This is Jopseph, the gardener. He and Anna, the elderly housemaid, who is to shy to be photographed due to her wrinkled face and untidy hair, were our first tries in dollmaking.
After these first dolls were finished we purchased a book on dollmaking in 1:12 scale. We could have avoided some problems (You CANNOT use your fingertips for this work. You'll need tools. Good tools. Right: The most expensive ones are the best ones.) had we done this the other way round. On the other hand did we learn a lot from just trying our hands (as I said...).
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Joseph is made from Fimo. My mother sculpted his head, crocheted his hat, and sewed his clothes. She wanted him to look like her husband and even used the original's hair.
Well, the guy definitely has my father's ears!
One thing we learned is that it is not easy to paint fimo objects. Expecially if you'd like to achieve a very detailed, nuanced look. (You'll see what I mean if you take a close look at his unwantedly blotchy hands and his features.)
I believe we have not found the most suited sort of colors yet.