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Janvier Jett, being the guitarist for the band Flaming Hot Pussy, insisted on having a real guitar, not just an air one, so I bought one for her. Some of my dolls have dolls; she has a guitar, apparently.
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I made a papercraft laptop for my dolls tonight. I'm sure it would have looked better if I had printed it out on cardstock [which I didn't have] and used some adhesive other than clear tape, but it's close enough for my purposes. Modeled by a chronically unimpressed Araminthe.Read more... )

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Last night I decided that Sarah, Sardonix, Junebug and Araminthe should be able to write stories and surf the Web if they want to. To that end, I searched this morning for a 1:3 scale laptop. I couldn't find any except for an overpriced American Girl accessory set for last year's Girl of the Year. http://www.amazon.com/American-Girl-G0734-BF1C-Lanies-Accessories/dp/B0042R5KBQ

Then I decided that I didn't really need a plastic laptop, only a convincing replica of one, material negotiable. Thus I searching under "papercraft laptop," and I found a PC World article about geeky papercraft. http://www.pcworld.com/article/191751/the_webs_geekiest_papercraft_projects.html The associated slideshow linked to many PDFed papercrafts, including various IBM ThinkPads with instructions in Japanese. I selected one http://www-06.ibm.com/jp/pc/tplife/pc/t60.pdf , eyeballed it for scale [=good enough for me!] and printed it out. Hopefully I'll be able to generate a passable 1:3 scale laptop with this project. Stay tuned.
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I got a little Hello Kitty camera yesterday. When you look in the viewfinder, you see scenes of Hello Kitty that change when you click the shutter. Araminthe apparently has other plans for the camera.
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Here's a picture of Sardonix and Junebug enjoying Tales by Poe, one of the mini books that I purchased for my 1:3ers.Read more... )
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I don't know where my 1:3 Tarot cards went or my 1:3 book about Puritan cemetery iconography [handmade by me], so I bought some new mini Tarot cards and books for my 1:3ers. I got them a mini version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and a mini book of The Raven and two tales by Poe. The total shipping was more than the total price of the items. :p Anyway, then they won't get bored if they want to do something other than talking to each other.
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Junebug and Sardonix are eating sushi [soaps] that my sister gave me for my birthday.
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My sister gave me some fragrant soaps in the shape of sushi for my birthday in the hopes that my dolls could use them. Junebug and Sardonix obliged.Read more... )







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You've seen her Vengeance Unicorn, her string devil and her Tarot cards, but have you seen what the previous tenant left for her in our new apartment...?
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I made a monogoggle prototype just now with my usual plastic cap for a lens base and bronze paint. Then I added several layers of leather, cut from an old purse, for padding around the eye. I felt confident that this might actually be a finished product and not a prototype, but then I tried it on my largest BJD's head [Frank's].
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Screw caps seem to work pretty well for lens fittings on BJD-scale goggles.

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I modified Brass Goggles' tutorial on disposable steampunk goggles for humans tonight. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that I took her tutorial as inspiration for some experimentation of my own based on the screw top for a small maple syrup container. The area around my desk still smells like syrup, even though I finished the monogoggle a half an hour ago. I can honestly say that this was one of the sweetest projects that I've done. HAR. While incredibly messy and unfinished, the experimental monogoggle looks more professional and convincing than my cardboard goggle mock-up.


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Doggles sells eyewear for dogs. There are many different colors and sizes, as well as swappable lenses!! The sizing chart seems to suggest that an XS size would fit your standard 60 or 70cm BJD's head. [I assume that the "head size" refers to circumference.] According to some more detailed stats, the XS head band adjusts from 5 to 13 inches, and the lenses are 1 inch high and 1.25 inches wide.

Doggiduds also sells goggles for dogs. No changeable lenses, but slightly cheaper.

EDIT: I just bought a pair of the XS smoke/chrome ones...strictly for research purposes, you know. $18.00, free shipping...and that was the lowest I could find after shopping around. Hopefully I can customize them with steamy, punky gimcracks... EAT MY PRICE TAG, ANOTHERSPACE!
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Anotherspace sells goggles for dolls. It boggles my mind that the price is $42.00 for a pair of 60cm goggles with leather frames. Why are they so freakin' expensive? Is it the leather?

Here's an aviator outfit for teddy bears, including goggles.

Here are some white goggles, along with a swimsuit, from Build A Bear.

Here are some human-sized brass and leather goggles for inspiration.

Here's a TUTORIAL on how to make brass[ish??] and leather human-sized goggles out of escutcheons and old belts...

Here's an Instructable about modding welder's goggles to make human-sized steampunk goggles.
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This evening, using the pattern mentioned in the previous entry, I constructed a pair of lensless prototype goggles for Frank. I used cardboard for the frames, masking tape as an adhesive and rubber bands for the nose piece and the head straps. Since I was scaling down a human pattern, I guessed on the measurements. The actual size of the frames looks correct, but the side pieces are clearly too deep. I also made the mistake of using a stretchy material for the nose piece so that the goggles stretched out to look wall-eyed. Despite these first-time blunders, i proved to myself that I could indeed construct goggles. With better materials and more refined measurements, these will look pretty cool. The picture of just one of Frank's eyes gives a sense of how neat these will be when drafted again and finished! Reference pictures below.

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Here is a discussion thread about many styles of steampunk goggles and how to make them: right here.

Here is a tutorial on temporary steampunk goggles, fit for costumes: right here.

I can use this information to make doll goggles, I think.

1:3 beer

May. 14th, 2006 07:12 pm
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Like I said, I got a 1:3 beer bottle from Barb at the doll meet yesterday. Today it entertained Jareth and Jennifer. Read more... )
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I've made 1:6, 1:3 and 1:1 books, both readable books and "dummy" books [to fill the shelves], mostly by studying the construction of my own books and working outwards and backwards to create my own from scratch. For an impatient person with no training in booksmithery, I've done pretty well.

I should now graduate to leather-bound books, with endpapers and spine ridges and all! I should also take pictures of my readable 1:6 and 1:3 books. Heck, I should even start making 1:1 books, especially since I go through them so quickly.

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