Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween 2015!

A few friends would like to stop by to say, "Trick or Treat!"

Raccoon Sarah:

Dollmore Dollpire Shiloh:

FairyLand Feeple60 Siean and Mirwen:

Regular post will return tomorrow.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Halloween Meet-Up of Vermont Doll Lovers, October 2015

Ah, Halloween! Our group's favorite meet-up of the year.  We had seven people in attendance, with a lot more than that in resin.  On with the photos!  (Click on any photo to enlarge.)
Above:  Modern Wizard's Sardonix (a Cerebrus Project Juri 2006 on a modded ShinyDoll Thaasa body) and Elfdoll Kathlen on an Asleep Eidolon mermaid body.  Modern Wizard made her dress and wig.  She also brought her Elfdoll tiny Winky, who must have been hiding when I took the photo.  Where's Winky?
This is her newest hybrid, Thalia, an Immortality of Soul Infernale head on Angelsdoll massive girl body.
Above is DragonGems' Russell, one of her amazing handmade dolls.  I love the new glasses and sneakers she made. Below is her handmade robot Lucy, sporting a pink tutu and a white tiara.  If you look really hard you can just about see the tiara against the white wall.
Eris brought two Hujoo Mini Freya cats, along with a contingent of Monster High Dolls.  To the right of the blue horse we have Mistress Bloodgood, Create a Monster (nude in chair), Bonita Skellington, Porter Geiss (a glow-in-the dark dude), Ava Trotter (centaur) and behind them Gooliope Jellington, a towering 28 inch gal.
She also brought three new Resinsoul dolls.  She made their eyes but didn't get around to making clothes yet, so her son went outside to gather some leaves to tape on for modesty's sake.
Above is 70cm Long boy.  The two girls below are 42cm Mei and 27cm Xu.  What you can't see in the photo is that both girls have shoes, which Eris made.  She is also making their wigs.  A partially completed wig, along with a brief account of how she made it, had several attendees ready to head over to Sally Beauty after the meeting for wig making supplies.
Melface brought a group of dolls including two Alchemic Labo L-Bi, one of them in a color dubbed Monster Skin.  There was also a Dream High Studios Hiro shown with LittleFee Lewi below her normal skin L-Bi, a DollPamm BeBe Po-Yo, a Dollzone Freddy 2 temporarily borrowing a different color body, and a Dollzone Raphael (not pictured).

I thought I had a full photo of the Monster Skin L-Bi, but all I seem to have is part of his leg next to the above Doll Chateau Bella head, which belongs to Shannon.  Bella is in pieces, awaiting restringing.  Photo is washed out, as happens when there is too much black around.

My dolls are, top row left to right: FairyLand FeePle60 Siean boy, FairyLand FeePle60 Moe line Mirwen, and RaccoonDoll Sarah.  Middle row: Dollmore Dollpire Kid Shiloh, AileenDoll Dragon Lapis, Iplehouse Kid Lisa, and FairyLand LittleFee Soso.  In the mini coffin:  FairyLand RealPuki Pupu, Kaka and Soso.  The little red creature next to them is a resin dragon with no moving parts.  I thought he looked like a little devil so of course he was perfect for Halloween.
Here they are in close-up:
We go to Wizard school! (Costumes by DollHeart)
A witch's hat for Sarah.  I made the dress.
Tantrum averted--Melface gave him a biscuit.
I'm hungry!  Will you donate blood?
Kaka, wildcat tamer!
Ooh!  Love spells!
A chip off the old block.

For additional photos, go to ModernWizard's blog:


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Dollpire Kid Boy Shiloh - A Halloween Treat

I've been crossing my fingers and holding my breath in the hope that my little vampire boy would arrive in time for next Saturday's Halloween meet-up.  Big sigh of relief!  Shiloh arrived yesterday, six weeks after I ordered him.
In 2009 Dollmore issued a vampire family consisting of two adults (a Dollpire Adam Rachel Hans and a Dollpire Eve Kalmia Lars) and two children (Dollpire Kid Shiloh boy and girl).  Each was a limited edition of 44 dolls.  All of their other vampire dolls have been issued in smaller editions.  Shiloh girl is sold out, otherwise I would have ordered her in preference to her brother.  Far from being disappointed, however, I can see definite story possibilities for Shiloh boy.
Reading his description online--"Included: Shiloh head(make up), assembled Kid body, glass eyes(color random), wig, underwear, box, 2 cushions, warranty"--I was expecting a basic doll, even though he was shown wearing two separate outfits.  Just to be on the safe side, I ordered an outfit in addition to the doll.  Imagine my surprise when I opened his box and discovered the original grave clothes packed inside.  These consist of knee-length black pants and an off-white cotton gauze shirt decorated with ragged ruffles and shredded streamers.  My first impression of the shirt was: What a mess!  I started snipping off loose threads, only to stop as I realized they were intentional.  Oops!  He's supposed to look like the clothes he was buried in are disintegrating.  That look does not carry over to the pants--they are perfectly put together.  No shoes, but then I wasn't expecting any as he is shown barefoot.  I did put him in a pair of black shoes I already had on hand.  I wasn't about to stand him on my dining room table and expect him to stay put.
Shiloh is shorter and looks younger than my other mini-sized boys.  I can use that in my stories by making him a centuries-old vampire who was turned as a child.  His fangs are very tiny.  You don't see them unless you get up close.  His wig hides his cute little bat ears.  The most obvious vampire feature--the one that makes you realize this is not an ordinary little boy--is the long elegant fingernails.  He looks innocent, but take another look.  He's not.
In terms of construction, he is 43.5cm tall, with double-jointed elbows and single-jointed knees.  His hip joints are basic.  This makes his arms much more expressive than his legs.  After experiencing the Judith Girl and Ballet Kid jointing, I'm a little disappointed.  His posing is limited.  Oh well, he's supposed to be dead.  I guess that allows him to be awkwardly disjointed.
Dollmore always includes several gifts with purchases.  This time I was delightfully surprised to find a blond, braided wig that is perfect for my Ballet Kid Zinna.  There was a second pair of red glass eyes--these are sparkly and have no pupil.  Shiloh will wear them to the Halloween meet-up.  There were two hairbands, another pair of sneakers (I got a pair in a different color with an earlier purchase), resin rabbit ears with magnets (from the size I'd say they're for a smaller doll), and lastly, a paper doll (same one as last time).  The pink outfit is the one I purchased.  All in all, a good haul that actually saved me money, as I probably would have bought both the wig and the eyes at some time in the near future.
See you on Halloween!

P.S.  Here is Raissa (Ballet Kid Pirouette Zinna) in the blond wig.  The braid goes all the way around the head.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Impulse Buy: Resin Ellowyne Wilde

Years ago I collected Ellowyne Wilde fashion dolls.  I would have kept them once I got into resin, except that I had no room to display them.  As far as I'm concerned a doll in her box is a doll I may as well not own, because if I can't see her I can't enjoy her.  So I sold all the vinyl Ellowynes but one, a basic redhead.  I planned to sell her, too, once I found her stockings and the missing half of her powder puff.  (Still looking for those.)
My interest was reawakened when Wilde Imagination announced their first resin Ellowyne.  Breathlessly I awaited the photos, only to feel let down when they appeared.  Yes, she was resin, but I didn't care for her.  Considering the high price, her styling just didn't appeal to me.  I could have purchased her anyway, wiped off her makeup and repainted her, but that seemed a waste of money.  I put resin Ellowyne out of my mind.
Fast forward to October 5, 2015 when I received an email with the intriguing subject line: The Wilde Imagination Body Shop Is Open!  Body shop?  Unsure if this meant headless bodies or something like a doll hospital, I opened the message to discover that blank resin Ellowyne Wilde and Evangeline Ghastly dolls were available.  I followed the link to the website.  Even better!  The price was reasonable.  No wig, no makeup, no costume--just a basic doll ready to customize.  The price includes two pairs of acrylic half-round eyes, not that I need them.
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know how picky I am about my resin dolls.  The workings of elbows and knees should appear as nearly seamless as possible.  I want to marvel at how smooth an elbow looks in motion, not see an ugly display of mechanics.  How likely am I to buy a doll whose engineering isn't demonstrated in plenty of photos?  Not very.  And yet I ordered Ellowyne based on a single front view photo showing no motion other than a slight crook of one elbow and one knee.
She was ordered on Monday, shipped on Tuesday, received and painted on Thursday, photographed on Saturday (only because it rained all day Friday) and now blogged on Sunday.  How's that for speed?  Unlike Asian dolls that are manufactured only after an order is placed, the resin Ellowynes are in stock in the US for immediate shipment.  I'm so accustomed to waiting months for new dolls that my head is spinning!  One caveat:  this is a Limited Edition of only 50 dolls for 2015.  Depending on how they sell, I expect she'll be back in 2016 or later.
Ellowyne's promo photo makes it hard to see her joint lines, so I couldn't wait to unbox her and see for myself.  First of all, her resin is silky smooth, with all seams sanded.  I was afraid that my basic doll would have a minimum number of joints.  What a surprise to find that she has almost as many joints as my Judith Dolls!  The real surprise was the swivel (i.e., mobility) joint in the upper arms.  Nice touch.  She has them in the upper thighs, too.  There is a three-part torso, which aids in sitting and in slouchy poses.
The elbows are not perfect but better than some I've seen.  The peanut shaped piece between the upper and lower arm has a small cap that helps soften the line when the elbow is bent.  The knee has a cap that can be maneuvered to hide the string, which is nice, but the fact remains that the upper leg piece still ends in a sharp edge that looks weird under stockings and tights. (See photo above.)  The ankle joint is a poor fit.  The ball at the end of the foot does not go all the way into the lower leg piece.  It's a space where stockings or shoe straps can get caught.
Resin Ellowyne's hands are larger than those on the vinyl dolls.  While they look nice, they make it hard to dress her.  I was looking forward to seeing her in the Ellowyne Wilde fashions I have accumulated over the years, so I was unhappy to find that I couldn't get her hands through any tops with narrow sleeves or that ended in fitted wrists.  It's possible to remove her hands to dress her, but that involves fiddling with tiny S-hooks and tight, narrow elastic.  Frankly, that's too much trouble for the average collector.  Only one of my outfits fits her, thanks to cuffs that snap closed.  Thank goodness I have a pile of patterns--also accumulated over the years--that I have been using with other dolls.  Looks like I'll be doing a lot of sewing.
Resin Ellowyne wears size 6-7 wigs in Monique Gold and other stretchy styles.  I have not yet tried her in hardcap styles from other makers. She wears 12mm eyes.  She fits into vinyl Ellowyne shoes without stockings.  In some pairs the arch of her foot does not appear to fit the arch of the shoe, but if you move her foot back towards the heel of the shoe the fit is better.  Vinyl Ellowyne's boots fit well with stockings.
All-in-all I am very pleased with her.  If I could make one suggestion to the folks at Wilde Imagination, it would be to make flat feet available, too.  Right now she comes only with heel feet.  It would be nice to let her go barefoot sometimes.

*Wigs shown are a Jpopdolls Kana Wavy (two tone with bangs), and Monique Gold Pretty Girl (dark) and Ginger (light).  Endangered Species (butterfly catcher) outfit from Wilde Imagination; Plaisirs d'Ete (halter dress with bloomers) pattern from MHD Designs.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Steaming Through Time - Chapter 8

At another time, in a palace deep in a great Northern forest, the characters assemble:
Dollmore Judith Girl Arasa Blue Zinna as Princess Zora
Dollmore Judith Girl Bitter Biscuit Zinna as Countess Oksana

Princess Zora awaits the arrival of her gown so that she can finish dressing.  While she waits she picks out a plaintive melody on her bouzouki.
Before long the Countess Oksana, her Lady-in-Waiting and cousin, enters the bedchamber with the Princess's finery.
Oksana:  I've heard more cheerful music at a funeral.  You're not still moping over Kolya's disappearance, are you?
Zora:  I miss him.
Oksana:  He'll return when it suits him.  He always does.  Now put aside your instrument so I can dress you.
Zora:  Yes, cousin.
Zora:  I wish Timofey Grigorevich would return.  I have not seen him for several months.
Oksana:  He is another one who comes and goes as he pleases.  Such is the way of men, Zora.
Zora:  I wish I could come and go as I please.
Oksana:  You are a woman and a Princess.  Your place is here.
Zora:  But as a Princess, may I not command the ones I love to attend me when I wish it?
Oksana (stifles a chuckle):  You may command them, but don't be surprised if they don't obey you.
Zora:  Kolya belongs to me.  He should come at my command.  If he doesn't, it may be that something has happened to him.  And Timofey...
Oksana: a dangerous man who obeys no one but himself.  If he stays away from the palace I say good riddance to him.
Zora:  You don't know him as I do.  If you did, you wouldn't say such things.
As Zorah leaves the room, Oksana stops to put away the bouzouki.
Oksana:  Ah, my sweet cousin.  If you knew Timofey as I do, you'd stay away from him.  He is no good for you.
He is no good at all.

To be continued...