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Figurative Art Dolls

One of a Kind Figurative Fantasy Art Dolls by Kendra M Gilbert, Virgo's Alchemy. Made with high quality polymer clay and mixed media. My Art Dolls, are quite literally, manifested reflections of my innermost hopes, dreams, inspirations...and nightmares.

Dark Fantasy Art Dolls

One of a Kind Nightmarish Fan Art Dolls for the Strange and Unusual: Highly detailed, made with attention to quality, and longevity.

Merminoid Tails

One of a Kind Creations: Mermaids, Merminoids and other Creatures of the Deep. My Mermaid and Merminoid tails are soldered using a technique that increases strength, flexibility, and durability. I use all different types of materials to make my tails and fins including papers, fantasy films, and of course my favorite - polymer clay.

Creative Display Bases

Each one of my Figurative Art Dolls comes complete with a Highly Detailed, Handcrafted Display Base made with High Quality Materials...and a Touch of Madness.

No Molds - Ever!

All my polymer clay figurative art dolls and other sculptures are one of a kind, and made without the use of any molds.

Artist Inspired Art Dolls

With permission, there are times I will sculpt art dolls directly inspired by another artist. If I cannot locate a particular artist, or obtain permission, I won't sell that particular work - it stays with me, in my own fan art collection, for my own personal enjoyment and use.

Handmade Doll Eyes

My Doll Eyes are handmade using glass beads and special high quality 2 part resin. They are scratch and UV resistant. They are created without the use of any computer printed images, are hand painted, and light reflecting glass-like.

Drawings & Concept Art

A lot of times, I will draw what I'm thinking about creating. This gives me a chance to visualize it outside of my head before trying to sculpt it in 3D. I love to draw, and if time allowed, I would draw and paint as much as I sculpt - maybe after I retire one day...

Works in Progress

I officially renounced posting Work in Progress pictures due to my personal belief that it diminishes some of the magic behind the creative process, and takes too much time to make continuous updates - so, I will no longer be doing full-on WIP or "Work in Progress" posts. However, when I'm starting a new piece, somewhere along the line I may share a few pictures just to let those who are interested, see what I'm currently working on.

Hand-dyed Doll Hair

I Don't Always Dye my own Doll Hair, but When I Do, It's Pretty Awesome...

Faerie Wings

My Faerie Wings are soldered to increase flexibility, durability, and longevity. Like my Merminoid/Mermaid tails and fins, I use wide variety of different materials to make my wings including papers, fantasy films, transparency films, fabrics, cruelty-free feathers, and polymer clay.

Artisan Handmade Soap

My other Passion: Handmade Artisan Soap! Unique and unusual handcrafted with high quality ingredients, from scratch, the old fashion cold process way! Learn more about my Soap products by clicking on the menu above!

Unique Handmade Soaps

Whether I'm inspired by Alice in Wonderland, a Holiday, or a certain Time of Year - my unique handmade soaps are more than just high quality soap, they are also works of art.

Home of the Winged Soaps!

Virgo's Alchemy: Home of the Winged Soaps and Cupcake Soaps! Unique, adorable, functional - yet attractive. Great for gift giving, special occasions, or even just a personal treat. You can learn more about my bubbly soap concoctions by clicking on the main menu "About My Soap".

Meet Oz Goose

Ozzie, or "Oz Goose", is my beloved precious little muse who is with me each and every day in the Virgo's Alchemy Studio. He is pictured throughout the website, in his CGI alter-ego as a black cat, because truly, he is a mischievous and magical kitty in his true-form.

Other Interests...

For years I was a Mehndi Artist (Henna Tattoo artist) at local festivals and events in the St. Petersburg/Largo Florida area. I love the essence of Mehndi, not only is it art, but it also is very soothing and relaxing to receive.

Figurative Sculpture

One of a Kind, No molds - my work is inspired by my love for the strange, unusual, curious, and mystifying. I work primarily with polymer clay, however, I also love to use paper clays as well as 2 part epoxies.

Artisan Soap

Our Handmade Soaps are not only visually stunning, they are jam packed full of ingredients that your skin will love! Organic and NON-GMO, whenever possible - it is worth every single last bubble!

Other Work

Although sculpture and artisan soap making are my two passions, I also love to draw, paint and create miniatures. I adore all things "lost and found" and have a slight obsession with Steampunk, Faeries and all things Burton and Froud.

My Videos

Due to the recent change in our location, my ability to upload videos has been affected. I'm currently working on establishing a solution to this problem and be back updating our youtube channel soon! You can subscribe by using the link above the main menu - thanks!

One of a Kind Figurative Art Dolls & Handmade Artisan Soaps
― by Kendra M Gilbert

 Welcome to my Strange and Unusual Home on the Web!

I'm an OOAK (One of a Kind) Figurative Art Doll and Mixed Media Artist and Artisan Soap Maker. Here you will find all my latest collectible art pieces, as well as my bubbly concoctions - which will be made available very shortly here, on my personal website, and over at my Etsy Shoppe.

I began creating polymer clay sculptures back in 2002, and was also the creator of FAEBAE (Fantasy Art Enterprise Brilliant Artist Encounter).  Although FAEBAE didn't survive due to circumstances and influences beyond my control, it is still a huge accomplishment to say I was one of the first to have attempted to create a cutting-edge online venue specific to the OOAK Art Doll Industry. 

Originally, I was doing artwork under the name of Keepers of the Wood Studio, but I took a long break to develop my skills, and learn more about the art of Figurative Art Doll Clay Sculpting. It has taken me years to understand what high quality polymer clay artwork actually means, and develop more of my own creative edge.  I'm very proud of where I am today, and am confident that my skills will continue to grow.  I feel I'm ready to once again enter into the Collector's arena, and highly value genuine constructive criticism and feedback - always.  By supporting me and my work, you are supporting an artist who is truly dedicated to delivering high quality, unique, and captivating pieces for years to come - and who will always be working to make each piece better than the one before it.

Latest News

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Absinthe, now curing!

Will be made available shortly, after it is fully cured! Thanks! To hear sound, simply click the sound on in the video!
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Now selling on eBay and Etsy!

I finally broke down and decided to go ahead and start listing my Art Dolls on eBay, and if they do not sell, they will be placed in my Etsy shop along with my Artisan Soaps.  So, all new Art Dolls will first be listed as 5 Day Auctions.  I cannot guarantee when I will start auctions until I get a little more settled in with eBay, but Mermaid Syreni will be my first listing.  You can find me on ebay @ virgosalchemy I will also place links here to live listings.  I will be re-listing my Mermaid in a Bottle after the turmoil with the hurricanes are over with, and will post the link here at that time. Thank you for your support! Unusually Yours,  
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Virgo's Alchemy Etsy Now Open!

Hello!  I'd like to invite you to my Etsy Shop, it's now open!  I'm slowly getting things listed... first up are a few soaps, and my latest Mermaid Art Doll.

  Please stop by, "Favorite" me if you like what you see and want to keep seeing all the cool stuff I have in store for you in the coming days, weeks, months, and YEARS ahead!

Thanks so much for you support!! 

Click HERE to visit me on Etsy!

 

Handmade Soaps and One of a Kind Art Available!

 
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Specimen Syreni - Now Available on Etsy!

I'd like to introduce you to Specimen Syreni (Mermaid Specimen). She is approx the equivalent of a 9.5" sculpture, but inside her tomb-like bottle, she is an impressive 16" in height.

She was sculpted purely by imagination and by hand, no molds were used in her making, and no casts have been taken of her. She is, and always will remain, One of a Kind.

Specimen Syreni's story is based on the ancient Renaissance, a time when creatures like this may still have existed, discovered, and taken for study.

Her skin was painted in purple and blue hues to simulate a preserved appearance. She is also covered in a high quality, non-yellowing, "liquid water" resin.

At her feet, a small glass orb represents the magic that was captured within this elusive being. She stands in a bed of black sand with tiny iridescent sparkles throughout, and a tiny tag that reads "Specimen Syreni" is tied to the top of her bottle, for proper identification purposes...of course!

She is not removable from her bottle, but her lid is removable for cleaning purposes only. Her glass bottle makes her fragile and highly collectible; not to be used as a toy or given to small children.

Her hair is a lovely rich burgundy Tibetan Mohair, and she was painted with high quality heat setting paints, and fired multiple times at specific times and temperatures to ensure longevity and quality, as all professional sculptures should be.

She will come with a certificate of authenticity which will be attached to the bottom of her bottle, signed.

Available Now on Etsy!

Click HERE for her listing! Thank you so much for your interest, and please contact me by using my "Send a Raven" page, if you have any questions.

Additional Images of Specimen Syreni

 
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Closer and Closer to goals...

Well, we have been officially here in Colorado for one year, but only true residents since last November...and I must say, we have never been happier. Being partially raised in Arkansas and having such a huge love for wildlife, open space, natural environments - Colorado was truly the best choice we could have ever made. A part of me will always continue to long for Washington State, but, Colorado has already proven itself to be a major contender in my search for "home".

Yes, I'm still a major introvert... I just had to push myself to try to connect with some local community. I'm not an introvert by nature, there is a part of me screaming out for friendships, girl's nights out..etc lol However, my artwork takes up the majority of my time and when I'm not working in the studio, I feel as if I'm wasting the time I've been given.

I'm slow...slower than I would like to be. What takes some people a week or two to accomplish, takes me a month sometimes. With me, it's because I'm never fully satisfied, I keep tweaking and tweaking my projects until I either start over again from the ground up or find myself removing heads off dolls to redo them lol. Yes, probably another Virgo thing...the quest for perfection when I'm lying to myself most of the time...is there really such a thing when it comes to art? Perhaps I just need to change my own perspective of what "perfect" is, and just find peace in knowing that my work is perfectly imperfect, just like me.

Well, I started a couple new projects and I almost have enough to where I can start listing online, or even better, place in local galleries. I love the online community, but I want to engage my local community because I feel that is most important at this time in my life. I want to love people, and I want them to love me. Can you see now why I said my blog was like my therapist...? I can really work some serious shit out here, lol.

Anyway, one of the major reasons I haven't listed anything for sale or applied to any local galleries yet is because I've been having issues with photographing my work lol. I ordered a really nice lightbox kit off of Amazon last week and it's due to be here today!! This will help me get professional quality photos of my sculptures as well as my soaps

In this pic, I just started applying eyelashes. She still needs eyebrows...and well, of course, some hair lol...it's a process 😉

 

I'm no longer doing full-on WIP (Work in Progress) posts anymore, but I will tell you I'm working on a line of Fairy and Elves at the moment (as pictured above). I've been experimenting with different faces and "looks" for a couple weeks. I'm also loving having so many dead aspen trees lying around my property...they make EXCELLENT fantasy display bases! So, I have a lot in the works and just wanted you to know where I'm at as far as progress is concerned and what you can expect from me in the coming weeks and months.

Thank you again for taking the time to read through my rambling posts...I do appreciate it greatly. The support I get from the online community is truly a creative fuel for me. It's hard to create anything without believing in yourself, and that is why I'm so truly grateful to those who have shown me such support and love - you guys mean the world to me!

Yours Unusually,

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NEVERknead Review

Hello, awhile back, a friend of mine suggested this lovely contraption when she seen me make a post about struggling to condition my clay.  Despite the pasta machines, food processors, and good-ole elbow grease, I felt the process was long, tedious, physically exhausting, and frustrating.  The NEVERknead has changed all of that for me, and I'm very happy to have made this investment to add to my studio equipment!  If you have issues with hand pain, or just low on patience...this is for you!

www.neverknead.com