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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sad demise of dolls!

About 3 years ago I made these sculptures for my garden with Paverpol. I even coated it with weatherproof coating.

Last year we had a very hot summer and a very cold winter unfortunately looks like Paverpol doesn't stand up very well to extreme climates so this is the state of my dolls in the garden. I liked these dolls and I am a bit sorry to see them go.


  1. Oh no! The poor little things look like they just wilted. Can you set them up right again?

  2. oh how sad :(

    I think we missed the hot summer up here

  3. How awful Shashi! After all your work. Maybe if the weather gets hot again they will get pliable and you can fix them and keep them inside.
    hugs Karen

  4. :( thats too bad :( could always say they they got stuck in a twister or hit by a car :p

  5. WOW! I've been away way too long. I love the new look of your blog. Love your dolls. I have missed looking at your blog and lots of others for months now. I live in Texas now. We bought a house here. Still not unpacked. My studio isn't sit up yet either. I need to create again SOON!! I will be teaching at AFIC 2011. Got stuff to finish for that.
    I'll get back an visit again soon.
    Love & Hugs

  6. Oh, I'm just sick. Those were amazing, almost alive. I'm so sorry Sashi.

  7. Oh Shashi...can't they repaired? I would definitely have a try....

  8. I'm surprised! They tout Paverpol as THE weatherproof thing!

    I didn't leave my fairy out in the cold Canadian winter, but she was out in the heat of the sun. Not a standing figure, however.

    How will you fix it?

  9. Oh Shashi, What a shame. Maybe as others have said in the heat it might become pliable and at that point you could perhaps attach a rod against the back of the taller doll and support them??? I know someone who teaches with paverpol, will ask her what she thinks can be done...Romona

  10. Aacckkkkkk!! Can you just stand them up...or is it broken? Perhaps whack off the feet and redo just the feet...and bring them inside next year? Or... cut them at the hips and sit them down somehow... it would be such a shame to just toss them. ... how about getting them off the stone thingy...and just standing them in a flower pot with short grass...so you don't see their feet..? ....

  11. Hi Shashi
    Ramona sent me a note about your dolls. I teach paverpol classes here in Victoria, BC. Paverpol does soften in the heat so I suspect that what happened is that the wire you used in the legs was not strong enough to support the weight of the softened figures. The 'bones' need to be stronger. I always use a steel rod in the legs of a standing figure. At least 3mm. To fix them now you can heat them with a blow dryer and gradually bend them back into shape. Unfortunately this may cause some breakage but you can patch that with more paverpol. To prevent it from happening again, you will have to integrate a steel rod into the sculpture somehow. Maybe up through the platform and into the taller figure. Or just keep them out of the sun. I hope this has been helpful.

  12. Oh Shashi, how terrible! After all the work you put into them. I wouldn't get rid of them . Just bring them inside and see if they can be SAVED!
    Lots of luck.


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