Miniature Paper Dolls - Mary Bell and Rhoda

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Miniature Paper Dolls - Mary Bell and Rhoda

  1. 1. Mary Bell & Rhoda Victorian Paper Dolls
  2. 2. These are larger than 12th scale Each of the miniature dolls stands under 1 inch (2.45cm) tall, when cut out. In order to clearly demonstrate the folding technique I used to make the booklet, I made a larger version of each doll. The larger version is smaller than the original dolls, which were about 4 inches (10 cm) tall. Why am I being so pedantic? There is an amazing amount of mis-information in the internet and I don’t want to add to it.
  3. 3. To make the miniature version I used • a sharp knife • a metal ruler • 100 gsm photocopy paper (this is a little bit thicker and stiffer than average) • a pair of scissors If you decide to make the larger version, you will need to stick the doll to a piece of card – the clothes, however, worked very well on the paper that I used.
  4. 4. To make the folded booklet Cut out the strip that contains the doll, the doll’s dresses and booklet cover. (In order to get a clean, crisp edge, I used a knife and a ruler to do this.) The first fold is made along the left hand edge of the booklet cover. Try to make sure that the left-hand and right-hand borders are of an equal size, and that the top and bottom edges are level and straight. I made this fold without scoring the fold-line first, but it if you find it easier to score and then fold, do this.
  5. 5. Crease here Fold the booklet cover right back, so that it is on the “wrong side”. Then, with the paper doll and the dresses on the inside, fold the strip in half – end to end – and crease it firmly. Fold over end to end
  6. 6. Then Unfold the central crease that you have just made and re-fold it in the opposite direction direction.
  7. 7. Then Repeat the folding process - but this time to the central crease. Remember to fold the booklet cover right back, so that it is on the “wrong side” - and then fold with the doll and dresses on the inside of the paper
  8. 8. The result should be A neatly folded little booklet.
  9. 9. Note The dolls do not have an “easel” or other means of standing unsupported. So, when I cut out Mary Bell, I folded back the sides of the floor to make a stand. I was surprised at how stable this was !
  10. 10. I was also amazed at the way Mary Bell’s clothes fitted and stayed on – without glue ! However, I would almost certainly glue her clothes on and fix her to some sort of base, if I had her on display in a dolls’ house or miniature toy shop.
  11. 11. All done
  12. 12. After Thought… The neck and ankles are the weakest, bendiest, most fragile parts of most paper dolls – and these dolls are no exception to this general rule. So, even at this size, I think it would have been a good idea to glue Mary Bell to another piece of paper, or thin card, before cutting her out.

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