Begin the process of sellecting parts by carefully measuring your China
Doll Head. From the top of the head to the borttom of the shoulder plate.
For example: A head that measures 5 inches will make a doll of about 20 inches when complete. You will need to order 3 1/4" arms and 3 1/2" legs.
If the head is China glazed ( shiny ) order glazed doll parts. If the head is Parian or matte bisque, order unglazed parts.
Some heads are finished with a light pink color totally covering the glaze. This is called "luster" and you need to order luster glazed parts. Not many dolls were made this way and they are rare! Do not order these if you have an ordinary China Head doll.
I can make almost any doll part you might need. I make:
Torso sets are doll bodies which include arms, legs and a doll body made of porcelain (also known as Bisque). The parts are all strung with elastic and ready for you to attach your antique bisque head.
The doll parts can be ordered in a variety of porcelain colors. The colors include:
Doll parts can also be made in matte porcelain or China glazed (shiny) porcelain. Glazed porcelain doll parts usually go with "Antique China Heads".
For correct sizing of china doll parts, see the limb size chart at the top of this page.
Since I make my own porcelain from the finest clays and ingredients available, I can assure the quality of the porcelain parts.
Porcelain is made of regional ball clays, bone ash, silicates, water, tint and other ingredients. The quantities and characteristics of the ingredients give porcelain its unique properties.
Care must be taken to measure each ingredient accurately,
Careful mixing and straining will remove impurities and make a very fine porcelain.
The porcelain slip is poured into plaster doll molds and when removed, allowed to air dry.
After drying, the seams are removed and the piece is fired in a kiln until mature. It's molecules fused together like glass. If the piece is for a china doll, it has to be glazed to make it shiny before being fired.
After this initial firing, the piece is sanded and painted. The paint must be fired into the porcelain so it goes back into the kiln for it's china paint fire.
Each step along the way is crucial for a fine result-a "porcelain reproduction part" that can be used to repair a wonderful Antique Doll.
The parts are made from molds made from actual Antique Doll Limbs. Over the years, making molds, I have amassed a large selection of Antique Reproduction Doll Limb molds.