Monday, May 16, 2011

Modeling With Hildegard Günzel Video Part 2

Today I watched Part 2 of the Modeling With Hildegard Günzel video. This is a VHS video made in 1998, loaned to me by a friend. This video is an English translation of a German language video. It was produced in Germany, and the translation was a voice over dubbing.

Part 1 covered modeling the head and breast plate. Part 2 covered modeling the forearms and hands; as well as the lower legs and feet. Hildegard shapes the forearm and palm of the hand from one piece of clay, which she split into two parts, one piece for each arm. She is modeling with the Plasticine clay. The palm is a part of the forearm piece of clay, which is shaped at the end of the piece of clay. Then she cuts the thumb from the palm and models it. The fingers are modeled separately and added to the palm, then modeled and blended in. She works on both arms and hands, developing them as she works, never letting one get too far ahead of the other. When the arms and hands are almost finished, she puts them in the refrigerator to get cold, and harden up. Then she works the final details in the hardened clay. She uses water to smooth her clay pieces. I think it is her attention to detail that makes a Hildegard Günzel doll so special.

Next she works on the lower legs and feet. The feet are attached to the lower leg, and they are modeled together as one piece. She makes the toes on the feet by cutting four cuts with her knife to make five toes. She works deftly, with strong bold modeling in the beginning, getting more and more detailed as the modeling progresses. She models both legs and feet at the same time, never letting one get too far ahead of the other.

I really enjoyed watching this video, and seeing how Hildegard Günzel used her modeling tools and her hands and fingers to make the doll. This video was about making a Plasticine clay doll for molding in plaster to make a porcelain doll with a cloth body. The video did not cover plaster mold making at all. In fact, she recommended at the end of the video that she thinks that beginners should have a plaster molder make the first few molds for their dolls, and only attempt making plaster molds after they have completed three or four dolls successfully. She may be right !!!

As Linda Macario so kindly commented on yesterday's post, Hildegard Günzel also has published a book about making a porcelain doll, which includes tutorials about modeling the doll, molding it in plaster, and painting it. It is a beautiful book, and I have it in my studio library.

Creating Original Porcelain Dolls: Modeling, Molding and Painting.
Hildegard Günzel.
Cumberland, MD: Hobby House Press, 1988.
ISBN: 0875883397

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