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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (August 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607055295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607055297
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 1.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marina Druker is a Russian now living in Israel who makes sculpted dolls from air-hardening 'clay' and sophisticated, not-for-children softies that are elaborate, eye-catching and a little bit different from the style we’re used to seeing from Australian and American designers. As a result, this book is likely to stimulate and inspire you to experiment with a range of techniques to achieve dolls and exquisite softies that reflect your unique taste and preferences. Marina puts a strong emphasis on personal achievement, so she doesn’t provide precise measurements for the dolls, and patterns for their clothing are indicative only. If your experience of doll making has been limited to cloth dolls, this book might be your invitation to step into the world of paper clay and similar products: they can be painted, carved, stamped and sanded to create a wonderful variety of effects. Of course, after that you get to play with needle, thread and fabric to dress your doll, with Marina placing a special emphasis on crazy-patchwork costumes. The generic instructions for making the dolls’ bodies are very good, with little assumed knowledge, and the steps involved in each of the eight projects are described in detail. Loads of excellent photographs will instill confidence that you’re on the right track. This book could be the opening of a fabulous new chapter in your doll and softie making.

(Australian Historical Studies, 09/25/12)

Enchanting Art Dolls & Soft Sculptures has everything you need to make amazing dolls. With eight projects to choose from, easy-to-navigate instructions, Doll-making basics, Essential Tools and Materials, a page of embroidery stitches, and nine pages of templates, why wouldn't you give doll making a try? The photos are informative; the gallery is inspiring. Read about the history of doll making and learn about the creators of the colorful beings in the Gallery. Take a look and you'll want to make one of these dolls for your very own.

(Barbara Delaney Cloth Paper Scissors, Nov/Dec 2012)

About the Author

Marina Druker started to make art dolls in 2003 using air-dry clays. Not long after, she began creating unique crazy-quilted cloth dolls and soft toys. Marina is a reporter for a popular Russian doll magazine and has exhibited her work internationally. She lives in Holon, Israel.

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This book contains good, detailed instructions with pictures.
L. Dombrowsky
This unique book has been so exciting for moving up to new ways of making dolls.
Sharan Dodson
This book is great for beginners and seasoned doll makers alike.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Lowe on August 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you're interested in making that first cloth doll or going deeper and giving your cloth dolls more polish, this is the book for you. Marina covers everything from the essential tools and materials needed, the basics of doll making, costuming your dolls, and creating soft sculptures.

At the beginning, Marina explains that doll making is a very liberating activity and it allows for flexibility as you work with the materials, so that all dimensions are approximate and not exact. Much of what Marina does relies on crazy quilting and embroidery techniques, and this was something I was very interested in, but the use of heavy embellishments can be used as little or as much as you desire.

There are plenty of patterns that cover free standing dolls, dolls framed in still life scenes, dolls as brooches, plus fancy fish, teddy bears, and even a country cottage. A gallery at the end of the book I found to be particularly inspiring. A template section is included as well for those of us who really need a starting point.

This book has everything that you need to get started making dolls and soft sculptures. You're only limited by what you can imagine.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Lanaux on July 29, 2012
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This book combines two of my favorite things...doll making and quilting. The dolls are made of paper clay and the dresses and soft sculptures are crazy quilted. The layout of the book makes it easy to create a doll or sculpture as the how-to's include sculpting the head, hands, and feet from paper clay, making wire armature, filling out the body, and step by step crazy quilting.
There are eight cute projects to make including a little bear, a pretty wall hanging, crazy quilted fish, and a cottage storage box with a removable roof.
Also included in this book is a gallery of dolls by very talented artists that is sure to get the imaginative juices flowing.
This book is great for beginners and seasoned doll makers alike.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By iris flower on July 24, 2012
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This book has beautiful pictures and creative ideas.I think its more on the primitive/folk art side and I really enjoy it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Dombrowsky on September 25, 2012
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This book contains good, detailed instructions with pictures. There is a list of tools, w/photos, Basics of doll making, sculpting tips w/pictures, a discussion on crazy quilting, eight projects, patterns and a gallery. The projects include dolls, fish,a teddy bear and an enchanted cottage. The dolls are made of clay with wire armatures, but the fish, bear and cottage are fabric.

I'm happy with the book and intend on making several, if not all of the projects. L. Dombrowsky
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lady J on October 10, 2012
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I found it to be very clear and concise. One of the better craft books I have seen. I can hardly wait to start creating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sandra on October 7, 2012
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The projects in this book are very creative and very unique. The ideas can also be a jumpstart for creating your own unique style of dollmaking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rena B. Garcia on September 22, 2012
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I bought this book as reference for a summer project with my granddaughter. She is 8 years old and loves clay. I am looking forward to creating a doll with her. The information is simple enough and not intimidating at all for a first-time doll maker such as my granddaughter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annie'sgarden on April 25, 2013
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This book was an enjoyable read. Lots of good information and ideas. I have alot of books on dolls and this was a great addition to my library.
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