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Making Daenerys: The Beginning

I thought it would be nice to share my porcelain doll making process with you.

Most of the time, my dolls are characters that I have imagined. Daenerys is different, because she is a literary character. Therefore, her initial characterization was created for me. As I sketched and designed my doll, I thought about how the author described Daenerys, her setting, her hopes, and the events that had shaped her life. I hope this portrait doll captures her strength, beauty, intelligence, and vulnerability.

After the conceptual phase, I searched for a mold that would serve as the canvas for my doll. I found the Chari mold by Doll Artworks.

soft-fired greenware for Daenerys- before cleaning  Soft-fired greenware

Carefully, I cleaned the fragile greenware. I cut out the spaces for her eyes, removed all of the seam lines, and sanded away the imperfections. When the greenware was as perfect as I could make it, I loaded my doll into the kiln.

During the bisque firing, the greenware (which is chalky) is transformed into hard, durable porcelain bisque. I then spent many hours polishing the porcelain, until it was silky-smooth.

After I polished the doll, I applied the first thin layer of china paint, which will be the foundation of her sun-drenched skin.

I shall share more about Daenerys in future posts.

 

 

 Porcelain bisque for Daenerys

 

 

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I would like to know if chari is full porcelain with no material to join body parts, if so could you please let me know thankyou karen

This Chari model uses cloth to attach the arms and legs to the porcelain torso. So, part of her upper arms and upper thighs are made from cloth. Doll Artworks does have an all porcelain body that can be used with the Chari head.

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