I was in search of a couple Frozen Charlotte Dolls last week - trying to find a reasonable price (doll + shipping) and man I tell you they are frickin EXPENSIVE.... Anywhere from 8.00 up...and I really mean UP (25-37.00 each). Shoot, even the cheap plastic ones aren't that cheap - 4.00 for 2 tiny dolls.
Yes, I'm cheap and don't like spending 50.00's on a single project but that doesn't mean I don't want to use some of these neat embellishments. Well, the Art Gods were looking down on me and smiled. I stumbled onto this awesome Frozen Charlotte Mold at Articus Studio Design. It's only 11.95 plus shipping. That's about the price of 2 dolls!!! I had purchased things from Corrine before but it had been a long time since I visited the web-site so I knew it was someplace I could order from with confidence.
The description of the mold says you can use polymer clay, paper clay, metal clays, craft soap, waxes, Ultra thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE), and more.
I ordered it right then and there and it arrived on Saturday (she's in Ohio so it only took 2 days to arrive) and I started playing right away. So, this is the package it comes in.... The circles gives you an approximate sized ball that you will need for each size doll. I didn't fuss with that, I just guessed and it worked out fine.
The dolls measure as follows:
Tiny - 1 1/8" tall
2nd Smallest - 1.5" tall
Medium - 2.25" tall
Large - 3 1/8" tall
Tall - 3.5" tall
I am using air dry clay. I originally bought the stuff thinking it would be an o.k. alternative to paper clay because that's all the store had. I'm not thrilled with it but it does work. I wanted to use it with my MS molds but everything I made was so brittle I ended up tossing them all. BUT I figured I've got a big tub of it I might as well use it.
I pushed the clay into each of the cavities and let them dry for about an hour or two. I then removed them so they could finish drying.
When they were about 50-60% dry I took my exacto knife and scraped away the excess clay from the edges. Again, this stuff is pretty brittle so I ended off breaking a couple feet and a head off...which is o.k. because real Frozen Charlotte Dolls have all sorts of body parts missing ;)
Here they are cleaned up...
When they were completely dry I painted them with various mediums just to see how they would turn out. I have to say I am really tickled with them.
I used the following mediums left to right:
Large Doll (L) - Bisque Liquid Pearls w/ touches of Dark Brown Liquid Pearls
Smallest Doll (top) - Left Plain for comparisons sake
2nd Smallest Doll (below smallest doll) - Black Acrylic Paint with touches of Gesso over top.
Medium Doll - Painted w/gesso, smudged on Distress Ink then covered w/Crystal Lacquer (gives an authentic porcelain look!!!)
Tall Doll (right) - Painted w/ white acrylic paint then Copper Distress Paint over top.
I am sooooo excited!
I LOVE how these things turned out.
Next I'm going to try some paper clay in the molds. Paper clay holds up better and is more durable than the air dry clay. It will allow more handling and less breaking ~ making it possible to paint them with more detail.
I can think of all sorts of projects that I can use these little devils.
So, while I'm not a salesperson or spokesperson or anything else for Articus Studio Design I HIGHLY recommend this mold.
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