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Some Sword Hilts and Tiny Food

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My Granado Guilem just wishes I would stop messing around and sew his clothes, but last night I did sketch two more hilts; then cleaned them up in Photoshop today (I draw in bed with a ball-point pen and it's rough and messy): The upper one is Captain Aldwood's, who dresses like The Scarlet Pimpernel when he is "on display" and the other is a more workmanlike, no frills hilt for Coppersmith, made to look like a Thor's hammer and with a copper-wrapped handle. I have no idea how to make these out of sculpey, but that won't keep me from trying anyway. ;) And my tiny plates from Ebay came today! They are a set of four, I just somehow photographed only three of them: I also discovered that you can have a thick layer of Liquitex Gloss Varnish and Medium and it stays clear, so I can do glaze over paperclay strawberry pies if I just tint the varnish:

Rake Tine Sword(s)

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Last Spring or so, when Chicago still had plants, I broke the head off of one of the grass rakes. I was annoyed for about two minutes, until I realized that I just had found 18 or so doll-sized sword blades. (I bought one sword from Dollmore and it was expensive, if beautiful; and as it turns out, even historically accurate.) If only the rake tines had a bit of a curve to them..but anyway, today I finally got around to putting a hilt on one for 2nd Lieutenant William Keppel. Never mind that poor Keppel ( a Granado Guilem) does not even own a pair of trousers, he's going to have a sword first. This was hilt attempt number two--the first hilt was both too large and the LaDoll did not want to dry smoothly around the wire armature I made for it--it cracked and fell off. It is cold in here. So I pulled out the toaster oven and the gold sculpey and made a second, smaller hilt. The animal on the pommel is supposed to be a lion, but instead looks a bit like a toothless walrus, or perhaps…

Lt Coppersmith Has a Hat

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Complete with side tie and sword puncture holes in the front. :D This hat is the correct scale--Captain Aldwood's hat is comically huge compared to this one.

Iplehouse is Overwhelmed

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A hugely successful event, Christmas and a maternity leave have left the Iple shipping schedule in tatters. The faceup artist is left answering email and logging layaways. (Hint, pay off your layaway as soon as you can) Here is the Notice:Hello, This is Iplehouse. As always, many dolls were sold in this Christmas event. We very appreciate your support, and would like to say “Thank you” again. We are afraid that we need to say there will be delays as there are many orders. We have been apologizing for this, and it is very natural that customers want to get their orders as soon as possible. Therefore we have been saying customer “if you want to get your order soon, please order in summer which is not peak season and which has not events, but it will be hard for customers to be indifferent to events provided as a service, and also Christmas is the time when people exchange presents each other. Then, what we can do as a best way is being fair when we ship orders. The number of orders …

Super Kawaii Ice Dragons

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Soom has not only extended the sales period for little birds Happy and Lucky, they have released two darling Little Ice Dragons, Koori (the blue version, whether you get male or female) and Yuki, the white version. I love everything about them, including the little clawed hands, and feet small enough to go into pants legs ;) If you order them, be sure to get eyes...those are tiny eyes! Here is their sales page:Koori and Yuki Ice Elves

Xanthi Paints Nkiru

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Cat was very excited at how great Simply Divine Nkiru is looking. I thought he looked amazing in tan until I saw him in this sculptural white. I love all the delicate shading--and the eyes Xanthi chose for him! he's looking quite stunning!

The Wisdom Of Bruce Lee

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This is my attitude towards house cleaning. :D

Guest Fish

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This gorgeous merman is a Soom Vega Last Song..he's a Mecha Angel so he is huge, not even counting the long drape of his tail. "Lalyraa" belongs to JennyNemesis and recently she bought the epic wig that used to belong to Naranjita's Mecha Angel Saiph. I blame the magnificence of this wig Naranjita made on my own brief ownership of a Super Gem sized Saiph; which without this wig, the poor Saiph was terribly uninteresting. It looks like Lalyraa was born with this tangly seaweed hair, it suits his default faceup and body paint perfectly. I'm very happy he lives at JennyNemesis' house, because she takes wonderful photos of him..and he takes up the interior of an entertainment center. He is a very Large Fish. If you are a Den of Angels Member, you can see the rest of this photoshoot here:Lalyraa on Den of Angels

Cutlery From Michaels

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This afternoon I went to Michael's Craft and Floral "just for a tube of yellow ochre paint". I did get the paint, but I also got 72.00 of other rubbish; including a tiny birdcage, some scissors that cut scallops, two doll clothes boxes, some tiny bottles..and two sets of flatware, in perfect scale. They are Cutlery-Antique sku74427126841 in the Scrapbooking section. You can also get them online from sevengypsies.com but I am pretty sure they were cheaper at Michaels, and there was no shipping, either.

More Tiny Food

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Cheese, bread and strawberries...for some reason, the Das paperclay makes awesome bread. I've also got some limes, oranges and apples going here--the gray stuff will be stew meat. I need to go to JoAnne's and see if I can find some little baskets. I need some small dishes, too--I might be able to do those with sculpey, as you can get a smoother surface with sculpey--I hate cooking it, though. The paperclay just dries, no fuss.Also, if you like a tiny food spectacle, check out FunnyLori's tumblr for a feast! I was able to goof around making little food because someone else dealt with the roof, and water seems to no longer be coming in: It's Man Against Ice! The ice has filled up my poor nasturtium tub: I took this photo partly to remember how the shadow looks--snow is just a little bit reflective, so the shadow close to the tub picks up some of the brown color of the tub, while the snow further away reflects more of the sky, and gets lighter and bluer towards the edge…

Mitsuwa Feb Meetup

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As usual, I was a complete fail at taking notes. And there were a LOT of dolls, it was Tiny Temptation everywhere. (It's hard not to just stand around squeeing, everyone is so cute.) And yes, there were two Luts Centaurs, which are not only a reasonable size, but are beautifully jointed, too. These are some of Gherkin's kids; I sympathize with wanting to bundle up like "Kenny" there in the front (I am sure that is not his real name, but that seems to be his default outfit, and pretty much what I have been wearing since November). In fact, there were a lot of sweaters and jackets all around the table, all in tiny size! The photo is a little blurry, but you can see the gorgeous red jacket on the right--I would love to have that in my size! More of Gherkin's dolls, with the lime green mohair wig in the back belonging to Akutenshi7's Coquina, whose Gaelic name is not on her Profile List, and no way can I spell it from memory.:D Anyway, Akutenshi made that wig f…

Some Finished Strawberries

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Science Guy

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Actually it should be "Science Guys". A work-sponsored treat for J!

Tiny Strawberries

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Akutenshi7 came over last Sunday and brought, among other wonderful things, No. 18 of Dollybird magazine, which is mostly in Japanese but also stuffed with easy to follow photos. So instead of climbing on a ladder and dealing with this: I sat in the kitchen with a package of Das Paperclay and made these: I was not deterred by the fact that mine looked like pretty decent asteroids for a model of the Solar System. I got out the quinacridone red and painted them with a base coat: The color helps a lot. Encouraged, I went on to make more, plus a few ship's biscuits, one moldy with Mr. Weevil: While they dry, I need to do some actual work, or scrape the driveway. Mr Roboto says "When will it be Spring?!"

The Soom Super Gem Male Free Choice Event

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The List is up..and it's complicated. Here are the heads:You can get the Chalco head, but the skull and horns only in white as in the photo: You can get a Chrom head, no restrictions on color as long as you don't recreate the original doll (who was Normal Skin, as I recall).You can get a Bazael head, but horns only in Creamy White: ROFL at that wig, too..it's probably a collectible by now. :D You can get the Obsidius Pointy ears head:Then there is Arkose head, also horns just in white: Next is the cutie pie Quartz head, who if you order you might want to get blank, as for some reason Soom has trouble painting him (he ends up too pale, IMO). Next is Benmore, whose Pointy Ears Head really does look like this, though maybe a bit less girly: And the kitty head of Puss in Boots Aaand NO BIX HEAD. (I hear a lot of disappointment out there, so maybe you should write to Soom ASAP if you want the man's head.) Bodies: It's Crab Night! The old Soom Bix Body with Da Claw is …