Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Alice In Wonderland


"Curiouser and Curiouser" said Alice!
A new OOAK piece I finally completed. I have been working on this piece off and on for awhile now.
I had always wanted to do a Alice In Wonderland piece and incorporate the various characters into it so this was the project.

I love doing Mixed Media pieces and so I started with a box and went from there. Alice is handsculpted from fimo clay and if standing would be approx. 10" tall. I wanted her to be a little bit "Edgy" something different than the traditional blonde Alice with the blue and white dress and pinafore.
Of course Alice would not be complete without her silly friend the Mad Hatter. 
He is also sculpted from polymer clay and dressed in vintage fabrics complete with his cup of tea and toast. 
All details were made from scratch

Another character I always enjoyed was the March Hare. This fellow was needlefelted from mohair, with handmade eyes and teeth. 
What a silly guy he is!
Alice is so disgusted with the little crying pig-baby. She came become quite a nuisance!
The illustrations of the little baby that turned into a pig always amused me...especially with Alice trying to deal with it. I tried to capture that in the expression of this screaming baby! ;-)
"Eat Me"    "Drink Me" 
Of course the sly Cheshire Cat has to make an appearance!
Alice's Throne

 Loved this clock for the back of her chair....spinning...down....down...down.

Many, many hours and details went into this piece.

I hope you enjoy it!

Available for purchase here:

Alice In Wonderland Video U-Tube

Monday, February 25, 2013

German Bisque Pansy III Doll by George Borgfeldt

German Bisque Pansy III by George Borgfeldt.

I have loved the Pansy dolls for quite some time. I now have acquired all four of the Pansy dolls.
Today I am sharing my latest restoration. 
This is Pansy III made by German doll maker Geroge Borgfeldt. Era 1910-20

When I first acquired her she was in a frumpy blue dress. She did come with a gorgeous blonde wig...but it just didn't suit her very well so I replaced it with a beautiful human hair wig in a brunette color to match her gorgeous big brown eyes.
She had no undergarments so I proceeded to make her a slip and bloomers. 
Her shoes were not appropriate so I replaced them with a cute pair of black oil cloth shoes.
I am always on the lookout for old christening gowns. This one had some tiny rips that I repaired and then later covered with the lavender colored ribbons.  The dress was hemmed and vintage lace added to the hem sewn entirely by hand. The sleeves were also shortened. These old gowns are gorgeous made into doll dresses. Old christening gowns that may have stains or other imperfections are great for transforming into a pretty dress for a doll.
She received new hair ribbons, a sweet vintage pin and then she was complete! 

Handwerck and Heinrich 109 -11 21"

Lots of things to share so lets get started...

I have been working on some new restorations to share so I will start with those first!

Handwerck Heinrich 109 -11 21"
This is a beautiful doll made by Simon and Halbig for Handwerck on her original signed Handwerck composition and wood doll body made in Germany circa 1900.

I was so thrilled when I got this doll because she came with her original lace dress. It is gorgeous and was in nice condition...just needing a cleaning. 
She was in nice condition needing only a little cleaning to be done. I washed her clothes, replaced her ribbons and added the darling vintage doll hat I had purchased several years ago. 
As far as restorations...she really didn't have any issues other than her hands were a little scraped up.
I lightly retouched the paint on them just to make them a little more presentable.
This doll is known for her sweet Dolly type face and is one of the most sought after dolls for collectors.
I love how she turned out.
A truly gorgeous example of a fine bisque german doll!