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InstructionsBegin by shaping the head first. Use a fine thin knife to chip and shape the basic shapes. then use an emery board to refine and smooth. You use heavy grit to remove and hard shape, and fine grit for smoothing.
Strat with a heavy block of balsa for teh body as one piece and the thick sheets for appendages.
Take your time, Balsa splits but it gives instant satisfaction.
Type of item: Toy
Style: Traditional, Cute, Funky, Whimsical, Classic, Victorian / Steampunk
Balsa wood blocks and sheets Swiss army knife Black Primo Sculpy Water proof water based shellac Brass wire 24 guage 2-Glass size E seed beads Leather Red, cream, black,pink and gold acrylic paints Emery boards Gap filler super glue Jewelry wire pliers Round Micro file super fine
What was your inspiration?
I fell in love with a 16th century original jointed doll. They werent called Penny woodens until the storybook came out in the 1800s.
Not being able to afford these I decided to whittle one.
What are you most proud of?
It won anumber of ribbons in fairs and competitions and I ahve a following of collectors for my micro size to the child size.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Get a thin blade knife that you can shave with. For me the blade from a Swiss Card is my favorite. I can do the most with it. Take your time Dont rush through. the doll took me 6 months to whittle so I didnt ruin it.