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Author Topic: Painting Porcelain?  (Read 3915 times)
hereaftermouse
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« on: January 14, 2009, 07:32:44 am »

I found a rather decrepit porcelain doll at a thrift store - what kind of paint (preferably on the inexpensive side) will work for this?

If just for the horror value, here is a photo:


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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2009, 10:56:15 pm »

What is that around her neck?  Did she try to end her own misery and someone cut her down?

<Sorry...no paint suggestions>
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hereaftermouse
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2009, 05:36:03 am »

It does look a bit like that, considering her facial expression. It's actually supposed to be a pearl necklace, but kinda fails
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2009, 09:23:43 am »

Looks like it is the same paint used in dishware and painting china plates etc

Perhaps this site can shed some light:
http://www.dollsden.com/

Hope this helps  Grin
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hereaftermouse
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2009, 10:51:48 pm »

That does help, but I suppose what I really want to know is, can I use a paint not designed for porcelain (as I am not so in love with this doll that I need to get a whole new set of art supplies for her) that will still work reasonably well?
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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2009, 01:33:13 am »

Wll you could probably use acrylics (craft type) but the colors will be flat and they require a lot of blending to look proper but donot see why they wont work.
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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2009, 04:06:22 am »

Mouse,

If she's a made-in-china cheapie (looks like she might be), chances are she's painted with enamels, and you can remove it with acetone or nail-polish remover, if you want a blank surface to start with. Test it on the bottom of her shoe, or someplace hidden to find out.  If she's china painted (the colors are fired on, and won't come off), I'd suggest basecoating her with spray enamel in the color you want.  Once it's dry you can paint details with acrylic, enamels (model paints) or artist's oil paints.  Oil paints are great for shading and blending but take a long time to dry.  You can also use powdered make-up, ground chalk powder, charcoal, dirt, etc. for shading, just spray it with a clear sealer when you're all done.

Hope that helps!
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hereaftermouse
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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2009, 10:49:39 pm »

Thank you! I shall try and snag some nail polish remover from my roommates
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