Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Faerie Doll Stand Free Tutorial by Rivkah Mizrahi of Doll Makers Muse

If you ever wondered how to make a doll stand - especially a faerie doll stand then you'll be happy to know that Rivkah Mizrahi posted a free tutorial on her Doll Maker's Muse showing you how.  Rivkah's tutorial is shown below.

Faerie Doll Stand

I just finished this very interesting faerie doll stand. It looks like a slice of log- perfect for a faerie!

I didn't really plan it that way, but it came out looking awesome. Best of all, I didn't put too much effort into it!

Materials needed:
  • Round piece of wood
  • Gesso
  • Burnt umber acrylic paint
  • Wooden dowel (or a stick)
  • Drill to make a hole for the stick (in my case, a husband with said drill)
  • Armature wire and needle nose pliers with a wire cutter
  1. Paint the surface and outside edges with gesso. Let it dry.
  2. Go over it with burnt umber paint
  3. Beginning in the middle, use your paintbrush to make a spiral pattern going outward. This will create the log-like appearance. The white gesso shows underneath.
  4. Paint the outside edges.
  5. Let dry.
  6. Drill a hole that can accommodate the dowel and 2 ends of the wire.
  7. Cut a long piece of wire. It should be almost triple the length to the doll's waist.
  8. Insert 2 ends of wire and the stick into the hole and make sure it's snug.
  9. Hold the 2 wires together and wrap them as one around the stick, like a vine.
  10. When you get to the waist, fold the remaining wire in half at the midpoint, so you now have two double wires.
  11. Bend them into a half-circle. It will hold the doll's waist.
  12. Use needle nose pliers to mash the wires together as needed.
  13. Remove the stick and wires, and put wood glue in the hole. Return and allow to dry.
  14. Before the glue dries, paint the wires and the stick. Allow your new stand to dry.
That's it!! Here is a close-up of the "log."

Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Rivkah Mizrahi of Doll Makers Muse.

Please respect Rivkah's TERMS OF USE: Tutorial and/or pattern is for Personal Use Only. Dolls made from this tutorial and/or pattern may not be sold for commercial purposes. Tutorial and/or pattern may not be copied, reprinted, emailed, or distributed in any manner without the permission of Rivkah Mizrahi.

Rivkah's Bio: Rivkah is a mixed media doll artist residing in Seattle, WA and has been creating art dolls for nearly a decade.

Rivkah works in both cloth and clay mediums and will gladly make a custom doll or set of characters for a library, lobby, school or personal collection.   She can work from a picture or photograph, and her ability ranges from whimsical to fine art. On her Doll Makers Muse website Rivkah offers OOAK Dolls (One Of A Kind), Patterns & E-Classes, Doll Making Kits & Supplies, Workshops and Assistance with sculpting or sewing projects. Rivkah teaches flexible private groups and classroom workshops in and around the Seattle area and is available as a traveling guest instructor for doll clubs.

Rivkah's dolls have been exhibited around Israel and in the US. Her dolls have been published in Soft Dolls and Animals Magazine, Art Doll Quarterly Magazine, Doll Crafter and Costumer,  as well as books by Patti Medaris Culea and Li Hertzi.

Copyright © 2006-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Rivkah Mizrahi of Doll Makers Muse. Rivkah Mizrahi is a mixed media sculpture artist, and art doll artist.

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