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eyes could only print so small then this determined the smallest size of the
face and final height of the figurines. When we began sizing the “Cinderella”
characters, our task got even more difficult. The over animated faces of the
characters in Snow White and Pinocchio were easier than the human features of
the characters in Cinderella. The Cinderella character facial proportions, to
their bodies were natural, not like the larger heads on the dwarfs in Snow
White. So, in the end, the combination of eye size and head to body proportions
determined the scale of the Cinderella characters.
Left to Right: Fairy
Godmother, Sisters Drizella and Anastasia, Cinderella, and The
The figurines were cast in bronze
and produced in the U.S. We, as before, had used the complex lost wax process,
and it worked well for the mid size main characters but we struggled with the
shrinkage on the pieces with the larger dress volumes such as Cinderella, the
Fairy Godmother, the Stepmother, Anastasia and Drizella. Our reject rate was
extremely high because of the distortions in the dress areas. The pieces
released to the market were fine, but the reject rate challenged us. After this
set, I can’t think of any dresses that we attempted again in this size. Later,
at Olszewski Studios, we released a similar piece “American Beauty” and in order
to avoid this distortion, we cast the piece hollow. If I were to do this
“Cinderella” set today, to avoid shrinkage, I would use resin for the dresses,
and metal for the thinner upper torso. This is a good point to make, as
collectors should know that it is always best to use the material that is best
for the job. I think in the early years, we marketed the message ‘bronze and the
lost wax process so heavily that in the end we became artistically limited by
the very same process. Once we started our new Olszewski Studios, we focused on
the look of the art first, and put the materials second to serve the look, and I
have never regretted it.
As I traveled
and did promotions, all of this was discussed with collectors. I never dodged
the issues and hoped that I satisfied their questions. In the end, I was very
proud with the look of this final collection, as I overcome some really
difficult obstacles for the studio. Today, people might ask, why not just do the
characters smaller? Well, I did seriously consider it, but at the time we just
could not train the staffing to do it. We were already at our staffing training
limits and this Cinderella set with 10 faces would have bottlenecked the entire
A second interesting aspect of this collection is the two
display backgrounds. At the time, the approval process for the characters was as
hard as ever. However, we did have more latitude with the film settings. Neither
the castle nor the coach is dead on to the film, but they do work well in
showcasing the characters. In looking back, I like them even more now than I did
then because I think they capture the magical feeling of the film. Just for fun,
place the setting under the light in your display case. If you move the display
forward so the light is directly over the back dance floor, you will find that
with the front in partial shadow, the magic of the night-time ballroom will
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