Santos Cage Doll W.I.P...

All it took was one look at a Santos Cage Doll, and it was love at first sight.  As with everything I come across--- I always have the attitude, "I can make that".... weather I can or not... so it was on...
 I went to one of the local craft stores in town and bought a package of large Styrofoam eggs, paper clay and a paper mache  dress form. The dress form cost $8.99... high way robbery if you ask me! If I make another one of these, I will be making the body shape myself! *mumble-mumble*

 I cut a 3 inch piece of dowel and hot glued it into a hole I made in the styrofoam egg. Once that had set up, I made an "X" in the neck portion of the paper mache dress form and slid the dowel in and hot glued that securely in place. The body of the dress form was very long and so I cut off about 3" and added some foam core to the bottom to keep it stable. Plus once this is finished, it needs to be attached to a wooden circle over the cage part of the dolls skirt...
The first layer of paper clay went on easily.... then I had a horrible thought while it was drying. *gasp* I don't know how to sculpt a face!... what was I thinking!

 Well... I do know what a face looks like - duh... so0o0o0o0o0o.... I gave it a go! Once the first layer dried, I started adding more clay to the front of the face to add the facial features. Here is what I came up with, keep in mind this is the first time I've done this! Also, this is still a work in progress!  I left the eyes and the ears hollowed out for now....
 I want to have a photo of an ear close by before I add any clay to the ears so they look somewhat like what an ear should look like.
 As for the eyes, I would like to have super shiny eyes, so I might play around with adding some resin to the eyes once I figure out what they are going to look like. I don't think it looks to bad right now... considering this is just the rough stage and I'll keep adding clay to keep building up the face as I go...
I'm definitely going to add more clay to the lips to make them fuller, I just wanted to make sure that I had a partial opening in the mouth. I may knock out the eyes and remake them, I think they might be to far so good..... I think! *wink*
big hugs,


  1. Wow! This is looking amazing. It looks like a really fun project too!

  2. Love it - looking good!!!

    Thanks for stopping by last week.

    Enjoy your weekend!


  3. Hi Cheryl, thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment:) You are SO creative! Love your creation! Have a blessed evening, HUGS!

  4. Hi Cheryl, Thanks for your visit and comment. I think you are doing very well with your face sculpting. Good luck with your project.
    Joyous Wishes, Linda

  5. I sort of thought that was what a Santos clay doll was. I can't wait to see more.

    I don't think I could make one, but I will enjoy watching yours come to life.

  6. Is there anything you won't tackle? You rock girlfriend! Bring her over on Tues evening!



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