Monday, March 22, 2010

diversions


Look at this boys smile! He's a happy baby, hanging out with me in the studio. Can you believe he's over 16 lbs.? He's my little cream cake.

My new prized possession, my resin ball jointed doll from FairyLand Dolls. The dolls come unpainted from Korea, a blank canvas- no eyes, clothes or hair. I bought an airbrush and taught myself how to use it so I could paint her face and body. It was a lot of fun to create her personality, painting her expression and choosing eyes and wigs. She becomes a totally different doll when I switch out her eyes and put on a different hairstyle. I also made the dress and jewelry.

The dress is unfinished, it needs a belt and maybe a little cape. Making the jewelry was fun, but a little tedious - each piece took all day! I guess I'm slow. The green necklace is for my friend Jessica's doll and is made from 28 gauge fine silver wire, sapphires, green tourmaline, peridot and green garnet. The longer piece features the same wire, with tiny spinel drops and a few sapphires on a very fine chain. I think I'm a little obsessed with my doll. I've spent half the day planning her tiny shoes! I'm thinking scarlett leather...with some hand painted details. Anyway, we've been enjoying having my sister Sheila, visiting from L.A. for the week. We've had a great time, pretty much playing with baby Max and Azalea all day, only broken up with bursts of making things. We have such good times when we get together, laughing at childhood memories and making big plans for projects. This week we're plotting out how to fabricate a watercolor box out of pmc or sheet metal, small enough to fit in the pocket of a traveling girl.

11 comments:

Gaea said...

Max is a living doll!

Eva said...

Aw, Max! Henry is 21 pounds! By the way, we're moving to San Diego tomorrow. Come visit!

Janet said...

Hes so cute!! What a face lol...just a laffin! I bet Azalea loves to dote on him too...awwww ox

Alice said...

Sweet Max--how fun to have him smiling at you while you create.

I love the doll! She seems to have that fragile look, and I'm thinking a cape might cover that up. I can't imagine the tedious work that goes into making her jewelry. Do you have a name for her?

TesoriTrovati said...

Two dolls in one post! Sweet! Thanks for sharing the glimpse into your studio and life. Max is a treasure. Enjoy the day! Erin

mairedodd said...

erin's right - 2 dolls in one post... max is so adorable - how could you not want to be with him and azalea all day? and your created doll is beautiful... enjoy it all...

Andrew Thornton said...

I'm glad you guys are having fun and making lots of things. That's definitely good. I miss you guys and hope everything is going well there!

bArno said...

What a cute kid. Can I play with your airbrush? I've wanted one for so long.

alette siri ane said...

Lovely doll and the necklace so good.

Jean said...

she is such a beauty, Cynthia. I am at DDE every night looking at their collection of Fairyland Dolls. I have 3 Puki Puki now.
Faceups are beyond my abilities by far but jewelry and wigs and eyes I love to work with!
Max looks darling-er that ever, if possible! You have such gorgeous kids!!! xox jean

Jeremiah Ketner said...

He is so Cute!!