I am going to use these mint greenish tone antique silk fabrics for my new Bru. I tend to pick warmer color for brown complexion dolls so this is a new challenge These fabrics were part of a silk gown from 19th century. I am going to take the dress apart and turn it into a dress for my doll.
I am making progress with my new doll little by little and her Chevrot style body is now completed. I used tan colored lambskin for her torso and upper arms to match with her brown complexions. I am using antique doll undergarments for her to save time.
Here are links of three video programs I filmed with Michael Canadas at Carmel Doll Shop/ The Grovian Doll Museum. I would appreciate it if you could leave a comment or click the thumbs up button. Please be sure to subscribe so that you won’t miss future fun doll related programs!
Facebook private group The World Doll Day Celebration Holiday event “ Christmas in the Land of Live Dolls” will be held in December 9-11 2022. They offer entertaining educational programs, shopping opportunities, complementary downloadable souvenirs. I had a privilege to film one of programs as a presenter and you can view full program during this event.
I filmed three videos with Michael Canadas including, Bru body anatomy in English and Japanese , A virtual tour to The Grovian Doll Museum in Japanese. There are lots of rare images like inside of antique Bru body or detail of antique Bru kimono dress etc … Something you will only see at this event program and Carmel Doll Shop Youtube Channel. To participate this event, you will need to be a member of the World Doll Day Celebration Private Group on Facebook. You can request to join for free of charge. Hope you can join us to celebrate this wonderful Holiday doll event!
I hope people living in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
My next doll, Mulatto Bru’s head, is completed. Painting mocha color skin tone is always a challenge. I fired four times with this head and finally achieved the right color ( I hope).
I added more matt agent in paint this time so that the head doesn’t have that shiny eyebrows or forehead. I am using high dome spiral threaded antique brown eyes that look very close to eyes from an antique Bru doll, perfect fit for this head.
I made this EJ head back in 2016. The head was forgotten inside the box without eyes, just laying around till now. I found this head today and set antique eyes, attached to an antique body, dresses her with an extra costume I have purchased long time ago…. Look, I’ve got a new Jumeau doll to display! 😍
I just casted a mold for my next doll as a 19″ Mulatto Bru Jne. She will have mocha-like brown complexion.
Unfortunately I have developed an allergy to plaster dust and dust from dried porcelain slip since we had a wildfire in September.
Prolonged smoke inhalation pushed my asthma to another level this year, I became extremely ill when I was exposed to this dust when I was handling mold and greenware. It took me more than one month to recover and I finally feel my asthma is under control so I tried to cast mold with extra caution. I wear a respirator when I handle plaster mold and wipe down any residual slip so that I will not have dried slip dust inside the house.
Because of this extra work, It now takes much longer to create one doll but this is the best I can do in order to continue making dolls.
I didn’t think seriously that doll making could harm my health when I started doing it more than 20 years ago. But doll artists should not forget that we are dealing with chemicals that could harm our bodies if we don’t handle them correctly. We may not notice any health problems when we are young but over the years, symptoms become more evident. I strongly recommend wearing masks when you are cleaning dried greenware or mixing dried paint. It’s better to be safe than sorry and I wish I was more careful.