which allows doll house dolls to stand without doll stands was
invented by innovation and inspiration. I had been
sculpting the head, hands and feet for dollhouse dolls out of oven
hardening clay then placing the pieces on a wire armature in a cloth
body. I really wanted to spend my time dressing the dolls, but
the time was going into sculpting.
It was an afternoon well over
a decade ago, I had been helping my son with his balsa racing car
model, I was showing him how to place fishing weights in the nose
of the car to make it go faster. Some of the left over
weights were left on my work table and as I sculpted another pair of
feet, the idea of placing them in the feet of clay developed.
was the effect I wanted. The doll was so light, I had my answer
for a doll to stand balanced. But, for a porcelain doll head and
body, it wouldn't work. Porcelain is too heavy. I used
pliers to mash the metal into better shapes for slimmer feet and kept
thinking. Metal is soft, it can be formed...like bullets...like
little metal soldiers. It can be melted and formed with a lost
wax process like jewelry. I found a jeweler but the person I
needed to talk to was always out, so they gave me the number of the
I've been working with the folks at the forge since then. I learned how to become a metal patterns maker.
Dolls are now standing on their own two feet and because wire is
attached at the knee, they also sit nicely. Many other doll
makers have been using "the Foot" in one inch, half-inch scale
dollmaking and smaller.
I am happy to have changed the world of miniature doll making.
Laurie Sisson - L. Sisson-doll artist