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Hand-made ceramic dolls from My Cute Mini present palm-sized gifting options

A SURE hit with the narcissists, My Cute Mini offers ceramic dolls with customised sculpted faces on options like the Hulk and Barbie figures. Started as a Facebook page over a month ago by Sri Hari Charan, the dolls are made out of a special combination of clay and resin. a�?One of the best ways to connect with people is to give them a piece of themselves,a�? says the painter and sculptor, who trained under TA Nithyanandam, a famous artist from Kumba-konam College of Fine Arts. Promising durability, the dolls are usually seven inches tall (to a maximum of one foot) and a special silicon material is used for the body while freshly heated and baked clay and resin combination is used for the face. With a team of six artists, Charan offers figurines that are playing golf, hockey or dancing. a�?Your face can be attached to the body of Shrek, Hulk, Iron

Man or even a Barbie doll,a�? he says. With maximum orders from Chennai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai, Charan informs, a�?We get a lot of orders from women between the age groups of 20 and 40 for birthday parties and weddings, where people ask for dolls of couples.a�? He assures plans to launch an e store and a brick and mortar in the city in the next two months.
Priced from Rs.3,900 onward. Delivered in 20 days. Details: 9551904831, www.facebook.com/mycutemini


Head Knockin
This Mumbai-based company, owned by Sohal Khatwani and Aejaz Lokhandwala, has on offer ceramic dolls with a sculpted, wobbling head called bobbleheads. Depicting doctors, judges and sports stars, they also have celebrity bobbleheads under their theme a�?avatarsa��, which include Shah Rukh Khan and Super Man. Priced from Rs.5,999 onwards. Details: headknockin.com

The Ultimate a�?Kopiea��
Started eight months ago, Pondicherry-based Avleen Ka
ur specialises in porcelain dolls with custom-made faces. These dolls are 12 cm dolls high and can be ordered with the ready body moulds or can also be custom-made with different dresses, hair styles and stances. Priced from `3,500 onwards. Delivery takes 30-35 days. Details: facebook.com/theultimatekopie

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