What an Experience. Everything was in total disarray. Their catalogue shows several sizes, of several types, of eyes,
in a full range of colors. In person they had a hand-full of assorted and miss matched odds and ends of eyes, scattered
about. They were all very nice and let me rummage around, and I left with as many sets of eyes as I could dig up, but
hardly the range of choices I had hoped for. I had also hoped to find wigs there, and I did buy one sad little one, that
was the only one they had that looked at all like it might be a baby's hair. I seem to remember that I might have
actually used it, on the first of the three dolls I made.
Better known to me as "the one in the middle of the
three stacked photos Of my original Sculpy dolls in
Bernie's article". Look at these photos very carefully, if
you want to really see "the Real Baby Face"! The first
and Master BF was that one With her mouth closed and
her expression neutral and almost "doll like". That is the
Basic Head from which all the other ones began. Now
I'm going to tell you something that I'm sure will surprise
you! Recalling It right now I realize that I never thought
of it before, so it surprises me a little too.
I pressed out and "refined" the bodies in a few days, The Sculpy hardens when it is baked in the oven and then it can be sanded and refined even more. All three bodies were the same. Then I did the heads. I found hard plastic beads the same size as the eyes I had chosen, The beads were bake-o-lite or something, that wouldn't melt in the oven. I pressed a shell of Sculpy into the inside of the molds of the front and back of the heads, setting the beads in place and packing the Sculpy around them. Then I filled the remaining cup-like cavities with crumbled bits of dried up Sculpy and joined the fronts and backs with a seam of crazy glue along the edge where the soft Sculpy shells met, Crazy Glue works quite well on Sculpy either before or after it is baked.
Then I carefully removed the mold trying not to mess up the soft Sculpy and with
my trusty tool I nuanced and perfected the face. Then I baked it for about a half
hour.When it had cooled, I cut out the neck hole and removed the crumbs of Sculpy,
leaving a hollow head, I then knocked the beads into the head by tapping on them
from the front, thus leaving a perfect cavity into which I could set the eyes from
inside. Then I would work some more, finishing the hardened head by carving and
sanding and often taking several trips back and forth to the oven to bake whatever
soft Sculpy I added in the process.
A few times, alas, I played around too long and lost great expressions, never to capture
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