Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Alyona Abramova

I had to hunt around a little for a bio on Abramova, and found a little artist statement here:
Also there are a lot more pictures of her work. So much detail in the costumes, just stunning! The image above is a "Malachite Maid" a fairy spirit of the Ural mountains. Russian fairy folk dress for the weather :D

Here's "Coral"

Another one that I don't know the complete title of (I should run Tineye on it to find it, I might do that later today): It's listed as "Of the Fair" on Pinterest by pinner Marina Morozova

Everyone looks so good-natured!

I have no idea these dolls are, maybe 80 plus cm tall? "Of the Fair" has some Indian bells that are usually I cm tall, so that is a rough guide. In the pinterest link below they look big, like 4 feet tall.
And look, there is a Pinterest collection of her work!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Making a Polymer Mermaid (tutorial)

Phyllis Morrow of PGM sculpting has a nice tutorial on making this mermaid. I liked the tail the best and there are a LOT of steps on how to make that delicate end fin--which includes Liquid Fimo, which I thought before was kind of useless-- but I see here how it works to provide transparency for the tail and protection when baking the tail fin.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Layla and Isa

Isa has an overdress now, I am still working on the underskirt and corset..and the wig. The wig still has a tendency to want to slide backwards off her head. I really like that Dollshe body, it's a shame they are so expensive! Maybe I can hit one of Mr. Dollshe's sales some time.

And here is the Ashanti I promised pix of--she needs her own wig, her face up finished (it got cold suddenly and I need to spray seal what I have) and restrung to be a little tighter. I also need to get one of her elbow pieces out of the upper arm, it seems to be stuck. Otherwise I am so happy with her--I never know with Iplehouse dolls if I am going to like a sculpt until I have it in hand, and this is a good one. Lots of expressions possible with different angles :D

Update--I found a tool to unstick the elbow piece:

And now, restrung, a different wig, and able to fully pose both arms!

Friday, October 12, 2018

A New Nigel Chia video-Met Gala 2018

                                                      Five restful minutes of tiny beauty.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

New Iplehouse Doll

Yes, those are Iplehouse Ashanti feet--the problem with my selling dolls is that suddenly there is money in the PayPal account, and there are dolls with problems for sale on the MP. In this case Miss Ashanti really had only one problem, a ding in her back, some minor issues like replacement hands, no head plate (but a certificate and a pedigree) and then courtesy of the Post Office, broken foot hooks. So I have fixed those and she is now all in one gorgeous piece. Photos tomorrow. I actually have been doing a lot of doll stuff, including working on Pele and her opposite Isa. Isa is a Sicktress Deesse in gray, and I finally found a body I liked for her and I have been sewing for her, trying to get her and Pele ready for a Halloween meetup.

Meanwhile, Iplehouse has issued a new doll, this time an EID girl:

She is Leda, of Being-Really-Too-Much-Of-A-Swan fan fame, with gorgeous "Greek" robes and jewels. I think the Greek Gods theme is awesome, but I would like a more aggressive face up and perhaps a little quirkier sculpt--but I suppose as Helen of Troy's mom she would look sort of bland princessy. She reminds me a little of the Vanessa sculpt, and her head seems a tiny bit small for the husky EID body. I hope they do more theme dolls--maybe Hecate for Halloween? Because that would be awesome and they could reuse Carina :D

Thanks to Akutenshi for spotting Leda!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Random Sunday Photos

A GIANT DOLLY...though it's really a Wood Troll. Still WIP being created by J, but I think it's just fab, even not finished. Also a ton of work is in it already.

From Wood Trolls to Wood Ears: the squirrels are using it for a drinking fountain (ew). It does mean I should get a tree guy to come out and prune some of the branches, since the tree is not well and might possible drop branches where we don't want them dropped. But I'd like to keep as much of the tree as possible, since several generations of squirrels have been raised inside of it.

One of the clothing items I bought from Rajendora (Sewing Box Designs). It's a Cheongsam and it fits both the Fairyland Minifee body and also the Soulkid body (that is what Shushu/Kalypso is on right now). I think Kalypso enjoys being the only girl her size in the house--she has a giant box of inherited clothing from various other dolls that have moved on. (Thistle, the Minifee Moe, is a bit smaller and shorter all around). As you can see, she even has shoes now!

I also repainted my Iplehouse Rebecca (again). I have to say I find Vermont Chick (As the Resin World Turns on the sidebar) very inspiring as she is willing to keep working on a face until the results match what she wants. Here I still don't like the eyebrows, though they do look better in person. For some reason I can either get the lips right or the brows right, but not both. I still need to glue on her lashes. This is what she looked like before:

I actually liked the brows more on this version-- but the rest of the paint was too light for photos. Dress is by AlisonVonderland.

Here is Isa getting a custom wig--I have kind of settled on a wig making method that uses net underneath and then the yarn gets stitched on. I really should try a glue wig, but I am convinced I will make a mess since I am not "neat" with glue.

What me with glue might look like

Finally, Pele's ..drape? Tapestry? is almost done, you can see it here, being held by Isa:

Little "puffs" of yarn at the shoulder are steam jets :D It will have a loop of beads that will go across Pele's back and hook at her waist to keep it on. I am still making the skirt for her dress, I also need to cut facings for the top edge of the dress. The lace you can see on the table might be stolen by Isa and Pele will get  tie-dye lava print fabric for her overdress/ robe.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Dika Doll Egretta

Egretta has the coolest head, and a very traditional faceup, like a porcelain statue. She also seems to have a sort of winged outfit, but no skirts--it's hard to see with the artistic photography going on here:

She's not cheap, but there is a lot of handwork involved and I assume she is limited. I like her head sculpt a lot.

Also the feather applique is inspired!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Jointy Hands

I traded for some Soom male jointed hands; they were meant for the Mecha Angels--but I think they are the same size as the hands for the Soom 2016 body, which is what I wanted to put them on. But ugh, unassembled. There were directions, though:

Actually the directions were pretty helpful. They say to cut the elastic on the diagonal and then put a drop of glue on the tip to stiffen it (I used Aleens Tacky Glue because I knew I was going to get my fingers stuck if I used SuperGlue.)

I also used a bit of monofilament to pull the elastic through the really tight spots on the middle finger joints. I started at the pinky end with the smallest holes and worked my way around to the larger holes of the thumb, because it gets harder the shorter the elastic gets. I also used a hemostat to hold the "loose" end of the elastic while I worked. IT STILL TOOK FOUR HOURS. But it was worth it to have my carpenter be able to move his fingers on his nice new Super Gem body!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Adam Savage on the Problem of Recasting

                                           Buy from the artists so they can stay in business!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Doll Leaves Zheng

Mostly this guy has a magnificent faceup, though he has a pleasant enough sculpt blank. Here is the price breakdown at Alice's: (He is 65cm. by the way).

Doll Leaves has lovely clothing, and functional if unremarkable bodies. The resin does yellow over time, but not as much as the old "french resin" did. They resell for about 300.00 on the secondary market, but I notice they don't sit around forever, either. Here's a link to the body page:

One thing I like about that body is the strong wrist/arm sculpt--like the old Dollzones, you get both posability and less chipping on the wrists. It's also a slim sculpt without the aesthetic oddness of the Resinsoul Long.

Friday, September 28, 2018

New Iplehouse Auction

Some nice Iplehouse men are up at auction (you need to be logged in to bid). There is a Tiny Lawrence, a Big Falcon and an EID Leonard (probably my personal favorite of the set.)

Then there is Lev. Well, I guess there is someone for everyone. ;) You probably won't have to fight to get him. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Pele Progress

Sicktress sent the plumeria/puka shell bracelet, it's so pretty! Sicktress is a sweetie :D Here is the fabric I am working to get made into a's going sloooowly:

The long piece is acrylic yarn over nylon net. I wish now I had used embroidery thread on fabric, for better drape, but it's interesting on it's own. It's supposed to be lava running into the ocean, or a somewhat abstract version of that. It will just loop on like a demented scarf.

I have to take photos of what Rajendora sent me--super cute clothes! I am behind in everything at the moment. I have spent too much time writing stern notes to Congress, which does nothing-- but makes me feel slightly better.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Soom Pel in a Vampire Form..with hooves

So right on the heels of the awesome Breccia, comes a Little Gem from Soom, a new version of Pel (formerly a Thunderbird Summoner). I'm not sure what flavor of sinister character this Pel is..undead bird? Zombie courtesan? Evil magic User? I like the yellow eyes in the gray skin, whatever else is going on. As usual you can get the outfits separately if you have a Little Gem at home that wants to try out a little necromancy on the side. Here are the head/ resin options:

Oh wait, there are little feets! Hooves to be exact, sold as a separate option:

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Hello, Sherlock

Soom has just released an Idealian that looks like a cuter version of Benedict Cumberbatch, he's quite adorable and the accessories are really fun. A pipe! Check him out here:
And I owe this blog post to the eagle-eyed Akutenshi07 <3

Props to Julia Shin's photography!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Dollshe Classic Returns

These guys are back! I had forgotten how cute they were. You will wait ages but they will come eventually. :D

I have a lot of doll stuff going on, but I am also trying to get ready for winter so I haven't posted every day, though I am still working on Pele and am excited to share photos. Hopefully I will have some later tonight!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Pele's Wig

I'm about 2/3 of the way done--I need to finish one of her extensions in the front, fix her bangs, and even out the bottom. I really want to stick a bunch of beads on the front as counterweights, but it might be a bit much. Working with yarn is so pleasant!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Iplehouse Baron and Soom Pretty in Pink Breccia

A handsome HID hunk has been rolled out by Iplehouse--he seems to be a god of Lightning? He's lovely and you can see many more photos here:

And for me personally WAY MORE TEMPTING is a reissue of Breccia, now in Baby Pink with Romantic eyes....oooo. SO PRETTY. You can stare at her here (and ponder your bank account).

Meanwhile my car has, alas, keeled over-- on the way to emissions testing station.XD It has been towed back and the shop says that the scrap fee should cover the cost of the tow. I find out tomorrow. It was a good car and I will miss it, but I think the frame itself was rusting out, so it was probably not really driveable any more. I will have to make friends with the truck and the Nissan Altima, aka the rolling computer.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Madame Pele and an Arm or Two

So here are the arms--they are coming along. I am not sure if I should leave the "rivet holes " on the Automail arm as is, or make little "screwheads" to fit in them Both arms work ok and the places that would wear, like the shoulder and elbow, I left bare; so they won't chip. Since the hands are dyed, they should be OK too. Hopefully I can spray them tomorrow while it is dry, and get a good seal on the acrylic paint. I have some great wolfie fabric and possibly some coppery lining fabric to make a cloak as well.

While I was waiting for the paint to dry on the arms, I worked on the Iplehouse Aaliyah--it seemed like a shame to take off her candy makeup, but I finally did. I also modded her fangs to be less cartoony large, though I think I want to still mod her left fang a bit more to make it smoother. It turns out that the xacto is a better modding tool than the dremel since the dremel kicks up so much dust it's hard to see what you are doing, or control it. To review, her original faceup:

Here's where I stripped off the paint and attempted some paperclay mods. Paperclay just fell off afterwards, sadly :D

Here's the painted face with the new tooth mods:

Now I have a start on her "real" wig as well:

I still have a problem of "Wat do" with her cute Decora-style hands--they
are so well done, it feels like vandalism to clean them; so I will either 
make some of my own or purchase another set-- maybe jointed ones.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Nadine's Flickr

I have posted the link to Nadine's Flickr here before, but I think it's time for a repost--if you need a laugh, check out her Eggsy pix, also other doll, family pix, turkeys, terrible puns and random goof that makes me laugh. You will be glad you did. :D