HerFineHand

Original Handmade Fine Art Dolls

On Etsy since 2008

HerFineHand

Original Handmade Fine Art Dolls

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Announcement    Hello and welcome to my shop! Here you will find original, one-of-a-kind art dolls made from polymer clay. Each doll is individually hand-sculpted, costumed, and finished with the greatest of care, and each one tells its own story. I hope you will find one that speaks to your heart. Thank you for stopping by!

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Last updated on Nov 14, 2017

Hello and welcome to my shop! Here you will find original, one-of-a-kind art dolls made from polymer clay. Each doll is individually hand-sculpted, costumed, and finished with the greatest of care, and each one tells its own story. I hope you will find one that speaks to your heart. Thank you for stopping by!

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Virginia McConnell

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About HerFineHand

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On Etsy since 2008

It all started with a creative block . . .

It was 2015. I was feeling uninspired and wanted to do something different, just to get my creative juices flowing again. I happened to pick up an issue of Art Doll Quarterly magazine, and on a whim, I bought a box of polymer clay and a cheap set of sculpting tools. I wasn't expecting to produce anything special. I just wanted to play. But the next thing I knew, this funny little elf person had emerged. He had a big nose, pointed ears, and bare feet. I fell in love with him and named him Bernard. I made another doll, and then another, and suddenly I knew that this was what I wanted to keep doing. To this day, Bernard keeps me company every day at my work table.

My process for making an art doll begins with a wire armature. I sculpt the head, hands, and feet from polymer clay and attach them to the armature. After this, the process can vary. Some of my dolls have soft torsos made from fabric and batting, and some of them are fully sculpted. Once the figure is completed, I blush it with multiple washes of acrylic paint to bring it to life. The final step is adding the hair.

Costuming the doll is one of my favorite parts of the process. I make paper patterns for the clothing, and often I make muslin mock-ups of the costume pieces to ensure that they will fit properly and create the effect I want. Most of the final costume pieces are made from silk or other natural fibers. Almost all of them have to be hand-stitched because they are too delicate for a sewing machine. One thing that makes costuming an art doll challenging is the fact that the figure is either largely or entirely fixed in one position (depending on whether it has a soft torso or not), so some of the seaming has to be done while the piece is on the doll.

Some of my dolls hold objects, or are set on bases that function as vignettes to help to tell their stories. I make almost all of these accessories as well. These can be created from a variety of materials, including clay, wood, artificial greenery and flowers, and paper. I will use whatever I can find to create the effect I want.

The time required to make a doll varies. Some of the simpler ones come together in a week or two, while others can take a month or more. I generally work on only one at a time, and while I am creating it I discover the doll's personality and learn its story. I feel very fortunate to be able to make my own friends! I hope you will find one that speaks to your heart.

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  • Virginia McConnell

    Doll Artist

    I make stuff. I can't help it. In the past I've made drawings, paintings, collages, clothes, costumes, jewelry, and a bunch of other stuff too. Now, I make art dolls, and it's the most exciting thing I've ever done.

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Last updated on November 14, 2017
Hello and welcome to my shop! Here you will find original, one-of-a-kind art dolls made from polymer clay. Each doll is individually hand-sculpted, costumed, and finished with the greatest of care, and each one tells its own story. I hope you will find one that speaks to your heart. Thank you for stopping by!

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Except in very rare cases, I cannot offer refunds. Please check all information carefully before you buy, and contact me if you have questions. If you feel that the item I have shipped to you is unacceptable, please contact me within five working days of your receipt of the item.
Shipping
To minimize the chances of damage during shipping, I create unique packaging and protective padding for each doll. This can take several days to complete, so processing time can be up to a week after I receive payment. Please be patient and understand that this is to ensure that your doll will reach you in perfect condition.

I usually ship by USPS Priority Mail.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please remember, art dolls are fine art pieces, not playthings. I recommend you avoid displaying your doll where it will be exposed to direct sunlight, moisture, or extreme temperature changes. I also recommend that you minimize handling of your doll and do not comb or pull on the hair.