Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

I didn't do anything doll-related yesterday because I was glued to the news and reading indictments; but I thought I would do a little review of the L'Oreal Colorista temp hair dye now that I have been in it for a couple of days (and gone through a shampoo). I have dyed my hair for so many years I have no idea what my "natural" color is (apparently a sort of salt and pepper steel gray?) and over that I had very streaky, brassy gold highlights that no longer flatter my more pinky older self. So I wanted something in the purple tones anyway to tone down the brassiness of my permanent dye. I bought the color knowing that while it is advertised as a "temporary" color, things with blue pigments tend to be quite colorfast and that I would be wearing it for a while.

When I opened the box, I found the directions, several pairs of gloves, and one pre-mixed bottle. If you want really intense color, there is another Colorista product you need to use first, which I think is just peroxide bleach to lighten your hair. Using the lightener is a permanent change, and though the blue color in this product would wash out and fade eventually, you would end up with sort of pale blondish hair. I actually wanted more subtle color, so I put pigment over my own hair, with it's already pre-dyed blonde streaks. Be sure you read the box as well as the directions, there is more information on the box that I didn't see in the "use" directions.

 I was happy to see the single bottle though, because it does simplify the test you can do to see if you are allergic. I know from experience I have a reaction to reds, but blues seem to be fine, so I just went ahead and used it--which I don't recommend, this is my own personality flaw :D

Even though I have used dye (and exclusively L'Oreal after two run-ins with Clairol) for years, this is a thinner mix and you need to take their instructions seriously about covering everything with a sacrificial towel or paper. This stuff is bananas--it flings everywhere. I was trying to use it out of the bottle, squeezing it on a plastic comb:

A pile of pre-torn-off paper towels would have been good too.
The brush provided was way too soft to be effective on my thick, coarse hair; so the comb worked ..ok--but a better way to do it would have been to squeeze the bottle out into a small plastic bowl, and then apply with a small plastic spatula/putty knife and then push around with the comb, or to buy a plastic squeeze bottle with a snout, and use that to apply the color. The bottle up there has a flat, unhelpful opening. Having a friend do the back would have been a good idea too, I had to use a mirror and it was a little awkward having only one hand to manage everything.

The nice thing is that you can actually see where the color is. It looks very purple in the tube, but on my head it is more of a denim indigo, like the label "Indigo" says. (I think the color on the photo on the box is a little deceptive, but again I didn't use the lightening process Colorista sells and that may be why the model on the box is more purple). I waited for the color to develop for the longest time suggested, because my hair always resists color, and then I rinsed it out with warm water. Warning--as you rinse the tub becomes very slippery. The color has a conditioner mixed in it and the rinsed product makes the tub like a greased pig. You might even take your no-hope towel and stand on it and be careful not to move your feet. I always start rinsing with my back to the faucet, to keep the color out of my eyes, and it takes a while--5 to seven minutes of rinsing and parting my hair with my fingers, and I still always under-rinse the center back. Then wrap your head with a towel and gently squeeze your hair, don't rub it, and then let it air-dry. You probably will still feel the pigment particles on your hair--it will feel a little rough and dry. Your shower curtain will be dyed a little around the bottom, and any soap scum in the bottom of the shower as well (magic eraser gets it off). Your comb and brush will turn a little blue. The first night I put my hair in a scrunchie because I didn't want to get color on my pillow, but it was fine by then (my hair was dry and I had brushed it out). Here is what it looked like after one wash (The expression is "no glasses small screen"):

It's nice and fairly subtle, I wish I had done all of my hair and I think I will go back after four weeks and do the rest of it, to even it out. I've also switched to this shampoo:

 that has Sodium Laurel Lactylate instead of sulfate--the sulfate, according to K, is what strips out your color the fastest. Also it has argan oil, which people have been slapping on their heads since Victorian times (it's the "Macassar oil" that "antimacassar doilies" were intended to save chairs from). And it smells nice :D It's made my hair ends a bit softer, too.

Anyway, tl:dr read the directions and would buy again.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Doll Meet Photos

I had so much fun, the time just flew. The dolls were fabulous and I don't think I even saw all of them :D And since it was Halloween, people came dressed up! Check out Black Cat Nya's costume that she sewed!

So perfect!! More pix of dolls"

A really cute Dollfie Dream in costume--I never think to give my dolls costumes at Halloween, though I did sort of attempt with a random Halloween hat this time.

That is a Fairyland Scarlett with a artist faceup and a gorgeous custom dress, photos do not show all the tiny detail or how beautiful she is with this faceup--I liked Scarlett, but I never though she was beautiful until now!

Make and take crafts! The mask bases are just thin craft foam, and then if you put lace over that and glue it, and add feathers and bling, the end result looks wonderful! Plus the masks are super light and won't damage faceups.

A Lillycat Cerise..I love that dress!

Tying an obi is amazingly hard--it's like doing origami with 12 feet of very stiff brocade.

But persistence pays off, and the two "cats" are ready for their closeup.

A Resinsoul girl in "coffee" resin with jointed hands--the hands are great for any smaller doll but of course they fit the Resinsoul dolls perfectly. I love their head sculpts too.

A Luts Model girl body and a Fairyland head? I should know this, I have her old body :o The sleepy guy next to her is a Withdoll boy. He's another really well made msd sized doll.

A beautifully dressed Minifee Risse!

Starpunzel dropped an LED candle into this little pot with some fluff and got the most perfect boiling magic kettle effect!

Here's one of her cuties, another Resinsoul girl.

Just a cute Volks girl--I loved her dress too!

There was shopping too--I was good and just bought a wig, some eyes and some hangers--though there was this tiny suit of armor there. I thought the best part was the animated LED sign advertising The Night Market, Brignasa's Etsy shop.

And here is Akutenshi's Soom Monzo,who is getting better and better as time goes on and she sews and collects more things for him!

I am looking forward to May. Mostly today I put things away and colored my hair blue:

This is the wash-out kind and I think I will go and have the tips of my hair done professionally this color, I love it so much. I wish this was it's natural color--and that I had done my whole head in blue with the temporary color!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Chitown Dollz..teaser

I will have more tomorrow, I have to clean up and resize the photos I took, and some of them need sharpening and color balancing. In the meantime, Sicktress took a photo of Naomi in her corset and skirt! Here's one photo that Sicktress took... and the colors match!! I had to pick colors blindly because I remembered Naomi's old look-- but I knew that Sicktress was redoing her and I didn't know what her new tatts would look like.
Here she is!

Tada! If you are on Tumblr you can see the whole set!

Friday, October 27, 2017

A Meet-Up Tomorrow

I am bringing 5 dolls and it took me ALL DAY to locate shoes, wigs and jewelry that was presentable for these guys. I need to start drawing names out of a hat and each week make one complete outfit for each doll, so that if they have a chance for an outing, they have something to wear..both tops AND pants. I never did find Rusty the Vampire's cravat, though it has been floating around on table tops for weeks. Up there is Isley, named after Poison Ivy. She always has good shoes, though I just today realized that they don't zip all the way up her calves 0.o

After this photo I found shoes and a witch's hat for Cherry, though she still looks a little chilly to me.

Rusty, saying "Who needs a cravat anyway? Blaa."

This girl needs her own clothes--she got the cast-off tights I made for Naomi and decided they weren't good enough, a skirt that belongs to Tanglewyn, and a corset owned by Cecelia, who is a Granado Nuevo and has a similar wide shoulder. Coral might be the project girl next week

Or maybe Dragael, who has a box of wonderful notions and trims but no actual clothes (this is a scarf, and a collar from one of my coats). She is a challenge to sew for as her hands are both delicate, wide and pointy; and her toe claws are large and sharp, AND her ears are pointy and wide. It's like dressing a stylish porcupine.

I thought I would take some photos of my dolls today since I often forget at the meets, since I know what my dolls look like. :D

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Two DollZone Mermaids

DollZone's Halloween Event is..mermaids. I love mermaids in general, and I think these are brilliant, but they are not for me--because they are ...perfect. There is nothing left to be done! You buy them a tank and a few rocks and a cheesy castle and a reef background; and there you go. OK maybe a tiny skeleton from the Halloween store. But you can't really improve on what DollZone did here. And for me, there are no feet. I guess when it comes to dolls what I really like are Sea Nymphs, which have feet.

Anyway, this beauty is named for the tarot card The Empress, and you can get her direct from Denver Doll, or from Alice's if you are a Pacific Rim dweller. Sales period is from now until November 11th. More pix:

And now for another mermaid, the High Priestess!

This one looks a little bitey. Full view:

They are 76 cm including the heads, but very long and thin, the heads are almost msd sized...16.5 cm around. They take 14mm eyes. Whoever is painting them does a gorgeous job!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Hannah And Her Sisters

Impldoll Shaun has been hard at work making some crazy great fantasy heads--this is Hannah, who you can buy as a rolling head for 120.00 ....but wait there is more :D Another version:

Here is the fabulous back of the head--you have to look hard to see the headcap in all those petals:


Hannah in Special Red. The fullset clothes are available too; I think you have to get a Star or Idol body to get those, but I am not sure. I will give you the link to Alice's Collections, as I think the Impldoll site is sometimes glitchy:
Impldoll Hannah

Here's how to get the head alone (From the Impldoll Facebook)
we released our new doll Hannah.She has three special makeup effects.we offer free make up event for her(period time October 23th- October 30th).
In order to thank you for your support:)we sell these 3 sample heads in the photo.pink skin head/ real skin head / red skin head.
Each head only costs $120, including shipping charges. If you're interested, please send email to:impldoll@aliyun.com 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Hitch Ball Cover

So I was walking around the marine department at Bass Pro shops, as you do, and I spotted a tiny, bjd head-sized deer head. It's actually a Hitch Ball Cover, the little plastic or rubber part that people put over the hitch ball on the back of their pickup truck, when it's not in use, so it doesn't get dirty and rusty and make it harder to pop your boat trailer or whatever on there when summer comes around.

The hitch cover was all of seven dollars, and made of soft rubbery plastic, just like a mask. It's one of a series, there are Rubbery Bass you can stick on there too. Here is what it looks like underneath:

I'm going to stitch it to a collar of a sort of vest so it will stay put on a doll body--the head won't turn, but it will still be mad fun. Look at the nice detail on the head!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Angel Toast

"Angel Toast" is an artist and bjd sculptor, and she has a Flickr; which is fun to look at if you a) want to see what her own dolls look like (Lunnula Moonbeams up there is hers) and b) want to see fantasy hair colors on her personally. I am intrigued by the pale lavender she had a while back. ;) Her faceups are as good or better than the various factory makeups, and she is very professional about communicating, invoicing, and returning the finished head/item. I commissioned her for something years ago--I don't remember exactly which doll it was, but I remember it was a pleasant and painless experience. It also makes a difficult doll easier to sell if it has an Angel Toast faceup--for one thing, she can usually coax a happy/pleasant expression out of even a pretty grumpy sculpt.

Here is her website for commissions--the link goes to the commission rules page, and then you can jump to wherever else you want (like the Gallery). I have a head I am debating sending her but I am trying to improve my own skills, so I should give it a try myself first. (For ten dollars she removes old faceups.) She does both male and female sculpts equally well, though I think the really stunning dolls are when the client asks for dark eyebrows, dark eye makeup and sort of neutral/pink lips--she's really comfortable with that color combination.

This is a Fantasia doll Vivian--I think! So pretty! The Fantasia Doll company apparently has vanished with the sculptor having health problems, which is sad--they are lovely dolls:

And here is a fantasy makeup for a Twigling Ingenue:

(Which reminds me I should find some cotton gloves so I won't get finger oil on the dolls I am trying to paint and spray.)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Casual Flats and an EID Head on a Mirodoll Muscle Body

Chalyss wanted to see an EID head on the Mirodoll Muscle Body, and the Rebecca head is a little large. Rebecca is one of the largest heads Iplehouse has made, Carina is a little larger, but most of the other heads are a bit smaller and should work on the Miro body. The shoulders are wide enough to look proportional, especially for heads like Grace and Asa, which are fairly small. The neck does gap, but a sculpey filler, or even a styrofoam one, would fix that. I still need to take out the knots and restring this body to have the knots inside the torso. Here is the view under the neck:

Now here is what I did all weekend--make tiny shoes. The first 3 shoes I made were a fail, so I threw them in a pile and started over. (Apprenticeship is hard). This morning I took the feet off the Loongsoul girl I am trying to make shoes for and started over:

This pattern is just a toe piece and a sole and an elastic strap. How hard can that be? Hah.

 I cut two toes, right and left of the fashion fabric, and two of white flannel lining. I was hoping the flannel would grip the foot a little to keep the shoe in place. The sole is the same floral, and then there is an "undersole" that will be glued to a leather base.

Apparently you have to gather the toe a little to get it to fit over the dolls toes. :p This means you gather 4 pieces, two of the floral, two of the lining.

Another test fit. Looks better.

I'm ready to put the undersole face down over the basted toe and the decorative sole. So I would not catch the toe in the machine, I put a little stitch (a tailors tack) in the center to keep it out of the way. Then I made a sandwich:

Only the red pattern pieces have worked so far :( Now that my sandwich is together, I needed to mark where the machine will sew, because it's hard to see with the metal presser foot I have. I think I have a clear acrylic foot around somewhere-- and it would help a lot. With something this small, you can't make mistakes because they show..a lot.

When I sewed it, I left a gap along one straight edge so I could turn it all right side out when I was done sewing that outside seam.

Half turned, at the point where you think you will never get it turned right side out.

All turned and the hole whipstitched shut. At this point I realized I should have put in the elastic or ties when I did the toe lining, by pinning the elastic into the seam allowance. Also that instead of leaving the side seam open, I should have just made a slit in the center of the "undersole", where the line is below:

..because this part gets glued to the leather base and won't show, and it would make all the seams that show neat and clean. Also it would be easier to turn.

Here they are with the leather bases drying--I used "glove and boot glue" which looks and smells a lot like old-style contact cement. It takes 24 hours to dry but that is fine, since no one will be walking around in them :D

Shoes are a real pain in the ass to make; but at the same time I adore tiny shoes enough to keep at it. And this pair looks a lot better than Saturday's shoes!