Saturday, September 27, 2008

Presenting the Copper Queen

This is the front view on the "Art Doll" from a 12" mannequin I got from Outside the Margins...Aileen is sponsoring a contest over there and I thought I would try it out. I have never made a "mannequin art doll" before.I needed something around the neck so I used a silk flower, I took the flower apart and painted it with the Copper Lumiere, when the petals were dry I cut the sections in half and glued them around the neck like a collar. After I attached the sleeves I layered the flower petals and feathers (3 layers) you know petals, feathers,petals, feathers, petals, feathers...I embellished the sleeves with some more flower petals (the smaller center petals)and some copper beads and some more feathers (did I mention I love feathers?) The dress skirt is the only sewing that I did on the doll...that was just to gather the fabric to fit around the waist. (Hand sewn not machine) The skirt is two layers, the under layer is full length and the top layer is shorter with feathers glued to the hem. I used some of the copper ribbon (like on the head dress) to make a "belt" then I curled the ribbon around a pencil..this ribbon is pre wired so it stays in the curls.
This is a back view of the doll and you can see the feathers that go all the way around the upper skirt. The wings are made from a feather butterfly that I had and I just painted it with the same copper paint and added some copper glitter on the wing tips.
This is a close up of the "breast plate" it is made with some vintage jewelry pieces that I put together with some beads and a dragonfly charm...I hot glued it to the upper front of the dress. The Copper Queen also has a scepter made from a wooden bar-b-que skewer wrapped with the copper ribbon. I added some fibers and beads. There is a little bird on the top of the scepter...It was yellow but I painted it copper and added some feathers to match the dress.

I really enjoyed making this doll and I like the way it turned out...I am off now to create her "sister" the the "Golden Warrior Princess"...I may have to make them a step-sister, the "Silver Ice Princess". Looks like I might have to order some more mannequins from Outside the Margins. You know sometimes your muse just goes off on a trip and luckily you get to ride along...lol.

11 comments:

Gayle Page-Robak said...

I certainly love the road your muse is travelling on, Linda...this is the most stunning art doll I have ever seen...it is absolutely beautiful. I loved reading about it and the detail that you have gone into is amazing. You do awesome work, girlfriend...it is soooo beautiful! Hope you win!!

Christy said...

Oooh Linda she is just amazing. Love her, love her, love her! Can't wait to see her other sister... were there 3 sisters of fate? anyway, very cool!

Deana said...

That is Awesome!!

Mary S Hunt said...

she certainly turned out awesome!

Jodi said...

All I can say is "WOW" -- this is just stunning, Linda! I hope you win the contest -- what a beautiful entry!

Katrina said...

She is absolutely beautiful, all the work on the detail is amazing, good luck with the competition, she really is a winner! Look great on top the Christmas tree too, although you would have to have a big tree come to think of it !!!!

Elizabeth Golden said...

I love her! She is so shiny and warm. I like how she has all sorts of textures.

bloubell said...

This is really spectacular, I love all the feathers and jewels and the copper is stunning. She is beautiful and deserves a sister. Betty

Marilyn Radzat said...

Oh, she's wonderful! I love the colors and the wild abandon of this piece. It has great energy!

Kim said...

Wow! She is beautiful! I can't wait to see her sisters... your must is leading you down a very lovely path.

Karen Campbell said...

Gorgeous art doll, Linda!