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I decided to bring Timonium and either Yamarrah or Araminthe to Dollism. First, they represent my major scales, 1:6 scale and 1:3 scale respectively. Second, they have no small movable parts to lose. Timonium's wig fits snugly; his skirt's rubber-banded around his waist with clear elastics, his choker is hot glued down, and he doesn't have detachable ears [like Flower's] to come loose.

I'm not sure about whether to bring Yamarrah or Araminthe. Yamarrah's earrings, wig and glasses are all secured to her head with hot glue, so her hair won't escape [the way that Araminthe's occasionally does]. However, I really need to extend the orange of her hands up her wrists if I'm going to bring her, as her color mismatches really piss me off. Araminthe has a sturdier, less fiddly body than Yamarrah, but she doesn't represent my fabulous [har!] skills in faceups and wigmaking the way that Yamarrah does. Araminthe's faceup is completely default, and I haven't yet worked up the courage to wipe and redo it.
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They're actually thigh-high on her, while they reach only over his knees, much to my eternal disappointment. :'( Araminthe looks rather uncomfortable in footwear that doesn't conform to her usual style.
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Six people attended the first CCDC Halloween meetup yesterday: me, Lyrajean, vermont chick, goldi, Megan and a newcomer, purplekiss101. [Megan did not bring any dolls, though.] I brought my graveyard set; purplekiss101 and Megan brought pumpkins; purplekiss101, vermont chick and Lyrajean brought dolls in costume, and Lyrajean brought some doll-scale Halloween treats.

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This photostory started off as a simple showcase for my latest 1:6 scale accessory, a blood bag, but then changed into something longer and more pointless.
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Most of the time, there are just a few people on my bookshelf beside my chair: Janvier Jett, Submit, Araminthe and Sardonix.

They were recently joined by Zombieville denizens in various stages of completion: Béatrice, Chaz, Theophany, Novella and Absinthe, who is not an Zombieville citizen, but is hanging around because she is beautiful.

Because Me and My Muses is on hiatus and because I need the desk space for projects, I temporarily relocated the Me and My Muses people to this shelf as well, leaving only the fairies [Flower, Ginevra and Mellifer] and Jareth on my desk.

Here's a shot of the tiny hordes. I swear -- they multiply when I'm not looking. :p
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It was the proud, the free and the few at doll club this Saturday [usual place, usual time]. I attended, of course, along with vermont chick and Lyrajean.

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I just acquired a pair of Soom Euclase dead hands [thanks, tygati!], so, this morning, I decided to see how my current assemblage of parts fits on Lura's proposed body, for which Araminthe is currently standing in.
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Just for the heck of it, I stuck Lura's head on Araminthe's body. Araminthe is a Boy and Girl [B&G] Doll Burrysa snarling. She is a 60cm doll in grey resin. As far as resin matches go, B&G is on the paler side of grey, so it doesn't look that bad with Lura's rose grey head. She would definitely need a longer neck if she were to use this body, though!
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Lura's Eyes That Can See Forever have moved on to Araminthe, where they have become the Eyes That Freak You Out. Observe how they catch light!

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Araminthe, as my loyal readers [all 2 of them!], know, is a 60cm Boy and Girl [B&G] Doll Burrysa snarling in grey resin. I noticed recently that B&G Doll updated its Web site with a 25cm version of Burrysa. She most closely resembles the 60cm Burrysa with a closed mouth. Even their outfits are similar. It's like an extra-portable Araminthe! :p

B&G Dolls do not seem very popular on DOA. I only know of 2 other users with Burrysas, and I think they both use the closed-mouth head, which is a pity because it's not that exciting. I'm the only one who has posted pictures of my Burrysa snarling on the boards.

Tonight I'm going to work on Lura...and Araminthe as well. I want to try the 14mm eyes in Lura's head and get rid of those O_O eyes. Since they glow so nicely, I think I'll put the O_O eyes in Araminthe's sockets, substituting for her current murky red ones. I also want to put Lura's head on Araminthe's body to see resin matching and proportionality.
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Well, hopefully. Just listed her for sale on the DOA marketplace. I took a few shots for the sales thread below.

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The seller liked August's open-eyed head, but I am fonder of her winking head, which I'll be using. Here's August with a wine-colored fur wig and an acrylic eye [unknown size] of green with a brown center. She came with both the wig and the eye. For some reason I'm thinking that the eye is 16mm???
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I bought Lola Paprika some black loafers with white skulls on them especially for her relatively large feet. She can't stand in her high heels [except for that one time she magically stood somehow during my first photoshoot], and that's why I don't take her places. Soon she'll be able to go outside for photos!

BLAH BLAH BLAH doll shoes BLAH BLAH )
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vermont chick, goldi, JustKate89 and I met this afternoon at Tiny Thai in Essex Center for some frigid pictures at the gazebo in the Essex Shoppes parking lot.

Attending were [L to R] vermont chick's Alchemic Lab Unoa Lusis, my Araminthe, JustKate89's Angel of Dream Mimi and goldi's Fairyland Minifee Chloe. They are all holding onto their hair because it was windy out!
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From left to right: Araminthe, Janvier Jett, Lola Paprika, Sarah, Sardonix. None of their dolls are shown. Junebug and Precious Little are not shown because they have permanently moved to work to keep me company.Read more... )
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Janvier Jett: "Meow-wow-wow, I got them flamin' hot pussy bluuuuuuuuuuuues!"

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May be getting these Dikadoll jointed hands for 60cm fems. Not sure if I want to give them both to Janvier Jett so she can play the guitar, or if I should divide them up between 2 dolls. I imagine there would be a big fight for the extra jointing:
  • Sardonix would want to be able to give people the finger.
  • Sarah would want to hold a book.
  • Lola Paprika would wish to hold her Tarot cards individually in her fingertips.
  • Araminthe would not be able to benefit because there would be too much of a mismatch between her grey resin and the hands, which are light tan with a pinkish undertone [NOT "nude" or "flesh-colored!"].
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A commanding presence on my desk. Her pointy face looks best in dramatic light. Read more... )
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As much as I like Soom's dolls for their fantasy parts [hooves, claws and wings], I think I might be the only person who thinks that the headsculpts [for me, one of the most, if not the most, important parts of the doll] are uniformly generic and blandly pretty.

I mean, compare Migma's "hollow head," the one with fangs, to that of, say, B&G Doll's Burrysa sp, another vampire doll. With childlike, rounded curves and a demurely opened mouth on her headsculpt, Migma with her "hollow head" looks a lot like your average Asian BJD. That is to say, there's nothing distinctive about her. On the other hand, there is no doll quite like Burrysa, who's all angles and who has a mouth far more open than any other ABJD I've seen, with the exception of AOD's Fenris.

Of course, I'm also biased because I own a Burrysa and like her very much, and I do not own a Migma. However, this example does illustrate that there's more than one way to make a vampire ABJD, and Soom chooses the safest way of modifying the headsculpt. I do like Migma; she's attractive, but she doesn't have a lot of character in the way she's presented as a default.
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Here is Araminthe, or at least her feet, modeling Lola Paprika's shoes.  Read more... )
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Good pictures just seem to fall out of my camera when I place Araminthe in front of it. I would say that she's the most photogenic of my 1:3 dolls, with Sardonix and Junebug being equally second most photogenic and Sarah being the most difficult to capture on film.

I really like Araminthe as a doll. She's wonderfully balanced; as you can see in these pictures, she's leaning realistically, balancing on one foot and the wall. She's also strung nice and tightly so that I can pose her limbs in almost any position without having them flop or fall. I also like her wonderfully pointy face. [See profile pic.] Read more... )
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Araminthe was hanging out in the sunlight today; she's not the kind of vampire who shrivels in the day. In fact, she revels in the coming spring! See?
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Maria made Junebug a hat and a scarf, which she gave me at doll club yesterday, and Junebug is very proud of them.... Read more... )
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Went to doll club today. Brought Araminthe and her doll Petula. Araminthe went over very well, especially the contrast between her frothy outfit and her snarling expression.Read more... )

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Pictures taken at about 5:00 PM to take advantage of the rich acute-angle light.
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Araminthe received her default wig yesterday, a pale pink one done up with roses. Here she is in all her glory.
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Now that my BJDs all have their own BJDs, they can play dolls together. Given the differences in personalities, this can lead to conflict.Read more... )
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Araminthe lounges on my bed in a fabulous new fright wig.Read more... )
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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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"Why must you torture me with such hideous wigs???"Read more... )
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Here's Araminthe in a long blond wig. Look at the blending of her red and black eyeshadow. Pretty nice.Read more... )
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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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Araminthe arrived today! She's the first representative of B&G Doll [Boy &Girl Doll] that I've encountered, and I really like her. She has smooth even resin without mold lines, well-hidden double joints and perfect stringing. She stands and holds a multitude of poses right out of the box. I'm not going to even have to wire her arms!

Araminthe's headsculpt, the snarling Burrysa head, came with the bloody faceup, not the non-bloody one, so I guess she's a messy eater. Her default smoldering red eyes go well with the red and black tones used in her faceup, and the drips of blood outside her lips seem more stylized than realistic. As for Araminthe's head itself, it's very small compared to other 60cm heads, with fine, pointy features and harsh, flat planes. I think her expression is hilarious.Read more... )

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I got Araminthe a frilly and obnoxiously colored dress set, Watermelon Idol, from Tenshi on DoA. Isn't it fabulous? Also please note that Noodge apparently likes Araminthe's shoes too.Read more... )
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Araminthe has yet to arrive -- her putative date is the middle or end of February -- but I have been collecting her clothes, wig and shoes, everything but the red eyes, which she comes with. Behold now her shoes of awesomeness, which are the highest of femme in all details. They even have butterflies and flowers on the soles. Can you imagine a bad-tempered vampire wearing these? You will soon see one in the person of Araminthe.
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The newest large doll in my group of large dolls will be Araminthe, a previously mentioned B&G Burrysa with snarling head. Ordered from Denver Doll Emporium. Should be here in 6 to 10 weeks. Yay! She will be my cutesy bad-ass vampire!
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B&G Dolls [Boy and Girl Dolls] has a several-months-old line out called the Old World. These dolls represent the most popular dollified supernaturals, viz., vampires, elves and elfy vampires.

I currently have a crush on Burrysa, an elfy vampire. One of her full sets http://www.towdoll.com/OldWorld/goods.php?id=16 comes with one head with open eyes, with the option of goblet-holding hands, wand-holding hands or regular hands [I think]. The open-eyed sculpt has a slightly open mouth, a very stylized face with high and flat cheekbones, long pointy ears and a surprisingly thoughtful and innocent expression for a vampire.

Another full set for Burrysa http://www.towdoll.com/OldWorld/goods.php?id=17 comes with two heads, the open-eyed head and a dramatic head with partly closed eyes. The closed-eyed head features glaring, lowered brows, narrowed eyes and bared fangs in an open, yelling mouth. She looks supremely irritated, like she’s in the midst of saying, “I’m so pissed off I could bite something!”

I can just see her now with poofy pink ponytails or cyber dreads and a decora outfit as elaborate as Zinnia Pascale’s. Her name would be something soft and plushy, like Trisha or Priscilla, and her outfit would be bright and cheery, while her personality would be curmudgeonly and semi-evil, but actually not that bad. She’d be the bigger vampire version of Zinnia Pascale, and she’d sure be a lot of fun to piece together…

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