This doll is definitely one of my more unusual works. I started him some time ago, and one of the things that kept him unfinished was the hair. I just couldn't figure out what fit. Today I was looking at him and it came to me: A feather!
"It is true I am rather taken up with dress; but as to feathers, every one wears them, and it would seem extraordinary if I did not."
Air-dry clay is a perfect medium for dollmaking. The results are beautiful, there is no need for baking or firing, and let's admit - sculpting is relaxing and fun. There's one problem: it takes many hours to dry the clay.You'll have to wait overnight at a minimum. If you're busy the following day, then your dolls will go on the "back burner" until you'll have time to continue. But there's a sweet solution: A food dehydrator and a cake topper!
Needle sculpting a cloth doll head creates a fully-defined nose and mouth. Wouldn't it be nice to add a little POP to the eyes?
Here's a tutorial that demonstrates how to "sculpt" fabric eyes. The result will be a whimsical, charming, and unique face.