Evolution of a Salt Shaker Pepper Mill

I’ve been making alterations to these salt shaker/pepper mill dolls. This is the latest. Note that one figure does both salt & pepper in one.

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This one has no plate on top for the salt shaking. Instead, I drilled multiple rows of holes through the hair part to pour salt from the head.

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Also, notice how the bow is now seated right at the hair. This is due to the hole through the hair. I also changed the regular nut for adjusting the grind of the pepper. It’s now a simple thin nut hidden within that hole in the hair part.

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The hair on this doll is maple burl, natural color except for the addition of Antique Oil.

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The body was first dyed black to show the wrinkles (the figure in the maple wood). this layer of dye was heavily sanded back to reveal the wood’s natural color. The body was then painted with white by airbrush.

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The flowers and leaves were designed on the computer and printed. Once they were adhered to the wood, the design was burned through with a very sharp wood burning tool.

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Color in the flowers and leaves (including the one on the bow) was done with light fast markers, and blended with a xylene marker.

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The whole figure was coated with Antique Oil to enhance the colors and the figure. The face was also added by wood burning and blended light fast markers.

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Notice the part in the hair?

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Watch for future evolution of these dolls. I’m working on a few new things.