda often uses her figures as models for her art. Linda's blog is eclectic and journeys wherever her muse guides her attention. Her blog address is: Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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