I bought a used kiln and several miniature doll molds!!!!

    So far, I have had to wait on slip and some other supplies to arrive. During the waiting, I educated myself on the how, what, when,  and whys of porcelain doll making. The simple truth is that I don't know if the kiln will even work. The way to test it is to do some castings and fire it up!

    Sounds like I have it all figured out huh? I know the casting and cleaning will take practice and with time I will get better and better. (fingers crossed) But, I am kinda screwed if the kiln doesn't work. Frankly, it has been giving me anxiety, but I put on my brave face and act like everything is fine. I have been saving mad money for miniature shows so, if I have to buy a new kiln.....I will be wiped clean of mad money. 😢I have been praying over the kiln,  anointing it with oil, doing a few rain type dances to encourage the good jujube. I might even put a horse shoe on top??? What ever happens will happen, and I will be disappointed.  I am trying to think positive, but preparing for the worst.

    I poured a few pieces last weekend, and found that pouring the porcelain into the mold is the easiest part. I released my molds of torsos a bit too early. They looked great, and released fine,  but when I poked the arm holes,wet slip came pouring out. (Probably from those mountainous bosoms) I had two decent torsos, a mannequin, and a soup tureen with a lid, platter, and spoon. I cleaned the seam lines as best I could and left them out to dry overnight for a more detailed cleaning.
    Sunday morning I awoke to an apocalypse of broken and missing pieces. Since only my son and myself were home, I knew it must have been Catzilla.  Many magical words were uttered as she she sweetly rubbed on my ankles.
    Today I share with you all my second attempt. I made a drying box. (Finally a use for those shredded documents)

                            VIOLA!






Happy drying ladies, and this time I will tuck you in safe.

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  1. Well! This is an exciting adventure.

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    1. Those can be the best, but I do hope for a souvenir.

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  2. That’s awesome Carrie, and funny that I ended up with a heap of used moulds. I figure I need a kiln too... or the use of one. The dolls look lovely and I can’t wait to see them all painted up. Hope there are no more mishaps!!

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    1. Lucky you Shannon. Miniature molds are getting difficult to find. It is so fun opening the molds and seeing the piece all perfect.

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    2. Isn’t it?? Especially when you aren’t sure exactly what the mould is/looks like. I also recently got a heap of the tiny doll for a doll Jean Pardina moulds and have cast them and need to paint up. I love the tiny dolls!

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  3. Congratulations, Carrie! You do such beautiful work on your dolls; it will be great if you can make them from scratch. I had to laugh just a little at the Catzilla story, though. I know what that's like. Fingers crossed taht the kiln works perfectly!

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  4. Thanks Deborah. I love that darn cat. She is always up in my business watching and helping. Maybe she was cleaning them for me?

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  5. I'm so glad you found a kiln and I'm so excited for you! This is going to be a fascinating new adventure and an awesome use of the hidden talents that you are discovering!

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    1. Thanks Jodi. It is so fun learning new things, and even better when they work out. I had a successful firing last night.....the anticipation gave me a bad case of insomnia.

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