We had a mini discussion about 'character' in miniature dolls after the last blog which featured 1/48th scale. Since then I've been working on 1/24th characters and I do find they have minds of their own!!
Although all the dolls are created individually, I am inclined to sculp a 'batch' at a time - it's just easier that way when it comes to baking!! I generally have a clear idea of some of the characters I will need, and then I let the clay dictate who else comes out, and new characters will appear.
So...Thame Fair in less than two weeks (Yikes)......I figured another old retired sailor in 1/24th scale should be on the stand - he's a popular character and although each is a little different, 'he' has been around for ***years in a variety of scales.
Off I go - I think I've got the perfect head from my 'spare' batch - rosy cheeks, right height, right build.....so trousers on, old jumper on.....now for hair and beard before his old cap is attached.
BUT - he's got such a cheery face that the beard looks all wrong. My old sailors always have beards.....I call up expert advice....after considered study of the happy chappy it is decided! No beard! The first ever Coombe Crafts Old Sailor not to have a beard....O.K. so it's not exactly ground-breaking. LOL.
Another favourite is Meg the Pedlar lady - she hasn't been around for a while and has been such fun to create - not least filling her basket with ribbons and laces to sell at the fair and titivating her old black hat.
One of the other ladies heading for Thame Fair is our District Nurse with her trusty bag. Once I'd given her that rather severe grey 'perm', she demanded some spectacles. I could hardly refuse. I'm sure a heart of gold beats beneath that sensible navy mac'. Otherwise of course we will have a variety of other ladies and gents looking for lovely new homes.
Next time....small children......a replica vintage toy mangle, washtub and washboard....news of the small scales furniture sale. Back to work then....
Thanks for looking