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“Desperately Seeking Susan” WIP 6

There’s light at the end of this tunnel, and I think it’s not even a train :o)

With the jacket finished and the pants very nearly done I began her earring. My plan for this important accessory (if you’ve seen the film, you know what I mean!) was to mould the basic shape out of polymer clay onto a wire armature, bake it, carve in the detail, varnish, gold leaf it, varnish again, paint in some important colour detail, varnish again, have a cup of tea and varnish again, you get the idea :o)

First off I drew a reference sketch, with colour cues so I would have something to refer to while I worked. I went out and found some perfect Swarovski crystals for the beaded portion of the earring.  I also found the right sized Star of David charm which she wears on a chain around her neck.

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Next wire 101 lol! And a tiny drawing to make sure I get the size right. It will be bigger initially because I need some extra to allow me to carve the relief :o)

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Clay 101 tee hee….

I have begun to apply the clay. The little figure heads (front and back) are next.

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The figureheads are in there, as you can see. It’s important to make sure that your clay bits are well and truly attached to each other before the piece hits the oven. You don’t want it to fall apart after roasting :o)

I have added the pins so that I have holes to string my beads onto when it’s hardened. Putting holes in after is a recipe for breakage and a headache.

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Next, it’s into the oven. I have the coolest little appliance for this purpose. It is actually a mini food convection oven but I learned from an incredible sculptress about this oven. She sells her creations on eBay, but also lots of cool supplies. Her ebay shop is morezmore It works wonderfully, can take fair sized pieces, doesn’t require as much energy and doesn’t heat up your whole house to cook one tiny little piece of clay!

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After baking, I began to carve using a wicked sharp knife!

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Lots of comparing, to make sure I’m not getting off track :o)

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Almost there!

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Yeehaw! Finally :o)

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It’s been varnished now and is waiting for it’s gold leafing. I did a test of the leaf on another piece of clay to see how it would behave and it went quite easily. The biggest thing is not to be too generous with your adhesive! Oh, and don’t touch the leafing with your fingers. The oils in your hands make it tarnish, and it would stick to you anyway! I used tweezers because I’m working with such small pieces, otherwise you’d wear gloves.

Clamped and ready to go!

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First bits of leafing!!!

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Doesn’t it look cool? OK I know there’s still flakes hanging off of it and all, but the leaf has gone into the carved areas very nicely! I need to let it set up a while and then do the back. Wait, brush off the excess leaf, and then varnish to guard against tarnishing.

I have much more to share, her belt, her rosary, her bangle bracelets and her bodysuit (almost done!) but it’ll have to wait until tomorrow. I’m pooped!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the earring come along :o)

Thanks for reading!

~awsumgal

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“Desperately Seeking Susan” WIP 3

Salutations! It’s an unbelievably gloomy and soggy day outside my house today. I love days like this – the perfect kind of day to get some major progress made on my project!

I have been working away at Madonnas pants and her jacket again today. Here’s how it went….

My DVD of the film finally arrived, so I was able to look closely at her costuming throughout. She wears two different kinds of black pant. One pair has piping and one does not. I’ll have to clarify which ones are required. The ones she wears most are the ones with the piping….

When I left off last time, I had the pattern for her tux pants worked out and had made a muslin. I made the adjustments that I had determined were needed and was able to add single front pleats too. I found that my little pocket flaps for the back were not little enough. (dang! Sucks to be picky, lol!)  So I recut and sewed up a new pair. Now they look better.

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The above is the pants inside out. The cream coloured fabric will be the lining and the back pocket flaps are in evidence…

Here’s how they look on the doll….

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And the back…..

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The pocket flaps are just temporarily pinned in their approximate places. The linings not in yet and so the waist is rough edged still. The front pockets are terrific though! I’m so happy that she can put her hands in her pockets like Madonna does when she’s wandering around New York! Madonna also wears her pants rolled up a bit to show off her funky rhinestone boots. To make my pair look fabulous when rolled up I decided to add a facing. Otherwise you’d see seam allowances and frankly it just wouldn’t look as cool :o)

So leaving these with just a few little things left to be done on the pant, I moved on to the jacket. I had cut this out last day ready to sew.

I’m happy to report that it went together like a dream!

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I love how the cuffs look :o) I will stitch them in place before I’m done.

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I think the collar turned out really well and glitter shows well too. yay!

Before I do the finishing on the jacket I will attach the pyramid bits. That way I can hide the stitching inside the lining of the jacket. It will give it a cleaner look.

I did the sketching of the pyramid pieces on the jacket back pattern piece. That way I could get the size and placement right. I have all the pictures in front of me while I work on something like this. I find I need to refer all the time to what I’m trying to emulate.

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With that done I needed pattern pieces, so I made a copy of each that I could cut out and lay on my fabric. With something so small it’s important to be as precise as possible. There isn’t much margin for error….

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I’m going to be quite picky about the pyramid. I want it to be an exact replica. Same numbers of stones and levels etc.

But, that’s for tomorrow, I’m pooped :o)

Thanks for reading!

~awsumgal

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Cosmopolitan~Little Black Dress for Dawn and Pippa

Good Saturday people!

I have just finished an outfit for Dawn and Pippa that I’m quite pleased with. I hope you all like it too :o)

I have named it “Cosmopolitan” because I can imagine the girls wearing this for cocktails on 5th Ave, or aperitifs on the Champs Elysees…. It is a little black silk form fitting sheath dress, fabby hat, and unique gold plated accessories, gloves and shoes.

I am in the process of prepping the listing and have just taken the photos. I will be listing this outfit on eBay, just for a change of pace :o)

Click HERE to be taken to my eBay myworld page, which will show the listing when it’s ready.

Here’s a pre listing preview…..

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I put rather a lot of time into my doll clothes, I don’t know why, I just do. It’s a mania, lol! Here is a little bit of the making of the purse for this outfit. It surprising how complicated something so small and simple looking can be!

First I had to decide on the shape of the bag. I knew I wanted something sleek and polished looking.

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Then the pattern plot…..

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I changed how I wanted the linig to shape up, So I had to do another pattern.

After the fabric was cut out, I pressed the top hems and the black silk.

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And here it is almost all done. It just needs straps and a closure. I find it more fun when the tiny things work as they should, so this purse opens :o)

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And here it is finished with the other accessories from this outfit.

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I love this gold plate chain. The links are circular. It’s lovely and a little unusual.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a little of how I put the wee purse together and the finished outfit too :o)

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading

~awsumgal

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~Love Is In The Air~ new Outfit for Dawn and Pippa on Etsy

Hi all,

better late than never my “Love is in the Air” outfit and accessories for Dawn and Pippa is finished and I will be listing it in my Etsy Shop in the next hour. Here’s a peek!

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I hope you like it! Her wee shoes are real pink hand stitched leather and the heels of her shoes are sterling silver pearl type beads. The red beads on her shoes and dress are Swarovski crystals and they’re just beautiful! Her sheath dress fits like a dream and her floral topcoat with bright red contrasting lapel facings, puts her in a Spring state of mind…..

Alrighty, I’m off to write the listing :o)

Click HERE to go to my Etsy Shop.

Thanks for reading,

ttfn

~awsumgal

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Meet The Press ~ new outfit for Gene Marshall!

Just a quick post to promo my second Gene outfit that is on auction right now. Here’s the link
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270343777727

Go look! :o)

Here’s a pic

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I’m really having a blast making these wee shoes. They take quite a lot of time and are very exacting work, but so satisfying!

Speaking of satisfaction, the shop where I purchased my Clash Control FR Erin (who turned out to be an Ayumi!) the very wonderful Vogue Collectibles has managed to find an Erin for me! Apparently she’s on her way. Yahoo! Pics to follow :o) Now I have two (shucks!)

~awsumgal

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