Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Cornelia

And just in time for Halloween, Impldoll has released the awesomely weird Cornelia, a deep-sea honey with a very cute face! It looks like she is shown on the new body, too. I ordered one back in August from Impl, and they are running very slow--I did get a message on the Q and A board that my body would ship Nov 15th, so I am hopeful. I am anxious to try it out! I also hope my Galena head fits :o.


Happy Halloween!!

And Halloween in 1989 (That dress weighted 12 lbs.)

:D

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Yes, It's a Tiny

But really, it's a "Fit Model" I tell you, so I can sew things for my friends! Never mind that she is a Soom Teeny Gem named Silt, and is as cute as a button. Also her name is Danica and she needs clothes her size, and shoes.

Monday, October 29, 2018

More Chitown Dolls Pix

Just more pix--there were backgrounds for people to use to take photos, one for the tinies:


And loaded up with a tiny band! (Blurry because I was giggling):

Here is the mid-sized photo set:


I loved the tiny books!


And here is the large set--I am always so impressed how well these printed backdrops work:


The background in use!


Look at this cool Halloweeny artist doll!

Here is the box:

Sales table:


I was fairly restrained in shopping--bought some pants and eyes and a pair of small shoes.
And finally a little cutie:

It was so fun :D





Best Couples Costume

Happy Little Trees!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

2018 Halloween Doll Meet, Chitown Dolls

The theme was Vampires and there were lots!

Akutenshi made that Dalmation dress!

Maybe not a vampire, but so cute:

BIG girls:


Very Small Girls:

Catgirls:

Dearmine Diana
Catboys:

I will put up more later, I still have photos to sort. It was so much fun!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Granado MyoAm

It looks like Granado will be doing a series of Chinese Elements, woot! This is the first, the beautiful Goddess of Metal, MyoAm. I have a body for her, and I think I will order her head once the sales open.
BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE...another version of MyoAm, Princess MyoEn.

And yes, you can buy the wig and outfit! I just bought her head and eyes :D

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Task for the Day

And it was like Coachella. I parked 1/4 mile away, walked to the polling place, waited 35 minutes, then spent 2 minutes voting on a touch screen with a paper printout, and left..even more people waiting. The poll workers said they had never seen anything like it.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Tom Kitten and the Mistress of Disaster

So I am messing around with sculpey and apoxie, making a kitten bjd. It is not easy--but I am learning the sculpey is fun to sculpt with-- and apoxie is good for fixing the myriad problems that happen when you actually cook sculpey. While the manufacturer of sculpey claims that you can add more sculpey and rebake the stuff, I do not recommend it. The older layer scorches and the new layer can't decide if it's actually cooked or not. With apoxie, the main thing is Thou Shalt Mix Exactly Equal Portions of the white and the gray, or it will not set. And you have to mix for a long time, squishing in your blue nitrile gloves, making balloon noises. But you can sand it--it feels pretty much like resin, and it is really hard. Sculpey you can carve a bit like hard rubber, it's fun too--but also easy to make a mistake, and then out comes the Apoxie. Hopefully I will find a gesso that will stick to both surfaces when I am ready to paint. I also in a mad moment decided I wanted to try a full sized 60 cm bjd--or maybe one with heel legs so I don't have to fuss with ankle balls. The smart thing I did was start with the torso, because I have extra arms and legs in a box, and I think the head will be the fun part. I hope so, the torso was..hard. I know less anatomy than I think I do and I can't do the "build up from the bones" trick that helps this since the center had to be hollow. I also found out that you should not use masking tape to smooth the inner foil. Scotch tape seems to have a higher ignition point, as  I discovered while I was cooking the torso and it sort of caught on fire and then fell over with a bang.

That will buff right out. Well, it actually was filled with Apoxie once it cooled, and the scorch marks did sand out. More tomorrow.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Friday, October 19, 2018

Imani And Anna

Part one of sculpting some dolls in Russia, with bonus cats and pigeons. Difficulty, the materials aren't labelled (there is no dialog) but it's fascinating anyway. It looks like porcelain, because of the kiln.

Part Two: Painting and adding enamel glass to the pattern:


Meanwhile in Texas...


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Chitown Doll's Halloween Event

It's here on Saturday the 27th--this is where all the Chitown sponsored events have been held that I have been to. You do need to pre-register, they won't let you pay at the door to attend; go to the Den of Angels Community tab, then look for the Chitown event, read the rules and there is the contact and PayPal address there. It's 15.00 and includes entry and a potato bar :D. Theme is "vampires".

Pinterest Doll Heaven

Yes, it's a whole set of Pinterest boards organized by doll artist! I have gotten into the bad habit of looking at Pinterest before bedtime because it is a peaceful way to unwind from the news. Of course it can mean that you end up going down some costume rabbit hole and then discover that it's midnight. But this is the main link, and then you too can stay up late looking at dolls:
https://www.pinterest.com/ufachita/

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:
https://vsemart.com/hyper-realistic-dolls-by-alyona-abramova/
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.

http://pgmsculpting.com/tutorials/

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.