Almost Every Culture Around The World
Believes in Fairies, Elves, and Gnomes...
...You will too when you follow award-winning artisan Lee
Feickert's instructions in Volume 10 of The Master Dollmakers
Video Instructional Series, "Making Flower Fairies and Elves."
The fairies and elves you'll create will be so realistic,
they'll turn skeptics into believers faster than the flutter
of a fairy's wings.
This 90 minute video contains five projects ranging from
beginner to advanced. There's even one that a child could
create! Once you've mastered the techniques, you'll have hours
of enjoyment transforming porcelain dolls and animals into
fairies, using silk flowers and wings.
A detailed discussion of the tools and materials you'll need
starts off the step-by-step instructions. The tools include
bisque ware, paint, a series of brushes, and other common
items with which all dollmakers will be familiar.
Once your tools are in place, you'll learn two steps to painting
your dolls. When mixing paints it's important for it to be
the right consistency so that it will flow from the paintbrush.
This is especially important when you're making small, detailed
lines on your doll's face. But after watching this video,
you'll never make a mistake, because Lee shows you a method
of mixing paints that insure the right consistency every time.
The first painting step will guide you to painting the eyes,
lips, and eyebrows. Camera close-ups let you see exactly how
it's done. You'll also learn the value of a blue eraser, and
why it's important to keep one on hand while you're painting.
When you've completed and your doll has been fired, you're
ready for step two: adding the iris to the doll's eyes, eye
shadow, accents on the lips, and blushing the cheeks, hands,
and feet. It's here that you'll see the doll come to life
right before your very eyes. Throughout the process, Lee reviews
each step, tells you what colors she's using, which brush
to use, and the exact procedure she follows.
When you've finished painting the face, you'll learn how
to assemble the rest of the doll. In addition to showing you
how to assemble the fairy, Lee also demonstrates how to assemble
a packaged doll you buy in a craft store. It's amazing to
watch as pipe cleaner and cotton batting add contours and
shape to your dolls. "When making fairies with the pipe cleaner,"
says Lee, "you're able to vary the pose of your fairy." And
you'll get it right every time because she reveals a technique
that insures your doll's limbs will always be in proportion
to the rest of the body.
Once you're through with assembly and wrapping, the fun part
really begins... dressing your dolls. You'll learn how to
take apart a purchased silk flower, cut it, glue it, and turn
it into a beautiful garment for your dolls. You'll also add
a touch of fairy glamour using glitter, and finish off by
giving it wings.
But you're not done yet! Your doll still needs hair. Here
Lee recommends using braided mohair. "This allows the hair
to be curly and wavy like most fairies have," she says. Once
the hair is in place, styling is up to you. But Lee shows
you a couple of techniques you might try, from simply wrapping
the hair on top of the doll's head, to separating the mohair
to give it a more flowing look. Then Lee shows you how to
cut and tie ribbons for a finishing touch that really sparkles.
When your fairies are done, you'll learn how to apply the
same techniques to creating elves, bears, and angel bunnies.
You'll use discards from the silk flowers that were used for
the fairies, to make pants for an elf. You'll also make a
vest from a single leaf, and a collar from a small flower.
A bow tie and acorn cap finish off the elf ensemble. "Now
he's ready to go play in the woods," Lee says. You'll then
use metallic lace and flowers to dress bunnies and bears and
give them wings to fly.
Finally, Lee reveals a neat project you can do for a children's
party. This project requires only a tiny plastic or flocked
bear, fabric, glue, and a few of the materials you've used
up until now. "Make it as simple as possible for the children,"
she says. "Take the flowers apart for the children, and let
them decorate the bear however they want."
The video ends with a series of decorating ideas and variations
for decorating every room in your home with your creations.