I hate rooting hair. I’ll do it, for few characters who need the exact right hair colour, but no more than absolutely necessary. Kat shared the idea to paint doll’s hair with a brush pen; so much faster and easier on my hands than rooting!
The Xinyi Boyfriend doll came with long white hair. (White in normal light. I wouldn’t have known this, but happened to go in the craft room in the dark when I couldn’t sleep, and got startled. “What is that glowing?!” Yes, his hair glows in the dark.)
The hair at his temples is left white on purpose.
I wasn’t sure I’d remember how to do a faceup but tried anyway without planning. o_o Eyes are a little lopsided; oh well, nobody’s perfect. ^o^
The first eyebrows didn’t look right so I wiped them with water and toothpick and started them lower.
Here is Cosmin Imbrien with the reference picture from Black Desert Online. In the game he’s named Kosmin because ‘Cosmin’ was already taken. BDO uses one family name for all characters on an account. That worked well for my characters from Rappelz who are already family.
Cosmin is a professor of magical physiology, and the father of Kira, Sela, and Tessa. He was in the backstory, but not planned to appear in the present-day photostory. Now that he’s embodied in doll form, he’ll be written in somewhere.
Since I got into customizing I’ve been focused on acquiring figures, clothes, and furniture. But when I look at others’ doll photos, I enjoy seeing the little things that make the scene. So over the past year I’ve been adding to my collection some little things.
Last April(!) I posted about a plan to do some paper crafts. The plan was for lipstick cases, inspired by the What’s In Your Doll’s Bag? group on Flickr. I threw out a few in progress that weren’t going anywhere good, gave two to friends, and kept one. To make these, bend the cardboard before craft gluing the printed paper to it so the paper doesn’t crack.
In theory I’d like to have a few more, in different designs for different characters, but in reality once I make a thing I lack the motivation to make duplicates. >_<
The homemade Pepero boxes were scanned from 1:1 and assembled with Scotch tape.
Flat printables should be easy, right? Measure, photograph or scan, reduce the size to 1/6 the original, and print. But I have a mental block about not printing until I’ve filled a whole page with images. Last summer I printed some posters and reference sheets for geeky dolls. (Yes I am far behind on posting!)
Kira and Sela got eyemasks so they can sleep in the daytime.
One came in handy for the Initiation scene.
These 4 cm and 6 cm stuffies are from AliExpress, advertised as for Bouquet Wedding Gifts.
The matryoshka is from DollladyUkraine on Etsy. They’re sold unpainted in a set of 10, where the largest is 5 cm tall. I wanted a set of seven so didn’t paint the smallest and the two largest. The smallest is so tiny I’d probably lose it so it stays inside the second smallest always.
In my little world Tessa makes art, so she painted these. From largest to smallest they represent grandmother, nurse, mother, Kira, Sela, Tessa, and a water pixie.
I drew an armours theme on paper too before deciding on family theme (which I did not plan on paper before drawing on the dolls), so may get another mini set sometime.
In September I proposed a sewing challenge at Figurvore to make two similar uniforms. The purposes were to increase confidence in being able to sew more than one of an item, and to make outfits that would be useful in the stories we want to tell. I was thrilled that other members played along! ^_^
I had a specific idea of how my cleric school uniforms should look. Although Barbie school uniform patterns exist, I couldn’t find one with the right kind of collar, so decided to try my own. How hard could it be? (Spoiler: quite hard.)
…Well, it would have been if this were 1:1 or even 1:3 scale. But after many tries, I just could not get the collar to work in 1:6.
The second issue was the shiny fabric. It’s nowhere near as hard to work with as the thick bridal satin used for Tessa’s R1 dress, but it doesn’t fold well, frays more than cotton, and is harder to sew by hand. And I didn’t have as much, and wasn’t sure how easily I could obtain more, so decided to make the second blouse out of cotton. That worked better. \o/
The third issue was that the front closure was still awkward. I liked the sleeves, but that was about all. At this point I decided to move on to the skirts and socks, and if I felt like it later, come back and redesign blouses with back closures.
I’m glad I bought the pattern. It helped tremendously, as you can see below! I highly recommend Requiem Art Designs. The pattern was easy to follow, and Gwendolyn is helpful with answers to questions about her patterns and sewing in general.
I cut the collars a tiny bit larger to match my vision, and extended the blouse bottom with room for hips, so it could go under the skirt without untucking. Otherwise, I followed the blouse pattern exactly. I know I work better with 1/4″ seams so I should have cut the pieces that way. >_< Plus the first two figures to get these outfits are Made to Move Barbie and Disney Princess Classic, not any of the four types of Barbie Fashionistas which the pattern is designed to fit. So the blouses do fit but are tight. The thin Velcro wouldn’t have worked because of my seam error, so for these blouses I used snaps at the waist and collar.
The shoes aren’t quite right but I didn’t think to order some until right before the challenge deadline. (The deadline was really for me, because I’ve been wanting to make these for over 2 years and I needed an end date to hold myself accountable.)
Credits for the other parts of the outfits:
The initial pleated skirt measurements were from HOW TO MAKE a pleated skirt for Barbie doll : My Outfits # 48 by Shasarignis on YouTube. After stitching and ironing the first one it was longer than I wanted, so the new measurements (so I can remember when making more uniforms) are 40 x 8.5 cm for the MTM size skirt and 13 x 3 cm for the waistband.
Time has flown! Since my last post, I had the opportunity to meet another online doll friend in real life. Kat of kat’s doll world has some photostories in progress including Strike 5 which follows a League of Legends pro gaming team and Malyj Imperatorskyj Teatr about a modern theatre company in Moscow.
Kat brought Melody and Pepper to the doll meet. They travel light but well prepared.
I brought…an eclectic group, from several worlds, who don’t all know each other. So that explains why they were kind of awkward, all sitting apart. (*/_＼) Going forward I should bring to doll meets characters who are already comfortable with each other.
Oh, a giant acorn!
Pepper took pictures of everyone.
Kat started the Themed Thursdays on Figurvore. It was her theme “Boom!!! Headshot!” that prompted me to look up the manual for my camera and figure out how to get better close-ups (macro mode and super macro mode).
Maybe some of these shots of Kira in her Rank 1 adventurer gear can be used in my main story.
I don’t take doll photos outside very often (to be honest, I don’t take doll pics often at all, hence the lack of content on this site). Outdoor scenes can easily look in scale. Bonus: no need to spend time creating a diorama.
A good time was had by all. ^o^
Next time there won’t be so long between posts. I have been making a few things, and will post some school uniforms later this week. ㅇㅅㅇ
Recently I met two online doll friends in real life!
Syd Blackburn wrote some of my favourite photostories: The Salonice Chronicles and Still Waters. Syd writes adventure and romance http://sbtales.weebly.com/books.html and designs book covers for other writers.
My Kira and Syd’s Syd doll did a Valentine swap a couple of years ago. Our dolls weren’t able to meet this time, but Kira, who is currently unattached, hopes to meet 1:6 Syd next time. :}
Erica/Corsetkitten is a talented doll artist whose character profiles influenced me to consider 1:6 scale when I was first looking at 1:3 or 1:4 scale BJDs to shell two MMORPG characters.
I bought First Blush Ayumi from Erica. I love that Erica dressed Ayumi in this pink sweaterdress–it fits the ingenuous image I have of her character much better than the red dress in which she came originally.
The day before my husband and I left for our trip, Believe the Hype Tate Tanaka arrived while I was working from home–yay! I’d worried he would arrive while we were away. Between physical therapy and packing I didn’t get a chance to debox him until after we returned. After putting his earrings in, I think I prefer him without them. (d’oh!) Or maybe I’ll find smaller ones for him.
Tessa and Kira came along on the trip; Kira climbed a reading lamp in the hotel. >_<
Erica also gave me a Generation Girl Mari head with her hair loose. The MtM Barbie Pink Top body isn’t an exact match, but close enough. Now Mariko can do her hair in different styles and still keep her perfect braids for other scenes.
These necklaces and and ring (squeee, so tiny!) are Corsetkitten’s work from https://www.etsy.com/shop/ckworkshop. Other than what came with some IT Hommes, they’re my first realistic doll jewelry, and I’m very pleased with the purchase.
Alisha also came home with me. (^o^) Alisha Grant is a student in The Quinlan Chronicles, currently taking a semester at another school. She’s an Obitsu coconut figure, with hair rooted and face painted by Corsetkitten.
Alisha seems to be settling in well here. Yesterday the weather was hot and humid so she went out for cold drinks with new friends.
My shoulder is healing slowly. PT, the home exercises, and other stuff (tree limb across driveway; flooding in basement) have been using up most of my spoons. =.= But I did sew some buttons on pants and a duvet cover, so I’m hopeful about getting back to sewing for fun soon. •ㅅ•
Before the weather gets too warm to post this…here is my first sock sweater, made (several weeks ago) from DollsAhoy’s pattern. It’s resized to 120% to fit the Integrity Toys Homme. Thanks for the idea, ModernWizard!
The collar is a bit wonky and sleeves could be taken in, but overall it’s a usable piece of menswear, often in demand. The cable pattern was a favourite, but socks are seldom noticed, so when one got a hole I was happy to give this pair new life as a sweater. ‘ㅂ’ Another holey pair awaits conversion into a men’s sweater (apparently I like masculine socks), but all sewing (and rooting) is on hold pending recovery from a shoulder injury.
Modeling the sweater is Bartuc, one of the most formidable adventurers on the Continent. Last week he got a little more haircut. It’s closer to his style, but needs more gel and more cut (not too much!) when the hairdresser gets brave again. ^^;;
When feeling up to it I plan to start on some paper crafts; hope to post some in a few weeks.