Portrait of a BJD

Portrait of a BJD
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Pantomime BJD is done!

My newest BJD is finished! I spent all day and way into the wee hours of the morning working on her. I hand dyed and aged all the fabrics yesterday for her costume. She is mostly fully costumed now...with the exception of little leather ballet flats I am working on for her. I had to pause for awhile, because I am exhausted!
I did manage to take some quick snapshots of her...the lighting was not ideal, but it gives you an idea of what she looks like and here is her story:
"Forgotten Columbina...an Automata Pantomime", she was made in France in 1798... but now she is a forgotten toy. Once she was dearly loved and treasured. Her face was bright and cheery! But then, one day her child stopped coming to see her...and as the years went by her once lovely, happy smile turned into a face of sorrow...and after more than a century, her paint started to run with the tears that she cries.
Update: I Got her shoes finished, but not until after she was already on her way to Florida...so she is down there shoeless...oh well...it's warm right?...I will add some silk ribbon to lace them up her calves as well...
If you are in Orlando, Florida...stop by the Rosen Shingle Creek and visit the IADR booth #322 to see her and many other dolls at the IDEX show...January 27-30. *See earlier blog posts for IDEX link.

Friday, January 21, 2011

More progress on the bjd...she is strung!

Here are some more pictures of the bjd I am currently working on. I got her strung today, I always love to play and pose a ball joint doll! They are such fun to make, but just as fun to play with!! I hope you like her so far. She is a forgotten toy, I call her "Forgotten Columbina...an Automata Pantomime". More pics coming...I costume and wig her tonight, when I finish I will post new pictures...stay tuned!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Bjd is painted and ready to be strung!

Here are some update pictures of my latest polymer clay ball jointed doll. She is 11 inches and is called, "Forgotten Columbina...an Automata Pantomime". She was inspired by this picture and a song, "When she loved me". She is a toy that has long since been forgotten by her owner...who was a child long ago. She is lonely and forgotten. Her once happy painted face is running with tears.
I am really looking forward to costuming her. She looks like an Automata doll with her key wind in her back (I have not photographed that yet)... I should have finished photos by the end of the weekend.
If you are in Orlando, Florida next week you can see her in person at the IDEX show January 27-30. I will not be attending. My work will be in the IADR (International Art Doll Registry) booth. For more info on this show visit www.idexshows.com/

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Polymer BJD

For the last week I have been working on another ball joint doll! I have been making this doll to accompany my other BJD, "Alice" for the IDEX show being held in Orlando, Florida next week. I had originally planned to attend this show and debut my new gofun bjd doll line. I have had to cancel my trip and not wanting to send 12 months plus worth of work on my new dolls "un-chaperoned"...I decided to make polymer bjds to send to the show. Two of my dolls will be there to represent me. My bjd "Alice" and a new doll, I am currently making called "Forgotten". Here is a sneeak preview of Forgotten's work in progress. As of tonight she is fully sculpted and ready to be painted and strung tomorrow. I will post more pictures here in the next couple of days.

You may see this work at the IDEX show January 27-30 in Orlando, Florida. My work will be in the IADR booth along with several other talented members of IADR (International Art Doll Registry). I am not yet sure of our booth number, but I will post it as soon as I know.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Fairies and Foes Art Contest

Hello Everyone,

I entered one of my earlier creations "The Sunflower Fairy" in the Fairies and Foes Art Contest put on by Beyond Fantasy Magazine. Please stop by the link and view all the great fairy art and vote for your favorite...not necessarily me (but I sure would appreciate it! ;-) ) Here is the link:

My doll is Entry # 31 (The doll shown in the picture above) ! Voting ends January 27th --Kori

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

IDEX update and new show date scheduled!

I regret to say I will not be attending IDEX after all. I will however be sending some work, not my gofun bjds however. I will be debuting them soon in the doll magazines. They should be available for purchase by February. Work has slowed on them some now, because I have been working on polymer bjds for the IDEX show. I have also come down with what seems to be pnuemonia, or a very bad chest cold! I was cleaning my studio after a sanding session of the gofun bjds...I always wear a mask when I sand but didn't when I cleaned my studio...I think I got the fine dust in my lungs. It may just be a cold (confined to my chest)...but I came down with it right after cleaning my studio...which leads me to believe the dust may have contributed to it. I need to come up with some contraption in my studio to lessen the dust floating around the studio. I have an air filter unit...and that lessened it some, but dust still settles on all the surfaces of my studio. I would sand in our garage, but it is so cold here...that is not an option. Any ideas anyone? I was thinking of a box with a screen attached to a vacuum hose...I don't know if this will work, but I am going to give it a try. I would appreciate if anyone has any suggestions.

Update: I signed up today to attend the Doll and Teddy Bear convention in Philadelphia, PA., May 12-14. I will publicly debut the 'Le Belle Poupee' gofun bjds there. I am excited to be attending this show, and am looking forward to meeting old friends and making new friends while there! If you are interested in attending this show, here is the link http://www.quinlanmuseum.com/convention/ I will post my booth location when I recieve that information! Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ball Joint Doll is nearing completion!

Hello everyone,

Welcome to a new year, wow 2011...sounds so funny to say! I have been working on my ball joint doll now for around 10 months I think... of course alot of that time was spent studying how to make a ball joint doll...and also I only get to work in my studio in the evenings ( I have small children). At any rate, I want to show you all some of the progress that has been made on the doll. All of the parts are now sculpted to my satisfaction and I am ready to add the joints now! I will add more pictures in the coming days...it is getting so close now I am getting excited!