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anyone ever stuff a doll with sawdust? [Jul. 6th, 2005|08:25 am]
wildpurple
I want to make some art dolls and stuff them with sawdust or something similar so that they will be stiff. I want to make life sized ones so they need to have some stability. Probably seated dolls to begin with, I thought maybe sand in the "buttocks" of the doll so it would sit.

Anyone have any experience with something other than poly/wool fiberfill?
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[User Picture]From: moxiegirl
2005-07-06 01:28 pm (UTC)
i don't, but i know it can be done! some help i am, eh? you could also use those plastic pellets if you wanted it to be able to sit. I actually stuff all my dolls rock hard with regular stuffing - people can never believe that's what's in them. but for a life size doll you would need, oh, eight tons or so!

do you have lots of copies of your zine? I want to get it but i don't have six dollars right now.
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[User Picture]From: wildpurple
2005-07-06 02:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your ideas.

Yeah it would take too much regular stuffing for the size of doll that I want to make. I contacted an online doll supply place that provides sawdust just for doll making/stuffing.

Yes, I have lots of copies of my zine. One will be waiting for you when you are ready, thank you for looking!

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[User Picture]From: selkie_b
2005-07-06 02:31 pm (UTC)
I was going to recommend plastic pellets as well. Having handled old dolls before - bugs like sawdust and that's the LAST thing you want to have... a doll that in 20 years has been destroyed by critters. The only out there would be cedar dust - great if you are making anti-moth closet or drawer dolls, but not too cuddly.
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[User Picture]From: wildpurple
2005-07-06 02:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestions. These are going ot be art dolls, not meant to be played with.

Yeah, I would hate for bugs to eat up my creations...even when I am gone I want my creations to "live" on...LOL!

How is it going for you?
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[User Picture]From: selkie_b
2005-07-06 03:07 pm (UTC)
Been getting a lot of spinning done. I'm working on a fiber swap project with a very dear friend of mine, plus wool for a sweater for me. Still knitting the "evil black and white toe socks" I just can't seem to get motivated to get them finished *LAUGH*! Sewing-wise, I'm waiting on measurements for a wedding dress I need to do, I have a pair of pants to sew for another friend (she was so sweet! she cut out the fabric for me and everything! I have rhumatoid arthritis and that gets really hard to do some days), and I have several cool Japanese kataginu to make for my son and husband's dojo. Kataginu are the pointy shouldered things that go over the kimono to make them look "intimadating" or something ;)
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[User Picture]From: wildpurple
2005-07-06 03:42 pm (UTC)
Ooo! I would love to see the kataginus. That sounds cool!
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From: lisavollrath
2005-07-06 02:54 pm (UTC)
I used to make teddy bears, and some people stuffed them with wood excelsior, which is very firm. I've also used glass pellets---sort of like micro beads, only smaller---sold for sandblasting. These were good for weight, especially in sitting bear's bums.
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[User Picture]From: wildpurple
2005-07-06 02:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Glass pellets, I'll look into that, that sounds intriguing.
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From: adelphian
2005-07-09 04:49 am (UTC)
Equal parts of fish gravel and birdseed. Works really well, while still having that "cuddly" feeing.

Cheap too. :)
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[User Picture]From: wildpurple
2005-07-09 10:55 am (UTC)
That's interesting. I'll have to look into that. Thanks for your input! :-)
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