A Squiggly Thing!

I have been working on something of a side project.
It’s an optional arm part for the Basil body, in the shape of a fully jointed tentacle.

This part will fit any similar socket, so it should be compatible with a wide range of dolls.
I plan to cast it in house and sell it through my etsy shop.

That’s all for now, take care and doll on.

Introducing Basil

Meet Basil, a body I have made to fit the Skyfall head.

He is about 41cm tall with the head and that puts him in the shorter range of the 1/4 dolls.
I am almost finished with the original sculpt. The plan now is to cast a prototype in house and hopefully have it finished enough to bring it with me to Jointed Hearts.

To give an idea of his size and proportions, here he is posed next to a Doll Leaves Wish.

Standing up.

And sitting down.

The beginning of a doll head.

Meet Skyfall
I use Super Sculpey for my original sculpt. It is a soft, high quality polymer clay.
Here is another image of the head, ready for casting.

I made a silicone mold and cast the head in polyurethane resin myself, even though the final cast will be done by a casting company.
This way I have heads in the right material to play with, paint and try on different bodies, ahead of time. It also means I don’t have to send my actual original sculpt to the casting company, so if something should go wrong and it is damaged or lost in shipping, it’s not the end of the world.
So, why not just casting the finished dolls in house and save the money from have it produced elsewhere? Well, honestly, I’m no professional caster. I work in my own home and don’t have the facilities or experience to safely produce a high quality product here. It is also a lot of work and that is work of a kind that I am neither very interested in nor very good at. This way I have more energy and time to put into the actual sculpting and marketing aspects and the customer will get a better product in the end.