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Sadie – ooak Pippa doll reroot repaint make over

Happy Saturday doll fans! Today I have for you a repainted, rerooted and redressed vintage Palitoy Pippa doll. Same scale as her American counterpart, Topper Dawn. I don’t do very many Pippa makeovers, not because I don’t like Pippa, but because they are very hard to come by on this side of the Atlantic, especially in Canada. No finding them in boot sales around here!

I have a small collection that I have curated over the years and there have always been a couple of girls who were waiting patiently for new hair and faces. This is one of them πŸ™‚

I gave this girl a platinum blonde reroot because I just love that super pale blonde hair! I use a sew in method that is a variation of the lock loop, so I don’t fill their heads with glue. I don’t use any glue. I also don’t poke the hair into the scalp from the outside as that method tends to tear the vinyl of the head.

After her reroot she was parted and styled and given a trim. (Side note: I was sure I had taken some in process pictures but now they’ve disappeared! If I locate them I’ll update the post.)

Then on to her new features. I gave her warm brown eyes with a little black subtle liner and deep red lips. I use artist quality paints pigments and sealers on my repaints. I want them to stay looking fresh and just painted for years to come. I rerooted her lashes as well.

She needed something fitting to wear and I chose deep red silk to match her lips. Her raw silk outfit is a two piece dress. The strapless bustier top is fully lined and fastens with two brass beads ands hand knotted red thread loops and the matching gathered skirt has a silk waistband and also fastens with a brass bead and hand knotted thread loop. It has metal chain and red glass seed bead hem embellishment all the way around the hem.

I’ve made accessories to finish her look. She carries a hard sided red silk purse. This tiny purse has metal wire handles, is lined inside, opens for Pip’s important bits, and fastens with, you guessed it, a brass bead and hand knotted thread loop. She’s also got a chain necklace sporting a small red Swarovski crystal in the center and she wears a custom pair of shoes. The little gold shoes have chain uppers and stacked bead heels.

This little lady is on Ebay right now but only for another day and a half!

Sadie on Ebay

Thanks for stopping in πŸ™‚

~awsumgal

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Penelope – ooak Monster High Skelita Repaint and Redress

Good morning doll lovers,

I’ve just finished, in honour of the changing seasons around here, a repainted and redressed, fully body blushed Monster High Skelita doll that I have named Penelope.

She’s not unhappy about her current bodily situation, but it does get a little lonely especially when her friends are not about. So, she wanders the cemetery at night with her lantern, looking for lost friends….

In process…

So, sometimes I take copious quantities of photos as I work, and sometimes, well I just forget. If I’m working and I don’t have a lot of time and I’m on a roll, I just keep going and then lament the fact that I didn’t pause and take some shots. But, well, it happens….

I did take some shots as I made the lantern though πŸ™‚ And I have some NWS (if you can call a skeletal nude not work safe?!) shots of her full blushing/paint job sans vetements.

The Lantern:

It is made of water colour paper that has been cut and painted and varnished. Inside is a little candle with a long wick of black,blue, yellow and orange made of stiffened cotton, painted and varnished, acetate that has been painted with the yellow glow of the candle forms the “glass” and a decorative ring handle on the top so Penelope can carry her lantern with her wherever she goes.

First I decided on a design. I wanted something mildly medieval and a little goth. It couldn’t be too very intricate cutting wise due to the scale, but I wanted some visual interest of course..

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After all the cutting came the test fold to make sure it would go together well… I’ve left tabs on here and there for gluing πŸ™‚

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Before putting it together permanently, I wanted to get the painting done. Apart from being easier overall, it made painting the inside feasible (I mean what old lantern is white inside?) Also, glue doesn’t take water based paints so well, and I didn’t want random white bits on my old medieval type lantern, so paint first and then glue!

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I’ve painted the candle to look as though the light from the flame decreases towards the bottom of the candle pillar.Β I’ve added the cotton which will be stiffened and then painted in what I hope will be realistic flame colours πŸ™‚ I’ve added a piece of wire to my chosen pretty ring carry handle which will keep the handle securely attached to the lantern.

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Here are those NWS body shots. πŸ˜‰

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You can see that I have painted some mossy bits on her here and there. She’s been wandering the cemetery for a Long time! She also has a few well placed tiny bug friends on her, which she doesn’t mind at all. They give her someone to talk to while waiting for her other ghostly friends to come out.

Penelope’s hair has been modified as well. The random orange and blue locks original to her were carefully removed along her front hairline, and this has been rerooted, lock loop sew in method, with the same hair fiber in the same colour with the exception of course of her white streak which is mohair. The flower is a permanent addition.

The dress I’ve made for her is a lovely medium ecru fabric with lots of petal texture. It has factory applied petals and blooms all over. I have strategically added a few here and there for more balanced look. The attached bodice is a simple chiffon crossover with a sewn on flower decorating the waist. The same kind of flower that adorns Penelope’s hair. There is an attached petaled fabric fall that affords lots of posing options.Β The dress is easily removable and fastens with two snap closures. One at the waist and one at the back neck.

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Penelope does not have painted catchlight in her eyes. Her eyes have been finished in a 3D gloss to catch the light naturally wherever she is displayed. (There is someone out there claiming to have devised this type of eye finishing and claiming it as his own. Well maybe he made it up on his own and maybe her didn’t. I don’t know, but I do know that I do it and have done it for years and lots of other great customizers do it too! So there’s that!)

Currently this lady is available on my Facebook page, but I’ll be moving her to ebay probably later today and will update the blog with the listing info when I have it.

Thanks for dropping in πŸ™‚

~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 braidΒ  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 πŸ™‚

~Peace~ listing at Etsy

Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!

~awsumgal

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Meet ~Mindy!~ my new mohair vintage Dawn ooak

Just finished and listed this vintage Dawn updated doll πŸ™‚

She’s and H11A headmold on a Hong Konh H bod.

 

 

Short post today as I in the middle of like three projects!!!!

Here’s Mindy’s eBay link….

Mindy on Ebay

More next time πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping in!

~awsumgal

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