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
Where have I been? I've been doing my summer thing. I've made a lot of stuff, done some social things, and visited America for 12 WHOLE DAYS. And now, with my day job lurking beyond this weekend it's time to start catching all of you up on my projects. First up we have a work … Continue reading Power Puffing
I HAVE FINISHED IT! Last I updated about Melody, as far as my searches show me, I'd given up on dying her synthetic hair. I'd pried her head off and started rooting. MY GOD, that was arduous. The heads of Disney Animators are about the size of softballs. Towards the end I realized that the … Continue reading Melody, complete!
My apartment is spacious and cheap. It's why I refuse to move. It's also damned hot in summer. When I first moved here 8 years ago I tried to go a while without an air conditioner. By early September I was googling the signs of heat stroke daily and bought an air conditioner for my … Continue reading A space for my craft.
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 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