OOAK Dawn Mermaid ~ DONE!


I’ve made some changes to her in the finishing. I nixed her headdress for example. It just wasn’t working. The whole treasure chest hinge assembly took at least three completely different solutions before I was happy with it. But hey, that’s just me :o) Oh, and I decided to style her hair a little and so added some curl.

I had loads of fun making the treasure chest “booty” Lol!  She has her requisite hand mirror and comb, of course but she also has a necklace, a bracelet, a choker necklace, a wine glass and a variety of “gems” and “gold” A veritable pirates treasure. To which she has added a few of her own treasures…

Thanks for joining me, those of you who are left :o) on this lengthy journey. I hope you found some interest and enjoyment from it. It’s sure been fum for me! Now it’s time for a glass of wine…

tee hee!

This aquatic muse will go up for sale tomorrow on eBay. I’ll post a link when the time comes.

Again thanks for watching :o)

~ awsumgal

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Dawn Mermaid WIP 9

I would like to share some of the things I did today. I’m quite excited about how these details have turned and my water girl is finally coming into her own.

I began her stand. It’s a lovely heavy hardwood turned disc. I varnished the bottom and have decorated the top with many colours of acrylic paints. The post is brass with a convenient loop for a brass screw to attach it firmly to the wood base.

I set this aside and began on one of my favorite accessories for my sea sprite, a “found” pirate treasure chest! I want it to look sort of authentic, so it is made of wood with tiny brass nails.

The gears will be front embellishment and the shell at the top of the pic is intended as her headdress.

I predrilled the holes for the escutchen pins (small nails) because the wood would definately split without predrilling. When I assembled the chest, I filled the holes with glue before the pins to keep it together long term.

I want the lid of the chest to be curved, like a typical treasure chest.

This provided a challenge for me :o)

I had to steam the wood (without burning my fingers-tee hee) while curving the wood over a template. I carved and shaped two round sides to the lid and that is the curve I was trying to achieve with the steam.

Long way to go – har!

Ahh, finally! With my studio a little like the tropics I clamped the lid, added some small nails/pins and set it aside to dry and cure. I next attached hand turned brass wire handles to the sides of the base of the chest.

After that I “stained” the chest including the lid, so that it didn’t look too new…

I added a leather hinge so that the lid would be functional. I’ll test this theory tomorrow as the lid must stay clamped overnight. It’s a good colour now, I think. I also made her a comb to match her mirror.

Her treasure chest will be filled with bounty, and I have added a piece of plum silk to line the inside. A fitting resting place for her treasure trove!

I also finished attaching the silk threads to her shell top. The shells compliment her tail very nicely.

Still a little more to do, but I hope to be finished tomorrow. I’ll post the final reveal here on my blog before I list her for sale.

’til tomorrow


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WIP ~ Dawn Mermaid 7

My sea girl project travelled with me to the lake over the last two weeks and I was able to finish some parts of her to my satisfaction. There are only some kinds of work that I can do when away, and fortunately she lends herself well to portable work!

Jessica bore the burden of her tail amputation with her usual aplomb! She assures me that she is much happier with the more sophisticated fin shape and longer tail.

Here is some of that process..

You can see her amputated fin in the top of the above shot. Here I am adding a longer tail right overtop of the original, sewing it securely.

She now has the added feature of a twisted brass wire insert through the length of her tail that will allow for more poseability and serve as the basis for her new fin.

Making this change to her tail necessitated a bit of a reknit. I must admit that going backwards is one of my most despised pursuits, however~sigh, it had to be done. After all the tail is considerably longer. I look at it now and I’m glad I took the time to make the changes. I like this much more!

Here she is with her silk knit sewn on (being careful to leave the stand opening).

I had to put her head back on too, to see the whole effect!

I then strung beads going loosely from dark to lighter at the ends of her fin “veins” She will have some sort of membrane between these beaded sections.

This is her progress so far…

There is still work to be done before I am finished. I mean, she has nothing on top! I could leave her topless, I know, she wouldn’t be the first topless mermaid, but I prefer a more modest interpretation :o) I also want to give her some accessories, some make up, and her stand…..

More to be done but the end is in sight!

goodnight from Canada

Beijing WooHoo!

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WIP ~ ooak Dawn Mermaid 5

The silk tail is almost fully knitted! I decided to use four different colours of stranded silk because I want the tail to gradually get darker the closer you get to the fin. Once the silk knit is attached to the inner tail structure, I”ll need to come up with a solution for attaching the whole tail business to the torso of my doll. I could poke a couple of holes through her plastic and sew it right to her, but the very thought of those holes makes me wince….. I have a less drastic but no less secure method in mind, but I won’t get to try it today :o(

Here’s the tail as it has progressed….

awsumgals ooak dawn mermaid tail wip 5-1

And then a little more…..

a little more tail...

And the last colour is being added…..

Last tail colour....

And here it is placed temporarily in its’ approximate final resting place, just for proportion and overall effect.

She's starting to come together...

It looks like she’s starting to take shape.

Today I also unpacked my little cache of tiny lakeshore treasures. I won’t use everything probably, but I’m fairly certain I’ll use most of it on her platform/stand, if nowhere else. I want my water maiden to have a few accessories and I don’t know yet how I want to fashion them. Some of this might go to that purpose. We’ll see. That’s the only advantage to the slow progress of these little projects, time to mull some of these options and questions around in my cranial cavity until the perfect solution coagulates into an executable form. :o)

Here are my lake bits….. Shell bra anyone? tee hee

Huron lakeside treasures

The shell bra is kinda cute really..... hmmm...

The shell bra is really kinda cute, hmmm………

Well that’s it for me today. I hope you’ve all had a relaxing Sunday, whatever you were up to :o)


~ awsumgal

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WIP ~ ooak Dawn Mermaid 4

Hi all!

I sure hope you are all getting every last drop of enjoyment out of your summer!

We’ve just returned from a terrific week of camping in Ontarios’ provincial parks. We headed from just outside of Toronto to The Bruce Peninsula and Manitoulin Island by way of a thoroughly enjoyable family reunion!

The Bruce Peninsula is truly lovely territory, with rocky cliffs, a dive park and numerous hiking trails. If you ever have the good fortune to be up that way, plan to spend some time there! awsumgals georgian bay 1

awsumgals bruce trail 1

Isn’t it gorgeous?

I didn’t mistitle this post, really! I do plan to blog a little more about the Bruce and Manitoulin, but this is about my ooak Mermaid.

I worked on her quite a bit today, so here’s what I was able to accomplish…….

The tail is pretty key to the success or failure of this gal as a Mermaid, at least to my mind. I wanted quite a lot from her tail. I want it to be able to accept a pole stand, but I also want her to be able to come off of that stand. I want the tail to be somewhat poseable and flexible, and I want it to be a little weighted at the bottom! Not much to ask Lol! I have high expectations, I’ll admit, but I think, in the end, it will do what I want!

So today I made the inner tail support structure. It has three parts that were all stuffed slightly differently and are separated inside so that stuffing and pellets don’t migrate around inside the tail. There is also a separate fabric tube inside the tail for the stand pole.

Here are some pics….

This is the plotting of the tail pattern pieces.

awsumgals tail pattern plot

The next shows the path the stand will ultimately take. The crochet hook is “standing” in!

awsumgals tail structure in progress

The tail has been stuffed with varying combinations of pellets and polyfill stuffing in its’ three chambers.

awsumgals inner tail

The tail is together here and I’m in the process of stuffing.

awsumgals inner tail stuffing

The tail inner form is finished. Now to add all the beauty!

awsumgals inner tail done!

Again the crochet hook is my “stand” in! Lol!

awsumgals inner tail back done!

Here are the beginnings of what I hope will be her gorgeous tail (the outer part!)

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am hand bead knitting stranded silk fibre for her tail. In this pic I have used more of the light moss green that is in her hair. I have also used numerous glass seed and smaller beads. The beads are lighter at the top of her tail and will get gradually darker as I continue. There are blues, greens, lavenders, purples and iridescent beads in here!

awsumgals silk tail knit ooak dawn

The tail starts moss green at her waist and gets darker the closer you get to her fin. Can’t wait to do the FIN!!

awsumgals silk tail knit ooak dawn 2

While hiking around Lake Huron I was able to pick up a precious few rocks, shells and driftwood. (All diminutive Dawn sized, of course!) All that shoreline and wonderful watery landscape was terrifically inspiring to me for this Mermaid project…..

Until next time :o)

Have a lovely Saturday evening/Sunday morning!


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