Portrait of a BJD

Portrait of a BJD
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Monday, October 25, 2010

New Gofun BJD Dolls!

I am so excited! I finally have my new dolls getting close to completion! I have been working, researching and learning this new technique for over a year now! The supplies and the technique are all from early Japanese methods. I have purchased probably over a dozen books from Japan on this ancient doll art...and have been researching and learning this technique over the past year! I am so excited now to have a doll finally nearing completion! I still have many, many hours of work ahead of me...and my deadline of January 27, getting closer and closer! I will be unveiling my new line of dolls 'La Belle Poupee', January 27-30 at the IDEX show in Orlando, Florida!

I can't believe it has been a year already, since I first started this venture! A year of many challenges and hurdles! First was the daunting task of learning this method from Japanese books...when I do not speak or read Japanese! Next, after I got over the language barrier was the task of finding a supplier for all my supplies...but here I am, with a head nearing the final stages! I still need to sculpt some more on the head...then several more layers of gofun need to be added, and of course sanding, burnishing and painting! Her body is still in it's very rough stages...but looks like a body anyway!! She will be 20 inches when finished and will have set in eyes and of course a ball jointed body. I will post pictures here on my blog as I work for those of you who are curious!...so stay tuned!!--Kori

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Dolls Magazine Digital Edition - December 2010

Here is a copy of my recent article in the current issue of DOLLS magazine (December 2010 issue). Wil Peterson wrote the article from our interview in August. The article discusses some of my recent works as well as announces my soon to be released new line of dolls 'La Belle Poupee', which will be unveiled January 2011 at the IDEX show in Orlando, Florida! To view the complete article click on the link below:
Dolls Magazine Digital Edition - December 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

New Products in my Etsy Store!


Fall is here and I am gearing up for a new class "Sculpting a Realistic Baby"...this will be a fun class...for who could not love sculpting tiny, sweet toes and little dimpled bottoms?

I have added several new products to my Etsy store in anticipation of this class. I have many pairs of my hand made glass-like eyes, as well as lens only eyes, and eyes on wire. Also, a brand new product, "Kori's Wax Dip"...the name sounds funny...but it is a fabulous product! My secret wax formula will transform that dull clay look into a warm, luminescent glow...just like real skin! To use this wax dip is really very simple...melt the wax in a double boiler or in a small crock pot...then simply dip your doll or it's parts. Allow the doll to cool...then put in your home oven at 200 degrees and allow the wax to melt 'off'...leaving a beautiful sheen behind!

I have also ordered from my supplier the "Ultimate" sculpting tool...so I will have many of those back in stock...this simple wooden tool is my favorite tool and highly recommended for any artist working in clay!

Well back to the studio now, I have lots of work to do and am really looking forward to class starting again. Class will begin November 1! See my class link to register...till later!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Baby Class is now posted!!

Hello everyone,

I am pleased to announce my online "Sculpt a Realistic Baby" Class is now ready for Registration! Class officially begins November 1, (the forum will be available that day). The forum will be open from November 1-December 15. I am always available to students via email. This class as I have previously stated, will have a download-able workbook with many pictures to guide you and two versions of babies instructions.

Also included, about 75+ baby anatomy reference pictures, anatomy charts, and one of my exclusive costume patterns to dress your baby! Sign up here to register: http://thatcreativeplace.com/html/kori_leppart-butts.html

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Babies Class and new doll supplies on Etsy!

Hello everyone,

It has been a while now since I have posted here. I apologise for the long absence. I will be starting my babies class soon on http://www.thatcreatplace.com/ website. If you are interested in this class you can get on my mailing list to be alerted when class sign-ups begin. They will start early this October, with class beginning later this month! The class will instruct you on two ways to sculpt a baby. One will be fully sculpted as a solid figure, the other you will sculpt head, arms, and legs and attach them to a bean-bag style body. This type of doll is very poseable. Dolls can be made any size you desire. The class also includes a down loadable workbook with pictures and full instructions to make both styles of babies and a clothing pattern to complete your baby.

I am going to post new supplies tonight on my Etsy store in anticipation for this class. The doll pictured here is sculpted in Prosculpt and dipped in wax. This wax dip helps to add the lovely sheen and translucency to the skin of the doll...giving it a more life-like appearance. This wax will be available in my Etsy store...with full instructions for it's use. The wax can be used on any polymer doll or air dry clay doll to add a unique finish! I also have many hand-made eyes which will be added to my store over the next couple of days. You may view my store here... http://www.etsy.com/shop/turtlechild Please check back often as I will be adding new supplies daily through -out the week!! Hope to see you in class!