When he asked me to make him a doll that would compliment his collection of Ferrari memorabilia, I started thinking of steampunk and mechanical bits that could be used in a doll! My biggest challenge was keeping the doll to under 14". I spent a great deal of time looking at photos of Ferrari for inspiration. As luck would have it, while in Toronto visiting my family, I found a Ferrari car model in red that would be perfect in my piece!
Once I returned to Victoria in May, I assembled my materials and forged ahead (well I did travel for a workshop before I actually started, but this doll was in my thoughts).
I am very happy with Francesco (the new Ferrari Steampunk Mechanic) and he stands only 12" tall! He wears a medium blue mechanic's outfit that is complimented with steampunk fabric. Under his jacket he has a fine Italian Merino sweater and an Italian wool vest. He sports a brown leather pouch and a black felt cap that has the "Ferrari" prancing horse symbol, of course. He also wears a steampunk magnifier to help him catch fine details in his work. His boots are black and brown faux leather with steampunk gears:
A close up of his face (I used doe suede for the doll as it is easy to work with and has a natural "olive" tint that would be ideal for this Italian stallion):
A side view with a good look at his funky hair and his special steampunked eye piece magnifier. His ball cap is felt with stitching in the Italian flag colours:
Notice that I covered the platform with "Tim Holtz" steampunk fabric. I used "Sobo" glue to attach the fabric to the base. I used "Scrabble" game tiles to spell out "FERRARI" on the base:
I found great metal tools and tool buttons to decorate his jacket.
I hope my friend enjoys his piece and I hope Francesco enjoys his new home among the Ferrari books and Ferrari models!