A friend of mine recently created an art doll using plain, ordinary chicken wire as the skirt portion of the doll to spectacular results. She also was wise enough to bring pieces of chicken wire for us to play with. Well, I was TOTALLY inspired and got right to work.
I started out creating the cloche-like base for the skirt following Sarah's instructions. The process wasn't pretty ( a bit bloody if you want to know the truth), but I was quite happy with the results when I was done. Next I fashioned a bird on a wire inside the skirt using chain, wire, a piece of wooden dowel painted with Distress Paint (a Tim Holtz/Ranger product). I love how it dries to a matte metallic finish.
For the torso and arms I resized and printed the clipart onto cardstock, adhered to chipboard with my Xyron, cut out the parts and painted the backs with more Distress Paint. Oh, and I inked the edges with matching Distress Inks. I then attached the arms with brads and wired the whole torso to the chicken wire skirt/cloche.
Next up I used vintage fabrics & laces and a gorgeous French ribbon (that I had bought years ago not knowing what I would actually DO with it) to create the skirts. I used more French twill ribbon to fashion the waistbands of the skirts. Yep, there are actually three skirts - not just one. I'm a glutton for punishment - what can I say. The skirts were gathered as tight as I could get them and stitched to ribbon waistbands. I then gathered the waistbands themselves to make them even smaller. The skirts ended up taking the longest to complete - about 10 hours as I had a couple false starts working out the logistics of getting almost 30" of fabric to fit on a 3" piece of ribbon. Oey! Never again!
To finish the doll I fashioned a few velveteen flowers with stamens and a bit of Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls Mist in Biscotti. I glued them in place at the waist (front & back). I then added a couple vintage millinery flowers bunches to the front waistline to fill it in.
I added a few crystals and flatback pearls to her hair for a bit of sparkle and shimmer.
That's it! I have to say that I have never been a 'doll person' in my adult life (though I can certainly appreciate a beautifully fashioned art doll) but I do love how she evolved. I rarely get tickled about how one of my projects comes out. I'm pretty tickled with this one and I hope you are too!