Out of 1:3

Jun. 19th, 2009 11:59 am
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Sold The Jareth Experiment last night. Frank's next on the chopping block. Hopefully I'll be able to remove his faceup. I really haven't been into 1:3 for a while and, try as I might, I can't rekindle my interests.
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After doing some work on Jareth's head with brown, black and peach, I stuck his eyes in his head, plopped him on Frank's body and eyed the result. A smorgasbord of [questionable] awesomeness below, with bonus awesomesauce. )
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My experiment, previously detailed here, continues apace. After spackling covering the Sculpey mods, the prior epoxy mods and the resin with enough paint to cover a sail boat or, alternatively, all the color inconsistencies in materials, I am now putting features on the head. That means I am drawing outlines of eyebrows and lips with pencil, then using them as guidelines for the actual application of colors. Shown here are lips and eyebrows done in Prismacolor. Still need to add eyeliner, bruise the eyelids, smudge color up toward the eyebrows and put a line between the lips. Faaaaaaaahbulous, daaaaahling, no? Look at the symmetry! The subtlety! The realism, luminosity and perfection!! 
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These are the traits of BJD faceups [paint jobs] valorized by the ABJD community on DOA: Read more... )

Needs work.

Jun. 2nd, 2009 07:48 pm
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The modded Dollshe Hound head that Armeleia did work on several years ago may easily be made into my mental image of Jareth [shown in recent Daz work] with the addition of modeling compound to the shaded areas. Too bad I don't have any modeling compound or energy to follow through with this project. Read more... )
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Looks like I'm selling my BJD Jareth's body at least for sure. Hooray! This will help to pay off my our new dresser, couch and chair! If this all works out, I'll be able to use a bit of tax refund money on another tiny BJD myself!
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For sale: NS SA Dollshe Hound, modded by Armeleia. Make me an offer. [Keep in mind: Bought at end of 2005 for $650.00, paid ~$100.00 for modding. Now out of production. Also unique head.]   Read more... )
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If so, fire away. This is about my BJDs only. Questions about the characters' personalities, dolls' construction and decoration, expenses, etc. welcomed. My BJDs are...


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Naturally he employs them to feel up Jareth.
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Here's what my desk looks like in my new apartment. As you can see, everyone is very interested in whatever I do on the computer! [I have no idea why it's so small. I must have resized it twice.]
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Back in February, 2006, Mercy on DOA put a call out for "celebrity dolls," that is, BJDs made after famous persons, real or imaginary. I submitted information about Jareth and Frank. Anyway, out of the blue, Mercy PMed me to say that pictures of someone [I think it was Jareth] got into Doll Reader a few months ago, and she's trying to get Doll Reader to send me a copy of the magazine. That was completely unexpected. So maybe some day eventually I will get a copy of a magazine with a picture of Jareth in it or at least a quote from me about him. Fascinating, I know.

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Now that I've moved to an apartment with more than two rooms, I have an improved set-up for photographing my dolls. My desk now sits in the living room with a filled-in fireplace to the left and two windows to the right. The wealth of natural light + white walls provides soft tones and bright colors, in contrast to my previous apartment, where yellow walls + way too much daylight produced overly warm tones and yellowy colors. These pictures were taken at about 5:15 PM.
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I've been purchasing many fur wigs for Will's flamboyant hair styles, but my other dolls keep stealing them. Since I finally got around to priming the wall behind my doll displays, I took pictures of their wig-nabbing actions.
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I realized that I have never taken a portrait of my latest crop of BJDs all together. So, since today was warm and sunny [after unending days of nor'easters and gloom], we repaired to the front porch for a photo session.
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Frank gets along well with kids! Who would have expected?!
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This is more like a private notebook of reminders to myself. You just happen to see it.

 

Case in point: Here is me reminding myself what clothes are in the mail to me.

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Did you know that you can E-mail the US Dollmore dealer, order clothing and pay only US Priority s/h if you live in the US? Neato!

There's a lot of sharing amongst my 1:3 crew. The 2 70 cms, Jareth and Frank, share pants. The 2 60 cms, Jennifer and Sardonix, can wear each other's clothes, but have radically different styles. Since I have a lot of 60 cm shirts, skirts, dresses and socks, Jennifer, Sardonix and Frank share them. I would like to get Jennifer and Frank one or two basic pieces that are tailored specifically for them, though, hence the brainstorming below...
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Well, this was going to be a series showcasing the hats and scarves that
[profile] damsel_ophelia crocheted for Jennifer and Frank. However, Frank's love monkey distracted the crew, and silliness resulted. It's a completely innocent story...really! I am amused by how disturbed Jareth looks and how taken aback Jennifer appears.
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I got a chance at the Burlington Doll Club meet to compare Jareth to a default Haund [with open eyes]. He belongs to either catzy02 or SpiffyMuffins on DOA [not sure -- they live in the same apartment along with DrNero and they have 13 dolls among them].

As you can see, the default has a shorter, fuller face, with a larger mouth, wider eyes and a much more protuberant nose. When I compare default Haunds to Jareth, I am startled by the difference between my doll as he was originally and as he is now. Armeleia really changed him a lot! She added some length to his chin and a lot to his cheekbones. She also drastically reduced his nose. Overall, when I see a regular Haund, I think he looks young, lost and sad. When I look at Jareth, I see someone sharp, tired, older and thoughtful. Pictures below.
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Jareth and Jennifer [now in large, improved format] stage an intervention about Frank's fashion choices. As usual, Frank is impervious to criticism. The glasses, they do nothing! My first photostory in a long time is primarily a showcase for...well, it was gonna be for Sardonix' clothes, made by rattimoth on DOA, but Frank ended up putting the spotlight on himself, as usual.
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Frank hijacked all the pink in my small wardrobe of 70cm clothes. Despite Jareth's revulsion, I think Frank looks fabulous, in a purposely shocking kind of way.
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Jareth and Frank would play endlessly with the pieces in this outfit by Cheerydoll. I can imagine CERTAIN PEOPLE [that means you, Frank!] prancing around in the skirt with just underwear underneath. :D
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Yesterday the Burlington Doll Club held its summer meeting at Ivy's house. Amidst pizza, chips and salsa, we heated up her living room with insane giggles and clothing swaps, an excavation of the "free box" and, of course, general adulation of everyone's dolls...particularly Frank.  Frank made his first major public appearance in his final form yesterday. As popular as he was in Ptown, Frank vamped for everyone's cameras, enjoying the feeling of many hands across his body.  See beautiful dolls and silly comments below.
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Shelf dive

Jun. 26th, 2006 09:07 am
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Will someone please explain to me why Jareth, who executed a great belly flop from the table to the floor this weekend, shows no damage whatsoever, while Frank, who has spent all this time standing around with a dirty little smirk on his face, has a chip in his lipstick? I have to reapply that fire-engine red some time this week. >_<

Also, can someone please explain why I bought a 1:3 chair expressly for Jareth and/or Frank to sit in, and Jennifer is the one who uses it all the time to do her sketching and journal writing in?
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Last entry, I promised box porn. This entry, I deliver. Naked doll penis below [though that's really just a small part, heh heh, of the goings-on].

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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Wrote this last night, but didn't have a chance to put it up. Andrea the fabulous sent me a birthday gift of funky 1:6 clothing for Jennifer. I personally like the juxtaposition of patterns and prints. Jennifer, however, has other opinions. Read more... )
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Mara [rdwayneright] hosted a BJD meet at her swank Brockton pad this afternoon. We took over the meeting room at her condo with our dolls [about 11 owners, 2 or 3 dolls a piece and a few SOs = a lot of fun] and our potluck luncheon. Then we sat around for five hours to make pornographic jokes while swapping doll clothes and wigs and posing them in [compromising] situations. After that, we were all exhausted because playing with dolls sucks up your energy, but in that good way. :p Read more... )
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It's been so brilliant and beautiful around here recently, with the sun and the forsythias shining yellowly. Tulips are pushing through the earth, purple and white, while yellow daffodils looks like little frilly teacups and saucers on green stems. Meanwhile, I realized that Jareth was still wearing a monochrome ensemble, so I decided to have Jennifer bug him about it. Read more... )
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4/12 EDIT: Photos added. I enjoy photographing different dolls for different reasons. Read more... )
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Cemeteries have a certain quiet power to them that I enjoy, especially the old ones like First Parish Cemetery in Cambridge, MA, where the earliest stones date from the 1680s. It looks like a lawn full of old grey rocks or a garden growing stone. It's a perfect place to wander and muse in.

Bending a little closer to look at the tombstones, though, I'll find messages from the past. Memento mori. Be mindful of death. Memento te esse mortalem. Remember that you are mortal.

Then it strikes me that I'm walking on history. The city I live in was built upon the bones of people who died generations ago. All that's left of them now are the stories on their stones and the ground they have fertilized. Hundreds of years separate them and me, but I'm really not so far of them. Here there's just six feet of earth between them and me.

I stand in the present, but, in the cemetery, I'm so close to the past. I can see its quiet shift and rot and spring in the sink of the muddy ground and the surge of the buds of the trees. I can read it in the faded Latin of the epitaphs. I can even touch it in the rough, rounded, worn edges of the tombstones. I feel more a part of history, more a part of time, here in the cemetery.

This is why I find cemeteries so beautiful: the close, poignant juxtaposition of life and death. First Parish may look like just a place full of old carvings, but it's holy ground. Photos in regular light don't bring out the striking power of the place. But draining the photos of color or inverting them does evoke a haunting starkness. And then you realize that the cemetery is indeed another world, at once foreign and familiar. Read more... )
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At today's Burlington doll club, I brought a sampling of my 1:6 smorgasbord and held a picnic for Jennifer and Rosa's Elfdolls. [Of course, none of the cute picnic ended up in my final selection of photos, since I'm very picky about which ones I post.] The Elfdoll with the larger eyes is Dodo. The one with the red hair is Adel. I don't know what Rosa named them, but I got some size comparison shots of them with Jennifer and with Jareth. I also tried on at least 10 wigs on Jennifer. Which ones do you think flatter her? Read more... )
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Inspired by my cemetery notes to myself, Jareth and Jennifer were talking this evening. Now presenting your USRDA of angst-free entertainment! Read more... )
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You'd never know it, but Jareth, Frank [not here right now] and Jennifer act out some of the heaviest dramas when they're in my head [running around in my thoughts, as opposed to doll form]. When they get out into the resin, though, they show their playful sides...like tonight. I really like the first shot for its forced perspective. Read more... )
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Jareth and Jennifer have been hanging out ever since Jennifer's arrival, but this is their first photostory together. You get to learn more about Jennifer's personality. Jareth tried to keep her from messing up the nice frilly outfit I put her in, but she went ahead and climbed trees anyway. Sheesh! Shots of unreasonably stubborn and athletic characters follow. Read more... )
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Each of my dolls is a character that I have fully imagined and formed in my head. When I transmit them into doll form, I want to give them a physical form appropriate to their personality and appearance as I imagine it. Though I’m a great control freak about my dolls [hence the Frankensteining to get just the right shape and size], I also like seeing how other people play with my ideas. This is why I like pictures of my dolls. I get to see how other people interpret my characters. Two pictures below the cut. Read more... )
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As all three of you who follow this blog know, I’ve spent beaucoup d’argent sur les poupees since December. I estimate close to $3,000. @_@

I think my dollies have been so expensive because, last time I had BJDs [Zephque and Sardonix], I settled for ones that looked nice, but not exactly how I wanted. Now, determined to have BJDs exactly to my specifications, I’m willing to fork over serious dough to accomplish that goal.

My interest in 1:6 kitbashing also influences my BJD purchases. As far as I’m concerned, 1:6 figs are made to be stripped down, parted out and recombined to create the fig you really want. While BJDs are designed for customization, parting out and recombining [kitbashing] is not as prevalent. But, coming from the 1:6 land, I see BJDs as more expensive action figs, therefore made of swappable parts. Thus I may pay higher prices for BJD parts [like Frank’s head], but then I get to reconstitute the doll that I want.

Despite what people at the Burlington Doll Club tell me, I’m now done with my BJD shopping. Jareth, Frank and Jennifer form my entire collection. If I was to get another BJD, someone would have to go. Given Jareth’s extensive customization and resemblance to Cher, I really doubt that he would sell. Given Frank’s constitution [defaced male Volks LE head on DM fem body with super boobs], I doubt he would sell either. As an unmodded Soom Uyoo, Jennifer might sell, but I have no desire to replace her [although I would like the Soul Doll Metel body with its hefty curves!]. Since I’m stuck with my current dolls [woe is me!], I see no other BJDs in my future.

In conclusion, I’ve laid out an exorbitant amount in a short time. However, I have exactly the dolls that I want now, and I foresee them entertaining me for quite a while. I think that they will earn their keep. If they don’t, I’ll start forcing them to do dishes and laundry.
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At yesterday's Burlington doll meet, Jareth proudly showed off his snazzy cape. Jamie [DrNero] saw how voluminous it was and wondered how many other dolls you could hide under here. This silly photo was the result. No dolls were corrupted in the shooting of this photo, although everyone seemed a bit traumatized afterward by the...wrongness of it. We've got two Dollmore 40cms under there ["His hand is bigger than my head" = Ujee, "I'm closing my eyes" = unknown], a Volks Toppi ["Mister..."] and a CP unknown ["I'm calling"]. :pRead more... )
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Since it was so warm on Saturday, I frolicked outside without a coat on to capture the balmy morning. Jareth modeled a full-circle black cape made by MissMerrythe3rd and turned his face up to the light. My pictures lately tend toward the abstract and black and white. Read more... )
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So I'm thinking that the DM Bella would be the best for Frank. Armeleia would mod the neck to make it fit his head. Then I'd sell the default head and buy a Uyoo.

While I'm lusting over DM merchandise, I would like to point out that they have a huge selection of afforadable and versatile clothes. I want a bunch of pieces for Jareth and Frank:
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Since most BJD clothes are di$gus$tingly expen$ive, those of us who don't sew search for well-tailored, affordable clothes. If you're looking for simple casual wear or mix-'n'-match separates/coordinates, I recommend Lynn at Annie's Too. She offers long- and short-sleeved T-shirts, leggings, tights and leg warmers for all sizes of BJDs.

I commissioned some leggings and a long-sleeved T for Jareth, and I'm very satisfied. Waists are on the high side and legs on the long side, which is fine with me, since there's nothing that I dislike more than clothes that are too short! There is a little extra room built into each pattern to allow for easy dressing and undressing, but the bit of roominess does not detract from the form-fitting look. All seams are sewn; the overall construction is very durable, which is great, as I manhandle my dolls a lot.

NB: The thickness of tops and leggings depends on what material you choose. The shirt shown here is made of 1:1 T-shirt material, while the leopard print is more translucent and more in scale for 1:3 legging material. Other leggings I received from Lynn have more bulk because they are 1:1 T-shirt material. If you are concerned about bulk, you can chat with Lynn about which fabrics would be most in scale.

Lynn charges very reasonable prices and offers exemplary customer service. She communicated with me frequently about my order and answered all my questions, no matter how small they were. She'll work with you to make sure you are satisfied with your order. I'm definitely ordering from her again when Frank gets his own body.

I tried to take some illustrative pictures of Jareth in his Annie's Too gear, but my creative tendencies kept making the pictures more artsy-fartsy. Read more... )
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As I know from my overflowing collection of Laby fan art, people enjoy drawing pictures of Jareth. Over the years, I've collected many beautiful likenesses of Jareth from the movie, and, now that I have a Jareth doll of my own, people have been drawing him.Read more... )
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Jareth now has a spiky blond wig in an attempt to replicate the Goblin King's tacky freak-out hair in the movie. He shows it off, teaching everyone a lesson about photo editing in the process. Read more... )
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Jareth now has a spiky blond wig in an attempt to replicate the Goblin King's tacky freak-out hair in the movie. He shows it off, teaching everyone a lesson about photo editing in the process. Read more... )
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Last Saturday [2/18], I went down the street to an informal little synagogue called Havurat Shalom. It has a great playground out in back, as well as a circular labyrinth, laid out in bricks like a patio. Jareth stood in the center [because that's where he belongs] and tried to look imposing in a very Goblin-King-like outfit made by Gayle on DOA. Thanks, Gayle. I didn't have the heart to tell him that he was looking introspective and knock-kneed, rather than imposing. Read more... )
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Since I'm undecided about what type of body to get for Frank, I decided to stick him on Jareth's body, even though it's the wrong sex, just to see how the fit was. With the addition of a rather flattened old wig of Zephque's and a top hat, he actually looked pretty groovy. I wanted to invite him up to the lab to see what was on the slab.

The head fits on the body, though Yukinojo's broad features were clearly built for a wider neck. Haund's neck seems very slender by comparison. Furthermore, the Yukinojo resin has more undertones of orange and brown than the normal Haund body, which is very, very, very pale. Additionally, since Yukinojo's neck socket is very deep, the poseability of the head on the Haund body is limited. It turns from side to side, but cannot look up and down much.

I'm not sure whether to go with an Iplehouse Soo Ri body for Frank, which would be appropriately meaty, but not tall enough, or another Haund body, which would be appropriately flexible, but not meaty enough... Anyway, see Frank voguing below. Read more... )

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