Rochelle Gaukel
Thursday May 2 and Friday May 3, 2019

In this course you will be sculpting a Santos doll and soldering the cage dress using the stamped hot solder technique. There are no limitations on what your doll could look like.

You will be supplied with everything you need to complete your doll, but if there are bits and pieces that you have in your personal stash that you would like to incorporate, by all means please bring them.The Santos’ cage dress is done using the stamped solder technique that you will learn in class. Tips and tricks will be given to you along the way to insure that you leave with a finished doll.

The history of Santos dolls: The Santos dolls take their name from the Spanish word for Saint, and are also known as Santons (French) and Santibelli (Italian). The Santos that started the genre of dolls we currently represent (primarily Spanish colonial and western European style), were originally started as copies of 17th century carvings by priests. Originally, Santos were created for use as in-home altars. They were needed in small villages that did not have a priest, as well as for when it was not possible to travel to church, such as during times of war. Their development flourished in Europe in the 1700s and 1800s, primarily due to these wars.


Cookie sheet for your solder station, Soldering iron (100 watt), soldering iron stand, spool of lead-free solder (I buy the one from Hobby Lobby with the purple label – 675D), E6000 glue, paint brushes, scissors, pliers set, rag or towel, apron


Kit Fee: $50.00

Includes: Santos Doll body and arms, copper tape, paints to use, wire, crackle medium, dark wax, wood platform, cage dress wood sticks to solder, extra clay for adding different facial features, etc.