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Welcome to my blog! I'm Kathryn and I blog about  fusing Vintage and modern Fashion together to create a unique style. I am also passionate about slowing down the fast fashion industry  and hope to encourage others to do likewise through my posts showcasing  my personal style through the vintage and thrifted items that I have sourced.

Mannequin Mania!

Mannequin Mania!

Handcrafted painted Mannequin Head by Violinkit. See how below........ 

 

So I've been wanting to create something like this porcelain-like head for quite some time. My reason is mainly to showcase my many vintage hats that will be for sale shortly in my New Shop.  

These heads will be available to purchase on Violinkit shortly and are ideal as a hand crafted piece of art for any bedroom or boudoir. They are also ideal to show case your favourite hat!

These heads will be available to purchase on Violinkit shortly and are ideal as a hand crafted piece of art for any bedroom or boudoir. They are also ideal to show case your favourite hat!

I used a polystyrene (Aeroboard) head and layered it with about 6 sheets of tissue paper to create a fine paper mache effect. I used wall - paper paste to do this but any acrylic glue mixed with a little water will do. The paper mache  also has the double effect of making the head a little heavier and therefore more durable.

STEP ONE.....Polystyrene Head!

STEP ONE.....Polystyrene Head!

STEP TWO.......Fine tissue paper was applied

STEP TWO.......Fine tissue paper was applied

Layer upon layer was carefully applied with a drying time of 12 hours between layers  

Layer upon layer was carefully applied with a drying time of 12 hours between layers

 

When completely dry I then applied three coats of Acrylic white paint drying each coat between layers. I then used flesh coloured acrylic paint to subtly colour the cheek area and planned my over-all look for the head. I used black acrylic for the hair giving her a vintage 1920's/30's look. The eyes and eye lashes are exaggerated to give a high octane vibe. Lastly I used a vintage red to give her that classic red pout.

High Octane Quirky Finish

High Octane Quirky Finish

Last but not least I used a high gloss Acrylic varnish and applied about 3-4 coats drying in between. I did this outside which is very important for a healthier application . The high gloss option gives the head a porcelain finish with the added  advantage of the lightness of the polystyrene.

Shiny high gloss finish!   I hope you've enjoyed this post. Let me know what you think and if you fancy a similar piece please let me know in the messages.                       LOVE AS ALWAYS VIOLINKIT XXX                                                                         

Shiny high gloss finish!

 

I hope you've enjoyed this post. Let me know what you think and if you fancy a similar piece please let me know in the messages.  

                    LOVE AS ALWAYS VIOLINKIT XXX

 

 

 

 

                                                              

 

Bargain Binge.....

Bargain Binge.....

Out with the old.........

Out with the old.........

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