Lorna & Cathy’s Dolls

These were made as an order for two ladies I know. They run a really good deli that a group of us turners frequent. They gave me their selection of colours and gave me the reigns for design. I delivered them today.

The dolls are salt shakers _and_ pepper mills – one figure does both, no need to buy two. The salt is held in the head; tip her upside down and shake to dispense the salt. The pepper is held in the body; twist the head to grind the pepper and adjust the grind by turning the part on top.

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In her colour selections, Cathy suggested that if I could throw in some gold that’d be ok too so I did. The idea came to create a hat with a gold rim for her doll to wear. The hat needed a band (textured by burning) and a feather but how to make the feather solid so that daily handling wouldn’t affect it? Similar to the way that others have demonstrated, I embedded real feathers in epoxy, only I used a can for the form and molded the feather at an angle to give it some realistic curves. It’s actually two feathers layered together.

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Lorna showed me the colours she wanted in the design glazed in a small dish. The maple burl was fun to colour with my usual technique of adding multiple layers using special magic markers and blending them with alcohol. She said the colours are bang on. She also loves the effect in the flower on the doll’s dress. The way I textured it and painted it, each petal changes colours as you move the doll and view it from a different angle. The bow on top was turned on 4 surfaces and carved on the other two.

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