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.
I was given a rare opportunity the other day to film doll program videos for Facebook online doll convention World Doll Day Celebration with Machael Canadas at Carmel doll shop/ The Grovian Museum.
My friend Sally Freeman and I went to Carmel Doll Shop in California and we successfully finished filming four videos! Michael and I did a program about anatomy of Bru bodies both in English and Japanese. We also filmed a Doll Museum tour in Japanese for Japanese audiences. Sally filmed a program of rare antique Japanese dolls wearing boots and kimono and western dress.
My two Bru sisters also appeared during the introduction. ( they are sold dolls so I borrowed them from their current owners )
These videos will be premiered at online doll convention World Doll Day Celebration on Facebook in early December. If you have a Facebook account, please join world doll day celebration to view all the wonderful online doll programs they offer.
If you do not have a Facebook account, you can view these videos on YouTube later on ( around Christmas?) from Michael Canadas YouTube channel.
これらの動画は、12月初旬にFacebook上で行われるオンラインドールコンベンションworld doll day celebration のプログラムの一部として配信されます もしFacebookのアカウントをお持ちの方は、12月のworld doll day celebration にもぜひ参加してみて下さい。Facebookに加入されてない方は、12月の終わり頃にこれらの動画がYouTubeから配信されるそうなので、そちらからご覧になれます。
I am introducing my newest doll 14″ Bru Jnr 4 with antique eyes.
( she is reserved for a customer on the waiting list )
I painted her bisque with pinker skin tone like an antique Bru doll. I think she seems to have a more authentic look with her antique eyes with pink skin.
Her wig is a mohair which I made by using antique mohair locks. I also made her a Chevrot style body and stained leather and lower legs to give an aged look.
Her costume was made with antique aqua blue silk fabric with silk lace overlay. I wanted to make a Jumeau style dress for her so I modified the design more suitable for a Bru doll by making a wider opening around the front neck line to show her bisque breast. I also added a hand stitched cord trim design on the jacket as an accent.
The bonnet is made from the teal color silk fabric for the front brim and teal colored velvet at the back. I added feather decoration along with silk taffeta ribbons. It’s decorated minimally but looks gorgeous with the dress.
All her undergarments including the corset are made from antique materials. Her shoes are made from black lamb leather and have ” Bru Jne Paris” stamp at the sole.
I posted her photos on Instagram last week and many of you have seen her photos already. I appreciate so many inquiries about her. All my new dolls are reserved for customers on the waiting list till 2025.
Thank you for visiting to view her! Hope you enjoyed it.
I made a corset for little Bru. Now she is all complete however, I am having a major asthma flare-up right now from smoke by wildfire. I won’t be able to photograph her till I feel better. ( I took these photos last week ) Sorry for the long wait. I appreciate your patience 🥺