Several months ago when I was working on Anne Marie’s doll, I developed a method of transferring the paint surface from the shoulders of my original antique Izannah Walker dolls to the cloth shoulders of the reproduction dolls that I make. I was really striving to make Anne Marie’s doll blend in with the other dolls in her collection, since she only owns antique dolls and my doll would be her first reproduction.
I’m very pleased with the results that I managed to achieve. I basically wound up doing the equivalent of theatrical make-up, using artist mediums (making me really happy that I’d taken that theatre make-up class in college) 🙂
In these photos you can see one of my antique Izannah Walker dolls on the left, c.1860, and my newly made reproduction doll, c. 2012, on the right. I love old, original paint surfaces! You can probably tell that, right???
I am currently working on three dolls, all of which have more refined, less distressed surfaces. I would say that they will be finished soon, but with one of my sons getting married in 25 days my work schedule is in serious disarray! Especially since I am working feverishly on Paula C.’s custom order doll too…
If you would like me to send you an email to let you know when I have finished dolls available for sale, just ask. I would be happy to add you to my “new dolls” list if you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also email me with any questions you may have about my dolls, or if you’d like to discuss having me make a doll to your custom specifications. I love taking a break to “talk” about dolls!