I've written before about how handy-work can be quite an effective form of meditation for those of us with minds that sometimes fight meditation. The repetition of movement, the precision needed, and the concentration used helps clear my head. It’s not that I don’t think while doing this, I do, but it’s a quieter thinking. … Continue reading Acrylic Yarn: Squeeky self-care.
One of my finished projects this summer was Little Dead Riding Wolf. You may have noticed that I never show concept sketches. It’s not how I work. It’s never been. With dolls as with creating dance costumes I start with a very hazy concept, maybe gather some inspiration, and let the tools take me where … Continue reading Little Dead Riding Wolf
Have I made Beast Boy (the doll) his action suit? No. Have I made two Beast Boy animal figures? Yes. I saw this derpy doggie at the 100¥ shop. One Apoxie Sculpt collar and paint job later Beast Dog! My MH haul came with these plastic cats. I cut one head open and drilled some … Continue reading Beast Boys
The most awesome doll in the doll haul from the American consignment shop: MONSTER HIGH INNER MONSTER SHIVERING SAD, EEK EXCITED, & HAUNTINGLY HAPPY DELUXE PACK So great. So great. Mine was without a box but I don't care about boxes. I had everything but the notebook/diary. I don't need that diary. I have this … Continue reading Inner Monster.
It's been a month since my last post. A dooooozy of a month...but not as bad as last year. It was the one year anniversary of the horrible reveal that one of my friends is an international con artist and another friend is so much worse (the legal case on the second still drags on). … Continue reading With and without…and another box.
It's common to find Monster High/ EAH dolls without hands. This is only going to get worse as the line is discontinued. Now I'm trying to find a way to deal with that when I don't live in a country with much in the way of replacement parts. I think I'll eventually have to learn … Continue reading Exploring Hands.
“Is it weird that I feel kind of sad for the characters that the dolls originally started out as?” This question was asked by my friend Doug when I posted a picture of a Kaoru in progress. First, you get to feel what you feel. We all go through enough stress that we don’t need … Continue reading Feeling sad for my dolls?
Shrinking heads is the craft of using acetone to break down the plasticizer in a vinyl doll's head to make it smaller (and less elastic). The chemical make-up/proportions of vinyl can vary wildly so it's not an exact procedure. I mentioned on FB that I'd be using my down time to catch up on my blog … Continue reading Why do you want to shrink heads anyways? Four Reasons.
The new job kicked in hard and fast. I'm doing the work that, at my last company, would be done by 1.5 people. Suffice to say there is a learning curve. This, plus a new commute plus teaching my dance partner's classes as well as my own, has given me a head cold and my … Continue reading Teen Titans Terra: I shrink a head
Apoxie Sculpt is soooooo much better than the Japanese alternatives I've been trying. True, they're just two part modeling epoxy and they don't market themselves as Japanese alternatives to Apoxie Sculpt but they're what I have been using. NO MORE! It might be pricier to buy here but...I'm in Japan. I'm where the sealant of … Continue reading Apoxie Sculpt. Everything.