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 to be.
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.
Some of the best advice I ever got was from Cecilia, a local antique dealer and friend,.
She said you must put something on these dolls to identify them as yours. So the Angel
Children tag was born. At first I hand wrote each little tag on shrink art and than baked it
to make it smaller. Now with the blessing of modern technology I can print them up 500 at
a time by the push of a button. Praise the Lord!
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, thirty six 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
I hope you 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