Hello and welcome to WIP 4! This wee thing is almost finished now and I am very pleased with how she’s turning out. Prepare yourself for a long post :o)
She has told me her name! It’s Paishala :o) I had a dear friend many years ago called Paishala and I’ve always loved her name! She once told me what it meant, but it was a long time ago and I can’t remember. I looked it up, but couldn’t find any references.
I worked on her mouth and nose carving and sanding and carving and sanding and carving and sanding and when I was happy, I gave her some cheek blush and realistic looking lips. Then the whole faceplate got some MSC sealant. Except for lips, which got a high gloss finish.
Her eye chips, which I haven’t really talked about, are special to her. Two sets are purchased chips that I have customised with paint and foils etc. The other two pairs I have made from the ground up, from my own handmade molds.
(This took quite a bit of experimentation behind the scenes to get the width and the size just right. It took a couple of tries, but in the end was worth it. Now I can make my own eye chips for my girls any way I like! ~Things like this make me excited!~ )
But I digress……Â Next came the reinsertion of her eye mech. I think I’ve said this before, but this bit strikes the fear of God into my heart. If anything will go horribly awry, this is where it will all go down :o/ There will be no soaking the painted faceplate in warm water or any of that. This is all about patience and perseverance and being very careful and crossing your fingers and your eyes and anything else handy….. Grasp the eye mech firmly, insert one side into the slot and then gently pry the head away to the side as much as possible (carefully!) to pop the other prong in. Sometimes I wrap a flat head screwdriver in a dish towel and use that as a pry to help things along. Do not use an unwrapped screwdriver, or a knife or any other sharp implement. That is dangerous to both you and your doll!
Phew, the eyes are in! Now I can put on her lashes. On my very first Blythe custom, I made the mistake of putting the lashes on before inserting her eye mech back into her head and pretty much squashed them in the process and had to redo them. So, now I put the lashes on after I insert her eyeballs into her head! :o)
Look Ma No Stand!!!Â Â Â (and, no hair, but we’ll deal with that directly :o)
Here she is with her lashes, patiently waiting for her costume…….
Her reroot is a sew in, plug by plug, lock loop variation. It is time consuming and fiddly, but it gives a head of hair that can be brushed and combed (gently!) washed and styled. I always use a top quality Saran dollhair which is soft and silky and lots of fun to play with. Paishala has two colours: a luscious dark brown and a burgundy for highlights and verve!
Ok, so here it is before being reunited with the rest of her head. I don’t paint the scalps of my dolls, even though it would mean that I could probably use less hair, because frankly, with all of that handling, I sure much of the paint would wind up on my hands, and in her hair rather than on her scalp. I was reading somewhere about dying the scalp, rather than painting, but I have yet to experiment with that.
This head of hair is on her own original scalp. I had to remove the yellow Frosty Frock paint before I started. I planned this hairstyle to have bangs as you can see. I had also intended to do an elaborate fishtail braid, but liked the play-ability of her unbraided hair so much that I decided to leave it luxuriously loose!
Well this needs a bit of a trim lol!
Paishalas’ hair and scalp are not yet affixed in the next pic, but she wanted to say ‘hey’ anyway!
This shot was prelash….
Putting the newly haired scalp back on is not difficult. Sometimes it can be annoying mind you, lol! It is again, as it is so often, important to take your time with this. Even with a hairstyle that hangs down, no one really likes the look of a gap between scalp and face plate. Insert the flanges into their groove a little bit at a time, going around and around and around until everything is in firmly. Some of the flanges, particularly the one in front is wider at the bottom and so is a little tricky to insert. Then you can carefully add a small amount of glue if needed into the minimal gap and then clamp until fully set. Wipe away any excess glue that seeps out, as it is as unsightly as a large gap :o)
Pretty much lastly, I made Paishala a friend :o) I have decided to call him Safiy which means ‘best friend’. When I was in India with my backpack, my best friend and very little else, we found ourselves in Pushkar (after enduring Ajmer, but that is another story!) Pushkar is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage site. Pushkar Lake is said to said to have been made of the tears of Shiva in mourning for his beloved wife, Sati. Some legends suggest that the lake at Pushkar sprung from a lotus flower that Brahma dropped to earth. Still others hint that it was formed from the tears of Parvati….. What ever the wonderful legend, Pushkar is a magical place.Â I bring this up because India and the book ‘Remember Be Here Now’ are the inspirations for this doll and Pushkar in Northern India, was full of monkeys! There was a wonderful restaurant that we used to go to for dinner in Pushkar.Â It was on the roof of a residential lowrise whitewashed building. We had to walk right through the middle of a nice familys’ living room, between the couch and the old black and white TV! We would say good evening and try to scoot through as quick as possible so that the kids wouldn’t miss the program! They weren’t phased by this it all :o) We used to eat a concoction that they called Rajasthani Pizza. It bore no resemblance to pizza but it was delicious! While we ate we would watch the monkeys. They would run and play all along the rooftops of the town, jumping here and there. They were everywhere and were just mesmerizing!
That is why Paishalas’ friend and traveling companion is a monkey.Â I made Safiy from scratch. He is a wool needle felted fella and he’s very devoted to Paishala. She too indulges him terribly, lol!
From Very humble beginnings……
One eyed Jack?
Nah, it’s Safiy, lol!
Safiy really wants me to put him together! Of course I obliged :o) I put him together by sewing, so that his arms and legs move and his head turns!
This was a very looooong post today. Thanks for hanging in to the end. I will be listing Paishala and Safiy on eBay on Saturday, and will post a link and some pics here too, so check back again!
Thanks for reading, hope you’ve enjoyed playing along at home, lol!