This is the "creation" I began last week. It is my version of a Santos doll.
The Santos dolls take their name from the Spanish word for Saint, and are also known as Santons (French) and Santibelli (Italian). The Santos that started the genre of dolls we currently represent (primarily Spanish Colonial and Western European style), were originally started as copies of 17th century carvings by priests. Originally, Santos were created for use as in-home altars. They were needed in small villages that did not have a priest, as well as for when it was not possible to travel to church, such as during times of war. Their development flourished in Europe in the 1700's and 1800's, primarily due to these wars.
I named her St. Bernadette in honor of my dad (Bernard) since I used one of his old carpenter rulers to make the base for the doll.
You saw how this all began last week...
The body is crafted from a paper towel core, styrofoam egg for head (I had to shave this down quite a bit - way too big for the body!) Form covered with paper clay. It took 3 days to dry because our AC went on the fritz last week! I used 1/4" dowels as support for limb support.
A profile only a mother could love - her nose is rather "manly"
I cannot begin to tell you how much fun it is to create a doll out of basically nothing. The supplies were minimal. I feel like I actually gave birth. I love her!! She measures approximately 18" tall.