Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Momiji Art Doll

Momiji dolls were first started when farmers began carving scraps of the momiji (maple) tree in Japan many years ago. Momiji dolls have secret messages in their body. I was in a swap in the 3D group to make a Momiji under 4 inches. This is my Momiji doll. She went to Jeanne in Oregon.

My Momiji doll is made from polymer clay. I painted her with acrylics.
Her name is Butterfly Wishes. I used Japanese cut out paper (a butterfly and leaves) to decoupage her. The hair ornament is a piece of a toothpick with 2 beads on the end.

Her head is removable to reveal a hollow body that is a hiding place for the secret message. It is written on a tiny piece of paper. I rolled the tiny paper like a scroll on a piece of toothpick and then tied it with thread to hold it in place. I then put a bead on top. Only the recipient will know what the message says.
She measures 3 1/4 in. tall.

9 comments:

Melissa said...

She is so cute!

Gail V said...

Really a sweet and well done doll, Y.

Bea said...

hmmm it doesn't seem to have recorded my earlier comment. That's not good. I love her. She's perfect to represent this wonderful holiday. :)Bea

Bea said...

Well, if I put things under the right picture I guess it would record it. sigh.........getting old. This little one is darling. :)Bea

Dotti said...

I think enclosing a special message gives this doll a soul!

yvonne said...

Dotti, what an excellent way to put it. Thanks for visiting.

Amy Q said...

She is beautiful. I love her!

yvonne said...

Thanks Amy. She is tiny but was fun to make. Polymer clay is really neat to make dolls with! You should try it again! Do you still have Doobie?

Debra She Who Seeks said...

She's adorable, Yvonne! I know so many people collect Momiji dolls, they're very popular.