Friday, February 20, 2009

Vintage Beeswax Doll

Materials
-Beeswax, Beeswax Pellets (Suze Weinberg)
-Melting Pot
-3-D Doll molds which can sustain hot wax
-Foil cookie sheet
-1/2 yard Muslim Fabric
-Scrap fabrics: Crinilon, Tulle, Lace, Tafeta, Velvet, etc.
-Batting
-Sewing Machine
-Needle and thread


Directions
1. Pour beeswax into the melting pot and heat according to melting pot directions.
2. Place the mold of choice onto the cookie sheet to protect working surface.
3. Now pour the hot beeswax into the mold, let set/harden, pop out for a doll head, repear for the doll arms and legs, again using doll molds.
4. Pierce holes into the pieces, set aside.
5. Measure out 2 pieces of muslin to 8 inches long by 4 inches wide. Lay pieces on the rectangle shape, trace the ends onto the muslim with pencil, this will mark the place on the fabric where you will not sew.
6. Stitch the pieces together, remembering to leave the marked lines open. turn right side out, through one of the open holes.
7. Now insert the beeswax doll parts into their open slots, sew through their pierced holes and into the fabric with needle and thread, until secure.
8. Decorate with a homemade dress, paint, embellishments and more.

Project Options:
-Just make beeswax doll parts for your projects.
-Use a old cooking pot with thermometer to melt your beeswax (keep this pot now strickly for art projects)
-Make larger or smaller dolls and adjust your cloth body accordingly.
-Make Beeswax embellishments for scrapbooks and altered project glue in place with
E-6000 or clear caulk.
-Always use caution when working with hot, sharp or strong glue materials, remember good ventilation with strong chemicals and glues.

2 comments:

MaygreenFairies said...

Wonderful idea, I used to sculpt fairies using polymer clay, but never thought of using beeswas in a mold, I must try this. Thanks for sharing your wonderful techniques Lisa hun. Mandy x

Debra said...

Okay I see now. Are you painting the features or not. Sorry I am all mixed up I will go back and check