Yesterday I plugged away. I've trying to finish ongoing doll products but am quickly figuring out what small supplies I need...and don't have. Beast Boy needs some EVA craft foam to make his belt. I don't have it. 17" Starfire needs more "Grapeberry Saran...just a tiny bit..Don't have it. I started to thing about the … Continue reading Bubble Bath
Oh. Oh. It's just so hard to know where to start. As an elementary school English teacher employed by a dispatch company in Japan, March always involves a dip in work and pay for me. This year has been a whole 'nother experience. My contract year and the days I had to show up to … Continue reading Sally and the bumpy ride.
Welcome to my continued adventures in assuming I'd already shared something because I finished it a while ago but when I looked I'd never posted a final product. Back story short: I got a Monster High doll at Dollyterria in Ikebukuro. This was before my haul of MH dolls. This is the doll and I … Continue reading Sakura
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
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.
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.
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.
Doll shoes. Pesky little doll shoes. Ever After High dolls have SLIGHTLY larger feet than Monster High Dolls. Sometimes. Not always. Sometimes they can swap shoes and sometimes MH shoes are just too small for EAH. This is what I have learned. After buying some MH shoes. So, I turned to one of the EAH … Continue reading SHOES for Wednesday