The Santa Project

I know it seems counter-intuitive, but I believe that limitations can produce an extremely creative environment.  This is why I love rule based projects.  You may remember my Orange Curtain Project from a couple of years ago.  I've been wanting to do another, but I didn't have any really great ideas. Until, now.

Without further ado, may I introduce The Santa Project

I've never really been into pre-made doll heads, I'd rather just make my own.  But, I recently came across a bunch of Santa doll heads.  My first thought was, who wants a Santa doll?  My second thought was, who else could you make with those heads?  So that's the challenge.  I have 6 little Santa heads, and a brain full of ideas.

This project is a just-for-fun, stress-free zone.  So, no time limit.  Just a bunch of old, mustached, white man dolls.  I have a ton of other things I should be doing, so I'm not sure when I'll get the first one done.

In the meantime, does anyone have any tips for working with these things?  How to attach them to the body?  How you might attach a beard?  What kind of paint you could use on the face?  I clearly have no idea what I'm doing.


t sanders said...

Rules are good.

Danielle said...

My background is metalsmithing so....I would try small rivets, jewelers super glue (Rio Grande Jewelry supply carries it) Sewing with sail makers thread and needle, on that same line drilling holes first with a Dremel (using jewelers drill bits)then stitching on with sturdy thread.
Hope that helps!

TYRaines said...

I've made lots of dolls using products like this. If you want to do it the old-fashioned way, you can create a simple body pattern and attached the head by making a neck casing with a draw string. I think you can use regular latex paint on the vinyl heads... but really this type of Santa usually has a long white beard attached to the chin, usually looks like polyfill. But it might be really cute with curly hair too.

erin said...

I want a jolly old archivist made out of this, please!