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Its taken forever but I finally finished another commission.  The weather has been awful here, raining every afternoon, so since I’ve gone back to work my time to work on commissions has been cut short and the rain doesn’t help.  I just finished two more Fairyland heads, a pukifee hamster and a multihead cupid.

pukifee hamster 1
multihead cupid 1


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minifee chloe vampire

I finally finished opening the eyes of my chloe ve head.  Its not something I’m in any hurry to repeat, way too much work.  I finished her faceup and while I wanted to make her look dark and a little dead its not exactly what happened.  I did do quite a bit of blue grey blushing and a bit of yellow, I also blushed her chest piece, hands, and feet.  However when I sat down to do her features she just turned out with a sweet and maybe a little sad expression.  I’m really happy with her, now she just needs her clothes.  I ordered a corset from Raouken on Den of Angels and it should be in next week and then I can finish her skirt.  I don’t know when her wig will be in yet.  The picture is not the best, it was late in the day and I had to turn on all the lights and open the window to get enough light.

lunetta 2

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I’ve been busy this summer.  It seems that as soon as I finish the work on one doll another one arrives.

Here is the Soom Beyla with fantasy parts I did.  This was the first time I have been commissioned to do the fantasy parts.  They take a lot of time and use up a lot of my MSC.

beyla 1

And I just finished this minifee chloe.  I’m so happy with how she turned out.

chloe 2

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Fantasy faceups.

I just finished another commission.  This one was based on one of her owner’s characters and it is the second fantasy type faceups I’ve done recently.

lutz hdf pie

I’m thinking of adding a fantasy faceup category to my commission thread.  I’ve also upped my prices to $30 for a faceup.  I think that’s still a very modest price and I may up it again soon especially if I stay this busy.

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Soom Onyx commission finished.

soom onyx-1

soom onyx-4

I finished this girl today.  I’ve been waiting for the end of the school year so I’d have time to work.  I’m so happy with how she turned out!  The flames tattoo was done with watercolor pencils with some acrylic accents, the pencils worked well.

My schedule for the summer is going to be:  wake up at 6:30 and go for a walk with the dog (6:30 is the only acceptable time to walk in the Florida summer), shower, breakfast, work on commissions.  If I can keep that up I should be able to get quite a bit of work done.

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I finally got a chance to do the faceup on my new pukifee luna.  I knew I wanted freckles since she will eventually have red hair.  I’m not a fan of the default faceup so I wanted something very soft and natural for her.  I haven’t seen a whole lot of custom lunas yet.

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I’m happy with how the freckles came out but they are a pain to photograph.  I used a magnifying ring for the front of my camera lens but that shortens the depth of field so she’s not all in focus.  Also I think the focus spot on my lens is off center.

eliska 032611-1

She is a dream to pose.  I did have to suede her neck to keep her head from tilting back.

eliska reading 032611-1

eliska sleeping 032711-1

She’s the only doll that I have the sleeping face for, so cute!

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Doing a faceup on a BJD.

In this post I’m going to share the process I use when doing a doll’s faceup.  Just a warning its a little long with lots of pictures.  I’m using my new minifee rhiea for this example.  I took pictures along the way while doing her faceup last night and I’ve combined a couple of steps into one picture or this post would have gone on forever.

To start with these are my materials:

Rembrandt Pastels and assorted brushes and Golden liquid acrylics.

pastels paints

I also use Golden Retarder, Liquitex High Gloss Varnish, and Liquitex Flow Aid.


Here we have the blank head that has been coated with MSC (Mister Super Clear – for those non-doll people who may have found your way here):

rheia face step 1

At this next point I’ve done several coats of light pink to warm up the face and lightly put in her eyebrows with pastel.  I’ve also put a warm yellow at the inside corners of her eyes and done the sides of the nose and in the ears.  You can see that I have begun to add color to her lips as well:

rheia face step 2

In the next picture I have added eye color, a bit of blush, and more lip color.  These things were built up slowly with light sprays of MSC in between to keep the pastels from looking dirty.

rheia face step 3

After a good coat of MSC I start on the acrylic.  I mix the color I want then add in retarder, and flow aid to get the right consistency.  Here I have done the eyebrows, eyelashes, dark liner at the top of the eye and light lines in the crease.  What you don’t see in this condensed version is how many times I tried to get the eyebrows right 🙂

rheia face step 4

I’ve done the lips lines here.  I don’t like real strong lines so after painting them on I go over them with another damp brush.  I like the depth that the lines give to the doll’s lips.  I also put a bit of watered down red in the corners of the eye.

rheia face step 5

My picture of the gloss didn’t come out so we skip ahead a bit.  I do at least three layers of gloss on the lips.  Gloss on the top inside of the eye and the bottom inside, as well as, the corners.  I also gloss a few eyelashes and eyebrow hairs.  As a last step I usually put in a few white eyelashes to brighten the eyes.

I added this picture in to show how I put in the eye lashes.  This is the method that works the best for me.  I soak the eyelashes for a just a bit in some Windsor and Newton brush cleaner, this gets off that gummy residue.  I then glue on the outside half first, holding the lash with a pin until it sticks before doing the other half.

rheia face step 6

Here’s the finished picture with some temporary eyes stuck in.  I’m happy with the outcome.  I was on a roll and completed this one in one night.  Typically it takes me several nights to finish a faceup especially when I have my day job to worry about as well.

rheia 3

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