I know, I know, I was supposed to write about something else but I just received this tiny violin a couple of days ago and it's so neat! I was just going to squeeze a picture of it in the J-doll post then I decided to separate it and I'll explain why...
When we were browsing J-dolls, mum saw some dolls posing with a violin like this and asked "Do they come with it?" Um, you wish! But when I was deciding between this doll and another, the other was 7$ more expensive, and I felt justified to spend the difference on a violin prop (it's exactly what it cost, by the way). Hubby is learning to play the violin and I thought it could be a nice reminder for him to visit his teacher more often. I already knew this style sort of works with J-dolls, although they are described as "dollhouse miniatures" (1/12 scale).
You can find these tiny wooden violins all over ebay if you search for "doll violin". They can either come on a vertical plastic stand or in a case lined with red velvet. Mine is the cheaper set with the stand. The set includes a bow. I should have taken a picture, but I thought of this after I struggled to pose it on the doll and I don't want to take it down. The violin is 7cm long (2 3/4"). For comparison, hubby's 4/4 violin is 59cm (sorry, inch people, I was too confused to convert the rest of the numbers). I tried to to the math to find out the corresponding size for 1/6 scales but however I went about it, the numbers were oddly off because dolls are proportioned differently. The violin was laughably tiny for Barbie but passable for J-doll, even though the difference in height is 2cm at most. It didn't seem right.
And then it hit me that 59cm is about the length of my coat sleeve. Sure, measure it against the arm! Cause that's what holds the violin! Barbie's sleeve (shoulder to base of thumb) is 9cm so they would need a 9cm violin. J-doll's sleeve is about 7,5cm, which explains how the violin can be made to work. For reference, Monster High arms are about 6,5cm, which means it would work even better on their bodies, but I think the realistic violin would clash with their cartoony style.
I managed to make it stay as best as possible, in spite of the bum wrist. It's perched precariously halfway between the boobs and the shoulder and pressed into a horizontal position with the bow, which is why I'm scared to move the whole composition too far from the doll shelf. The bow fits snugly between the thumb and the palm. The doll looks ridiculously good playing the tiny violin. It's like they were made for each other. It's the most adorable thing that has ever happened on my shelf.
The violin itself is a work of art. It has the S-shaped holes in the body, the chin rest (although nothing rests on it because of the long neck), even the strings each goes to its own screw in the tail! I highly recommend these 1/12 wooden violins even if you don't have dolls, they are just too cute! Will you get one?
The Black Kitty