Doll sandals are easy to make with a little polymer clay, a small bit of fabric, and some paint.
The only trouble is the heel. It’s easily breakable.
I found that out the other day. One my dolls had a sort of “falling out” with my dog. More like a “falling apart.”
The dog decided to have a “meeting” with her. She tore her head off and removed all her clothes in a very not-nice way, and proceeded to do some more dastardly deeds to this poor doll. What fun!
It’s ok, really it is. This doll was out and the truth is that I wasn’t happy with her. The body is fine but I really wanted to start over and now I have my chance.
One of the shoes was damaged and I just thought I’d share with you how I am going to repair it.
To repair the heel, I’ll add some air dry clay over the screw. Not such a big deal. Since it has grooves, I won’t even need to add paper tape to prevent the clay from slipping. Once that’s dry, I’ll just paint right over it.
A new “quickie” beaded ankle bracelet hides the tooth marks!
Thankfully she did not destroy the rest of the body, and the face is all right. Needed a bit of work, but not too bad.
I did have to add hair again, touch up her face and sew her head back on. Her “hat” was damaged but I put it back on, this time I sewed it down with beads. Not bad. I think she still needs some more work but she’s okay.
The doll came out okay in the end. She’s still got her spark.
Now that she’s been salvaged, I can think about this a little more….
She’s a bit on the naughty side. Maybe she deserved what she got? hehe
The fun part about making dolls is that you can dress them in whatever way you want, and “get away with it.” Maybe not…
When creating a figurative sculpture, whether from cloth or clay, it can be very hard to bring yourself to cover it up completely. Sure, you want to dress the doll and use as many embellishments to build its beauty and character- but then again it can be a shame to conceal all the hard work you just did. My teacher Alex Mergold- a master sculptor in Israel- once commented that he believed sewing dolls and creating a realistic pattern is so difficult he could never do it. Well, I don’t believe THAT, but I do know how painful it can be to cover up all the skill and hard work that goes into creating a body, especially when there are fine details.
This is why I sometimes create these extremely immodest people… yeah yeah-
I guess what it all boils down to – I’ll know better than to trust my dolls around my dog. (And they say collies are supposed to be smart and loyal? Ah well, you can’t win em all! All’s well that ends well.