Friday, July 20, 2018

Soom Makes Borol and Marl into Centaurs

Borol and Marl were hooved cuties on their first issue, and now they have expanded to Full Centaur status. :D They are either Romantic Eyes or Open Eyes, depending on what you choose, and Tawny is an option (so pretty). More photos:

Better view of the centaur bodies:

Open and closed eyes:

And of course there is a human version! The originals were msd sized, about 40cm tall.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

New Iplehouse Dolls--FID Dane, Snakes With Bow Ties

Iplehouse is usually such Serious Business about dolls, and then suddenly BOOM there are snakes with bow ties--actually this is BID Becky. She's small enough that if you put her on layaway she is somewhat affordable, but you should definitely get her as a fullset. Because you don't want to be painting those snakes yourself :D And there is a cutie Normal Skin one (you have several color options, just look at the sales page.) Here she is in WS, I think:

I kind of just want a snake as a standalone prop :D With a bow tie.

Then there is a more usual Tiny Hunk of Viking Hotness, aka FID Dane:

His outfit is really beautiful, especially when you consider he isn't that much larger than a Ken doll.






Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Souldoll Vito Calia

She's here! And what a cool doll she is! I'd say she is a little bigger than a Tonner girl, with a larger rear end and a smaller head.

The previous owner put hot glue in her hips and shoulders, which was good, and in her ankles, which was kind of good, though I took some of it out, and did her knees, which I picked out entirely as the knees are engineered to fit tight, and the hot glue just threw them off. She stands great! Her arms also work well, though you need to tug and twist them like an old EID to get the right angle on the arm peanut. The seams are pretty smooth and overall she just feels like a lot of care went into making her. Her face does need some repair--for now I am going to see if I can just patch it, because I really love the faceup. And the head sculpt is just so pretty--Souldoll always does such appealing sculpts for the girls. (Maybe for the boys too, I have just never had a boy head). I see why people were annoyed with the generous butt compared to the small head, but for some reason I am ok with it. Maybe because Tanith has an enormous wig so it doesn't matter :D

Hybriding a Vito. I would say no, for many reasons. First the hands and feet just go on differently than other dolls of a similar size. The neck is also just not shaped to take other heads. Here is a Minifee sized head on the body:

Ugh no. So lets try a Zenith girl head instead, in this case Sharon:

Haha no. This does let you see the difference between the Milk Cocoa Brown and the Normal Skin of Souldoll, though. Milk Cocoa seems close to Dollshe tan..though I still wouldn't hybrid since the neck hole of Erica Snow is way different. Much larger.
 Here are the heads together:

Sharon is still a teeny head compared to most SD girls, so you can see how petite the Calia head is.
So here she is, all together and looking fine--though I do want to make her some spare eyes (around 10mm, I think):

Oh noes, what if she wants a Vito boyfriend :o




Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Goblin Market and another SG Shirt


My order from Goblin Market came! The big horns are surprisingly clean (they are 3d printed), the medium ones are just about perfect as is, ready for paint, and the little ones have a bubble but I was planning on using paper clay to reshape them a bit anyway. It's a lot of horns for 20 USD plus shipping.

I've been sewing; hopefully this shirt will be done tomorrow and the intended recipient can model it. It's another one of those simple Soom Super Gem male shirts, this time with just a faced open neckline, no collar. The shape of the collar facing is right, but the fabric needed to be something very thin instead of the thick velour of the rest of the shirt. Design on it is yarn trim (usually used for knitting) plus an applique made of printed cotton.

Hems need finishing, and snaps in the back.

Two random photos from yesterday--a cloud joke:

"I'm a tree!"
And a squirrel eating mulberries in a tree in the front yard--I am sorry it's not more in focus, but he scooted as soon as he saw me:




Groucho Marx does the Mikado

A delightful snippet of Marx doing Gilbert and Sullivan.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Vivienne

Souldoll Serena came out from Souldoll last year, and she was magnificent--and expensive:

I liked the human version even more than the centaur (more practical for my small storage space, for one thing). But Lelahel on Den of Angels ordered her, and then didn't much like the body. I can see why someone would think it was a little awkward aesthetically, but I have had a lot of fun with it already. It is a lot more posable than the old bodies, but with the same beautiful hands (Souldoll has the best hands):

Anyway, I am going backwards--here is the box:

A really nice certificate:

Useful writing on the headcap so you wont mix the cap up with someone elses (easy if you are a customizer!)

And finally, Vivienne when I first managed to dig her out of her chrysalis (Lelahel packed her very securely!)

All the bumping in the postal truck had loosened her eyes, poor thing. I like her faceup but I want to put a little green at the corners of her eyes to cool it down a little--I love, love the default faceup but I don't think my skills are up to duplicating it, so it may have to wait until I can send her to someone. Meanwhile this one is pretty, especially the lips and brows, so I will keep it for a while.Luckily she is here during sewing season when it is warm enough to work on the porch, so she should get a dress soon. And her own wig-- that is someone else's wig.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

A Shirt For an Old Supergem

I want to take a group photo in a couple of weeks, but some of the guys need clothes. Probably pants, too, but I am not great at drafting pants, so I am putting it off. This is a Soom Sphaler, on the old Supergem male body, and he's nice to sew for--he sits and stands well. This is Balthazar (he has a nice but fading faceup by Davinurinvega, and he's stolen his brother FuBai's wig for these photos.) He's actually getting a different shirt, but he was handy as a fit model.

The sleeve fabric is basically cheesecloth, so it was Not Fun to sew with. Here is the inside of the shirt:

I had to whipstitch around the edges of the sleeve fabric just so fingers wouldn't catch in it. The next one I am working on right now has a couple of things different--side slits, for one thing, so it won't bunch up when the doll sits, and a sleeve with less gathers at the cap. I do like this way of doing the hem, though--it lays more flat than turning up the hem and slip-stiching it.
Here's the back:

It has snaps down the back. I might do a thin strip of velcro or hooks for the one I am working on now, it's hard to get the snaps aligned perfectly and they are fiddly to sew on. The nice thing about this pattern is that you can dress the doll easily, it doesn't go over his head and the sleeves are wide enough that the hands pass through them no problem. I think all doll clothing should be like this. :D
Once I get the pattern the way I like (there is no paper pattern for the sleeves or collar yet) I will scan it and add it to this post.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

An Interesting Project Doll

This is Calia, a Souldoll Vito girl--a size that is larger (and curvier) than the Soulkid size, but smaller than the full Zenith girls. She's only 51 cm tall. I liked the fantasy version of her, but I liked it more as an amazing art piece than something I would do something with--here are the store promos:





Here you can see she is Temperance, one of the Tarot series. It's a brilliant take on the balance between light and dark, with half of her with "angelic" traits and the other half "devilish" traits. If I had a million dollars I had to just piss away, I would collect the whole set of Souldoll Trumps (21, I think) and put them in a row of cases and just admire them). In real life, I am content to admire the store promos. However, I did want a Vito body so I could answer hybrid questions and know the proportions for sewing presents, and this lady is the perfect candidate, as her ear problems brought the price down quite a lot. If you have Den of Angels Marketplace privileges, you can see the set as it comes from Souldoll, including the gift dress (ooolala):
https://denofangels.com/threads/900-%E2%80%93-souldoll-tarot-calia-riris-vito-girl-full-set-blank-full-doll-normal-skin.735741/

This Calia had some very nice apoxy elf ears, but the owner had a project regret..a regretsy? and nommed them back down with a dremel. I think my best move would be to just build them back up, because I like elf ears, and then touch them up with paint. More troubling is the bubbly faceup--when it's humid, or there is any oil on the resin, the sealant just does that. There is no predicting it and IMO no one to blame for it, but it means that I will need to repaint her. Oh noes! At least I have the store photos for a guide and soon a new set of Tamiya brushed designed to do those tiny lashes and brows. Also, I need to make more eyes as I am having something of an eye crisis at the moment.

Also, I love, love that dress. Souldoll makes the most amazing outfits for their dolls! So she may be arriving sometime next week, which means I should look up eyeball sizes and see what wigs I have around that might fit her smol head. As for clothes, it's going to be a scarf for a bit. :D

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Some Clothes for the Feeple 60/Popovy Sisters Grey

I have always grumbled that Fairyland doesn't make clothes, and their dolls are not the same shape as anyone else's dolls. It turns out that I was wrong, you can buy a few things; the corset shown above, and this one too, both for Feeple 60 girls:

They are nicely made for the price! I suspect quantities are limited, though.



And now, some magnificent dolls from the Popovy Sisters, as discovered by Cat:

One sample:


 And for no reason except I found them in a folder and they made me laugh, two "fishcakes"




Monday, July 9, 2018

Amaranth and a Melting Cat

So pretty!! I'm trying to find out who did her face, she looks amazing!(Edit--it's Bangarang, UK Aesthetics) She is an old classic Soom Beryl on a later body, probably a Special Order Dia when you could still get her as a standard.

 It was warm here today--compared to LA it was fine, though. But I left my cat on the porch by a window and look what happened:


(Outside there are real sunflowers, planted by the birds).


The Soom 2016 Body

Soom SuperGem Body 2016 and 2012 So here is a new, 2016 Soom Male Super Gem Body (formerly under a Brett, I think) along with Bird, a S...