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The Couch Continued

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It's got a seat (that acts like a lid to the space underneath), and the beginnings of a back. I will work on it more when everyone is out Monday, as it requires a lot of noisy hammering (who knew upholstering was so loud?). Right now it's big enough two people can sit uncomfortably close together, or in splendid isolation: The lunette thing on the back needs to go up higher, and the side arms need to be made for real and stuffed and whipstitched on. I'm sure the beads in the back are no fun to lean on, but as the couch supposed to be epically ugly and vaguely 18th century, I think it's doing pretty well. It keeps people off the floor, anyway! I could really use two side chairs and a nice reading chair, but all these things take up room that I don't have at the moment.

Farewell to Leonard Nimoy

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Little tribute pic made by starfish-squaredAlso a nice article about Nimoy and his role as Spock on Time's webpage.

A ShiShi Mask At Home

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At Sicktress'home, that is! Check out the rest of her Tumblr post here. The masks are soft and rubbery, so they won't mar faceups!

A Couch

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Someone gave me a very ornate box with gorgeous hardware as a doll carrier, but all my dolls were too large for it. I still wanted to be able to use it though, so I took it apart this afternoon (saving all the hardware and coverings for other projects) and recovered it to be a sort of 18th century divan, though it is still a box (I wanted a place to store tricorns, which seem to be multiplying around here). The back needs stuffing, and I need to make bolster-style arm rests, but this is a good start. (Audrey's head is away getting repainted by Buff, I'm looking forward to getting it back) :D. I'm sure Audrey is, too.

The Pink Wig

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I have made it ..different, if not maybe better, by adding some fluff to cover the bald spots. On the upside, the bangs now stay out of her eyes. Also, I still love the color and the texture of the fiber..it might be soy? Its smooth and shiny. It also looks good with an adorable little gift Pegapup sent me, a Hello Kitty Mermaid: I think Selket is less enthusiastic about the merthing than I am. :D It's so cute. Perfect for pestering all the dolls!

Natalia Loseva's Dolls

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Her Live Journal is here, and while Google Translate is a bit murky at times, at least you can get the main sense of her entries. I am not sure how tall the dolls are, but they are so beautifully painted they are well worth a visit. Loseva writes that she "paints with a magnifying glass" and I believe it, since the details are so perfect--the girls are very "alive" looking. Loseva also makes the beautiful clothing! So far I haven't figured out how to contact her, but here are her store policies, and if you log into the page with facebook you may be able to leave a comment, and hopefully she can translate it. It looks like she will cast a few and then sell the already completed dolls from her Journal. PayPal does not seem to be an option? Here's a blogspot page about her dolls and her process:http://natalialoseva-dolls.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/im-glad-you-could-drop-by_20.html And here is her Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/NatalialosevaDoll As of Marc…

Eyes for Cat

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I rolled some more eyes last night, and figured out a way to make the pupils separately but not have them fall off later--I would run a pin behind them to go through the center of the eye and form a stem, since I am finding the half-rounds a little hard to adjust in the eyes. I know the stems can foul up with the s hook in small heads, but a tiny stem might be ok. But that is for the next batch. These were really just to give Vivian, Cat's Vesuvia, some pupilled eyes to wear until Ersa Flora comes back from vacation and re-stocks her glitter eyes. Here's another pair: These are the closest to what Cat is looking for in glitter eyes, and these would be perfect but the gloss lenses didn't settle perfectly, so they are a bit wavy. I need to rummage around for a better way to make the lens--I also have no idea what the acrylic gloss will do in hot sticky weather, but I suspect it will be weird. I have some translucent Sculpey, but it's intended for "skin" (I thi…

Tail-Friendly Clothing

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Rajendora (Sewing Box Designs) made me some custom kimono so that Selket could have some easy-to-put on tops that wouldn't hang up on her tail. This was the problem: And Rajendora carefully crafted the solution: All the kimonos have a center back split that falls where the tail emerges. She worked without a tail in hand, so I was impressed that the split hit precisely where it was supposed to. For some of these I want to make full trousers, and for a couple of others, ruffly steampunky skirts. Here are more of the pieces Rajendora created: This one is a heavy brocade (I supplied all the fabrics, not really keeping in mind the scale of the garments in the case of this one!) so instead of using an obi, I think I will put some frogs at the top and make it a more Chinese style garment with gold "silk" trousers. Selket is just glad to no longer be living in a pink cheerleader outfit (one of the few items I had that someone had customized to fit her tail). The workmanship on …

Toto! Toto!

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Here are some Simply Divine heads: From left to right: Harlequin, then West Nile Christopher (because the West Nile virus is fatal to crows, so the name makes sense for a crow skull), Toto (hehe!) and then the newest in the Simply Divine family, Tatsuo, who also comes with some masks if you buy the full set of three (Tatsuo, Toto and a mask, ShiShi). Here are the masks: And those are the colors you can get the masks: Bronze, Imperial Jade, Temple Gold and.. a white...uh, well, it has a nice name but it's white and shiny and looks great. (I need to go back and update this). Toto, by the way comes also in Cinnabar, which is a Fire Engine Red and very cool, especially as you can order a matching body from Impldoll and it looks like the head should fit on the new Star body. Here is the Simply Divine Etsy if you want to look at the heads in detail:Stein Sculpture/Simply Divine

Test Sleeves

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Working on an outfit for Bex, but the test sleeve I did proves that the beads I have are too big, and I should couch down a small gray cord for the sleeve embellishments instead of the stitches I was using. I am working the uncut sleeves in an embroidery hoop, though, and that makes all the sewing a lot easier.

That Awkward Moment....

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... When you realize the underpainting was way better than what you have put on top of it. This is actually a dolly photo background, but then I got interested in it as a painting, and now I have to go over it and scrape some stuff off that I added since this photo. :p

Ball-Jointed Wizard of Oz

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Aimerai Doll has done a whole series of SD sized dolls from the Wizard of Oz, including the Patchwork Girl, and the outfits are available to buy separately. They are adorable. Here is "Chopper": (Look how cool that arm is). Here is Glinda: And here is Scraps, the Patchwork Girl: (They offer a human version of her as well). So cute! The clothes would go well with a steampunk theme, too.

Covering Pinholes

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One of the things I don't like about painting on canvas is how the paint skips over the fabric texture and leaves white "pinholes". Acrylics are stiff and stick to themselves so pinholing is even more of a problem with acrylics than with oil. I was working on a background today and got annoyed with the holes and dug around and found a solution--a bit of cut-up sponge. The sponge carries more paint than the brush does and you can really cram it against the canvas, filling in stray holes. Here's a patch where I went over it with the sponge: The sponge can add some fun rocky textures, too :D

Things Get Finished

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Here are the bigger eyes for Bex that I finished today--the brown ones were a little small. I ended up making a lot of pairs of eyes and I think about half with be usable--4 of the pairs I like a lot. I made half rolling by hand and then today made a second mold and did a few pairs that way. It's hard to get the eyes out of the mold without pulling the eyes out of shape a little, and I decided I preferred the hand-sculpted ones anyway. It's not like I am making these for production so it's ok if they are a little quirky. I also scorched the set I cooked in the toaster oven on toothpicks, because they were too close to the top element. So in the end what worked best was hand rolling a ball, chilling it for 30 minutes outside (or in your freezer) slice it in half with a sharp knife, and then use the back end of a paintbrush to sculpt a tiny torus at the top of the dome. I found the end of a plastic straw was the perfect template for an Iplehouse eye iris size. Then steam th…

More Eyes

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OK, I did figure out this is not the way to make these--I did make a mold (you can see it at the top) and that is the way to go--but I don't think I will do the inverted cornea because I can't get the glaze smooth enough as it dries--it tends to ripple and that looks odd on the cornea when the eye is in a doll. So I am going to make a mold of a simple dome, roll a cylinder with the black in the middle, make slices, press them into the mold (you use cornstarch as the release) and put a toothpick in the back to make it easier to paint. And I think I will bake them in the oven, but for maybe 12 minutes because this oven is hot. Some of this batch in the photo came out fairly well, but what makes them look good is metallic paint and glitter rather than the shape, which is pretty grotesque when I hand formed them. On the other hand there are eyewells that are pretty gross, too. Here are the brown ones in daylight in Bex: Aside from the fact that they fit, I really like the eyewhite…

I Boil Some Eyes

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I was prompted to try to make some sculpey eyes because I am tired of trying to fit eyes in Iplehouse eyewells--as far as I can tell, the only eyes that fit perfectly are made by eyeco, and they are not cheap. All my Sooms are perfectly happy to wear Ersa Flora and Safrin eyes, but the Iples have the combination of a long narrow eye and a shallow eyewell, so the eyes that are the right size visually gap on either side, like tiny sad marbles. So fed up, I grabbed some sculpey and started rolling. My quick reading on the Internet of how to cook Sculpey came up with steaming small parts, rather than boiling them. This is better than boiling because stuff rolls around in a boiling pot and it can deform at the beginning when it's still soft. Here's the pieces resting in my trash sieve above the Goodwill pot. (While the official Sculpey site stresses that Sculpey is non-toxic, it recommends that you separate food prep items from the sculpey process; though interestingly they said u…