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Thursday, July 31, 2008

More Bead Head Granny progress

I just keep wanting to stare at her. Her outer robe is now done - as far as I can tell without seeing the obi on her. I made her chemise from white poplin, tea dyed and aged at the hem with some painted "mud" stains.The more I looked at her bead hands, which I intended to paint, the less I liked them. So I made some tape covered wire hands. After a couple of tries, which included cutting away the big old paper bead, I got some hands I can live with. I still have more detailing to do on them, and I like that they are poseable.
Still to be done - obi, hair and headdress, narrative book.


Daisie said...

I love the new hands, a wonderful idea!

Robyn L. Coburn said...

Thank you. Fortunately she is an elderly character, so the wrinkling should work in the final result. I think I am going to have to develop a jig to make consistent wire hand armatures for future bead head dolls, regardless of the "skin" material. That should speed up the hand manufacturing process.