I have spent numerous hours trying to perfect the method of using polymer clay. This means finding the perfect mix that has minimal blemishes and good strength that will hold up well for shipping. I have also developed a packing method that is different than most and quite secure that has served me well. When I sculpt, I try to keep the potential buyer in mind, making the best possible allowances for safe shipping and durability.
“Too much work” is a phrase that I push out of my mind when it comes to the details of sculpting. I strive to make sure that the quality meets or exceeds industry standards. I cover all paint used with either a glaze or a layer of polymer clay to prevent chipping or scuffing. I use sturdy wire armatures as needed to provide strength and stability to a pose. I do not use “hot glue” for any of my pieces as it tends to let go very easily. Nor do I use super glue. My wigs are generally embedded into the head of the doll, and depending on the size, my dolls may be lifted by their hair.
I use a wide variety of materials to embellish and complete my dolls. Wings are made from a variety of materials, such as plastics, clays, wire, and papers. Clothing is also made in a variety of ways dependant upon the design of the doll. Cottons, muslins, polyesters are a few examples, but some clothes are hand tatted, or made from polymer clay, and sometimes even hand designed paper is used.
The hair of my dolls is made also from a variety of materials. It all depends on the look that I’m seeking for the particular piece. I use mohair very little, as the scale of it isn’t quite right for such small dolls. I like to use polyester fibers, or soy silk, bamboo, and sometimes viscose which is made from wood.
I love to experiment, and do it very often, so you will see a wide variety of designs.
In the near future I will also be offering design services under the name of elder dragonfly. My design services will be aimed towards the individual artisan who is seeking a web presence to accompany their online sales. The sites that I design will be as a suplement to an already existing selling process, such as online auction sales, or email sales.