Sunday, 30 December 2012

Its taken me ages to work out how to add photos to my blog using an iPad. Hopefully these photos will work ok. My New Years resolution is to keep this blog updated regularly throughout 2013!

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

How to wig or add hair to a miniature doll

When I first started sculpting I searched the net for tutorial on how to apply hair to miniature dolls but didn't find much at all, so I thought I'd show you how I do it.

Firstly you will need some tacky or PVA Glue (I prefer PVA - I get into a terrible mess with tacky glue, its just too tacky for me) a small pair of scissors, a needle or thin piece of wire, some dolls hair of your choice and a bald headed doll.

Firstly cut a small piece of hair (I'm using curly hair in the photo, so it looks a bit messy) and apply a smear of glue to one end. Less is more in this case. Don't add too much glue as it will seep through the hair and show on the other side.

Wrap the hair over the needle or piece of wire and pinch for a moment until the glue sets, then carefully slide out the needle. This should give you a neat edge to the hair which will become your partin.
You need to create two sections of hair with a neat edge to act as both sides of the partin.
Next you need to apply  a section of hair to the back of the doll's head. Apply the glue ear to ear and gently press the section of hair along it. ( you don't need to neaten the edge of this hair as it will be covered up by the two front pieces.)

Then decide which side you want the partin to be on and apply a thin layer of glue onto the sides of the  head. Glue the two pieces into place making sure the two neat edges butt up to each other to create a side partin.
Then wait patiently for the hair to dry thoroughly before attempting to cut and style. I'm not the most patient person and have ruined many attempts at wigging by attempting to style the hair too soon and have created a terrible gluey mess. Hope this helps!

Thursday, 3 May 2012

I've found a really lovely lady on Ebay called Cheryl who has been knitting me some really beautiful little outfits for my sculpts. It amazes me how she manages to knit on such a small scale. She really is a clever lady.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Hi, Pleased to say that I'm feeling much better now after being in bed all weekend with a horrible virus. I was desperate to do some craft work but could hardly lift my head off the pillow so spent a lot of the time viewing crafting videos on You Tube instead. Its amazing how many tips and hints you can pick up from the internet. What a great learning tool it is.

 I spent the day yesterday in my little Studio and finished off a few miniatures which are currently on EBAy

 Bye for now.  Lynne X

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Easter

I haven't had much time for crafting this week having had my neice and nephew to stay but I have managed to complete one little chap who's currently for sale on Ebay/

Hope you like him. X

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Shirley Thompson's Floral Paintings


Just wanted to show what a talented mum I have......She's been painting almost non-stop for weeks now as she has a few exhibitions soon as part of the Southend Art club.the first one is at the cliffs pavillion southend on 20th April - 22nd April. We are also taking part in "Art on the Railings" in Southend on Sea, Essex (UK) on Easter Saturday (7th April).

These paintings are in Oils but have been applied with a palette knife so are thick juicy and vibrant.

Click on thepainting for a larger image.


Wednesday, 14 March 2012

My first post!

Welcome to my first ever post. Many thanks to my good friend Debbie who helped me gets to grips with Blogging!

I've really enjoyed myself over the weekend. I've been out walking with my dog Molly and have been quite inspired by the lovely bright colours of spring. I found some old artificial flowers I have laying about in a drawer, gave them a quick wash and wove them into a reed wreath that I bought from a local Charity shop. Very pleased with the results - Its brightened up my dining room.

I've also managed to complete a pastel painting from beginnning to end in one sitting. I started it using watercolour paints, then promarker pens as I sat on the sofa watching the TV the other evening. It was an awful mess to start of with, but I rescued it by applying quite thick Pastel over the top which I think has bought it together. I was trying to make the colours as bright as possible. I'm not sure whether its worth framing though.


I completed these two Kingfishers on Sunday too. All I have to do now is blacken the solder and attached hanging hooks.

Lastly my friend Debbie showed me how to make brooches or corsages using man-made fabric. Basically you cut circles, melt the edges over a heat source, whether it be a flame or heat gun, layer them up and sew together. They look stunning on a coat, hat or bag. Its been a very enjoyable crafting weekend.

Lynne x