Creating a reproduction of an antique doll
A stock of more than 300 head model molds and extensive documentation allow me to create reproductions.
The restoration part of my activity also provides me with valuable information.
Having very beautiful old dolls in my possession, I can make the most accurate shades and curves of the features (eyelashes, eyebrows, mouths…), specific to each manufacturer.
3. Making of the porcelain biscuit
After a first firing at 800 degrees I obtain a soft ceramic piece on which I work on the finish: small retouches, sanding….
A second firing at 1300 degrees is made to obtain the porcelain biscuit (baked twice). At the exit of the furnace the part is reduced by about 20%.
For purists we should not say a porcelain doll because we don’t do enamelling like we do for crockery and we stay at the porcelain biscuit stage.
4. The coloration
Unless there is an exception or a specific request, I work with a white porcelain as in the 19th century and not with a porcelain dyed in the mass as some current products are made.
On this white porcelain I apply pigments diluted with mediums. After each colour deposited I do a cooking between 700 and 800 degrees.
Skin colour then cheeks, eyelashes, eyebrows, mouth… so there may be 4, 5 or more successive firings.
The most delicate part is to take into account, when I paint, variations in colour as I cook.
All my products are sold either bare, or dressed, or only with certain accessories: pedestal, leather shoes, underwear….
The available dolls are presented on my eBay shop and displayed in the workshop.
You can compose a doll according to your wishes.
For example: a doll with a different eye colour, another wig or clothes seen on another doll.
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39160 VAL ÉPY
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