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Frozen – Elsa’s Icy Blue Gown WIP 3

After a weekend of testing and fooling around with glitter and paint and glue and the like, I have come up with a cape that I am happy about :)

But, let’s back up and show you how I got there….

First I worked on the stencil I planned to use for he glittery snowflakes. I played around with cape size, snowflake placement and size and when I was happy I began carefully cutting them all out. They are small and somewhat complicated so honestly it took me a while to cut them all out. I had started that last time, but here it is all cut out and ready for use.

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I realized that the moment I added paint or glue to this it was going to disintegrate, so I spray varnished both sides before usung. I wasn’t sure how many times I was going to need the stencil and I wanted to go the distance…

After that was all dry, I tried my first plan, which was glue, dabbed on through the stencil onto the organza cape, and then sprinkle the irridescent glitter on generously.

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In all honesty, the results were not what I was hoping for. The snowflakes were not quite visible enough, for one thing, but also the stencil tried really hard to stick to the organza and was difficult to get off. Even then there was some extra glue bleed, because even though I watered down the goopy glitter glue, it still got where it shouldn’t! Son of biscuit, eye of newt!

No worries though. I had another plan in mind in case this wasn’t superspectacular. So I cut another organza cape and continued with plan B : Interference Blue¬† Paint and glitter! Woot!

And here it is! The paint carefully brushed on through the stencil and then glitter applied after each snowflake so as not to let the paint dry. And I like it! To make sure that the glitter has some staying power I went over each glittery bit with clear varnish. I mean what is the point of all of this if the glitter just falls off, right?

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I also added a few more glittery bits after with a brush.

Here’s the cape up against Elsa’s gown. I like the effect, I think it works. Still, it need a couple of pleats and some gathering and an edge treatment of some sort. I won’t attach it though until I’m finished shining up the bodice :)

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So there it is, for now. I’m going to work on the bodice today and the shoes. The challenge with the bodice will be getting the glitter to be rectangular looking……

Wish me luck! Thanks for reading :)

~awsumgal

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Frozen WIP 2 – Elsa’s Capelet and Shoes

Work continues on Elsa’s outfit. I began sculpting her cool snowflake-y shoes! It doesn’t look like much yet, but I’m confident that it will :) I was going to sculpt a left and a right shoe, but we’ll see how tough it is to get the snowflake shape. I want the two of them to match obviously, so I might just sculpt one and cast it twice. It may turn out that I won’t be able to get all the detail in a sculpt and if that happens i can probably use a textile for the snowflake upper instead of the sculpting clay. Anyway, it’s a start!

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Next, her attached cape, capelet as I like to call it. The piece I’m trying to emulate is very diaphanous and very sheer with sparkly snowflakes all over it. The challenge is finding a really sheer fabric that drapes nicely and can have glitter snowflakes painted on it. I know just the thing…..

Mesh! I’ve got the glue, I’ve got the glitter and now I have the mesh too. I chose a pale blue mesh. Let’s see how the glitter and glue works out!

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Well, the glitter type glue is pretty thick, so not really conducive to fine lines and these snowflakes need to be pretty small in some cases, so hmmm.

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It looks clumsy and messy. This won’t work for me. I thought maybe if I thin the glue I can get narrower, neater lines.

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You can see in the above pic that the smaller snowflakes are finer looking but they would likely have t get glue painted and glittered twice. The problem that I see is that they still seem a little big and the weave of the mesh is getting in the way of the snowflake shape. I need more of a base for the glue and then the glitter to sit on.

So, I went back to my fabric store and came back with with some pale blue organza and some stretchy white mesh and blue fabric dye. The transparency and shimmer are right with the organza although the drape is not as fluid as I would like. The stretch mesh has great drape, but is the wrong colour and I might run into the same weave issue that I had with the mesh net. The last option would be a fine chiffon in a very pale blue, but they didn’t have anything the right colour at my local haunt. I will test the glitter paint with the organza, but if the drape disappoints I might have to go further afield for the right chiffon. I think the stretch mesh is probably off the table. Into the stash it goes for some other future project!

Here’s the shape of the cape. My starting point. The shape is little tough to discern because the capelet looks different in different scenes. When it is created for example, it’s really and I mean really long. Later in the film it seems quite a bit shorter. Ah the magic of Hollywood!

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Here’s the organza overtop of the pattern template. I will use the template to decide the placement and size etc, of the snowflakes.

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Not bad, but needs a little more acreage and refinement of shape…..

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So I’ve played around with the placement and size of snowflakes and started cutting them out to use as a stencil. Still trying to decide between glitter paint, or glue and glitter. I’ll do some testing and make a decision :)

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That’s all for this post. Next time more shoes and finishing the cape, I hope!

Thanks for reading,

~awsumgal

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Frozen WIP 1 – Elsa’s Icy Blue Gown

So, as promised, I jumped right in to the patterning for Elsa’s gown

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Then I cut …..

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So, I have a lovely pale blue for the skirt and bodice lining, and a darker blue for the bodice and sparkly blue for the sleeves and under bodice. Then I bean piecing it all together.

It went well, I thought…….

I was wrong lol!
The first bodice was smaller looking that it should have been. I mean it fit the doll, it just looked too small, so I did another one that was bigger. I liked the visual size better with the second one but then decided I didn’t like the darker blue! (I am picky, I’m the first to admit it. ha ha!)¬† Even though the plan is to pretty much cover the bodice with glitter or sparkles etc. I still thought it just looked too dark. So, um, just no!

I also noticed as I was trying this on my model, that the front of the skirt had a flaw. I mean right there on the front hip! WTH?

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And I’m thinking “where did THAT come from?” You’d think I would notice something like that and not cut there. Then by the time I had it comfortably on my model, there were two! G-sus!

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So of course, I say to myself, “Well this will never do!” And I realize, it’s the FABRIC for crissakes! It has no integrity. If you hang on to it too tightly you mess up the weave and there is no fixing that. No making that look better. Toss and start over, preferably with a different fabric. Such a disappointment really. All is not lost though (it never is) because I’m lucky enough to have another fabric in exactly the same colour. Thing is, it’s chiffon, so I’ll have to double it up otherwise it’ll be too see through.

Dang, back to the cutting table, third time lucky and all that.

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Ah yes that’s better. No flaws in the skirt, the bodice is a better colour and a better size. Sparkles to come. The sleevelets and under bodice need attaching and hemmimg, I just wanted to see how they’d look with the rest of it.

Next I’ll do said hemming, sculpt the shoes probably (I think I’m feelin that today!) and decide upon which path to bodice sparklihood Nirvana I shall follow…..

Have a fabulous day dolly peeps!

Thanks for reading

~awsumgal

 

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Never a Dull Moment in the Studio…..

I’ve been making a tiny ballerina and as usual I want it to be authentic despite it’s diminutive stature. Working small is always a challenge but it’s one I enjoy, so I’m good with that. As a result I’ve been refamiliarizing myself with the proper way to make a tutu, basque and bodice. Such an art! I’ve been plunging in to my Karinska book for inspiration as well. Barbara Karinska was one of the best ballet costumers, well, ever! Anyway, such fun!

My tiny tutu is red (mostly) and I finished the tulle portion yesterday. It’s even tacked! Next I will be making the basque and the panty. The basic bodice is already done and I will have to take some shots. I’ve been too caught up to take many shots. Today though, no ballet. Today is a cosplay day! I’ll be working an a Homestuck cosplay for a friend. It’s funny going from tiny tutu to giant green wings, lol! Completely different mindset here!

In the middle of this, literally last night, I had to begin a full office chair reupholstery project. I’ve been at my local fabric store every day for the last three days!

Hopefully next time, I’ll have some pictures to post!

Thanks for checking in!

~awsumgal

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I’m Overwhelmed With Dolls – and I Like It!

I thought it had been a really long time since I wrote, but my last post was Canada Day, I think, so not as bad as I thought! Summer is always full of out of the ordinary happenings and there is no schedule to follow. Weeks go past in the blink of an eye!

Back in the studio, many projects are in process. Things I really should have finished long ago. An army of silent, plastic and resin sentinals languish in the buff awaiting – something.

Hair, paint, clothing, shoes accessories, they’re all waiting for something……..

Some might find that too much, but I see a world of possibilities in all that semi organized chaos.

Again I’ll be diving in to some long simmering projects, the ones that dance and flit around the edges of my imagination just waiting for the right moment,

the right fabric,

the right Doll…….

Speaking of dolls – I have been so very lucky over the last six months to bring some amazing girls into the fold here! After stupidly resisting Inro during her initial release, I was lucky enough to find a lovely fellow collector who was letting go of her girl. She is among the unclothed army, but not for long I hope! I want something truly exceptional for her to wear, because she is incredible and not just anything will do! I also managed to buy my very first Jamieshow doll. I am now the proud owner of Black Swan in all her glory! I’m a huge ballet fan so she is really special to me. The quality of the resin is so different from my other resin girls, and the way the light hits her – bellissima!!

I am honored to own both of these beauties and each will get their own blog post complete with photos in the coming weeks…

Lorifina finally lives here too! I am quite taken with her. She’s a play doll for sure, so I’ll be having some fun making her some couture too.

See, it’s been a helluva summer :)

Enjoy your weekend everyone and thanks for reading…..

~awsumgal

 

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