22 years of teaching miniature dollmaking has made for a virtual *student* library of techniques, tutorials, videos and downloads. Enjoy the 75+ gratis tutorials, and don't hesitate to share this link with your friends. Our goal is simply to provide inspiration for your dollmaking muse -- no matter what your level of experience!
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Questions & Answers ....
1. HELP? I don't know where to start.
A. Take a deep breath, and we can do this together! The first thing you need is a doll body. You can either sculpt one yourself. Buy a Christmas ornament doll and remove her clothes OR you can email me about buying doll bodies.
B. While you are waiting for that doll body, time to find the doll creating supplies. Here is EXACTLY what we use .... (**NOTE** we treat our dolls as pieces of stationary art - they do NOT have removeable clothing).
-Aileens Original Tacky Glue
-Curved Glue Syringe (and bit of Styrofoam to hold it upright)
-Gel Superglue (we use Zap a Gap)
-Small and large sharp scissors
-Needle, pins and various threads
-Tweezers (long, thin and curved)
-Needlenose pliers (to pull sleeves and other items outright)
-Papertowel (both for cleanup and to cut pattern pieces for testing)
-Pipecleaners for armature (small and large size)
-Medical wrap (found in Pharmacy section) for doll body padding
-100% cotton balls for giving shape (i.e. tummy, or butt or hips) to your doll
-Various laces, materials for making your doll (natural fibers/close woven work best)
-Viscose for wigging (the supplies needed for wigging can be found here)
2. On a Budget and still want to make dolls?
A. Go to your local thrift shop, garage sale or estate sale. There you can find sewing and craft supplies at a fraction of the cost. Also laces, trims and cotton/silk clothing you can cut up to use.
B. Download the tutorials in the archive section (free).
C. Buy the $8.50 Archive Pattern CD (has 50+ patterns) for the Archive tutorials. Your 50 dollmaking tutorials/patterns will cost about .17 each. Not only is this a great bargin, but it helps support our dollmaking tutorial efforts here.
3. I want it NOW!
A. Subscribe to our YOUTUBE videos (free)
B. Visit the archive tutorial pages (Instantly) free
C. Download the instant WIGGING CD ($15) with literally days and days of instruction
D. *LIKE* us on Facebook for a chance to win a free instant tutorial/pattern page link or class
4. I want to SHARE my experience
A. Join our MDL (www.minidollLIST.com). 1500+ members and postings daily. Free forum for you to email questions and receive answers from a knowledgable member base. All are welcome!
5. How do I find out about MORE dollmaking artists?
A. Our new FRILLS AND FANCY ezine debuts January 2012. This is a bi-monthly magazine with features, tutorial articles, vendors and whats happening in the miniature doll world.