Seems like a strange mix, and well honestly it is! LOL On one hand I wish I could choose to either sew OR sculpt, but I enjoy both crafts so much I know I couldn't give either up for very long! I've tried, but I always end up wanting to do whatever I stopped. BUT if I could focus on one thing, maybe I'd get a few more things finished in a more timely matter. *shrugs* oh well, I'll just continue to enjoy doing what I do! :-)
But onto the shoes, the top 2 pair started out being plain single colored translucent sandals from the Skull Shores line. The top pair was pale purple and got a coat of a great shimmery pink pearl. The next pair is a favorite of mine! This pair started out life as a single translucent pink with a molded heart design front and center. I repainted the base of the sandals silver, and painted the roping glossy black. I carved the heart design off the front and glued on a Jet Swarovski cyrstal.
dolls were launched about a year or so ago with much fanfare as a tie-in to the online game of the same name...Sadly most Barbie collectors were very disappointed in them, as though their faces and clothing matched Barbie, they had lost ALL the articulation that was gained with the Fashionista line...even the knees didn't bend like the old Barbies. While gorgeous, these girls are merely static displays like 3-D paper dolls. Add to that their oversized feet and well it's not too surprising to find them being clearanced out of stores. BUT what Monster High fans quickly realized was that the feet of the Stardoll almost matches the MH girls! Hooray for new shoe options! =D
Eeek....sorry for the 'history' of the Stardolls! lol I repainted the yellow rose on these a lovely icy shimmery blue and carved off the molded rhinestone they originally had and glued in a coordinating metallic blue rhinestone!
The second set got a more sedate update with several coats of crisp pearly white. THESE I adore!!! I have several of this shoe and have many plans for various versions!
Right now I've got about 18 more pair of various shoes getting their flat white base coats. It's time consuming and well a bit boring, but doing this allows me to get a much better coverage when I start changing colors, plus it allows me to replace the molded black in many shoes with much lighter colors, giving me so many more options!
Thankfully my customer LOVED it!! Not only that but TONS of other Monster High fans did as well as some Barbie fans! So I have already been commissioned to make more of these in various color in both doll sizes.
While the panties go together rather quickly being a single piece of fabric and a piece of stretchy trim, the top itself is well a bit of a lengthy process as the ENTIRE piece is hand sewn. it's too small to do on the machine. But all that being said I can still usually get one done in a day.
So far the biggest comments I've gotten is that people love that the panties are full coverage and cover all of the molded 'panty' details Mattel added. Personally I love the way they actual conform to the dolls figure! The unique size and shape of these girls can make getting a good fit difficult at times so I'm a happy girl! :-)
Next up was a pair of outfits inspired by Abbey Bominable who is the daughter of the Yeti (the doll on the right), and one of my favorite characters. My customer asked for icy cool colors and fluffy trim. I created these 2 outfits. The blue sheath dress fits snugly without being super tight and has a very subtle floral pattern, while the casual outfit on the right is just, well tons of fun! I used a pale lilac-y blue miniature rib-knit to make a pull on off the shoulder sweater with fluffy white trim. I added a basic denim skirt to complete the outfit.
Again my customer was thrilled, and this set will ship out tomorrow along with a selection of 'icy' treats.
I just KNEW I had to attempt it! Doesn't it look fun!!! It was a bit of a challenge as she needed it to be light enough for the doll to hold. So I broke out a package of Sculpey Ultra Light clay and set to work. SUL clay works a little different than regular clay as it has an almost marshmallow like texture. It's not my favorite clay to work with do to this, but by working in stages I was able to create a pretty good recreation. At least I think so...
So that's about it for what I've been up to, time to get back to the sewing machine, paint and clay. I've got more lingerie sets to make, as well as 4 commissioned dresses, all those shoes (plus 2 commissioned sets) to paint and another cake to sculpt.
It's Thursday and I know the weather has been crazy lately, so I hope wherever you are, you are taking care and being careful if you've got nasty weather and enjoying it if you don't! Y'all have a wonderful upcoming weekend and I'll catch you later! :-)