Wax Sculpting Inamorata 2007-2012

Doing backups, I found a forgotten folder in an old hard drive. It had contained immense nostalgia: wax sculpting photos from over a decade ago when my dream of a doll of my own began.

Inamorata dolls weren’t released until late 2012, but on 2007 I was already making the very first 12″ sized wax models for my own doll. You can see the first immobile sculpture standing next to my early repaints of Momoko and Integrity dolls, before I cut it apart to make joints. Truly the humble beginnings but the shape of the doll is already recognisable Inamorata.

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The curious thing is, I had forgotten that my 2007 prototype actually had a moving neck joint! At the time, the main market was for mannequin type fashion dolls, and together with my business partner Jing we decided that breaking the neck area with a joint was too visible and scrapped the idea in the end. However, the trend now seems to be towards mobility and I’ve been playing with the idea of bringing this early concept to life.

These photos are from the 16″ final version I was hand sculpting on 2012. I also had no idea at the time of the shrinkage caused by mold making and resin casting. My wax models shared the exact measurements (although very differently distributed) of my then favourite dolls: Numina and Sybarite. However, the final doll ended up losing almost 2cm in height and being rather petite next to her inspiring sisters.

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Jing and I really had no idea how to go about doll production and the first few years were an nightmare of trial and error, dreadful factories and other hardships, but we learned as we went along. Hard times but also happy ones, as we worked towards our dream. For many years it was a part time job / hobby for both of us. I taught Chinese and arts to stay afloat. It makes me so happy that now I can make a living doing what I love. That’s the greatest treasure of all.


Blank Dolls

Inamorata dolls can be now bought blank for customization. There are now five head sculpts and six resin colour to choose from, as well as two bust sizes. Each doll comes with 8 hands, and features a new feet sculpt with separated toes. For more info about the Inamorata dolls, please read this article.


  • Blank dolls 800usd
  • OOAKs with face up and body blushing by Emilia start at 1100usd for nude dolls
  • International shipping by EMS is 70usd

Please use the ORDER FORM 2 to place an order for blank dolls.

*Note that Latte resin blank dolls are sold out, some OOAKs are still available in the shop.



Charo (2014)


Nnaji 2.0 (2015)


Valerie (2017)


Midori (2017)


Nubia (2017)


BUST SIZES: Busty vs Andro



  • The new patch of Coffee skin tone dolls is just in! There is also one old Charcoal Coffee skin doll left with Andro chest (but I can restring the body with a optional Busty chest plate), optional Nnaji or Charo head.
  • Latte Busty body is sold out
  • Midori sculpt in Milk skin tone is sold out





Inamorata Resin & New Caramel Skin

I’ve been asked a lot about the luminescent quality of the resin I use for my dolls and the secret is in its translucency. Human skin is not opaque and if we stand against direct sunlight the thin parts of our bodies, like ears, light up. I wanted to give my dolls the same quality and after a long search I did find a superb polyurethane resin that grants this effect. It’s also stronger than regular resin so tiny parts, like separately sculpted fingers, don’t break as easily as in opaque old school resins.


Upon request I have made a new skin tone: Caramel, available for the new Inamorata 2.0 patch. Caramel is a warm dark tan and picture (see below) in the left. On the right there is Latte, that is rather pale tan and the hands holding the resin samples are the pinkish, almost paper white, Milk.


That means there are 5 skin tones now available for preorder: Milk, Latte, Caramel, Chocolate and Coffee. Inamorata dolls also come in 5 different head sculpts and 2 bust sizes.


After the photo above was taken the new patch of Coffee dolls arrived with a beautiful deep aubergine shade of brown as illustrated by the picture below. This will now be the skin tone knows as Coffee and the old Coffee skin that was Charcoal black will be discontinued. There are couple of old Coffee aka Charcoal skin dolls left in stock at the moment, but they have been reserved for commissions.


Tattoos and Hyper Realistic Body Blushing

One of my favourite things in painting dolls is to use layers to create lifelike skin so translucent and textured that it is almost as if the doll is just holding their breath, ready to gasp to life at any moment.

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Dénear – One of the OOAK Siren twins, Inamorata 2.0. with hyper realistic body blushing, freckles and strobing.

This means multi hue base. To give Milk skin that feel of translucence I use pale copper oxide green, powder pink and faint lavender. Between the layers I might draw blue blood vessels, on top freckles, moles, scars and tattoos. It’s a mixed media of aquarelles, pencils, acrylics, pastels and other pigments. I often use loose pigment powders made for human makeup such as the ones from Make Up Store and MAC. Each layer is sealed with thin spray of Mr. Super Clear UV Cut Flat sealant and each doll has 5-10 layers depending on the level of detail. I also love deep dark skin tone, although dark resin is always harder to work with, but I find the glow of dark skin and the paler palms and soles of absolutely stunning.

For tattoos I often use aquarelle pencils sealed with UV spray. If the tattoo is meant to look fresh I use darker, more vibrant colours; if the tattoo is worn and old, the colours are faded and I do the body blushing over them for a more authentic feel.


I’ve always loved tattoos and for two years I have been planning a collection of tattooed dolls, each OOAK representing a tradition of body art. My favourite has always been the Japanese Irezumi, an aesthetic heavily influenced by the ukiyo-e wood prints, and associated with yakuza. The other body art traditions represented could be Russian Bratva prison tattoos, American traditional, Indian henna, tribal scarification and Viking warrior.


I am also interested in exploring bruises, scars, piercing and other body modifications in dolls. I was a tomboy of a child with constantly scraped knees, that grew into martial artist naming her bruises after the person who gave them to me. I consider scars and wrinkles as a part of a person’s life story written on their skin and all of it is beautiful, even if painful, because life carves depth into our souls. Hence, making dolls that show aging, bruises and scars is a wonderful way to tell story. It is what makes the dolls, and this work, interesting.


You can find examples of commission prices for OOAK Inamorata dolls and other doll commissions here. Hyper realistic body blushing is 100usd. Tattoo work depends much on the scale and detail, but estimate for a small individual tattoo is 50usd, and larger sleeves or full body tattoos need to be priced case by case. Same goes for leaf “gold” accents. A detailed full body Irezumi style tattoos start at 500usd.

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Emiliacouture hard cap wigs can be commissioned for different dolls. The ready made wigs in store fit Inamorata, Popovy, Deva and Ficon and Moddolls. We also have some wigs for Dollshe David.

The materials used for the wigs are alpaca, mohair, lambswool, human hair (Emilia’s own) and KatSilk Saran fiber.

Please view the portfolio slideshows below.


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  • Long free hair without parting 120usd
  • Long free hair with parting 150usd
  • Shoulder length razor cut wig with bangs and center parting 150usd
  • Kitsune – long alpaca with center parting and “ears” 160usd
  • African short cropped curly hair 120usd
  • African cornrows with vitiligo 120usd
  • African knots with vitiligo 150usd
  • African corkscrew locks, short 160usd.


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  • Short hair style without a parting 90usd
  • Razor cut short hair with extra hard cap structures 140usd
  • Beard with ear hooks for bald look 120usd
  • Beard wig with short styled hair 150usd


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  • Short sleek hair with side parting 120usd
  • Afro 130usd
  • Afro updo with needle felting 150usd
  • Razor cut bed hair 150usd
  • Long free hair with parting 150usd
  • Long hair with simple braiding 160usd
  • African corkscrew locks, short 160usd.
  • Updo wig without a parting 160usd
  • 50’s Glamour curls 200usd
  • Long hair with elaborate braiding 300usd
  • Hair sculpture with hand carved antlers 650usd

Exchangeable Hands

Each Inamorata doll comes with a set of 8 hands.  Three of the pairs are elegantly expressive hands for holding objects, editorial posing and even dancing. One pair is dressing hands that help you slip into the tightest sleeves without a fuss. The Inamorata hands system is easy to change and the different sculpts with ball joints centered or pointing up/down will add variety of poses to your doll’s repertoire.

The hands are easily exchanged by hooks that latch on to the elastic cord inside the arms. The important thing is just to keep the old hand attached until you hook in the new one so that the elastic cord won’t escape inside the arm. Also, ease the hands to their place slowly as the snap back might damage the resin.

Here is how you change the Inamorata hands (see a video):


Inamorata in Comparison to Other 16″ Dolls

One of the most frequently asked questions is which doll fashions, wigs and shoes and Inamorata share with the other dolls in your collection. Inamorata are more petite than most fashion dolls and you can learn more about size comparison and sharing different wardrobe pieces below.


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Here is a comparison of body size and joint poseability between Inamorata 2.0 and a first generation Popovy doll. Inamorata and Popovy heads are same size, bodies are very similar scale, although rather differently shaped, but Popovy has much larger feet. Inamorata feet are similar size to 16″ fashions dolls and can share shoes with Sybarites, Numina and others.


The comparison photo below features Inro, Inamorata 1.0 body, third from the right, in comparison with other similar size dolls. The Inamorata 2.0 is a bit taller, close to Numina. The closest size match is Deva doll (and Kingdon Dolls) The photo is used with permission of the photographer Liane Laughlin.


The Inamorata dolls can share fashions with other 16″ fashion dolls. They are a bit more petite than most, especially in the shoulders, even though the height of the Inamorata 2.0 is similar to Numina dolls. Tops are easy to share, but Inamorata ladies have quite a bit of booty. I was surprised to see how well old generation Sybarite trousers fit Inamorata. Another surprise comes from Fashion Royalty Homme. They are 6th scale male dolls and naturally their t-shirts become crop tops and sleeves short, but if you want a nice boyfriend shirt, just roll up the sleeves and get that sexy just-out-of-bed look!

Inamorata Vatiter (left) wearing Sybarite Testament outfit pieces and shoes are from Sybarite Slipper.
Inamorata Gamut (Right) wearing Sybarite Rock It outfit and shoes with Numina belt.


Inamorata dolls can also share shoes with other 16″ fashion dolls (Popovy feet are much larger) but their feet have a higher arch than most dolls. Inamorata toes are also sculpted with big toes separate from others so that they can also wear sandals with between toes straps. Another surprise comes from Fashion Royalty Homme: if you want flat shoes many 6th scale Homme and action figure shoes fit.


The wig size in head circumference is 4,5-5″ (13cm) for traditional soft cap wigs. 4,5 is a very nice tight fit and I recommend getting your Inamorata with flock hair if you prefer traditional wigs. The flock will help keep the wigs in place. Size 5 is loose so you should wear those with a silicone wig cap to pad them up a bit. For soft netting wigs Monique wigs have nice variety of styles.

I recommend hard cap wigs by fellow artists such as PattaArt and Ilaria (Time of Doll), who take commissions for OOAK wigs in Inamorata size (I’ve sent them heads they can use for fitting). Custom made hard cap wigs just have a more natural fit and hairline than traditional soft net wigs. Inamorata can share wigs from other brands as well. Popovy, Ficon, Deva and ModsDoll are the right size to share. Numina, Sybarite and mBlueDoll wigs are too large for my ladies.

Popovy Bluejay wearing wigs made for Inamorata. All a perfect fit with tight hairline.