LifeLike Hand Crafted Dolls by Susan Ware

 

Welcome to Life Like Dolls

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.

hand crafted musher and sled    hand crafted musher and sled and dogs

 Shown above 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.

 

I make all sorts of dolls, getting inspiration from many different sources. I also do portrait dolls for people of themselves or their children. This, in my opinion is the most difficult aspect of sculpting dolls, yet it is very rewarding.

The studio consists of a 14'X 28' room that is FULL of every supply you can imagine. We built this addition in 1997 after having almost every room in our small house taken over with supplies. I now have rows and rows of shelves filled with everything needed to make dolls and snowmen and anything else I may decide to do. Props and supplies are constantly searched out and purchased. I also find items in nature and stockpile those. I am a person who likes to have everything I might need around me and in sight when I am decorating my dolls. I take great care and time in choosing just the right item for a doll or snowman or whatever I'm working on. I love my work and many nights am in my studio working at one or two a.m. and must make myself quit and call it a day. I find it very relaxing and rewarding. I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of my work. If you have special requests for a doll, or a portrait doll of your children or someone you know, please contact me for information and price.

Click to see some of the beautiful handcrafted dolls I have made.

  • Hand Crafted Native American Woman Doll
    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.
  • Hand Crafted Native American Papoose Doll
    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.
  • Hand Crafted Eskimo Woman Doll
    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.
  • Hand Crafted Native American Papoose Doll
    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.
  • Hand Crafted German Dolls
    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. 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
  • Sweatin' With The Oldies
    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.
  • Hand Crafted Eskimo Doll
    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.
  • Native American Warrior Doll
    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.
  • Hand Crafted Little African Boy Doll
    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.
  • Minnie's Moment
    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.
  • Handcrafted Collectible Snowmen
    Handcrafted 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.

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