Assessing my capability to complete this project:
Pros: I'm pretty good at color matching(for repainting), and although not an expert, I think I have enough sculpting skill to manage a partial face and partial boot recreation. I love these type of old figures and have lot's of enthusiasm for this project. I love learning...and really want to know how this Santa was made.
Cons: I've never done anything like this before. I'm not an expert sculptor. I am not a doll maker. Although I can basically sew a somewhat straight line on my sewing machine, I don't know how to make clothing, follow patterns, or know any of the sewing lingo.
Summary: The pros and cons seem pretty evenly split. Does this mean my chances to succeed are 50/50?
Your guess is as good as mine.
Unfortunately, I didn't think to take pictures until I had already begun the project. So the following pics were taken after I started re-sculpting the face and had just started with the boot.
Re-sculpting the lower face
I used Paperclay, as this is the only clay I have any experience with. I think the facial sculpting so far is adequate, as most of it will be covered up with his rabbit fur beard and mustache(thankfully).
Re-sculpting the boot
The pics above were taken just after I started to work on the boot. I had carefully drilled a small hole into it and glued in a piece of wire that was the same length as the other boot. Then I started to add clay.
A newly re-sculpted boot
So far, so good. I've managed to fill in the missing face and boot portions satisfactorily. Whew! That was one huge hurdle, but there are so many more ahead.
I'll be posting my progress reports throughout the project, please check back and see how we(Santa and I) are coming along. Also any helpful hints would be greatly appreciated, don't be shy, we need your help!