Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Hecate

She came partly unassembled from Princess Bane, with a splendid artist faceup that alas, chipped off  her forehead because of the cold...I think she went from a heated warehouse to spending several hours below freezing in the back of the mail truck. So I redid it somewhat last night--she still needs silvery eyes. (The round Safrins don't quite fit, though 14mm is the right size.) She also needs her own clothes--I am glad I waited to start on a dress for her, because she looks much nicer in wine and gold than the black and white I had planned for her. Such a gorgeous sculpt--maybe my favorite now from Iplehouse. Here is a profile view:



For an Iplehouse girl, she has a big head-- eight and a quarter inches around, which means she needs a size 8 wig. I will take more photos of her once she has more clothes! The poor thing has to wait in line behind my current project and Nikki's outfit, as well as actual work. She sits and stands so amazingly well on her classic EID body.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Miss Universe, Part 2

Yes, the hills are alive... and so is Part Two of Tom and Lorenzo's Miss Universe 2016!

A Bumpy Ride

Yes, it looks like the US is in for some pretty rough times ahead. I'm not putting politics on this blog, since I think everyone will need a place to look at pictures of cats, flowers and toys as a break.

 I just want you to know that no matter what religion you belong to, whatever your ethnic group, whatever your level of disability or your immigration status, your sexual orientation or your taste in books, you are cool with me as long as you are kind to others.

Part One is Up!

As one of the commentors said, Miss Indonesia is FLAMAZING. It's also so nice to read comments under an internet post that are sweet and fun to read. Anyway, here is Part One of the Miss Universe entries (It's actually 2016, I always forget that these things run, like taxes, on the previous year)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Tom and Lorenzo And Miss Universe 2016

Yes, their commentary is coming! They are "working on it" and hopefully it will be up tomorrow. It's my personal favorite thing this time of year. And that is Miss Sweden up there, giving her all. (I suspect it's a reference to Pippi Longstocking but I don't know :D
You can check yourself at
http://tomandlorenzo.com/2017/01/miss-universe-national-costumes-2016/
Part 1 is here
Part2 is here

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Master of the Books

It's a art piece by Waldemar Bartkowiak and you can view the larger version here:
I really like the wizard as a rat :D I have not done anything newsworthy today, so instead you can go admire Bartkowiak's portfolio on cgsociety or artstation.


Waldemar Bartkowiak

Waldemar Bartkowiak

Friday, January 27, 2017

Oscar Doll Eyes at Grande Masquerade

If you have always wondered what Oscar Eyes look like "in real life" you need to run over to Safir's grande masquerade  to see some of the best photos ever taken of these eyes, and to see them in Senja's Elf Mermaid Vera. I guarantee you will want your own pair after that :D

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Soom Serin and Rico Mermaids again!

Yes, it's mini-mermaids again at Soom! I like the human version of her as well, she is such a cutie. They have styled her this time as an "arctic mermaid" so the colors are cool blues and purples. I think the little shell tiara is new, and the limited wig is fabulous!


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Granado's Vindoll

It's Granado's new vinyl doll--something like an Obitsu but with a larger range of motion. Looking at the skeleton, I think it will still be important to be gentle with the hip/spine connectors and bend them slowly and carefully, like an obitsu. Here is the body with it's vinyl "cover":

You can read a lot more about it and it's posing and weight here.

You can also just buy the frame alone for 80.00 usd, which might be really fun if you want to do something like a paperclay maquette over it.

But if you just want a lightweight, hot guy to pose, you can order Udell in all his bronze magnificence (the same price as NS) here!



If you do just get the Vindoll body, the checkout page will still ask you about the head--I went ahead and "added" the head and then it vanished when it got to the payment stage. I am hoping to rig my Jupiter head on there somehow (probably with something as simple as a binder clip over the "nub") because it would be fantastic to have a good poser for him. I am also a little concerned about the vinyl long term--I am not good with vinyl and the big vinyl-framed flashlight I keep in the basement has gotten really sticky over the last 5 years--I am not sure if it is from the temperature extremes it's been in or what (from below zero to over 100 degrees F in the trunk of the car), so the Jupiter body will be my test guy--hopefully being stored year round at 60 F will keep him nice.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Soom Idealian Garion

So if you have 810.00 USD laying around the house, and you want to adopt a sad, tawny demon, now is your chance--Soom issued Garion in fire-engine red, but then they decided he was cool enough to do a Cream White, Normal, or for some extra money, a Tawny version (shown above). His order period has been extended to January 30th. I have no need for the horns, but I rather like the human version:

He's pretty fine :D However, if I did have that amount of money in the cookie jar, I would instead buy Lelahel's Jeline, which is also on sale on the Den of Angels Marketplace.






 Jeline is a Soom reissue of Beryl, the Love Me or Die version. There were only 50 of them made, and Lelahel is Jeline's first owner, so she has the box, certificate, etc. I have a LMOD, but I am a little hampered in that mine has the original faceup and body paint, so I am afraid to play with her. (Which is why you don't see her in my group shots, either).

Monday, January 23, 2017

Just Nikki (Souldoll Shiva)

Souldoll Shiva


I finally got a face on her, since it was 50+ degrees on Sunday, and briefly sunny! I still want to henna her hands, but that might have to wait for later. I also made her a bead necklace and I need to find her a second, "not quite as long" wig, since this one is constantly grabbing everything near it, even though it is a splendid wig!

The Return (Briefly) of Granado Jaden, Enoch and Michael

Dear all,
Kung Hei Fat Choy! Chinese new year is coming. This year, we will also hold a celebration event!

Period: 24th Jan ~ 15th Feb 2017
Target: All our customers who would like to order our dolls

1) Discount!
a) Order over 1000USD (Not including shipping fee) - Gets 10% Discount and 1 pair of ExtraS iris Eyes!
b) Order over 800USD (Not including shipping fee) - Gets 8% Discount and 1 pair of ExtraS iris Eyes!
c) Order over 650USD (Not including shipping fee) - Gets 5% Discount and 1 pair of ExtraS iris Eyes!
d) Order over 600USD (Not including shipping fee) - Gets 1 pair of ExtraS iris Eyes!

- This event's benefit are not apply to VINDOLL line.
- After you placed an order and made an authenticate with us on QnA Board or E-mail, we will refund the discount via PayPal.
- Please authenticate with your order id to us by 22th Feb 2017, otherwise the discount will be invalid.

2) Re-release!
For celebrate Chinese New Year,
Jaden, Enoch and Michael are back to Granado in a limited period!
Each doll have 8 days like below:

24th to 30th, Jan, 2017 - Date with Jaden
31st Jan to 7th Feb, 2017 - Date with Enoch
8th to 15th, Feb, 2017 - Date with Michael

We wish you a prosperous new year <3

Regards,
GRANADO

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Salvation Army haul

Eight dollars will buy you a lot at the local Salvation Army--the bag looked small until we opened it up:

There were a few small plastic items in there that I felt weren't able to be repurposed or repaired, (you can see them at the top of the first photo, above the string of green beads) and there were a lot of crucifixes, which I don't feel are appropriate for doll ornaments. I did keep all the religious medals, because I like them--all the BVM and Saint Christopher medals get put into my Saintly Stash along with various other dieties. I do wonder why SO MANY religious things get put back into the Salvation Army drop boxes--it is like how you are supposed to thoughtfully dispose of American flags, by taking them down to the local Veteran's Hall? "Returning this, did not fit?" Anyway, it was a fab bag of goodies--there was quite a bit of nice beads and cubic zirconia earrings in there, and one very tiny, real sapphire. (Not much bigger than the period at the end of a sentence :D) They have completely reorganized that store so it is much cleaner, but also emptier and with less bizarre stuff than before--probably it's now much more useful for people looking for "real" clothes, but for those of us who are all about the costumes, rejected wedding dresses and just plain weird stuff, it was a bit of a letdown.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The 2017 Photo Contest at Granado!

Yes, it's that time again (already!) I have given it NO thought so I am not ready..I might just do a group shot and send that in; but it is so worth while to send in something because everyone gets a little discount, and the bigger prizes can save you quite a chunk of change if there is a doll from Granado on your wishlist. Here are the rules--very open, really! The hardest part is to be sure it is something new that hasn't already been on Flickr or DoA or all those places:

Dear all,

This year our photo contest is also back!
Same as 2015 and 2016's photo contest, all submitters will get a prize! :-)

:: Entry Qualifications ::
Customers who owned our dolls and love photography.

:: Entry Period ::
2017/1/18 - 2017/2/28 (closes at 12:00 p.m. Hong Kong standard time)

:: Photo Types ::
A single photo or a set photo.
All photos must include Granado dolls, but there are no restrictions for including other brand's dolls.
Please submit the photos to dpp.doll@gmail.com
You can give a title and a little description for your photos.

:: Awards and Prizes ::
1st place:
The winner will receive a new normal skin doll head for free. (Value: $170)
You can choose doll heads that we released before.
(Exclude the doll heads that we announced discontinued forever like Taya, Titus, Fayette...
But doll such as Mars, Venus, Nico and others are still available.)
The winner does not need to pay for the shipping fee.

2nd place:
The winner will receive a $50 Coupon.
You can use it when you order $120 or above.

3rd place:
The winner will receive a $30 Coupon.
You can use it when you order $120 or above.

All submitters:
All submitters will receive 2% discount (Not include shipping fee) for the future purchase.
All discount will be refunded via PayPal after customer made an authenticate with us.

:: Submission Rules ::
1) Each customer can only submit a total of 10 works.
2) File format: JPEG, File size should be less than 2 MB.
3) All photos must be original works that have not formerly been shown on any websites.
4) We may use your photos for future advertisement.
5) The winners will be notified through email by early March 2017.
6) Coupon and discount should be used within 365 days after the result is notified.
Thank you very much!

Regards,
GRANADO

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mystery From China

So in the post yesterday, along with the Shiva, was a tighly-rolled parcel from China, with just a guy's name, no company, and when I got it opened and unrolled it, it proved to be a high-quality non-slip doormat, exactly the right size to put in front of my kitchen sink. My brother is the chief suspect, but he's already sent me Christmas presents, so I am not sure. It's a great mat, and is amusingly inappropriate, which makes me think it IS my brother :D


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Original Shiva

This lady was originally Miss Ally's, and when Miss Ally sadly passed away, Gus took her in; then Cat adopted her from Gus, and now she has come to live here -- instead of me ordering a new one from Souldoll. I like having someone that was at Miss Ally's--she was a fun person and had fabulous taste in dolls. Cat sent her with some beautiful extras: jewelry and a splendid wig and eyes, so all I need to do is give her a face,(Which will be a little nerve-wracking, but if it doesn't come out I can always send her to Angel Toast/Elisa Maza), and make her clothes! I tried to take some photos of the joints since the new release is supposed to have the original double-jointed body. I like the body a lot--it looks very simple but it works beautifully and looks great:

Here are the elbows--a huge range of motion and suprisingly stable to pose:
Here are the knees--not the most beautiful part of her, but very functional:


In case you were wondering what the multiple arms looked like from the back (not an angle you see on many photos:



Once I have better light, some clothes and a clear surface to put her on, I will do more posing--right now I am just enjoying having her here! She has a slightly curvier body than the later body Tanglewyn is on, but both are competent posers and look nice to me!



Tanglewyn's (a Souldoll Paratiisi) newer elbow:




Souldoll party!!







Monday, January 16, 2017

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 Soom Tremo, who has the 2012 body. The newer WS body is actually lighter in weight than the older one, and a lovely pinky-white shade, and a bit translucent--almost identical to my old IOS G in heft and color. The body, like Bird's body, does not really like to sit upright with the legs extended--just like every Soom I have owned, so I was OK with that. Same magnet hand system, same 2-part stringing with the legs on one circuit and the head on another, as shown by Bird in this post.

Aside from being slightly taller and slimmer, the 2016 body has different elbows. The "peg" up inside the 2012 arm that annoyed and confused so many people is gone, with just this vestigial bump left to support the elbow in extended poses. Mostly it works quite well.



If you are looking at a photo of a Super Gem and you can't tell which year it is, look at the inside of the elbows. The 2012 has a little ridge along the bottom edge, the 2016 does not. Here you can see that the 2016 has bigger hands as well.


The 2016 has bigger feet, so you will need different shoes. The legacy shoes will not fit. The "Bear Claw" foot IS a 2016 foot, but it is the old size. I was not sure if it would even go on the new ankle ball, but it does; though the sculpt of the leg in back makes the smaller foot look odd.


 I was ok with that, but the thing I found the most disappointing is that those beautiful legs...


..Just want to collapse at the knee....

It's a combination of the new height, plus the bigger curve of the leg, but most importantly Soom didn't put long enough "teeth" on the back of the knees to stabilize them. The teeth do have a tendency to snap off on falls, but they add a lot to the stability of the legs:


I just stuck a wire in there. You could also tighten up the strings (I prefer them loose) or try some hot glue sueding; I find the wire is the most reliable --I had to put galvanized wire in there (like coat hanger wire) because the holes drilled in the calves were too small to take my usual coated wire.

Here are the two bodies back to back:

Here the 2016 is wearing the even larger fantasy hands :D. You can see how his legs have more of a swooping curve than Bird's more upright legs.
Even with the leg problem, I am very glad to have him--he's tall, he's beautiful, and he's hopefully going to hold up an incoming IOS 80 head, so I am so glad he looks like he might be a super resin match. I have a visiting Infernale head, so I took the Infernale off his own body and tried him on the Soom 2016, and he fits great--better than on his own default body, in fact:

IOS heads sit "on top" of their necks to give a greater range of motion, but it looks odd if you are not used to seeing it. Here is a view up under the neck:

I almost forgot to mention that the knees on the new body don't have the "slipcover" that the 2012 does--that gave Soom problems in manufacturing, I think, because there were a couple batches where the covers were missing or if they were present, didn't fit well. They look nice-- but the fit has to be Iplehouse-exact, with perfect casting and sanding. I can see why they were left off the new body.

Anyway, there it is. If you order one, buy some wire and enjoy him anyway--he's a pretty boy. Also, leave the feet alone. I had the worst time ever swapping the feet--I just hate resin hooks and these were especially balky to get the elastic over when the doll was strung.

 Here's the head I am waiting for--an IOS A2, which probably won't ready until April at the earliest, because IOS is swamped with orders:

Snooty Elven Prince Persimmon. :D

Sunday, January 15, 2017

No, I have Not Forgotten!

..That I promised some photos of the new Soom 2016 male body! I took them today, but I have not sorted or resized them. I will do that tomorrow!

(I love this outfit, I would wear it to the post office.)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Five Eyes

So Sicktress sent me this cool Oni (Jing) from Miracle Doll! I was so delighted because I have all kinds of eyes and here is someone who can use a lot of them. But now I want to make custom ones, because my Ersa Floras are a bit round for the slots, though I think the central forehead eye will stay the way it is. She will be a girl Oni, once my taxes are paid and I have earned some more money. (I ended up paying a lot more taxes this year because I had a lot more work--and I am not complaining!) I'm planning on getting a Resinsoul Lian body for her--it's tall enough to accomodate 5 eyes HUGE head :D. She reminds me a little of a funky version of a Dollstown doll. Look at the profile:

She also came in a magnificent bag in a beautiful box:

So thank you Sicktress--and for the Llama card! Hehe! <3