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DOLLHOUSE DOLLS

Making & Dressing Doll's House Dolls in 1/12 Scale

by Sue Atkinson, Venus Dodge

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I recently purchased this book and can't wait to try out some of the patterns. It looks to be one of the best books on dollhouse dolls available. Lots of color photos of the many period costumes designed for 1/12 scale dolls. Instructions for making doll bodies. Loads of patterns. Quite a nice book! To see 12 sample pages, click on the photo of the book above and then click on it again once you are at amazon.com. It is a paperback - 192 pages. (Prices subject to change - please check the price listed at Amazon.com for the exact price at time of purchase).

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1/12 Scale Character Figures for the Dolls' House

by James Carrington (Author)
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Armed with a master modeler's astonishingly lifelike creations and professional-quality techniques, you'll soon people your dolls' house with the most delightful, eccentric, and realistic characters ever. Everything you need to know is right here, from using polymer clay and making a mold to assessing shape and proportions and sculpting details. The result? Perfect period dolls--including wonderful Victorian ladies in silken costumes; a sophisticated flapper; an old lady, gratefully soaking her tired feet; a prosperous-looking gentleman; and more. "...lively, witty text."--Doll Castle News.
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Making Miniature Dolls with Polymer Clay: How to Create and Dress Period Dolls in 1/12 Scale

by Sue Heaser (Author) )
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How to Make Perfect Dollhouse Figures

by Kitty Mackey
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This is a small paperback but it is packed with useful information for those wanting to try their hand at making fimo dolls. The dolls pictured are quite cute and may inspire your hidden artistic talents to emerge. (Prices subject to change - please check the price listed at Amazon.com for the exact price at time of purchase).

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LARGER DOLLS

Anatomy of a Doll: The Fabric Sculptor's Handbook

by Susanna Oroyan, Sally Lanzarotti (Editor), Barbara K. Kuhn (Editor)
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More than just a dollmaking book, Anatomy of a Doll provides a fascinating overview of the creative process that has gone into dollmaking for centuries. With nearly 300 excellent photographs of her own dolls and those of many other accomplished artists, noted doll expert Susanna Oroyan offers instructions and ideas for a tremendous variety of cloth dolls. Separate chapters are devoted to the head, the body (including hands and feet), body joints, assemblies, and finishing details. There is enough practical information on all aspects of basic techniques to help the novice dollmaker, and even experts will discover an abundance of new ideas. Everyone will marvel at the unbounded creativity reflected in these remarkable figures. (Prices subject to change - please check the price listed at Amazon.com for the exact price at time of purchase).

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Designing the Doll: From Concept to Construction

by Susanna Oroyan, Cyndy Rymer (Editor), Tom Oroyan (Illustrator)
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An in-depth guide to doll making from concept to "imaginative engineering," this book is for every collector and artist. A gallery of all of the important "art" doll makers today-a record for collectors and inspiration for doll artists. A wide variety of construction methods, the techniques for getting proportions correct, and ideas on how to develop ideas and then construct advanced art figures or dolls are covered. 250 color photos plus over 200 drawings. 160 pages. (Prices subject to change - please check the price listed at Amazon.com for the exact price at time of purchase).

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Fantastic Figures: Ideas & Techniques Using The New Clays

by Susanna Oroyan
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Arts and Crafts Editor's Recommended Book
In Anatomy of a Doll master dollmaker Susanna Oroyan gave us a definitive work on cloth dollmaking. In Fantastic Figures she concentrates on unique dolls made from polymer and paper clays, especially those that combine sculpted clay with cloth bodies. Emphasizing innovation rather than imitation, she provides lengthy and detailed information on the clays themselves; on sculpting the head, hands, feet, and legs; on finishing medium and painting methods; and on constructing the body, clothes, hair, accessories, and even display stands and tableau settings. The appendix discusses doll clubs and organizations and offers advice from other doll experts. Numerous line drawings and diagrams supplement the text, but the best feature is the set of exquisite color photographs of dolls made by 60 professional doll artists, some of whose creations are almost frightening in their startling realism. (Prices subject to change - please check the price listed at Amazon.com for the exact price at time of purchase).

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Finishing the Figure: Doll Costuming, Embellishments, Accessories

by Susanna Oroyan
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I couldn't resist buying this book. There are over 300 color photos of dolls from many different doll artists. They are absolutely amazing. If this book doesn't inspire you, nothing will. While none of Susanna's books are about dollhouse dolls, all of them push you twoard creating a doll that is truly unique. (Prices subject to change - please check the price listed at Amazon.com for the exact price at time of purchase).

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Clay Characters for Kids

by Maureen Carlson, Heidi Boyd
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Family and Friends in Polymer Clay

by Maureen Carlson
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How to Make Clay Characters (Polymer Clay)

by Maureen Carlson
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Modeling the Head in Clay

by Bruno Lucchesi, Margit Malmstrom (Contributor)
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I suggest that you read the customer reviews at amazon.com to decide
if this book is right for you. It is about sculpting, not about making a doll per se.
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Modeling the Figure in Clay

by Bruno Lucchesi, Margit Malmstrom (Contributor)
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Contemporary Fashion Dolls: The Next Generation

by Beth Owens
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A fresh look at the latest trend in doll collecting: the hot new fashion dolls such as Gene, Tyler Wentworth, Willow and Daisy, and others. Why they have become popular, their influences, and the backgrounds of the creative people who developed them are part of the comparisons of these new favorites! A view of fashions and collectors' changing tastes in the new millennium. 139 color photos. 8-1/2" x ll"

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Ever wondered how fashion dolls became so popular? You will love this in-depth study of the fashion doll scene for these larger fashion dolls. After reading this book you will understand their popularity, their influences and fashions and the backgrounds of the creative people who have developed these most dynamic fashion enthusiasts.
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The Robert Tonner Story: Dreams & Dolls

by Stephanie Finnegan
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