Sunday, 11 December 2011

Jacket update

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Leafy green jacket (well, beginnings of!)

I've started working on Evie's (=DollZone Kimi) jacket first of all because I have a clear idea of how I want it to look and then I'll be developing the rest of the outfit around that. Might be a bit of a backwards way of doing it, but in a way I quite enjoy the experimental aspect of doing it this way rather than just replicating a fixed design idea. 

The plan is to make a jacket with tails that has varied stripes of green to make it look quite leafy.

So, I'm using this pattern cutting book which I got ages ago and I converted all the sizing down to fit this MSD size dolly. Scaling down from size 12 measurements by dividing them all by a scale factor of 5 seems to have done the trick to fit her. 

I then cut a toile out of thin vilene and sewed in all the darts according to the pattern.

And these are some of the fabrics I'll be using, and here's a rough idea of what the leafy 'tails' will hopefully look like: 

Just testing out the fabrics here, will probably be using the top selection for the jacket. I think the pale green in the bottom pic is a bit too garish for that part of the outfit.

Well, I'd better get busy sewing! :D

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Welcome home DollZone Kimi!

Here is my new little beauty, my first proper BJD! She is a resin, MSD size dolly with double joints (which I'm liking a lot).

Before she even arrived I started making a wig for her, so that she wouldn't be completely naked for so long. It came out quite well, I followed the same method as detailed in my post from April this year, with a slight difference. On my Hujoo Berry's wig I was using Alpaca wool fibre for the hair, whereas this time I decided to try synthetic Kanekalon hair used by hairdressers for wigs and hair pieces.

As well as preparing the strips of hair by gluing the ends, this time I glued them onto strips of very thin vilene and I also sewed across them once dried for extra hold.

I then sewed these strips to the wig cap as below:


So as you can sort of see I started at the bottom on the back of the wig cap and worked my way up and around the head, sewing each of the strips of hair to the cap.

I did take quite a bit longer of course than gluing them, but with a much more secure hold, and it also looks better and more neat.

Kimi is deep in thought about what she is going to wear! 
 Over the next few weeks Kimi is going to be fitted for her new outfit, and since she says she likes enchanted forests and being in nature I'm going to make her a leafy-green wood-elfin outfit that she can feel cosy and at home in.

And I shall also introduce her to her new little cheeky goblin friend, as he knows his way around any magical forest!

Looking thoughtful by the seaside ^^

Say hello to my little friend!

It's been a long old while since I last posted anything, but you know how it is ;)
But that doesn't mean I haven't been busy!

In fact, I finally finished my little handmade ball jointed goblin. Take a look!

Unfortunately these were taken on my old camera so they're not the most brilliant photos, but I just wanted to get a couple of snaps up. And I was chuffed that I finally finished him!

On my Doll Making page you can see the beginnings of the process, which followed the Ryo Yoshida method, using LaDoll Premix. Once I'd done a lot of sanding I applied a waterproofing agent to seal the paper clay and then painted in acrylic on top. The body blushing was done using pastels and then all the pieces were sprayed using a Matt Varnish. Then all was strung together using elastic and Voila! - a cheeky, lil green gobbo is born.

Now all he needs is a sweet little outfit.

He is going to be a little friend for my new BJD - DollZone Kimi - who I got for my birthday last month, and who I'll be posting pictures of very soon!!

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Steampunked & Gorgeous - Hujoo Berry is complete!!

"krrrrsshh...Hello London?...Come in London...Hujoo Berry on a mission to save Big Ben from the dastardly Cog-Thief of Old Kentish Town... Over..krrrrsshh."

Top hat with its eyepiece and straps. On the ends are small magnet fastenings I got from a bead shop and sewed on the ends for easy fixing. They're quite strong so hold very well.

At the moment she still has a factory face-up, I only added a little extra colour to the lips. Not having done a face-up before I wanted to get some practise in first on other dolls.

My super-duper hubby made this awesome piece - "The Winston Biofragmentation Rifle" here showing the back. With adorable Biofrag refills (the green rods)

"The Winston Biofragmentation Rifle" from the front

This fine contraption is "Dr. Schicksal's Wrist-mounted Ruffian Repudiator", in other words it repels and erases any trouble-making hooligans and such the like ;). Shown here from front.

"Dr. Schicksal's Wrist-mounted Ruffian Repudiator" from the underside where you can see the magnet which attaches it to the wrist gauntlet she wears.
As seen in previous pictures this lovely little device is not merely a walkie-talkie - no sir! - it is in fact
 "The Parley Perambulator" (front)
"The Parley Perambulator" from the rear. Again a magnet here fixes it to another magnet on the leather gauntlet she wears, and also on her belt so she can even go hands-free whenever she's busy shooting ruffians and hoodlums.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

On Top of the World: Top-Hat!

These are the steps I followed for making an adorable leather-covered mini top-hat! 

Firstly, I cut a loo roll* down to size for the tube part (I know, so 'Blue Peter') and cut a circle out of stiff card. Out of this I cut the centre circle for the top of the hat, using a sharp cutting knife. This circle has to be equal to the internal size of the tube, even a few millimetres smaller depending on the thickness of the fabric covering it. 

(*If making a full-size hat, this would of course be too small, and the circumference of the doll's head would have to be used as the correct circumference)

Then I cut a piece of leather long enough to cover the circumference of the loo roll tube plus an extra 1-2cms to make a neat fold-over at the join. I also gave it 1cm extra width at each side, so that it could be folded over and glued to the inside of the tube. Again for this I used UHU glue because it dries fast and glues leather rather well (although you usually have to keep the tube upright so it doesn't squish everywhere).

Then I cut two equal circles out of leather with which to cover the brim of the hat, with a smaller circle out of the middle.

One side of the card was covered in glue - I used UHU glue, because I've found this to bind leather very well especially on the soft, fuzzy inner side and it dries quickly, but I'm sure PVA would do the trick too if used carefully. The card was placed centred on one of the leather circles and once secure, I cut small triangle darts into the leather just short of the card, using sharp little embroidery scissors. This was so that there wouldn't be lots of bunched up leather where the curves cause it to fold. I then spread glue on the card bit by bit and stuck down the leather to it, working around the outside of the brim first. I then repeated this on the inside, in the hole of the brim, glueing this inner part on top of the secured outer rim.  

Now to covering the other side of the brim. Once the glue fixing the leather to the card was dry, I added more glue to on top of this and placed it directly onto the second leather circle. Once dry I carefully trimmed the edges closely to the outer rim to get a neat edge.  I didn't fold it under again as before because of the bulkiness of the leather, but if I had been using fabric I would have. Instead I decided I would run a thin ribbon (3mm) around the edge of the brim to give it a neat edge.

So at the moment there is still the excess leather on the inside of the brim from the circle just glued on. As before I made some triangle cut-outs to this, but this time used them as the way to secure the brim to the tube. I spread glue on the fuzzy side of the leather and then offered it up to the already covered tube on top. Folding the leather into the tube it gets glued to the inside of the tube, so you won't see any joins or glue on the outside.

Next I glued the last card circle for the top of the hat to a oiece of leather and then cut this out, adding an extra 1cm around the circumference of the card. Again I cut out small triangles around the edge, but did not glue this to the underside of the card. Instead I pushed the circle through the tube from the other side so that the excess fabric was pushed flush against the inside of the tube. Then (and this was a bit tricky but I couldn't think of another way), from the other side I squirted glue between the excess leather and the tube, thereby gluing it to the inside.

Now the only thing left is to add some ribbon or fabric strips so that the hat can be held on securely. I measured around the head from the one side of the inside of the hat to the other to make sure the fabric strips I had were long enough. I then simply glued one end in each side and waited for it to dry before letting Hujoo Berry try it on. 

And that's it! It can now be decorated however you fancy!!

This is her top-hat in progress:

It has a swivel-down eyepiece made from various bits, including plastic model kit parts and a piece from an old chest of drawers. I have some more steampunky bits to add, but it's getting there =D

Next up: I have some fantastic accessories in progress thanks to my super hubby's help, including a steampunky gun and walkie-talkie! Coming soon!!