LifeLike Dolls are a diverse bunch. From the hot arid deserts of Africa, to the frozen Arctic, I like to create a wide variety of ages, from the very young to the very old. I enjoy making dolls of different ethnic groups. I use polymer clay to create my dolls. I love working the clay and waiting for each little "person" to emerge from the clay, It also allows for the sculpting of the deep wrinkles and fine detail that you will never find in a porcelain doll.
One of my main objectives is to sculpt emotion into my dolls. The designing and hand making of each costume is done using materials that would have been used in the period and situation.
I enjoy researching the designs and searching shops, antique stores, garage sales and anywhere else needed for materials and props for the dolls. Sometimes, an unusual prop will inspire me to create a new doll with that prop being the central point.
Karl is an old German man, about 24 inches tall. His head,
and hands are hand sculpted of polymer clay. His hair, mustache, eyebrows, and
eyelashes, are hand implanted genuine mohair. He has beautiful glass eyes.
His body is foam rubber with a wire armature and made with weighted feet so no
doll stand is needed. His costume is handmade, with lederhosen made of genuine
leather, fabric shirt and fancy braid suspenders, leather shoes trimmed with
fabric to match suspenders, and sox with tassels.
Hannah is an old German lady. She is about 21 inches tall. Her head and hands are hand sculpted of polymer clay. She has hand implanted genuine mohair hair and beautiful blue glass eyes. She has a foam rubber body with wire armature and her feet are weighted also so no doll stand is needed. She has a handmade fabric blouse and vest, and skirt costume with an antique lace apron. She wears bloomers and tights and sandals that match her outfit.
These dolls have been sold - but similar dolls with any ethnic costumes you desire can be created. We will work closely with you, fulfilling your special requests for costuming or props. We can also depict dolls in different settings or occupations, such as playing musical instruments, fishing, hunting, sewing, quilting, farmers, firemen, police or almost anything you may choose. Please feel free to contact us for any request you may have.
Haipaha is a Native American papoose. He is about 10 inches tall. His head and hands and bare feet are hand sculpted of polymer clay. He has glass eyes. He has a cloth body. His clothes are genuine deerskin handmade by the artist. He lies in a woven basket lined with genuine rabbit furs and trimmed with real feathers and a dream catcher. He has a small real rawhide drum.
Haji is a little African boy about 10 inches tall. His head, hands, arms and bare feet are hand sculpted of polymer clay. The artist has layered lighter color clay on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet for realism. His body is foam rubber with wire armature. He has beautiful glass eyes. His hair is genuine curly lamb. He has a colorful rich handmade costume trimmed with beautiful braid. His sandals are handmade leather trimmed with copper beads. He has a bundle of date sticks tied with raffia and a genuine gourd pot with cover, decorated with African designs. He comes with a wooden stand with sandlike surface
Howahkan is a Native American warrior. He stands 26 inches tall. He has a hand sculpted head and hands of polymer clay. He has glass eyes. His body is foam rubber with a wire armature. His costume is genuine deerskin designed and made by the artist. It is decorated with beading and tin cones and genuine horsehair. His deerskin apron is decorated with beads and hand painted designs. His headpiece, the roach, is made of deer tail hair, trimmed with beads and impressive. He has handmade hair pipe and bead necklace and earrings. His spirit stick is handmade from wood decorated with genuine otter and white mink fur and leather and several kinds of feathers and beads and braid. He comes with a wooden stand.
Julanka is an Eskimo man about 26 inches tall. His head and hands are handsculpted of polymer clay, with an oil paint wash. He has glass eyes. He has an acrylic wig. His body is cloth with wire armature. His costume is handmade of rabbit fur trimmed with Australian opossum on the hood and boots. Julanka carries a genuine rabbit pelt and comes with a white birch wooden base covered with "snow".
Matika is an Eskimo woman doll about 22 inches tall. She has hand sculpted head and hands with an oil paint wash. She has a cloth body with a loc line armature. She has an acrylic wig. Her clothing is handmade of genuine rabbit fur, trimmed with braid. Her boots are trimmed with Australian opossum fur. She comes with a white birch wooden base covered with "snow".
Minnie is an old lady about 10 inches tall. She has handsculpted head, arms hands, legs, and feet from polymer clay. She is complete with knobby knees, and bunions on her bare feet with bright red toenails and fingernails. Her body is foam rubber with wire armature padded with poly batting. She has beautiful blue glass eyes and wonderful "blue" mohair hair. She has a handmade costume of shorts and shirt and is relaxing in a handmade hammock with her Persian kitty, "Mopsy" is on his own pillow. She has a cool drink in her hand to enjoy.
This old woman is about 20 inches tall. She is Hand sculpted of polymer clay. She has an acrylic wig. She has a cloth body with wire armature. She has a hand painted and beaded dress of ultra suede and moccasins to match. She is kneeling at a rock grinding corn. There are genuine little ears of corn beside her and a genuine little fossil also. This doll has been sold, a new version can be created upon request. There will be variations from the doll shown as hand sculpting produces unique and individual features, making each doll a one of a kind.
This group of 12 inch dolls depicts a Exercise Instructor and three elderly ladies exercising their little hearts out. Their heads, hands and ones feet are hand sculpted of polymer clay. They have mohair hair, or acrylic wigs. They have glass eyes. All the costumes are handmade and two pair of shoes are also handmade. They are on a base of wood with wooden uprights with magnets attached. The dolls have magnets sewn onto their clothing so they "stick to" the magnets and stand up.
Takanee is a Native American papoose doll, about 14 inches tall. His head, hands, and little bare feet are hand sculpted of polymer clay. He has glass eyes. His hair is an acrylic wig. His body is foam wire with wire armature. His costume is genuine deer skin, designed and made by the artist. He lies in an antique willow basket that is lines with genuine rabbit fur and decorated with a dream catcher and real feathers. He plays with a small real rawhide drum.
Each one is unique from the others. They are handmade with stuffed muslin bodies, mounted on wood felt backed bases. The eyes, carrot nose, and mouth are handmade from polymer clay. They have moss "hair". They are dressed in matching sweater and cap outfits, which I make. They also have a coordinating fleece scarf. The arms and hats are decorated with silk and natural decorations such as berries, silk flowers, pinecones, and Christmas type decorations.
Their sweaters are adorned richly with old jewelry and buttons. Each one has a hand sculpted clay "good luck" Christmas mouse in it's pocket and a mushroom bird on it's arm with a cute little handmade birdfeeder filled with real birdseed hanging from his arm.
These snowmen are totally different from any you will see anywhere. They make wonderful gifts as they can be displayed from Thanksgiving until Easter, or even year round. If you have a snowman collector on your list, this is the gift they will treasure always. The snowmen are about 16 to 18 inches tall and about 10 inches in diameter. You need to see these in "person" to appreciate the detail and workmanship. Various colors are available.
I try to have dark heathers (naturals), light heathers, blues, greens, mauve, burgundy, and ivory, as well as doing requests for special colors. If you have a personal sweater you want used to construct the outfit, or some old jewelry that has sentimental value that you would like me to decorate the sweater with, call me and I will try to do what you request.
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Shown here is a portrait Dogsled doll that was sculpted for a couple whose son races dogsleds. The sled was also handcrafted by LifeLike Dolls, the sled was modeled after the actual sled. The dogs were purchased, the harness and rigging were created to allow the dogs to be hitched to the sled.
Each of the dolls created by Life Like Dolls come with a Certificate of Authenticity. No two of our dolls are identical, thus making each a one of a kind.
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