Making Your Favorite Doll Is Easy
If You Let An Expert Show You How
Victorian Dolls are among the most popular among collectors.
And when it comes to creating miniature Victorian Dolls, no
one does it better than Judy Orr, owner of Judy Orr Miniatures
in Orangevale, CA. And now Judy shows you how to assemble
and costume a 1 3/4" porcelain doll in Victorian style, using
techniques that took her 17 years to master.
Judy shares her secrets in "Dressing Your Tiny Victorian
Doll," Volume 5 of The Master Dollmakers Video Instructional
Series. Her instructions are easy to follow, incredibly detailed,
and richly rewarding. You'll watch as Judy transforms a basic
doll into a Victorian beauty, using nothing more than strips
of material, glue, 5-minute epoxy, index cards, and a small
ironing board. It's all here... from basic doll assembly,
all the way through to dressing and wigging the doll, and
adding the finishing touches.
It won't be long before you realize that when Judy Orr creates
miniature dolls, she lets her hands do most of the talking.
Her brief, precise instructions, coupled with extreme close-ups
from the camera, allow you to see even the slightest detail,
and leaves no doubt as to how this is done! For instance,
when applying the foundation to your doll, you'll see exactly
how to glue the netting onto the doll's arms and legs to form
the undergarments and petticoat. Next, Judy turns a simple
swatch of material into a dress, all the while demonstrating
how to apply the glue so that the material stays together.
"Always iron as you glue," she advises. "That way the glue
dries as you move along."
You'll be amazed as the rough edges at the doll's elbow disappear
using nothing more than extra bits of lace and glue. According
to Judy, you shouldn't be afraid of using too much glue because
the iron will always burn away any excess. But if you still
have a few rough edges or are left with a little bit too much
excess glue, she says, "Don't worry about it. You can easily
hide that later using bows, roses, and beads."
True to her style, she doesn't just tell you to use bows,
she shows you how to tie them and place them on the doll to
give her a polished finishing touch. And speaking of finishing
touches, this video ends with a very appropriate one. After
putting her heart into this project, it's only fitting that
Judy concludes her project by using a miniature heart to create
a stand for the finished doll.