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I mocked up a red wig for Timonium this morning. It's actually a digital hairstyle that I created, Aliza, serving as a computer-generated version of a wig I may want for him. I decided to embrace his resemblance to a small Goblin King. :D
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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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This post was going to be a series of photos just showing off my nifty new set piece, a Mattel Coca-Cola Soda Fountain, which I acquired this week for below original retail. It's surprisingly huge and true to scale, unlike most playline Barbie stuff, which is undersize. I appreciate its solid, high-quality details, like vinyl cushions on the bar stools and the wooden crate of Coke bottles. I particularly like the tabletop jukebox and the straw dispenser!

I was just going to provide some closeups of the accessories and long shots of the set with dolls showing scale. However, my narrative imagination cannot resist adding plot to photo ops. And so here's a photostory that doesn't really highlight the soda fountain set. Oh well. :p
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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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Ever since I decided to clean up his lips, I have faced challenges in repainting them satisfactorily. Here's the latest iteration:

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Whoo hoo!

Jul. 24th, 2013 09:44 am
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Just came across a picture of Timonium on the BJD Showcase Tumblr, a collection of messily done BJDs. That makes...hmmm, let's see...how many BJDs of mine that have been mocked on various boards and blogs?
  • Jareth 1.0 for looking deformed
  • Frank for being a defacement of a Volks LE
  • Sardonix 2.0 for having a schematic, indestructible faceup made of undiluted acrylic paint
  • Timonium for being messy
In a special subcategory is Araminthe. When B&G Dolls put out their LE Burrysa with neutral and snarling heads, a thread started on Den of Demons mocking the crabby expression on her snarling head. I didn't even know this doll existed until I saw the DoD thread, which inspired me to purchase Araminthe. No one has specifically mocked Araminthe, but her sculpt has been made fun of.

I'm quite sure that someone out there is heaving their guts out over photos of Jareth 2.0, but I haven't found proof of that yet.

Man! Just wait till I puke all over my color-mismatching hybrid between a super-expensive LE Iplehouse head and a mechanically recalcitrant, cheapo body! [That's Yamarrah, folks.] Maybe I can make the BJD Showcase again!

Actually, you know what annoys me the most about Timonium's appearance on that Tumblr? My photo was used without attribution. I told the blogger to either put a source link or take down the photo. Otherwise, how are Showcase readers gonna know where to fling their poo, huh?!?!?!?!?


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Darkened them with some wet black watercolor pencil, hit 'em with a few coats of satin varnish and erased some of the blurry dots around his lower lip. He's ridiculously photogenic, I think, especially in stark lighting conditions.


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On Saturday, Lyrajean, goldi, vermont chick and I gathered at the usual place at the usual time for the usual shenanigans. Photos ensued.

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While taking pics of him at today's CCDC meetup, I noticed that the borders of his bottom lip are hazy. Pebeo to the rescue [eventually]!!!!!
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Remember last month, when my BJDs were discussing the taciturn newcomer Timonium? I shot the continuation of that completely trivial and banal saga almost a month ago, but have not gotten around to posting it until now. Since Jareth has gone off to a tailor's to acquire some bespoke couture, who will be the voice of reason in his stead??? Who cares?
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I love this piece of fan art, Evil King 2, by MarylinFill on DeviantArt. She accurately captures the menacing underworldly power that emanates from him when he first appears. Reminds me of the Major Arcanum the Magician. Also the kind of air I was trying to evoke with Timonium.
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Doll club time arrived again at last this afternoon, with me, vermont chick, goldi, Lyrajean and Megan attending. 5 whole people! Not to mention all the small populations...
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After experiencing violent allergies, Flower tells Epona why he's really hanging out in the fake forest. Jareth butts in.

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To tell you the truth, I have no idea where this story is going. I just started it because I thought Timonium looked serious, sly and threatening in contrast to the rest of my fairies.

I also have no idea how anyone could appear threatening to the inimitable Jareth. :p
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Inspired by the striking effect of Timonium's dried-blood choker against his pale and black palette, I redid his ears in the same color.
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...into whatever medium I'm working with. Timonium exemplifies these rare and welcome occurrences.

When I last photoed Timonium, I had glued up his final wig and then enjoyed how much he reminded me of Jareth from Labyrinth.

I've been laboring intently over him yesterday and today. I did his ears and his face in a limited palette of Prismacolor watercolor pencils [French grey 20%, French grey 50%, black and white] and some diluted snow white acrylic paint.

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Watercolor pencils make mouths so much easier, as I can wet my brush and push color into the creases between lips!

I've finally figured out my faceup style: sketchy and impressionistic, but also bold and stylized, in narrow palettes. I don't do subtle!

Now painted, Timonium looks much different. At first, he seemed like a neutral alabaster statue. Originally I thought I would give him a relaxed mouth, but I decided to stick on a smirk, just to see what would happen. Suddenly he came alive with devilish attitude! in contrast to the smirk on my Jareth doll -- a playful, devious one -- Timonium's smirk is dangerous and quite possibly malicious. The word that comes to mind when I look at him is chthonic.

Yes, he's supposed to look like the Goblin King. I was trying to capture that threatening, powerful allure he evinces when he enters Sarah's room, sneering, smirking and sparkling.

He was originally going to be avian and more grey [and possibly blue], but he obviously wanted to be grey/black/white instead. This starker palette accentuates his pallor, making him look kind of cadaverous.

I put the red choker [a string from Jareth's shirt] on him because he needed a choker, and I couldn't find a black one. I like the dark red accent enough that I'm contemplating doing his fairy feets in the same dried-blood color. Maybe splatters, as if he's been walking through blood. He strikes me as that kind of person. Probably drinks it too.

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This is why I got Timonium: he looks Jarethian.

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I had some time on Monday to get around to some of those doll projects that have been in suspension since my packing and moving.
Among other things, I made improvements to Timonium. I moved the snap on his skirt so that it fits more snugly around his hips.

I also rewired him with two thick pieces of wire down his neck, through his upper torso, lower torso, then one wire down each of his thighs. After drilling channels down each of his solid fairy feets so that the wires could run past his knee joints, I found him a much more solid poser.

Timonium got a new wig too. My wig skills are definitely improving, as this one fit snugly around the edges. However, the scalp is too deep. I'm not sure if I will correct this, as I like the bulk of wild hair springing from his head and surrounding his face.

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I mostly blame his faery feets.
  • Of course, he can't stand unaided because of them, but I'm resigned to that.
  • I can't wire them all the way through, as the S hooks attach to bars inside the tops of his calves. Therefore, his legs don't want to stay straight, which makes any balancing that I try to do with him, even with the help of a stand, nearly impossible. I need to core out some of the resin down in his calves so I can jam wire in there.
  • Furthermore, he's looking very stiff compared to Flower and Mellifer. I think I need to rewire his torso joints.
  • His resin has this fascinating translucent quality that reminds me of alabaster. It also makes him hard to photograph because he instantly washes out. This is a temporary problem that will be rectified when he gets a faceup and some hair, but I still reserve the right to be annoyed.
  • And his skirt is too big and needs to have its waistband adjusted.
That said, I know he'll be very nifty-looking when I do some work on him. I have ordered a 36-color Prismacolor watercolor pencil set. I've also ordered some longish silver grey faux fur for his wig, and I plan to do his faceup in shades of grey [possibly 50 of them :p ]. He'll be a muted greyscale doll, a change from my usual bright palettes.

Uh, anyway, I took a few pictures of him tonight. Not very well shown is the articulated Obitsu stand that I spent 1.5 hours putting together, only to have it fail on me because Mr. Wobbly can't keep his legs straight so that his en pointe feets can serve as load-bearing points. >:( Read more... )
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Here he is, looking imperious and vigilant. The dude definitely needs some sort of stand with a strong pole and weighted base, as this light plastic one is barely propping him up.
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Timonium arrived a few days ago, but I could not show how cool he looks because my memory card reader died. >:( Now that I have a functioning one, have some pictures of Timonium as he currently looks, unpainted.

While Flower reminds me of a little Sabik and Mellifer seems Pre-Raphaelite to me, Timonium looks very classical to me in the Greco-Roman sense. I love his serious little face! He has 8mm DD-Anne imperfect glass eyes in silver glitter.
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I'm thinking that he's some sort of avian sprite, as the detailing on his fairy feet reminds me of feathers. I foresee lots of diagonals and subtle banding in his paint job, and I'm thinking of either a wild grey faux fur wig or feathers for hair!
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Despite his resemblance to a junior Jareth, my incoming Soom Auber [who is currently OUT FOR DELIVERY woooooo hoooooooo!!!!!], does not wish to be called Jareth Jr. He is probably afraid of Mega Jareth calling him "squirt." :p

Instead, he has decided that he should be called...

Wait for it...

Timonium.

Yes, folks, the brooding storm fairy takes a name that a) sounds like a combination of "Tim" and "ammonia" and b) refers to a small town in Maryland.

I'm sorry. Sources [i.e.., a certain annoying little fairy] have informed me that Timonium is the illustrious, noble moniker of Mark Antony's summer palace at Alexandria. Besides sounding like a nickname + cleaning product, it also apparently conjures up associations with elemental metals [Tm = the element timonium? :p], as well as pandemonium.

Sure, whatever you say, Tim. :p

I can't tell whether Timonium takes himself too seriously or whether I'm just razzing him.




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Last week, I saw that someone was auctioning off her Soom Faery Legend Auber on Ebay. She bought him with outfit and wig, but no faceup or eyes, during Soom's lottery last month when they were getting rid of old unclaimed stock. [I put in for a grey Auber during that lottery, but did not get him.]

I watched this auction for a white one with interest...especially as the starting bid, $450.00, reflected exactly what the first owner had paid for him, including all options and shipping. Since Auber fullsets rarely appear on the secondary market for less than $600.00, I viewed this auction as a chance to acquire a doll I wanted, hopefully without the ridiculous markup.

In preparation for a bidding war on Auber, I dropped prices yesterday on a few dolls that I had lingering on the DOA marketplace. Hours later, someone purchased both my Soom Uyoo Quite Rabbit and my Limhwa Sara for $475.00 shipped. She paid immediately, thus financing a bid on Auber for which I did not have to do creative accounting with my checking and savings accounts. :p

I stalked the auction during its final hours, and it held steady with only a single bid. With a minute remaining before close, I placed my $750.00 high bid and went to run around the office to relieve some tension.

Won the auction at $465.00!! \o/ \o/

Hey there, Jareth Jr. What's up? :p

I can't stand Soom's male Mini Gem body sculpt with its ridiculously jacked proportions, so I'm going to put Jareth Jr.'s head and hands on a slim Lumedoll Lumelight body. Haven't decided what to do about the feet. I might try modding the faery feet into ridiculous stiletto heels or something. :p

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Seoul is, of course, the approximate location of Soom. They're actually located in Bucheon, which is less than 20 miles from Seoul, but Seoul works for my calculating purposes.

Local time in Seoul/Bucheon is vital info for BJD nerds waiting for Soom dolls to go on sale at a certain date/time or, in my case, lottery winners to be announced. I put my name in the Post MD lottery event for an Auber in WS with outfit, and the winners of the event will be announced in the afternoon of January 15th [Korean local time, of course]. There's no time specified for the annoucement, so I just know that, at noon local time, Soom's Web site will be inundated with enthusiasts checking to see if the winners have been posted because, technically speaking, it will be the afternoon.

I'll try giving 'em a poke around my bed time this evening. If nothing happens, they should have the announcement up by tomorrow morning.

EDIT: Oh, I forgot to mention that, if I get this doll, he's going to be a 1:6 scale resin version of my Jareth. That is what I originally envisioned him as, and that's how he's stuck in my head. Yes, I am aware that I already have a 1:6 scale action figure Jareth, as well as a 1:3 scale BJD Jareth. I've given up asking myself, "How do I justify this doll purchase?" Now my question is, "Can I afford this?"

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Soom is getting rid of some previous limiteds that were ordered and prepared, but not fully paid off. People have a few days next week to put a comment on their Q&A board about which doll they want and what options [if any] they want along with it. Only a few people will be chosen to have the chance to purchase the doll that they are interested in.

Amidst all the argle bargle about dolls that I am not interested in, I noticed that there will be 4 Faery Legend Aubers available, 2 in grey and 2 in white. Yup, the one I wanted 2 years ago, but did not get. Wondering if I should put my name in for one and, if so, which color I should apply for. [I can't put my name in once for grey and once for white. >:( ]

P.S. I asked Soom if they would release a Faery Legend this month [since they said that they would release one last month, and they lied]. The response was that they would either release one this month or next month, and I should check the Web site for details. Not helpful. :p

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Available in either grey or white resin, Auber the storm fairy is the latest in Soom's 1:6 resin Faery Legend line. He's the first male; all those previous were female and not that interesting to me...until Auber. Something about him reminds me of Jareth, probably because Jareth comes into Sarah's house on a storm with the same streaming hair and black clothes. I kind of want him in the ethereal white resin. God, he could be a good Jareth!  With wings!

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