I finished my spider shoes and while I sort through the bazillion photos for the sole tutorial, I'll share the newest dolls in my collection. Hubby returned from a business trip to France and brought me not one, but two dolls!
The first is 13 Wishes Frankie:
It came with a gold belt thingy, but I prefer the outfit without it. All the gold is already too much eyesore for me, who couldn't bear to have even a gold wedding band. Here is the belt thingy:
I'm already thinking how to mod all the gold accessories (belt, tiara, earrings, bracelets and shoe soles), because I like their shape. My first thought was a matte spray, which wasn't quite matte when I tried it, but it might work with these super shiny things. I have some nobler metallic paints too, hopefully I can make them cling to this surface.
In spite of the bling, I like the dress very much. The short skirt is a separate piece and the overskirt is sewn to the top part.
Frankie's hair is glued and gelled like there's no tomorrow. I'll see if I can wash it. Let's take a closer look at the face:
|If anything looks weird, I'll spare you the guesses - it's the round irises|
The blue box is a lantern. It feels heavier and nicer than I expected. We want to drill a hole in the bottom and fit it with a LED, a battery and a switch. I'll have more detailed pics after we complete this project.
Hubby confessed he actually wanted to get Catty Noir, even though he knows I hate animal dolls. They were out of stock so he got the next best thing. I love getting dolls from him because I never know what to expect - he ends up choosing something entirely different from what I would have, and I end up liking it anyway :)
So I absolutely did not expect the next doll:
Unfortunately due to baggage limitations he had to rip out all the packaging and we spent a while googling for the name. This turned out to be a Barbie Denim Basics #14 Black Label Collection 002 (boy, that's a long name!) and came in a heartbreakingly beautiful box. It's on the Model Muse body, so basically no articulation; it still cost twice as much as a regular doll. The detail is beautiful. Even with the freakishly long thighs and small feet, it looks like a tiny person. Hubby says the face looks like the chick who sings "Murder on the dance floor" (I saw the clip and I agree). The neck area, ears and hands are beautifully sculpted. My only regret is that clothes and shoes sharing isn't possible. Those trousers are a work of art, it's such a shame! I really want something similar for myself, too. For the past few years, all the women's trousers have been skinny, it's such an unflattering shape, I hate them.
I asked hubby why in heavens' name he would drop a large sum of money on a doll with no articulation and he said it was just too beautiful. I can't argue with that - this doll is very different from everything else on my shelf.
I love the realistic skin tone.
|"You are getting skin cancer"|
That's it for now! Next week I'll put together the shoe post and maybe update on Frankie's hair situation.
The Black Kitty