Jenny La Fleur
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bet you thought I'd forgotten...
Well I have finally found the perfect doll for my 18th century fashion baby. It's exactly what I want... too bad it's WAY out of my price range. *weeps* Anyone want to buy me an early birthday present? :>
http://www.reginasteele.com/Queen%20Anne.htm

It's back to the old cloth body Lynn McMasters pattern for me I reckon. I've been putting off starting this in hopes I would miraculously find the perfect thing ready made. Having scoured Google and E-bay it would seem that 22"-26" wooden Queen Anne type dolls are just plain pricey, in the $400-$600 range, and hard to come by. Someday when I marry my millionaire... :>

Another link of interest that I found along the way is the creator of the fashion dolls in the American Girls Felicity movie. Those dolls had paper mache heads, which I'm intrigued by. I've never worked with paper mache but it has to be easier than woodworking, right? *grin*
http://www.christinelefever.com

Totally not what I was looking for but I thought these were cute:
http://www.schoolsupplies.co.nz/workshop-view.asp?ID=38

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jennil From: jennil Date: July 7th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC) (link)
I have this grandiose plan to learn woodworking once I have a basement in which to do such things. I even have the Mill Farm "pattern" for a fashion doll. If it works out, I'll make you one! :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 9th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh I will let you! :>
justawench From: justawench Date: July 8th, 2007 01:50 am (UTC) (link)
Wow, looks like I ought to start making dolls!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 9th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm thinking so... :>
dawnluck From: dawnluck Date: July 8th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC) (link)
Jenny, I love the doll you found! She's really, really lovely!

Okay, I know you decided against the Faire Tyme Toys dolls I showed you, but your beautiful $400.00 doll got me to thinking: You're a pretty talented girl...

Have you considered working with Fimo or Sculpey clay? It's a minimal investment to "play" with, and you may be able to actually reproduce that lovely doll with these clays.

You then paint layers enough to reproduce the lacquer like finish on the original dolls.
You would even be able to make your dolls jointed!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 9th, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC) (link)
I've thought about it, my original plan was to make a cloth doll with a Fimo head. I haden't really thought of making the whole thing out of it though... I don't know I'm kinda liking the paper mache idea better, less breakable (right?) and lighter to carry. Not that I have ANY experience with any of this stuff so we will see... :>
dawnluck From: dawnluck Date: July 8th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC) (link)
Just wanted to add, there's "paper clay" and paper mache options as well, which may be more period.

This link has tons of information on doll making.

http://www.dolldesigns.com/tips.html
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 9th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC) (link)
Well period is really wood. I haven't seen anything but wood until the 1810s-1820s when paper mache started to be used. (paper then being a cheap material) I'm just looking for something that "looks" right at this point. :>
tailordrews From: tailordrews Date: July 8th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC) (link)
I recomend paper clay. It comes in packages of 200 grammes i think, i have worked with this, and i still have a doll i made from it. It should be possible for you to make the individually parts and then assemble them. Only thing is that it takes a while before they are all dryed out, about a week.

Bjarne
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 9th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh thanks for the info! Do you have pics of the doll you made, I've love to see it! :>
tailordrews From: tailordrews Date: July 10th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC) (link)
Hi Jenny,
When i get the time, ill show you a picture of the doll i made. Its not a doll with bendable parts like the queen anne dolls, My doll has bendable arms (wire) and torso and head on a stick.

Bjarne
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 11th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC) (link)
Oh that would be great - thanks! :>
strandedinspace From: strandedinspace Date: July 9th, 2007 11:30 am (UTC) (link)
I came across this site: www.gailwilsondesigns.com

and if you look under classes she is currently having an online class on how to make a Queen Anne Doll.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 9th, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh very cool! I'd been to that website but somehow missed the class page. The price is a little steep for me right now (especially for a 10" doll) - I wonder if she will be offering it again...

Thanks so much!
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