Last Update: November 4, 2008

I seem to never finish any dolls anymore.
(Do I ever finish anything?)

In fact, I'm afraid I belong to the "not-in-my-house" fraction, who think that dolls tend to disturb the harmony and beauty of a perfect scene. It is so hard to make them look convincing!
I nevertheless enjoy making figure parts. As a hobby sculptor I have always been interested in the human body. So I do use Fimo to make heads and hands and faces from time to time. Maybe if I find someone some day who enjoys dressing and assembling them these parts will come to life. If not, they might inhabit a miniature artist's studio one day (while the artist himself will be missing).

Below are some pictures of our one and only expedition into the field of dollmaking. These figures were made years ago, when we began our whole miniature adventure.

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...).

All images can be clicked for larger versions.

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!

(Wanna compare?)

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.