I haven’t visited India after I started Bommala koluvu/doll display so, I don’t have many traditional dolls . That really worked well for me because it motivates me to make a new set of dolls. This is second year of display and also 2nd year of making handmade dolls for Golu.
I am going to share tutorial of one such dolls I displayed for this year(2016) golu/kolu/Bommala Koluvu.
These 3 little brahmins ( aprox 6 inches in height each) are loaded with cuteness and the basket of miniature Jelebi(Indian sweet) is my favorite 🙂
Well, this is not totally my idea. I made the structure of the doll and the eyes inspired from Channapatna dolls.
It is pretty easy and self explanatory.
Material needed – Scupley white Polymer clay
Step 1: Make the base – a circle and 2 hands. Add a toothpick like shown below and bake for 45 minutes(or as per the temperature mentioned on your clay pack)
Step 2: Then add the head and bake for another 20 minutes. Even if it is over baked and changes the color do not worry.
Step 3 : Pick a color of your choice for skin tone. I used a basic acrylic and gave 2 coats. Sharpie marker works just fine for eyes. And for other details I used metallic acrylic paint, toothpick, white and red nail polish.
Step 4 : The mini basket is from Michaels and the miniature jelebi is made out of orange sculpey polymer clay 🙂
Step 5: For the base, I picked a 5X7 wooden rectangular plaque from Hobby Lobby , decorated the surface and borders and added 4 beads on to the bottom of the wood.
Finally, glued the dolls and the basket of sweets 😀 That’s it, a cute doll set is ready to set up!!
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial 🙂