July, 2009

Wonder Woman WIP1

Hi there,

I am working on a Wonder Woman costume to redress a vintage Mego doll from the 70’s I believe…..

The original doll had a painted on bodice (rather like Linda Carter ;o) tee hee. And star spangled “shorts”  This vintage doll is rather slim through the hip. We needed to pad her assets a little!

Here she is with just lining

awsumgal Wonder Woman Outfit for Mego Doll 1

Here comes some hip padding……

awsumgal Wonder Woman Outfit for Mego Doll 2

The padding is then all hand basted in place so that it won’t migrate!

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Then I drafted, cut and sewed the bodice lining..

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At this point I Rfted a slightly larger version of the “shorts” and laid them atop to see how they would look and I noticed the the layers of padding were visible through the blue satin! So….I had to give the whole business and overlay so that wouldn’t show anymore :o)

awsumgal Wonder Woman Outfit for Mego Doll 5

She’s got a little padding in the bust too.

Here’s the blue panty/short. It’s not attached all the way but it gives you and idea…

awsumgal Wonder Woman Outfit for Mego Doll 6

It still will require stars of course and I’m still cogitating about the best way to recreate the gold eagle/bird motif on her chest. Even with the extra padding it’s a relatively small area, lol!

Ok well that’s all on Wonder Woman at this time.

l8r

Thanks for reading :o)

~awsumgal

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Madonna/Susan update!

Well, I’m quite excited because the Madonna outfit that I worked on and bloggd about here all through the project is now on the beautiful repainted doll and appears on the artists’ website! Cool hmm? Click HERE to visit Noel Cruz’ site. She’s right there on the front page! I’m quite chuffed :o)

In other dolly “news” my next new project is a vintage Wonder Woman redress. Her original costume is half painted on, and needs to be redone and frankly, given the respect it deserves, lol! There’s nothing to see yet, but watch this space!

I’ve also been working on some things for the Dawn in Denver Convention coming up in the fall. No peeking though! That is all under wraps until after the convo :o)

I’ve also just about finished a Tiny Kitty Collier repaint, redress and restyle. She’ll go up on eBay in the next couple of days. I’ll put a note and pics up here when she’s ready……

Well, it’s late here so that’s it for tonight -_-

Thanks for reading,

~awsumgal

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Salomé! OOAK Pippa Harpist Reroot Repaint and Redress On Ebay

Happy Saturday, people!

I have been working on a one of a kind Pippa doll for quite some time, and I’m finally done! This gal has been lolling around my studio waiting to be done for far too long! So long in fact, that I don’t have all that many pics to share,  but here are a few!

awsumgal Salome ooak Pippa Harpist 1

I don’t ave any mid-root pics (odd, I know!) So here she is with her custom blend of the two colours, dark burgundy red and black!

Then, I gave her a face-up. Here she is with blue eyes. You can see here that she has a wee piece missing from her nose tip in the following pic!

awsumgal Salome ooak Pippa Harpist 2

You know what? I don’t like it! So….. I removed her paint and started again!

Here she is with her final face-up. Her eyes are brown now :o) I also began her nose reconstruction. Below is the first phase, which is unpigmented. The next and final layer is flesh toned and will hide more upon inspection.

awsumgal OOAK PIppa Dawn Friend 3

I like her much better with her brown eyes. She seems an enigma, and needs to be a classically trained musician (or a ballerina, but I don’t fancy making the feet at the moment, so another time for that I think, lol!)

Then I made her a delightful burgundy gown (with a bit of sheen to it) that frankly, I would wear myself if I only had some sort of reason to :o)

awsumgal OOAK PIppa Dawn Friend 4

Here she is waiting for me to give her an instrument to play. I don’t really know why I chose the harp for this. Except that it is beautiful and a little magical and lilting and this girl looks like she can swing it! I myself play the flute and I love it, but the flute doesn’t really lend itself very well to miniature reproduction. (Although, I’ve decided that is a project that needs to be on my list!)

She’s rather impatient actually, so away we go! While she waits she’ll play the cello!

awsumgal OOAK PIppa Dawn Friend 4

I did a little research on the harp and realizrd very quickly that the harps used in orchestras are quite big. I liked the size of a Celtic harp better, it’s a little smaller, but I prefer the shape of the orchestral harp better. My harp is therefore more the size of a Celtic and the shape of an orchestral. Here are some photos showing how I progressed…

awsumgal OOAK PIppa Dawn Friend 6

The curved top piece I decided was going to be difficult to shape entirely from wood on a small scale and then to drill holes for the “strings” was likely going to split the wood, so instead I made an inner core of polymer clay. The pins are to make sure that the holes for the strings would stay intact after heat curing. There is also a brass wire core for strength and attaching to the rest of the harp.

awsumgal OOAK PIppa Dawn Friend 6

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I have decided to clad the polymer section in wood. The above pic is me testing the cladding for size and shape.

awsumgal OOAK PIppa Dawn Friend 8

Here I have clad the polymer bit that is attached to the rest of the harp. It is clamped for drying!

After everything is cured and dried I painted the harp. Mostly it’ black but with gold accents. This colour scheme seems to go well with Salomé and her outfit! Here it is half painted, undecorated and as yet, unstrung.

awsumgal OOAK PIppa Dawn Friend 9

Here she is finished, harp and all…..awsumgal OOAK Pippa Dawn friend 10

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As befits a musician of her calibre, I have made her a necklace, a pair of shoes (custom, of course) and an ottoman to sit on!

awsumgal OOAK PIppa Dawn Friend 12

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Salomé, her harp and her ottoman are now on ebay for a one week run. We’ll see if her style resonates with any collectors out there!! Click HERE to see her auction on ebay.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!!

~awsumgal

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Dewigging My Queen B Sybarite!

Well today I did something I knew was inevitable, scary, but inevitable!

… I scalped my Queen B!….

Yikes!

Those of you familiar with these fabulous dolls know that this is kind of a big deal. After all they are not inexpensive, and you don’t want to damage them. Having said that , the reason I chose Queen B as my first Syb is because she is a versatile beauty. That’s why I knew the dehairing was inevitable. (She tires of her crown from time to time anyway…. it is after all, heavy!)

It was a slow process and frankly a little tedious towards the end! Getting the glue residue off was a challenge! I took my time though and was painfully careful. In the end I was rewarded with a bald beauty and a perfect wig!

awsumgal Queen B Sybarite bald and beautiful 1

Dang but she even looks gorgeous bald!

awsumgal Queen B Sybarite bald and beautiful 2

See, she doesn’t mind a bit. It’s just a little breezy up top, lol!

awsumgal Queen B Sybarite bald and beautiful 3

Queen was even generous enough to lend her hair and crown to Gene, but only for a moment :o)

awsumgal Gene in Queen B Sybarites wig 4

It looks quite sweet on Gene actually!

Now that Queen B is ready to try new hair, I’ll have to go and make some wigs! Woohoo!

Happy July Fourth!

Thanks for reading :o)

~awsumgal

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