Miranda, Space Punkette

And her friend Klaus, chilling in my garden after a long journey through space and time. Really, I don’t know how they ended from the outer space into my garden, but at least they supervise the neighbour’s cats (well, mostly).

ThIs was quite a difficult work. While the base and little Klaus were really easy to model, Miranda is a really tiny doll, around 15cm high. Her cloth, in particular her shoes, were really not easy to sew and embroider. But I’m happy with the result!

Miranda, little Klaus and the outer planet base are made of polymer clay. While the rest is made of Sculpey, the beautiful brown skin of the doll is rendered by another brand of clay, Cernit, which I feel harder to work with, I mean really harder, but I don’t know any other brand which renders such a beautiful and dark brown. The hair of the doll and her shoes are made of hand made felt with scraps of alpaca wool (keep your wool bits ! You can make precious things of it, believe me). The soles of the boots are made of polymer clay and decorated with golden glass beads. A silver flower closes the black linen blouse bordered wwith a golden ribbon, and black linen is also her golden bordered skirt. Her make up is made with Genesys Heat Set oil paints. The doll is, of course, armatured and for once (or thrice and counting), I haven’t made the eyes (I have bought them at an artist, Sherrie Neilson : her eye dolls are amazing). For this black little girl, I have chosen clear golden eyes, in order to resound with the gold of her clothes. As you can see, she is a bit dissymetrical : I love her like that, she looks more alive. Look better at that little beauty :

Miranda, Space Punkette and Little Klaus

As for the base and little Klaus, I have tried with real happiness other brands of paints : a French brand, Prince August, and a British one, Citadel. those ones are well known by the miniaturists and are just perfect for painting dolls, I think I’m going to try them further on my future dolls. Think of it! This is the very first time I have tried them and I’m already amazed by their potential. Of course, Genesys is fine, really fine for making up the faces, but it’s from the other side of the Earth for me (South Africa, if I remember well). The miniature paints have also a big range of colours, all miscible and are water based (well the ones I like the most). The shades are absolutely fine and the rendering is, once more, amazing. Of course, I have used a layer of primer, gesso to be precise, and the shiny copper bits are actually painted with two coper Liquitex ink (an acrylic ink brand with a wide range of deep, vibrant colours.

I won’t tell you here how to paint such an interresting work, for there are plenty of skillful an experimented artists explaining their technics on the Internet in really useful tutorial videos. But I can tell you that the potential of this is as wide as your imagination can be!

Well, this one was not that complex. just tiny, and this is because the caracter is tiny that the work was difficult. With bigger dolls, I can make way more complex and intricate work, just because there is plenty of place to fill. I do prefer constructing bigger dolls, but the tiny ones are a very interresting and challenging work, and they’ve got a slight advantage : they fit easily in a reduced place. I mean, look at this about 60cm tall neandertal guy I’ll speak about when I finish his shoes (yes, those are laces and beads everywhere) :

La’atsi’nna, priest of the rising moon

On the slab: Carbon Dioxide and a merman

Hello! This little man is not a British skinhead, he looks so because I haven’t finished making him. If he’s actually British is even quite a question, for he is a cyborg and is thus the property of her Majesty the Queen – I won’t tell who is the Queen nowadays, in the early 22nd century, that’s a surprise for the moment being. But I can tell you she’s fairly old and some tabloids whisper that she might not being human anymore. Those tabloids! What a shame…

Well this guy will have some hair on the skull. He is from the Royal Air Force, as you can guess in looking at his army shoes I have made with Sculpey, Fimo, some iron wire and a bit of knitten linen. The Union Jack he’ll wear on his army suit is also made of Fimo clay and his head and hands are of Sculpey. But look at him:

I love working with Sculpey because its texture is really fine and easy to sculpt and doesn’t get as easily dirty than Prosculpt. Though Prosculpt has definitely the best look when cured.

What is important is that he does not raise his little finger because he’s used to drink tea, think of it twice! He’s a cyborg and therefore does not drink tea. No: actually, he plays Irish whistle and will hold one, thus his hand in this special pose. He’ll also cary a big weapon, something like an automatic gun, I don’t know yet, I have to study the matter a bit. As for he’s actually wearing, maybe a leather beany and a kind of metal reinforced leather gear. Because he’s from the 22nd century, when nothing looks like now, due to huge disasters – yes, it’s an apocalyptical world.

Carbon Dioxide’s eyes are made of air hardening clay (Plastiroc) and painted with green glitter acrylic medium. The pupil is a golden bead. The cornea is UV Hardening resin. Yes, I made them myself and I’m quite proud of the result, because these two eyes are finally symmetrical! Just look at those:

Of course, I will post more when he’s done.

Concerning the merman, he’s certainly from another world – though, you never know, but what I can tell is that he does not come from Aslauga Leifsdottir’s fancy aquarium (I’ll tell you one day who Aslauga Leifsdottir is), or maybe he is a remote grandson of the lady’s monster.

Anyway, all I can tell is that he’s also in a fair progress, but I won’t show you anything for the moment being, because this is a contest organized by Apryl Jensen, an US doll artist. Go and see her work, especially if you love fairies! Her dolls are beautiful. The dead line is August, 20th. And, of course, my merman is already looking fairly monstruous because, yes, I love monsters.

And also: I’ve got plenty of dolls I start but don’t necessarily finish. I post here only the one I am sure to achieve. The ones I don’t post are not worthy – ah, but one or two, they don’t miss much but I have to repair some mistakes I have made with them and I am too lazy to do so. I mean one is covered in dirty paint and it’s a real pain to remove. And of course, the doll underneath is also beautiful, and the make up was just fine, so I’m quite bitter about that one. The other one is a remake of another one I did burn in the oven! No, I didn’t plan to eat her, as a matter of fact, the dolls have to be cooked when made of polymer clay, but no more than 130°C. The doll burnt because I made a mistake, I put the oven thermostat at 230°C. This was particularly sad because she was so beatiful that I already had given her a name, Miranda. The result was, of course, terrible. The remake I’m working, although nice, isn’t, of course, as beatiful as the original one, so, as a result, I’m not that eager to accomplish the job. Well, maybe on,e day!

Well, all of these incidents are not that important, though, because yet I’m already working on better. For example, I’m really eager to show you the merman! His head is already fantastic.

OOAK : Ida Ermelinda Carvalho da Fonte

Coming next : Ida Ermelinda Carvalho da Fonte, venerable ancient witch and fairless huntress of dragons.

Hello, worlds!

I’ll update this post when the sun shines and allows me to take better pictures.

Update!

Yes! The sun is shining brightly today, Monday, June 22nd. Thus, Ida Ermelinda Carvalho da Fonte has gone for a walk in the garden and here is the result:

Here are close ups of her bun, her shawl, made of fine hemp and Lurex wool, her shoe of Fimo and a hand made resin eye:

Here is a gallery of pictures she posed for, because she is such an elegant witch and dragon huntress:

I love that one! She can stand on her own and she has no defect, but a slight shine on her face, due to the use of a tempera varnish (yes, matt tempera varnish looks shiny on polymer clay). The polymer clay is Prosculpt and I’ve followed a tutorial form Apryl Jensen, a doll maker artist, to achieve the doll. The make up is done with water colours and ochre powder.

Plus, this kind of dolls are much easier to achieve than BJD and are pure fun to make. Therefore I’m planning to sculpt a couple of these ones.

OOAK : Cracoax le Dragonnax

Here is one of my favourite ones I have made so far : Croacoax le Dragonnax, the most derpy dragon that has ever flown through all the universes – below :

Yes, he looks like an old good dog – but beware! Beware of the great, green dragon!

This beauty is made with grey Sculpey polymer clay around an armature and paint with acrylic colours and gilded with furniture wax. On the close up below, you can see that his eyes are made of glass cabochons and that they’re also adorned with nail microbeads:

The hand jewels are made of Fimo, as the planet is made of, handled by the dragon (gilded with glitter, of course):

And his beautiful majesty awaiting for a garden party!

See you soon with Ermelinda, the dragon huntress witch (no, she does not hunt the derpy dragons, only the vicious ones).

OOAK : Thilo von Sidow

This is the very first doll I have ever finished. His name is Thilo von Sidow and he is a neanderthal man from the 26th century AD. This era is the latest one of the Alician world, after every single plot has settled down.

Thilo von Sidow is a descendant of Bertram and Valentina von Sidow, founders of the very powerful Silver Horde in the late 21st century.

Here he is – he doesn’t come with a lot of history background, because I haven’t imagined it yet, the four previous centuries being a bit of an amount of work to accomplish:

Now let’s talk about technical matters.

First af all, this doll is a BJD made from Plastiroc, a brand of air hardening clay. BJD are really hard to achieve and this one was even harder, as at the time, I hadn’t taken any course at all. The modeling took me ages and I made several mistakes, though I find this character so lovely.

As a result, the doll itself doesn’t stand on its own. Actually, on the picture, it’s standing thanks to a cattle, hidden behind the doll. Its body is also rather asymmetrical, and also is its face (although it’s not plainly visible, but I can assure you that the body of the doll is not perfect at all). The wig is rather enormous too and the jacket is quite outsized.

But I love this doll, because this is my first one, the first I have ever achieved. The hands are really nice and I also find the make up fantastic, it’s not really visible here, but the doll’s body is entirely freckled. The boots are fine – the soles are made of Sculpey polymer clay and otherwise, they are made of hand made felt (by myself). The clothes (other than the jacket) also look nice, I maybe will post another photo if I find the time to do it. Well, the clothes took me ages to achieve ! I sew them by hand with a single needle. Only the blue embroidery is hand made by myself, though, and it’s not sewn, it’s glued – otherwise it would have taken me another couple of ages to sew.

And here, just a close up of Thilo’s face:

You cannot really see it here because his face has some defects, but his eyes are blue. But above all, would I say a bit informally, ain’t he cute?