Friday, May 22, 2015

Commission: Fishcake's Granado SD 1760s Naval Britches

Three pairs of 'modernized' for BJDs navy uniform britches.  Something to this effect.  My computer crashed (power outage, battery out of laptop to spare the charger) after I got the images from Pinterest (finally) and I lost the links.  A bit tired, so I'll try to find the links again later this weekend (if I don't completely forget).  Paid in full.

Edited: Links up to Micheal Well's 18 Century Pinterest, very informative and fun!

Wig: Check; Face Powder: Check;  Poofy shirt: Check; Silk stockings: Check.
Now, off to conquer the world!
  Oh, how far we've come from Alexander the Great's kicky little miniskirts, no?
Fashion: It has a LOT to answer for.
Link To the original poster.

I'm going to get the spirit of the originals into the design.
Link to the original poster

She sent along a pair of pants in her boy's size to pattern from, so this should be up and running by the end of next week.  I have to get the gentleman's pants back to him.  It's cold back there. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Skello's 1/6 Doll Comparison

I wanted to keep this separate from the commission order for two reasons. All in the first photo is Skello's property.  My Obitsu guy and my Volks/Obitsu Faux-moko are for comparison.  This way we have a record that's published on the internet and everything is accounted for.  And in case Canadian customs does something.  I've heard stories.  Like if you get too many packages in one week, they send their version of the FBI out to question you.
Gees, they'd be driven mad down here in the uncivilized boonies of California, with everyone ordering from Amazon (and the poor man's Amazon, Walmart >.<;; who actually--do a better job of it) almost every day.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

And Now Back To Dolls!

Happy to say I seem to be done with the people sewing projects.  I don't know what's more nerve wracking.  Waiting for someone to get their doll outfit and see if it fits and looks the way they expected or waiting while someone is putting on the dress or something I made for them to find out if it's fitting correctly and they are happy with it.  Both!

I'm always so tense, so nervous when I'm waiting to find out if the customer is happy.  Mainly because I'm very picky and sometimes, very, very hard on myself.  Plus the drought seems to be progressing here in California (Sarcasm).  We've had pouring rain today but none of the threatened thunderstorms, although Google and all things Google have been messing up all day.  And I'm the type who gets cracking headaches when it's going to thunder or the atmospheric what ever is acting up.

So, now I'm back to dolls for the next four plus weeks or so, with the Cowboys project, the Japanese Schoolgirl Gangster project and the 1/6 anime character projects.  I've spent the past two weeks online searching for rivets and things for more realism. I'm looking forward to getting the flat round studs in hopes of making them work for military buttons and so forth.  Where do those Asian companies get their military buttons.  I always see the most amazing buttons on stuff from China and Korea.  They are boggarting the buttons, man, not cool!  I'll have to start playing around with the soldering iron that came in the hubby's wood burning kit.  (When I'm not using the little iron like point for--guess it!--an iron.

Aileens glue and a bit of water and a good stiff brush and very fine comb seem to be the only way to get 1/6 Action/Fashion type doll's hair to stay in a style.



Monday, May 11, 2015

Faux-moko, AKA Hikari-chan 1/6 Obitsu/Volks Hybred

I've been getting used to working with the very small dolls again and recently decided to get a head for my Volks old style Beauty B body (3 parts not the 2 part torso) so she could show off her clothes.

Faux-moko, my Hikari-chan

Real Momoko: Beach Angel edition
Momoko is a gorgeous little doll, but as I've mentioned before, with just the heads going for 50$, nope.  I haven't painted anything this tiny in a long time, but I decided what the heck, I can always scrape it off again, because now, I use scribbles to paint the vinyl dolls.  No bleeding. At all.  It's awful to work with and you have to work fast, plan on throwing out tiny brushes (or steal the cat's whiskers like I do, mwhahahahaaa)  and use an Xacto knife to clean off mistakes, but it works.   Still, smaller than a postage stamp.  And all my patterns are still coming out 1/8 to 1/4 inch too big, but if I make them smaller, they end up too tight to go on over her head, which is small for her body so I'm all flustered.  I seriously hate having to put openings in the back of a t-shirt.  

Obitsu W-02 has a very nice profile.

I also prefer the more normal (well, to a bjd person) ankles of a Volks doll to the Momoko's oddly fetlock-like-in-high-heels ankles.  While I would still consider buying the Momoko heads (you know, after I win a million in the lottery) I'd probably put them on Volks bodies.  For now, I seriously like the Obitsu head.  It's got a natural looking bone structure for one thing.  Momoko is killer-kawaii, but I have a feeling she's also like potato chips, or worse kittens!  If I fall and buy just one, I'll turn into a crazy collector with every edition or something.  She has so many variations in face, age from new teen to mature teen and OMG the clothing, so yeah.  Hence: Faux-moko.  

Her t-shirt is the first one I made ages ago.  I believe I got her tights from Junkyspot and they are like spun steel.  Years and still not a run.  I wish they made them in my size.  It's the same fabric we used in theater for 'nude' sections in costumes and cost something like 20-30 plus a yard ten years ago.  

She stands quite well without a stand, but I'm awfully shaky lately for some reason.  Hypothyroid, gotta love it, and can't pose any of my dolls.  Even Jiji was falling over and she has the balance of the gods normally.  Hikari's high heels are from Obitsu and fit nicely compared to the lack of fit from Volks shoes.  Every time I ordered shoes from them, I got ones that were WAY too small, and at the time I was ordering from Volks Japan, not USA.  The boy's shoes on the other hand run WAY tooo big!  I have a pair of lovely boots that ended up on my YoSD kiddo that were supposed to be for the 1/6 'boyfriend' doll'.  

I'm still working on the hair do on the guy doll.  He'll be up soon, though.  ^_^  


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Round of Of Minor News Around Here

Thanks to Fishcake and her splendiferous presie bomb, I will attempt to get my glasses frames laser welded this coming Tuesday.  No more postal tape in my peripheral vision.  Why do people always use band aids to fix their glasses temporarily anyway?  They look like hell and never hold.  I can understand using it to get home, but then Postal tape is clear and holds tighter.  However, neither of which, I might add, hold up to rain.  I will learn to wear my hat under my rain coat hood from now on, IN THIS DROUGHT. <---Sarcasm.