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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Naunitta & Nono

A few years ago I became obsessed with Ball Jointed Dolls. I had seen a couple in the Ahoy Show in the Netherlands and I started researching them.... as usual, it wasn't long until I wanted to make my own... but of course adult dolls didn't really "do" anything for me so I turned to babies (c'mon you are not surprised at all are you?;))

I made my first one in 2007... her name was Miyadorie and I was SO in love with her!!

Now, you must understand that at the time, I had never owned a BJD and I "guessed" about how she was supposed to be. She moved and stood alright, but I hadn't yet figured out how to string such a doll so she had some... ehm, improviations...

I was hooked!! You see, realistic babies are my passion (and my greatest stress) but these BJDs are my FUN!! And I needed some fun... I could sculpt without worrying too much about realism, I could let my (limited I admit) imagination go wild because these were something between an anime cartoon child and a human child...

Then I created Meggie...

Meggie was a baby of about 2... and she was better than my Miyadorie, technically...
Then Mei Li Hua was born...
And she was better than all three :)

And the years passed and recently Harper:

 
And Gigi

... joined the ranks and by then I had figured out everything and no improvisations were made lol :)
I could now sculpt directly in polymer clay and string the dolls without missing a beat...

Except now I wanted one in RESIN.. you know... a real BJD... and over the years I made each one with the hopes of "it" being the correct one to reproduce... and I was looking and looking for someone, anyone to do it but doll companies were either asking a fortune (in the range of thousands) or weren't even answering and those who sculpted and casted did not have time (or wanted?) to do mine :(

But then... I found someone and he had done it before!! And he did not ask for a thousand dolls for the molds... and then again I waited for the right baby to be born... and one Sunday here she was...
And I was desperately in love with this cheeky, full of character little girl and her potential...
The tiniest I had ever gone, just over 4", her face the size of my thumbnail... She brought a smile to my face but most importantly to my heart...
And I can't wait to get her back in resin :)


And not only that... a few days later she got a twin brother. A big step for me to sculpt a face like this but I will tell you what...if he doesn't make you smile, I will refund your money lol :)


(PS this is before I changed her eyes for more realistic ones)


(I must warn you though, this little chunk, eats a LOT, bananas being a favorite!!)

I love baby BJDs... who cares if they not welcome on DOA? lol :)
I love them and can't wait to set up their nursery...

BTW if you make clothes for such tiny babies or furniture please contact me :)

Now tell me, don't they make YOU smile?? :)

Have a great week everyone.. and please keep my dad in your prayer list, he is going back to the hospital tomorrow and I wish I had better news :(

4 comments:

Yovanka Black said...

Oooooooooooooh they are amazing Tina!!!! And so VERY cute!!!!!!!!! I love their chubbiness and playfulness :))))))


These pics have made my day!!!!


Kisses
Yovanka


p.s. Εύχομαι γρήγορα περαστικά στον μπαμπά σου!!!!!!!

Jeanette said...

Yes, they both bring a smile to my face with their sweetness. I'm glad you don't take no for an answer

Natalie Scholl said...

I love them Tina! The little boy reminds me of your little John so much in the face!! So sweet. :)

Take care,
Natalie

mae said...

Hey Tina, your dolls are allowed on my site BJDcollectasy. I cover any dolls that are resin with changeable eyes and can wear wigs (closed eyed dolls are also acceptable, but I'd advise adding eye-wells as there are a lot of people who like to modd dolls out there!) When you have some casts in, just let me know.

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