Why do you charge so much???

For a long time now, I have been meaning to write this post. At a show or online will get asked how much an items is. I will also get (not every time but often enough) this response “That’s too rich for my blood!” or “I couldn’t spend that much!” or something to that effect.Now that being said, most people understand my pricing and are perfectly wonderful. I figured explaining how long one set of legs takes to make would help the few that go into sticker shock.

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Lets get started!

I will be explaining the process to make one set of legs. It doesn’t matter the size actually. It is all the same.

Step one: Pour and mold the legs. This takes up about 40 minutes. That includes pouring the porcelain slip into the mold. waiting for a few minutes, then pouring the remainder out. Then letting it set up and un-molding when its ready. This set is so dependent on weather outside and temperature inside. If the air is too humid, forget about doing any of this.

Step Two: After you un-mold the pieces, do a quick seam cleaning. After they are dry, pop them into the kiln for two hours.

Step Three: This is the stage most of the cleaning of the pieces happen. Its called wet cleaning. It takes about 15 minutes for this step. It can take longer depending on the size of the piece. But for the legs of this post, 15 minutes and we are done.

Step Four: Second time into the kiln. This is the bisque fire. They turn into porcelain in this firing basically. The parts will stay in the kiln for 4 hours at this point. But I normally leave the parts in there overnight to cool after its done.

Step Five: If the legs are getting glazed, add an extra 30 minutes to apply the coats of glaze. If not a quick and final cleaning/sanding is done to the legs. This takes about 15 minutes or so.

Step Six:If legs were glazed then they go back into the kiln for 3 more hours. If not the next step is painting.

Step Seven: It normally takes me 4 paint firings to paint legs and each firing takes about 2 hours.
The final count: 16 hours (give or take an hour) to make one set of legs. Let me repeat that ………ONE SET OF LEGS TAKES ABOUT 16 hours!!!!!

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Normally I fire and paint multiple pieces at once but each pieces still takes the a large portion of time and energy to make.
Thanks for listening to my ramblings everyone!

Please remember to check out my shop as well:https://www.etsy.com/shop/ReproDolls?ref=l2-shopheader-name

ReproDolls.com

I realized the other day that I don’t put enough about my fledgling little business on here. Normally I am opposed to using ones blog for a business unless its a business blog BUT I am going to make mine an exception to my rule.

Now if you read my little blog, you probably love dolls, history or me(Samantha or Lydia Ann). So I figure that you might be interested in what I do for a living. I wanted to  link my store top the blog for anyone wanting a reproduction doll, reproduction doll clothing, or accessories.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ReproDolls?ref=profile_shopname

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For me this is a passion, just like dolls, history or doll history! I have gotten so much joy from collecting dolls and learning about them, I want to pass that on. The reward of selling a doll to someone for me is the joy. Dolls are fun and encourage imagination. They can bring us back to our childhood (whether or not you had doll). Sometimes you never had one as a child but always wanted one. Its never too late!

 

-Samantha

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“The Nurses of Pearl Harbor” (Warning:Image heavy post!)

Yesterday Samantha and I traveled to James Buchanan’s House, Wheatland in Lancaster,pa. There was a speaker who was the daughter of nurse who was at Pearl Harbor during the attack on December 7, 1941. The talk encompassed the stories of several nurses that were stationed at various hospital’s around the island. The speaker did not focus on just December 7th but about the whole lives of the nurses. The stories were heartwarming and told a story of courage.

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A sampling of the speaker’s Mothers items.

After the talk, we strolled the grounds and the museum.

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If you are in the area please check out this beautiful site.

http://www.lancasterhistory.org/visit/wheatland

 

-Lydia Ann