Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 - Goodbye & Good Riddance!

Tomorrow is another day, as Scarlett O'Hara would say, but Tomorrow is another year in this case... and I for one am so glad to see the back of 2010!

Why was this not one of my favourite years? Well... it did not get off to a great start, let's be honest... and then defied all my expectations by continuing to plow that rancid furrow right up to a truly awful Christmas. I'm not even going to go there - something has to change.

Happy New Year Everybody!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Working in family rooms also means I get to experience the profound joy of cats in the doll making arena. This is how I come to have the image of close-up ginger furry face as the shock realisation he had just put his paw into a pot of PVA glue suddenly dawned on him. That resulted in one pot of PVA upside down on the rug and a crazy shaky leg dance from Tix Pickle.

BJD Making experiment 4

OK, so the torso and head are now covered in Paydur and ready for the LaDoll to be applied, yay! The not so great thing is that I am having to work in general family rooms right now because of the sub-zero temperatures (there are no radiators in my work room and the little electric heater just can't cope) and I found leaving the papydur to dry overnight wasn't great because once the fires go out the temp drops really quickly and the papydur just doesn't fully dry through. It was taking forever and being a pretty impatient sort by nature, I put the arms and legs on the radiator next morning...

DISASTER!!! Someone managed to knock one of the arms off and trod on it! This has since been repaired but what happened to the legs was worse! Some of you may have already guessed, because they are long and slim they bowed really atrociously... cue Captain Quint from Jaws singing "Here's to swimming with bow-legged women". I wondered if I could gently bend them back to a straight position, this went really well up until the moment that one snapped! The other is in the bin... guess I get to start again on the legs!

Maybe this is the end of my BJD experiment for the moment?

Friday, December 17, 2010

BJD Making experiment 3

So, the good points of using the Oasis styrofoam as a modelling base:

* doesn't crumble
* easy to carve
* can be moulded with fingers

Not such great things about using it:

* it isn't very strong
* it isn't that easy to apply the Papydur to

I can't get hold of any proper carving poly blocks so need to make the best of what I have to work with. I discovered after a bit of experimentation last night that I need to cover the foam shape with PVA glue (undiluted because otherwise it just soaks in) to seal the block first. It needs sealing because otherwise each new application of Papydur seems to lift off what you just applied. It also takes off a layer of green flocking!

Papydur is the powder version of paperclay that I bought from the EU and can't read the instructions on the pack! You mix it with water and once it dries even a thin layer is like rock. So I am using it as a base layer over my fragile foam shapes. Once they are dry I will cover them with pre-mixed paperclay such as LaDoll. Took some terrible photos earlier (snowing again) so will post better ones tomorrow.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

BJD Making experiment 2

Here are the pics of last nights efforts. The sources I am refrring to are the Ryo Yoshida book and these two online sites:
Noah's Doll
Russian site


As you can see, the foam has cracked a little here and there. I don't have any time to work on this tonight but tomorrow, before finishing the arms and legs I will coat the head and neck with PVA glue and a thin coat of Papydur to harden them. The head and torso are totally separate, I just stuck a pin in to compare sizes. More tomorrow :o)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

BJD Making experiment 1

OK, last night I drew up my perfect doll shape from the front back and both sides on the computer, because I was stressing about getting everything symmetrical and lined up and... you know, STRESSING! I'm making her MSD size, 16", about 43cm, but I have to say I was pretty shocked when I printed it all out, it seemed HUGE!

I bought styrofoam blocks yesterday, basically wet Oasis that you use for flower arranging. It's really great to carve and can be smoothed and modelled with you fingers to a certain extent. The dry Oasis is too crumbly in my experience (my experience with flowers anyway!). So I cut up the print outs: Head, torso, arms, legs and cut the Oasis into blocks that fitted the front/side views of each piece. Then I have carved away at the head and body blocks until I got the shapes I wanted and smoothes them over to give a nicely modelled look. I will photograph everything before I start tomorrow so you can see where I am at. :o)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

BJD Making experiment

I bought 2 big blocks of styrofoam earlier, to start carving out my first attempt at making a BJD! Whether the results are great or terrible, I will be reporting my efforts here as and when I make progress. I guess this is going to be a steep learning curve, wish me luck!!! :o)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmassy Treasury

Another fantastic treasury, this time by Skunk Hollow: Irmalene got to be in such cute company :o)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Cornucopia of paper dollies

My Griselda the Vampire Showgirl paper doll made it into a lovely treasury of paper dolls by Rockpapertekla, take a peep:


Thursday, December 9, 2010

making dolls again

So annoying that I have finished 2 dolls over the past few days and can't show you photos of either of them as they have been sent away as Christmas presents! But, yay!!! back making dolls again ;o)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Big thank you to Onewithwings for including my Rococo Macabre paper doll in her collection of Buxom Beauties, see them all here: