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Shelby – My First Custom Blythe

February 5th, 2012 § 6 comments § permalink

Shelby

Shelby

Shelby

Shelby

Shelby

Shelby

I learned so much from customizing her. She has a slight worried and scared expression which I love. I did gaze correction, boggling, sleep eyes, hand-painted eye chips, carving, and the faceup. I really loved the process and am saving for another doll or two. I have two in mind- Snowflake Sonata and My Little Candy. I want to get a stock one last which I want to reroot with strawberry red mohair.

In other news, I’ve finished my doll quilt and am starting to work on Coraline again. I’ve been pretty sick recently and haven’t been able to do much.

Keep the germs away, my friends!

 

— Rosey

Mistakes! They do happen! Adventures in Blythe Customization

January 24th, 2012 § 13 comments § permalink

Simply Guava

I asked my dear friend Fishie about what type of blog posts she likes to read. She said she’d love to see some fail pics of projects. I am going to deliver on that account. I’ve bought a Simply Guava Blythe for my very first customization project. I’ve pored through the Puchi Collective Tutorials for months!  I should be ready! Ha ha no. I wasn’t.

I managed to get her head open no problems. I managed to get her scalp off without much issues. I did crack/chip the lip of the plastic inner scalp. I hope it’s not vital in the long run. I was grunting and sweating by the end and it’s not even the most difficult part. Armed with my precision screwdriver set, I tackled the task of removing the eye mechanism. The entire house was flooded in blue from the creative, acidic cusswords I shot off like the rounds of a machine gun. Thank goodness I did this while Natalie was asleep.

Eventually with a lot of force and crying, I got that eye mechanism out. I think it took forty minutes because I didn’t want to break the damned thing.  The weather didn’t cooperate for redoing the eyelids or faceup. I did managed to do some lip carving which was really enjoyable. I sanded the faceplate down as well as the eyelids. I managed to get a nice coat of paint and basically what I wanted for the lids here:

Eyelids Version 1.0

 

I was fairly satisfied with the way the eyelids looked. Then I glossed it. It smeared but it looked like burnt lace. It still looked okay to me. Then I placed everything together and put the eye mechanism back into place. I wanted to change the eyes into sleep eyes. I did so but it still wasn’t closing right. I then realized I had to cut a cube out of a part of the eye mechanism. Cusswords ensued because I had to take the blasted thing apart again.

In the frustration and process, I managed to scratch the eyelids. This means I have to repaint them OVER again. In retrospect it’s probably for the best since I can do better this time around. I also took out the eye chips I’ve painted and decided they weren’t good enough. I was totally right. I repainted them over again the the change is remarkable. I finally achieved the results I wanted! Below are the before and after pics. The left is the crappy first version. The right is the version I accomplished last night. I’m so darned pleased with the results.

Blue Eyes Comparison

Lavender Eye Comparison

Blue / Pink Eye Comparison

Green Eye Comparison

I’ve learned so much from this process. I also find myself enjoying it immensely. The learning curve is brutal but I love it and am planning to save for another Blythe for my birthday. I hope the weather clears up soon so I can continue with my eyelid and faceup repaints.

What are the recent mistakes you’ve learned from?

— Rosey

 

 

Snow White WIP#2

January 13th, 2012 § 3 comments § permalink

Snow White WIP #2 - Whitework

The whitework is taking so much time but I’m really loving the subtle effects. I hope to get all the whitework done soon so I can start on the black lace of the background.

There was a big storm yesterday and migraines galore. I’m still plugging through though and managed to make a bit more headway into my Blythe custom. I’ve carved the lips and philtrum. I’ve installed the handpainted eyechips I’ve finished a few days ago. Lacroix is coming along and it’s taking a while but it’s getting there. I’ve already told myself not to go too fast. There is no rush.

What are you working on? Are you enjoying the snow?

— Rosey

Miniatures Finds

September 20th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Miniature Finds

There’s a store in downtown Waterford called Tradewinds. The store is beautiful and always interesting to visit. The store owner has such a wide range of stuff that I often find jewels here and there to take home. After my dentist appointment when I found myself alone (which is a rare, rare occasion), I decided to pop in. Lo and behold, I have found goodies. Everything came up to $20.56 including tax.

The Breakdown:

Hutch – $8.99

Mandolin – $5.99

Treasure Chest – $1.99

Birds – $1.99

All in all, a great deal! I’ll be painting the hutch shabby chic white. I haven’t decided quite yet. The mandolin and the treasure chest are going in Chanterelle’s bedroom or living room. The birds are for my last Unicorn Project.

I aim to finish a magical cottage diorama (bedroom, living room, kitchen) for my Pullip- Chanterelle. I want to design a Parisienne apartment for my Blythes (bedroom, living room, kitchen, and possibly balcony/terrace). This will all be done in the future sometime.

I’ll definitely visit Tradewinds again in a few months. Tradewinds is located in downtown Waterford right on Main St.

— Rosey

Upcoming Blythe/Pullip Carrier Custom Project

September 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Avocado Hatbox Purse from Etsy

I got this from etsy.com yesterday. Yes, I re-iterate – Etsy is a dangerous site. I will be customizing this soon when I am done two projects I have on my plate at the moment. I am planning on beaded felt-appliques to glue onto the carrier as well as other personal designs. I also hope to make a custom fabric interior along with a cushion inside if it’s needed. I want the inside to match the outside aesthetically.

I’ll be working on this alongside Dorothy. Right now, I am almost done a labour of love for a friend’s baby shower and the Last Unicorn Project for a magazine submission. There will be pictures of both probably at the end of October depending on the magazine’s deadline and the baby shower is at the end of October. I still want to keep it a surprise for my friend.

The diorama project is shelved indefinitely. My studio has to be finished so I have the space/room and also my incredible printer out. I can print out custom wallpaper for my dioramas, along with other cool stuff. I think I’ll have to wait on it for a while and just continue to make clothes in the meantime.

— Rosey

The Last Unicorn Project

August 26th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Chanel - My first Pullip

Chanel is my early Christmas present and she is a Pullip. Pullips are wonderful dolls with tiny jointed bodies. Most owners tend to swap out the original body for an obitsu one. This trend is also prevalent in Blythe owners who swap out the original for a pure Neemo body. Because I just plan on having one Blythe and one Pullip, I’ll be keeping the original bodies. I am very tempted to make Victorian style cases for both of them but that requires my studio in the basement to be done. I want to display both beautiful girls in custom niches. It’s basically transforming a wooden box with a latch into a little dollhouse/niche. It’ll be a DIY project I want to do in the future- perhaps when I take time off near Christmas?

Anyway, Chanel will be my model for my Last Unicorn Project. I will be sculpting hooves and a unicorn horn. Her outfit will be in lavender. I’m going to start her outfit as soon as tonight. I think I’ll need to make an elaborate skirt which is short in front and long in the back to show off her hooves. I need to recheck my fabric because I am certain I have lavender silk dupioni for the over dress and froths of cream fabric for the underdress. This dress will definitely include embroidery and beading.

On the embroidery front, I also have Dorothy’s hoop waiting to get appliqued. I’ve re-tweaked the design to showcase the colourful characters of The Wizard of Oz. I hope to work on it intermittently while I’m getting my Last Unicorn Project underway. I still have to go to my framer and get Little Mermaid, Rococo Cinderella, Little Red, and Swan Girl framed for the County Fair.

This summer, I feel like my creativity/energy/motivation is diminished. The volatile weather has turned me into a crippled zombie. I suffer from weather-triggered migraines and this summer has been exceptionally dismal. Every day is a battle and a challenge to get things done. I consider it a good day when chores get done. Since I don’t know how I’ll feel at any given day, I set little tasks and allot more time to get things done. Most of my creative time is spent at night after the little one is in bed and sometimes if I’m lucky when Natalie naps. However, in most cases, I feel so sick I need to nap when Natalie naps just so I have the energy to run after her. Fall is almost here and my migraines are fairly gone in the winter. I’m a perky bunny in the winter time while my husband who enjoys his sunshine, turns into a SAD zombie. Natalie looks like she’s taking after her father because her favourite place is “Owww-shied” (outside). What ever will I do when winter blizzards snows us in?

— Rosey

Blythe Project

August 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Givenchy - An Outfit in Progress

This is a personal project and not the magazine submission. I’ll be using my Pullip for the magazine submission. I’ve beaded the dress and will add beading to the belt. I will be embroidering and beading her brown shawl before making deer antlers for her. I wanted a dollykei/mori girl look to her. I hope I can get this project under my belt before starting my submission project which will be inspired by Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn.

— Rosey

Blythe Project

August 22nd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Givenchy

I’ve been invited to do an online magazine submission. I was hoping to do a Pullip project but I don’t know when my Pullip will arrive so I’ll be using my Blythe. Givenchy is a custom Blythe I bought off Yahoo! Japan Auctions. I will be doing a fairy outfit for her. If my Pullip arrives on time, I’ll make something for her too. I will be naming my Pullip – Chanel. Two of my fave designers of all time. I just can’t help myself.  This means my hoop Dorothy will be on hold for a bit. It is prepped and I may do the felt appliques in the meantime.

— Rosey

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