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Another lot of cheap nudes came today, the aforementioned Liv, P. Bo and Jazzie.

First, the Liv sacrificed her hands to Prunella. I cut open the Liv's forearms at the wrist seams as unobtrusively as I could manage so that the body is available, albeit handless, for further experiments.
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When we last saw Novella, she looked like this. I made some changes today.

1. I wired from her neck down through her thighs to reduce her floppiness.

2. While I liked the flamboyance of her outfit, I never liked her bikini top, which seemed way too casual for her personal style and for her job as receptionist, bookkeeper and Webmaster at Champlain Valley Body Art. One of my improvements was therefore covering up her midsection with a red tank, a skull tank and then the nubby pink overshirt.

3. Her pale resin made her nose seem undefined, so I gave her some nasal shading.

I'm pleased with the results, which make her look more proportional. Uyoo's headsculpt has eyes, nose and lips much too big for the small skull, so the temptation is to balance out the large face by adding a high-volume wig. I did that, and the results only accentuated that Uyoo's head is way out of proportion to her narrow, flat body. By giving her a few layers of clothes up top, I gave her some bulk, which makes her look less cartoony and more realistic. Her proportions are much more stylized than the other regular issue Minigem girls, all because of her huge facial features on a small head.

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I really need to put him together. He's a cool guy, and Isabel needs her twin brother/best friend.

In one of my trades that has yielded an extensive wardrobe designed for fat bodies such as Isabel's [and Carter's], I got a button-up, collared shirt with blue dictionary text on white background. This strikes me as very Carterish: formal, but also offbeat and nerdy. I wonder if I still have a tie?

I'm seeing Carter as more conservative [not politically!] and quiet than Isabel, which cracks me up because, when he went to college, he was a radical dyke with multiple piercings and various hair colors who went bare-breasted in marches. It also cracks me up because he works as a tattooist at Champlain Valley Body Art, and employees of tattoo/piercing parlors frequently have lots of tattoos, piercings and other body mods. However, Carter eschews these.

Now that I think about it, Carter values stability, routine and peace. In pursuit of these goals, he strives to be unremarkable. He just wants to be a normal guy with his normal girlfriend. He really wants to marry Novella and have kids and be a normal dad. Normal normal normal, which neither he nor anyone around him really is.

As I mentioned, he has a past of radical activism, which he has set aside. He characterizes his time in college as a "selfish period," during which he was "wrapped up in identity politics." His break from activism coincided with his graduation, move to Vermont, realization that he was trans and anti-trans experience with some former friends, fellow Smith alums, who started crabbing about "butch flight." He no longer wished to be part of an acrimonious community; to him, they seemed jejune and puerile in their attacks, so he removed himself from those particular people, as well as the activism associated with them.

Frankly, he also started caring less about "women power rah rah rah" [his words] when he was trying to figure out how to become the man he had always wanted to be. He thought of his and Isabel's dad as a model for masculinity, a dude who was a stay-at-home father for the first 7 years' of the twins' lives and who always said that the measure of a man was not in his toughness or his strength, but in his respect, loyalty and love to those around him. He wanted to be like his dad, who thought that being a father was his most important job ever. He wanted to settle down with the right woman and have a family, which seemed to him incompatible with "running around and protesting shit all the time" [his words].

Carter's desire to be a good man is also strongly affected by pop cultural conceptions of masculinity. This mostly manifests in his long-running preoccupation with exactly how to marry Novella. He is currently hung up on what type of engagement ring to get for her and how to propose to her.

Novella and Carter have known each other for about 5 years and been living together for about 3. They have cats together. They co-own their condo and their car. They have joint bank accounts, and they have set up their wills, health care proxies and powers of attorney to default to each other. Everyone who knows them treats them as a pair, and friends and extended family have been bugging them about the possibility of having kids. In other words, they're pretty damn committed. They also obviously love each other and demonstrate it frequently, so they don't have the "Does he/she even love me???" question.

The thing is that both Carter and Novella are pretty shy and kinda passive. I mean, they didn't officially call themselves a couple until after their friends kept assuming that they were one, which led to the following conversation:

"Hey, Carter, are we dating?"

"I dunno."

"Everyone thinks we're together."

"Well, we DO hang out a lot." [Understatement: At this point, Carter was spending 5 nights a week at Novella's.]

"And like each other a lot."

"Yeah, and have lots of sex."

"Isn't that dating?"

"Okay."

"Okay."

This is what happens when you have two socially awkward people who find it difficult to talk about their feelings. :p

Novella currently has the exact same obsession as Carter: how to marry him, starting with what kind of engagement ring to get him and how to propose to him. Carter and Novella do not know that they share preoccupations, but Isabel does, since she is close to both. This secrecy is integral to the subplot, its climax and its fallout.
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As I have mentioned many times before, the first 1:6 scale BJD I ever loved was Soom's Mini Gem Uyoo. I went through several cycles of acquiring her and getting rid of her, ultimately always unable to resist her big-eyed, wondering expression.

At this point in my life, I've realized that Uyoo is the BJD equivalent of Takara CG02. I have an unreasonable attachment to this headsculpt, which leads me to own multiple exemplars. Just as I have a default AJ, I also have a default Uyoo, that is, one with the Soom faceup: Theophany [the annoying]. Just as I have an altered AJ, Steampink, so I also have a customized Uyoo, Novella, my Romantic one, that I faceupped. I also currently have a third Uyoo, MacKenzie, a Quite Rabbit LE who is up for sale on the DOA marketplace and who has never appeared except in whole-population shots.

Anyway, here are my two Uyoos from the same universe, i.e., Zombieville. On the left is Novella, a Romantic Uyoo in white skin, faceup and wig by me, outfit by the grab bag with help from Andrea.  On the right is Theophany [the annoying], a regular Uyoo in normal skin [fucking racist resin color names!], with a default Soom faceup, outfit by the grab bag with help from Andrea.Read more... )


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I picked up my shipment of about 10 pairs of DD-Anne eyeballs from the p.o. today. Here's Novella in a pair that coordinates nicely with her full ensemble.Read more... )

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It's constructed, as usual, entirely from faux fur and HOT GLUE. Having perfected my pattern before dinner, I made another wig after dinner for Novella in the colors that I originally intended for her: pink base, with spikes of neon green and royal purple. I like it much better than the black-based one.

As you can see, awesomeness has now been achieved.


Prepare yourself! )


I just hit LuxuryFauxFur, distinctivefabric.com's Etsy outpost, for 13 more 3 x 5" swatches of faux fur, setting me back a whole $3.60. Now that I have a working wig pattern, I can get about 3 1:6 scale wigs to a swatch, which means that I will soon have way more faux fur than I will ever need. But you can never have too many swatches of cool fabric. Coming to me eventually are the following:
  • Tricolor zigzag stripes in the following combinations: black/purple/turquoise, pink/neon green/royal purple, pink/black/red.
  • Two-color blends in the following combinations: black/magenta, black/grey, black/reddish tan.
  • Tricolor spiked shag fur [of the style used above] in the following combinations: brown/black/green, brown/black/red, brown/black/light blue, black/blue/purple, neon green/pink/royal purple, red/blue/green, red/blue/black.
I'm very curious to see how the zigzag patterns work out in a small wig.
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That is, instead of adding strips of fur after the fact, as I did with Mellifer's. Anyway, it really was a single piece of fur, as I turned inside-out a Soom fur wig that I had and reverse-engineered a pattern from it. Here's Novella in my first truly successful fur wig. I find black fur more forgiving than colored fur, as black fur is attached to a black background, the raw edges of which show up less starkly than that of colored furs, which have white backgrounds [in contrast to the colored furs themselves].Read more... )
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Over the years, I've developed a signature style that I use on many of my dolls. I am now finally able to define it...It is a look characterized by layers [tank/vest, T-shirt/armwarmers, shorts/leggings, pants/skirt, etc.] and deep vibrant colors, especially lime green, lemon yellow, tangerine orange, magenta, hot pink and warm purple. Multiple patterns, especially dots, stripes and paisleys, also figure prominently, often in the same ensemble.
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Aaaaaaaaaaanyway, my favoritest doll clothes ever are these really cheap ones from $5.00 Uneeda Brittany dolls that I got in 2009 from Doctor on MWD. [Here's the post that turned me on to his fabulous finds.] Tackyyyyyy skiiiiiiirts... I only have so many Uneeda pieces though, but there are legions of dolls longing for the signature style!
 
 
I'm hitting up OJI for some lemon, lime, purple and magenta leggings, but it would be great to have some more skirts in my signature style that actually fit over my dolls' asses. [Uneeda skirts, made for dolls with no asses, barely fasten in back for anyone, especially if they are wearing "accent skirts" over pants, like Anna is.]  ] And some tanks...I spent so many years shoving Anneka and Will into my various tanks that they're pretty stretched out. :(

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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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Tested Mazzy's hair on Novella's head. To the surprise of no one ever, she's going with a short 'do in a deep, bright pink, but not as ratty as this wig. I think I'm just going to throw that wig out, unless I can find a way to give it more even coverage and body.

EDIT: Ooooh, found the perfect style: Monique Lucky, size 4, hot pink: two buns on either side of the head, with bangs and long tendrils around the face.
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I replaced the white ribbons on Novella's top with yellow ones tonight. Amazing. I don't think she'll be a Medusa raver girl any more, so I'm still thinking about what to do for her faceup and hair.Read more... )
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One of the local craft supply stores carries at least 25 colors of it! It's about $5.00 for 30ml, and, like with glitter, a little goes a long way. I would like to use it for the following applications:
  • Hair. Flower Soft, from what I can tell, creates a fuzzy, textured look to whatever you put it on. Therefore, I surmise that it would make wonderful stylized short hair, especially for 1:6ers! I foresee some peoples with cropped pink hair in the future...
  • Grass. I've modified my mini forest idea a bit. Instead of making Aves Apoxie Sculpt bases for the trees, I think I'll nail picture-hanging nails part of the way into the base of each tree so that they form struts for support. Then I'll glue greenish and brownish Flower Soft on some felt or something and use it as a tree skirt over the nails. Takes less effort, and I'm all about expending the least effort possible...
  • Foliage. Some various shades of Flower Soft on my fabric backdrops of trees could give them a little more depth.
  • Fuzzy legwarmers. This idea depends on finding an adhesive that will bind Flower Soft to fabric without making the fabric stiff. I think such a thing exists...I just don't know about it. Once I have some glue of that type, I can glue stripes of rainbow colors to small rectangles of lightweight fabric, then secure them around Novella's legs for the fuzzy legwarmers that her outfit demands!

I'm surprised that I have yet to come across anyone using Flower Soft as doll hair...
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The following items are on their way to support my doll crack habit:

First off, electric wheelchair parts! I ordered two ZC World Online office chairs, one pink, one blue, from their first series, not their weird, webbing-based second series. I also ordered two New Ray 1:24 scale Fortwos, color irrelevant, as they will be sculpted lightly over and repainted. Finally, I got two Iwako erasers in the shape of pencil sharpeners for joyboxes.

While I was on the site, I also ordered erasers in the shapes of a laptop, a tablet computer and a box of crackers that look suspiciously like Ritz. These will not be part of the electric wheelchairs. :p

Second, I got a 1:6 scale door!!!!!! It's a fancy wooden frame for a photo album, measuring about 8 x 13 inches, which is good enough for me. Needs a door knob, as well as the eradication of that wreath-like travesty up by the fan light, but that's okay. I also don't mind the dings and scratches because well-used front doors rarely look pristine. Best of all, this was just $15.84, most of which was shipping in a medium priority flat rate box.

Oh yeah, and, if anyone wants to search for a similar door, it's from House of Lloyd in their Christmas around the World series. I recommend searching for "christmas door photo album," though. Very few of the Ebay listings for this door mention its brand. It was incredibly hard to find that information, by the way, so you're welcome. :p
Look...a door! )

As i have repeatedly mentioned, Theophany will be coming home from Andrea's house later this month, along with some neon ribbons for Novella's crop top straps and flame-like fabric for Mellifer's wrap skirt.

In other 1:6 scale BJD news, there's another one coming. She's a completed tan Nan Sook by Batchix, along with some damaged heads and a junk torso. I'm thrilled to have another addition [really cute, also really rare!] to my 1:6 scale resin hordes at an unbelievable steal, and Batchix is thrilled that someone wants one of her factory second BJDs. No name or character yet, but I would like to do some zombification experiments on her spare parts.... Muah hah hah! >:}

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I buffed out any major scratches on Novella's face with 600 grit sandpaper this morning, then gave her some temporary eyes. I want to get her some bright glittery anguineous ones with slit pupils, but these purple DD-Annes will do for now. Then I snapped a few pictures.
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Of course, I still have a substantial amount of work to do on her. Her left hand is floppy for some reason and, even though I tightened her body stringing, she's still a bit floppy. She needs appropriate eyes and neon snakes for hair. For her outfit, I have to swap her tights for a tighter pair [hah] and replace the white ribbons on her top with some bright, light color [basically anything but white]. She also needs a few layers of jewelry around her neck, as well as FUZZY RAINBOW LEGWARMERS decorated with pompoms. I'd love to get her some bright yellow platform heels, but I'm not sure they exist in her size. Hmmm...


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I finished the rough sanding of Novella's head this evening, then buffed out a few of the most egregious divots with 400 grit. This weekend I'll go back and look for any yellower areas, as well as obvious scratches that need removal.

That was a supremely unrewarding activity. I'm never doing it again. I'm surprised that some BJD enthusiasts do so much sanding. My brain would ooze out my ears.


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The sanding of Novella's head [minus her headcap, her neck socket and the whorls of her ears] nears completion after a 45-minute session this evening. I had to use increasingly smaller wedges of sandpaper on the complicated curves and protrusions around her facial features. Eurgh. As an unexpected benefit, however, I'm more familiar than ever with the Uyoo sculpt, and I appreciate even more fully the delicate and subtle details in the sculpt.Read more... )
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She just looks that way in this photo because I messed with the levels. After another half-hour stint, the SANDING PARTY!!!!!111eleventy ended due to a lack of motivation and sandpaper. I am making progress, though.

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Here's the result of about half an hour of AGGRESSIVE SANDING!!! White areas around her forehead [including lightly circled area] and ears are areas where the sanding party is occurring. Yellow areas around her eyes, nose and mouth are areas that have yet to experience the awesomeness of the sanding celebration.Read more... )
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I just sanding some of Novella's head aggressively for about 35 minutes. It went much faster when I stopped sanding in circles and started sanding in straight lines. Yes, I am aware that I am breaking the Fourth Commandment of BJD Ownership ["Thou shalt not sand thy doll with back-and-forth motions, but only with tiny, circular strokes"], but I don't care.  I'm going a lot faster this way and seeing much more gratifying results. :p
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I tried some 220 grit on Novella's head before heading to work this AM. It was certainly removing resin. The areas that I have quickly sanded appear slightly lighter than those I have not, so I'll try more after work, assuming we don't lose power due to the hurricane.
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I spent a while this evening sanding half of Novella's face. It was an incredibly dull, unrewarding activity. I used the finest grit in my sandpaper collection: 600. I was clearly doing something, judging by the resin dust coming up on the paper, but I could see no appreciable difference in the color of the sanded half of Novella's face versus the unsanded half.

I suspect that I may be using a grade of sandpaper meant for light finishing, rather than actually scraping shit off. I also have some 220 grit in my collection, so I'll try that tomorrow on an inconspicuous location, like the lower back of her skull.

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Just like yesterday. First, in an effort to whiten Novella's head, I stuck her in a shot glass of 70% isopropyl alcohol with a plastic bag rubber-banded over the top so the alcohol didn't escape. I soaked her from 6 PM last night to 1 PM this afternoon, then cleaned her off for 45 minutes with a melamine sponge.
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I took maybe three hours to remove Novella's default faceup today. First she went a few rounds in a Ziploc, wrapped with tissues impregnated in 70% isopropyl alcohol. Then I tried some acetone. Then I hit her with Pebeo universal paint remover until I finally got 99.97% of the paint and sealant off.

I love the delicately curving shape of her eyes!
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She's currently in Nashua, NH. Let's hope she doesn't go leaf-peeping to Scarborough, ME, the way that my eyes from Kattunge did! >_>
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Mandragore mailed Novella from Germany last Monday. As usual, the tracking took a while to update. I successfully followed her across the ocean and through the international sort facility in New York City, and then...nothing. She was processed through the sort facility on October 18th, but her information has not updated since then. How irritating.
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A raver Medusa girl with neon snakes in ponytails for hair! She'd have glittery makeup and a pacifier around her neck and tinted goggles and a rainbow gas mask and long fuzzy legwarmers and platform shoes and rainbow-striped tights and armwarmers and black vinyl short shorts and a tulle overskirt and a cropped tank top and general awesomeness!!!

I think I just got my concept for Novella.
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I've been paying her off since September 17th, which is ages ago, as far as my impatient self is concerned. I have two $35.00 installments left, and I so want to pay her off early and get her here, but I've already promised a portion of tomorrow's paycheck to Theophany, the other incoming Uyoo [from Andrea], as well as some other stuff from Andrea that just had to come home with me.

This is the dance of excitement + antici...PATION!

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I'm purchasing on layway a WS Soom Romantic Uyoo. I've always loved Uyoo, but I've especially hankered after the "romantic" version with partly closed eyes. I've wanted her for 6 years, ever since her debut, but I never got around to ordering her promptly. By the time I was able to, she had been discontinued. Evidently, she was not very popular, which explains why I had never seen owner pictures of her until recently, when I came across one for sale on the Den of Iniquitous Temptation DOA marketplace.

Anyway, here's my incoming Uyoo, Novella, as she looks now. She's from an LE, Black Rose Again, and she comes with the LE faceup, which is horrible, smeary, dark and unflattering. Rest assured that I will be repainting her in a paler palette with a much lighter touch. I'm also removing those wretched eyelashes. Photos by Mandragore.
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