Quartz took just over three months to arrive. That's a lot of time for second-guessing my choice. Originally I had planned him as a consort to Feeple65 Siean. What if they didn't look good together? After all, Siean is natural in color. Quartz's color choice was either cream white or blue. Blue? I don't think so. Cream white might work. I have LittleFee Ante Elf in Fairyland's beautiful white. It's not my favorite resin color, but looking at Ante next to Siean, I figured it wouldn't look too odd.
|Feeple65 Siean wearing a white Christmas gown I bought on ebay.|
Fast forward to December 4th. BIG box. Lots of individually wrapped parts. Uh-oh. Do I have to put him together? By now I had decided to list him for sale on Den of Angels. I peeked into the wrappings and spied something transparent and very blue. Ah, yes, the dragon talons. They look like chicken feet. Well, I always knew I wouldn't be keeping those. I don't collect fantasy creatures, so the dragon legs, talons and horns would have to go.
Knowing I would have to photograph the lot for my sale listing, I started unwrapping and laying out the pieces. It was a relief to see that I would need only to attach the hands, feet and head to the basic doll. The body itself was already strung. The pieces are labelled L and R, to prevent me (and others) from attaching a left upper leg to a right lower leg and vice versa. During this process I noticed that I had two left talons. Merde, as we say in French. I would have to contact Soom and see if they would send me a right talon. (Soom says they will send me the missing part and email me when it ships. The question is, when?)
|Soom Quartz wearing 14 mm eyes from Souldoll. I tried him |
with blue eyes first. Inasmuch as they were the same color as
his ears, they made his eyes fade into the background. He
needs a pop of color.
The hands went on easily, lulling me into a false sense of complacency. I tackled the first foot. Suddenly, visions of Iplehouse Audrey flashed across my mind. This elastic wasn't going anywhere. I had secured it first with a metal crochet hook and a length of grosgrain ribbon, so I could retrieve the elastic if it retreated. No, the problem with this one was more complex. Where other companies attach hands, feet and heads with S-hooks, Soom uses resin hooks (or for the head, a small resin banana). In the case of the foot, there was an additional piece, like half of a hollow ball, that serves as an ankle. The elastic has to go through a slot in the ball before it attaches to the hook in the foot. I now had three pieces to manipulate: the string, the half-ball, and the foot. Three pieces to juggle between two hands. Somehow I got the string through the slot in the half-ball. That's as far as I got.
|Photographed under my dining room light, his|
silver wig looks blonde.
Soom sends its dolls loosely strung, to make shipping safer. Considering how much trouble I had attaching Quartz's extremities, there is absolutely no way that I would be able to make that elastic tighter. He stays as he's strung. End of argument.
|Quartz is wearing one of the ensembles I sewed for|
Unidoll Anthony, who has since gone to another home.
I had hoped that Quartz could share clothing with my Iplehouse boys. In person, he is less robustly built and the clothes are way too big on him. I was luckier with pants and a vest I made for Unidoll Anthony. They are a little loose, but not objectionably so. I sewed a second version of this outfit for Anthony, but after turning the house upside down yesterday without finding it, I figure I'll have to make another one. That's if Quartz stays. The listing is posted, and if I get a solid offer I will ship him out.
|The black and white pinstripe is the set I have been looking for|
and can't find. I think it would suit Quartz better than the brown.