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Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Bell-Ringer

Finished this doll today, and I am really happy with how he turned out. I was trying out a new clay "Pro-sculpt" I like how it holds the wrinkles better than the SS I usually use but it seems to be a bit harder to smooth, for me anyway.

He is sculpted over a wire armature, soft upper arms , legs and torso. His clothing is a mix of suede, cheese clothe, satin and knit. His top-hat is made from garmet leather with a little feather in the band. He is 11 1/2 inches high including the top hat which isnt removable. He has mohair curls and he is holding some old bells I found this weekend.

The Bell-ringer is a very important job among the elves. His duties are to ring the bell every hour on the hour. Also he must ring the bells at the birth of a new elf or at the death of one. He also must ring the bells at every wedding and funeral. It is a very exhausting job, maybe thats why he looks so cranky. One of the down-falls to being The bell-ringer is the loss of hearing due to the constant ringing of the bells. Each bell he carries is used for different things, and he must keep them straight or the other elves will become confused and not know whether its supper or breakfast. This little deaf Bell-ringer is ready to retire, unfortunately no-one else wants the job.