About Dolls and the Dollmaker
4951 Sparr Rd.
Gaylord, MI 49735
her a head transplant. She still hangs proudly in a shadowbox on my studio wall.
As I knew these dolls were going to be my business and future, I wanted to give them
a special name, ANGEL CHILDREN seemed perfect. So that became the name of my
business and all the dolls were marked with their own little Angel Children tag.
I now make miniature toy dolls for the children that live in the 1"=1 doll houses. These little
ones vary in size from 3/4" to 3" tall. They are also delightful collector dolls in their own
I make my own sculptures of head, hands and feet. Then I make molds from these. I
pour the mold in porcelain slip. The resulting "greenware" must be scrapped and sanded.
The piece can than be fired at 2300 degrees. Alas, when they are removed from the mold
they have a rough texture and must be sanded again.
I china paint their faces (just like the faces on the antique dolls), and than fire them
again to 1600 degrees. This requires 1 to 3 firings to get their faces smiling brightly.
After I paint their shoes with acrylic paint, they are ready to be assembled and dressed.
Of course the little dears want wigs, I think they would look really cute bald, but they won't
hear of it.
Before she is sent out to you, she is named, numbered and given a certificate. This is all
packaged with her in a protective plastic box.
"How long does it take to make each little doll?" It takes a long time, years of experience
and hours of effort to create one Angel Child. I strive to make each one truly special. They
are lovingly hand made by myself to be tiny treasures, you will be proud to own.
I hope you will enjoy having them, as much as I enjoy creating them.
Thirty plus years ago when I saw my first
miniature doll's doll, I fell in love. I vowed than
and their this was what I was going to do for the
rest of my life. At the time I was making full size
reproduction porcelain dolls, as well as a few of
my own large originals. Of course I had no idea
how to go about it. Live and learn, persistence
and patience, trial and error. Their were few
how to books available at that time. My first
little 2" doll was so ugly, when I improved I gave