Hello! Welcome to the first post of my new blog, and new website!
I’ve always been making things and drawing and painting, but since my teens, I’ve also been working pretty much full time. This has always given me the excuse I suppose, to allow the fear of potential failure to stop me from going for it, and committing to my crafts in a business sense. Recently though, my husband and I were blessed with a beautiful daughter, and I took a year off work for maternity leave, deciding ultimately not to return to work so I could raise her myself, with no worries about retail shift patterns and childminders!
I’ve been fascinated by miniatures since I was a little kid really, I bought and filled my own dollhouse, making some decidedly sketchy looking dolls (which I still have) from Fimo, fabric and pipe cleaners! Then a few years ago I discovered ball-jointed dolls (BJD’s) and became hopelessly obsessed! They’re highly poseable, endlessly customisable, and if so inclined you can make and change their eyes, wigs, clothes…
So now I’m a stay-at-home mum, who’s bubbling over with a lifetime of ideas and crafting potential! We moved into our first real house last year, and we have a spare room which has been dubbed ‘The Studio’ ^__^ This is now my hub of activity during nap time, after bedtime, and whenever our daughter Evey isn’t interested in playing with me!
I’m going to backtrack a bit, and document how I started making BJD dolls… (though right now I’m not ‘quite’ finished my first!)
It all started with the eyes…Having read endless tutorials online, I decided to have a go! They’re not for any specific project, they’re all different sizes and styles, but I knew back then that I wanted to make ‘things’ that would need eyes…So these are simply Fimo half domes, with an indent pressed into the top, which is then baked, painted/drawn onto with the iris design and pupil. The indent is then filled with liquid Fimo, and baked again to harden. The liquid Fimo creates the bulge over the iris, which is then finished off with a coat of glossy Fimo varnish over the whole thing.
Naturally the first thing I did with them was to mess about with my husband’s things. Sticking eyes onto all his statues and figurines…
Well I reckon thats about enough to start with, I’ll post next with the beginnings of my very first BJD! 😀
Thanks so much for looking!