Saturday, December 28, 2013

Santos Cage Doll Shrine Kits + a FREE GIFT!

Several of you have been asking me for Santos Cage Dolls for a while now and last Sunday I decided to go for it! Santos Cage Dolls have been popular in the mixed media world for some time now, so I'm super excited to bring you some, Retro Café Art Gallery style! I modeled my dolls after traditional Santos Cage Dolls and our fantastic articulated doll style worked perfectly for them! We also have several yummy new colors of Inka Gold in stock, just in time for Valentine's Day!

I decided to play with one of our Medium 3-D dolls, which is quite large standing at 10-1/2" tall! The fun bits inside her cage are not glued down. I figured I might want to change them out now and then! I named her Joan, after Joan of Arc, a patron saint of France!

For those of you who don't know, "Santos" is the Spanish word for saint. Starting in the 17th century, Santos Cage Dolls were commonly used as altars or shrines inside homes. I can't wait to play with more.

Normally, I alter my pieces before putting them together. However this time I worked after the doll was already assembled and it worked out great. After a few coats of acrylic paint, I used a two step crackle, then aged her. I wanted her to look antique! I think my favorite part about the doll are the tacks (included in the 3-D kits!).

I wanted to share a few more Santos Doll photos with you. This cool antique doll above will only cost you around $3,400! And a reproduction (below) will run you between $100-$300 dollars. Well, now you can make your own! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with! Our Large 3-D Doll stands an impressive 16" tall!

I just had to share this awesome altered Santos Doll created by Artist Trent Miller! Trent has participated in some RCAG swaps and we love his work! And I adore what he did with this Santos Doll. As you can see, he started with a reproduction Santos Cage Doll and from there he worked his magic. You can read more about this doll HERE on Trent's blog! Scroll down for some more fantastic photos. Thanks or the Santos inspiration Trent!

 Download this FREE Valentine ATC Collage Sheet HERE. We love our customers at Retro Cafe Art Gallery and want to thank you for your support! We are THANKFUL for YOU and we are looking forward to a wonderful and creative 2014! xoxo


  1. I have to order one of these Santos dolls. I've always wanted one and to make one all my own will be so fun. Thank you for stocking them. Very cool!


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