Tiny Porcelain Babies get fixed up :)

Some time ago, I found these adorable tiny porcelain baby dolls and some vintage looking clothes at my local thrift store.

Even though I don’t usually go in much for most porcelain dolls (there is a fairly big population of mediocre quality examples) these little babies were just too sweet to leave behind. They were comfortably housed in a woven wicker type stroller. and were wearing very well made matching crocheted outfits. I could tell they needed restringing, but I was up to the challenge, some home they came with me!

Well, I finally got around to giving them the time of day! First I examined what had been done originally and I was a little dismayed to find that whomever has strung them before me was playing fast and loose with the glue they used. Oh well, no matter. It was a small thing to gently pick it off with a dull knife.

 

When I had liberated these little cuties from their crocheted outfits I found that one of them had a tragically broken leg! Again, I’m not worried! I have a plan to fix that!

These babies have no markings, so I don’t know who made them, or anything about them really, except that they’re cute. Oh and this funny little babe was in there too :) He has rather unfortunate features. I may repaint him!

I assembled my bits for the job of restringing. I’ll use cotton embroidery floss in white, pink seed bead stops and Jewel It glue. This glue retains some flexibility when dry and I have had good adherence experience with it.

The broken leg will have to be repaired before stringing of course, but I’ll test my intended method on the babe that isn’t broken. I’ll be placing cotton felt discs in between the joints so they don’t wear on each other.

Seems to work. The joints hold pose. When the glue is dry I’ll cut The threads closer to the tie.

To fix the broken leg, I’ll insert a LA doll clay leg top. I’ll poke a hole through for stringing while it’s still wet. I don’t want to disturb it too much when it’s dry because I don’t know how well the clay will hold onto the porcelain. As a result I don’t really want to take a drill to it!

While the clay was drying I soaked the little christening dresses and the little day dress in some Oxy Clean to see if I could bring them back to life…

These items were all white (or were supposed to be – they were actually pretty yellow!) so I wasn’t worried that the Oxy would hurt them. Some items can’t even withstand getting wet, so proceed with extreme caution when handling vintage and antique items. I tend to baby sit whatever I’m trying to clean and check on it frequently to make sure the item isn’t being degraded.

Back to the babies! I spent some time degluing them and cleaning up a few scuffs and they look sweet!

They’re so cute! After their clothes were cleaned (and rinsed well) and dried, I dressed them and put them back into their giant wicker pram. They look comfy cosy in there :)

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for joining me!

xo

~awsumgal

 

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Merry Christmas!

Peace and best wishes for 2015!

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~Angel!~ OoAK Monster High Lagoona Doll

I’ve been prolific over the last few weeks. Sometimes I seem to just get the engine fired right up and off I go, lol!

I have finished customizing this Lagoona Monster High doll, she has become ~Angel!~ an altered doll for the Holidays. This Lagoona has had some modifications done to her. Her arm fins are no longer, and her leg fin ports have been filled. She has been airbrushed and hand painted in glorious metallic gold about her fingers and toes and forearms and lower legs, in keeping with her celestial status. She has also been fitted with a pair of of completely hand crafted needle felted and beaded wings. These wings have been needle felted out of the softest premium kid mohair in natural and pale gold. They have clear stretchy shoulder straps and can be removed when Angel is feeling naughty um, tired…..

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She wears a two peice gown made just for her. It is white lightweight silk with a gold glitter embossed mesh overlay. The bodice is lined, has ribbon straps and fastens in back with metallic gold teardrop beads and hand knotted thread loops. The skirt has a shaped hemline that has been edged in metallic gold thread. Under this Angel is wearing a white mesh sequined gathered skirt.

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She has been completely repainted with pale blue eyes, painted lashes, a hint of shadow shaping, a blush of pink on her lips and touches of gold around her hairline.

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~Angel!~ is currently listed in my Etsy shop. Here’s a link….

~Angel!~ at Etsy

Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!

~awsumgal

 

 

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~Frost!~ Winter Holiday OoAK Topper Dawn Repaint

My second holiday doll offering this year is ~Frost!~

She is a vision in blue. She has blue hand painted, tencel roving rerooted hair, permanently styled in a very long, random bead cinched, loose braid  that trails all the way to the floor. She’s wearing a dress of lovely pale blue fabric with a matte satin finish and just a hint of iridescence. Perfect for a winter themed fantasy doll. The hemline of this gown has random various white, clear and pearlescent beads sewn all the way around. The wide sleeve edges enjoy the same embellishment. The center front bodice also sports a bead decoration.

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This Topper Longlocks doll has been repainted in support of her new role as ~Frost!~ Her eyes are pale blue, she has dark grey shadow and pale pink lips.

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~Frost!~ is available right now in my Etsy shop along with Dawn ~Peace!~ and Monster High Lagoona ~Angel!~

Link to Awsumgals Etsy Shop

Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!

~awsumgal

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~Peace~ OoAK Vintage Topper Dawn for the Holidays

With all the recent snow both here and south of the border (I feel for you guys, I really do, you were unfairly hammered!) I’m in the holiday spirit a little earlier than usual. My lights are up, and the inside of the house is slowly getting decorated in festive fashion too. Usually I don’t get around to this until the calendar says December!

I’ve just finished a custom Topper Dawn in the festive spirit. I have called her ~Peace~

The whole look for her was inspired by this cool embossed, three dimensional fabric I found.

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It was just crying out to be beaded. That’s what I heard anyway!

 

I chose gold and red because that says Christmas to me! All sumptuous and regal and rich and lush …..

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I decided to use an embroidery hoop to hold the piece steady while I beaded. I hadn’t done it that way before, but I thought I would try it. It worked quite well and made it easier to keep the piece flat.

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With the beading done, I paired the skirt with a silk bodice and a panne velvelt cape.

Then I gave her some Tussah silk roving hair. This silk fiber is amazingly soft and pretty, but it is hard to work with. It tends to disintegrate before your very eyes if you so much as look at it for too long, and then it curses you by sticking to everything in sight, forever! K, it’s not that bad, but it is tricky to work with. The less handling you can get away with, the better. It is awfully pretty though…

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And tra-la! She’s done. It’s always so much faster in retrospect than it is when you’re actually working on it!

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This little lady is available in my Etsy shop right now :)

~Peace~ listing at Etsy

Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!

~awsumgal

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