Since it's December already I've started looking back on this year to see what I've done. Might be a little early for end-of-year mosaics, but can't help myself!
I feel like I did get a lot of things done this year, and a lot of new things! I cast BUG, I made a little comic, I assembled Vine, I made the Micro Myling and a unicorn version of Micro Myling.
And some other things that I've not showed to anyone. Hopefully more time for those projects from now on. I really like taking time for other stuff besides the dolls, I feel like it's neccessary to keep from getting stuck or bored. 2014 has been a great year!
New dolls, so another soft-fired bisque cleaning session! I got to the studio just after seven in the morning and worked pretty much non-stop until 12. I can almost never make myself do more than 4-5 hours of bisque cleaning, it's such delicate work. Half a day is enough, after that I'm just too tired to do it properly.
Bisque cleaning is strange work - very satisfying to clean up the doll from mold seams and shaping the eyes, but seriously straining too - hands dipped constantly in water (that gets cold), even though I wear gloves the water gets through, and holding the fragile, soft-fired doll parts. Sometimes I can long for some bisque-cleaning - just listening to the radio, planning new dolls - letting my hands work... And sometimes I hate it! :)
Today was one of those good cleaning sessions, and I got a lot done!
Will be back early tomorrow morning again for more cleaning, so I left the mess on my studio desk... See you tomorrow, studio!
Here's a photo from my walk after today's work, the lake was so still and there was some sun today as well.
I finally had some time to sew and made suits for my latest dolls, and dressed my two little needle felted bears. I'm inspired by circus themes lately, maybe because this month has been so dark and gloomy...
The Mini Myling is sold, but the Tiny in the striped suit is still available on Etsy!
The two bears are available on Etsy as well! Here and here. They are needle felted out of wool, and have tiny (removable) collars. Perfect little companions for Myling dolls!
The Tiny Myling comes with this striped suit and her little paper hat.
Just completed this doll, and had plans to make her a dress or romper suit. BUT, the light is already fading and I realized that if I wanted to take photos at all today - it had to be straight away! So she is listed on Etsy without dress, but she will come with a dress or romper suit to be made.
I've also completed the grubby Mini Myling with black eyes this week,
but the wig needs to dry out so I can't take photos of her today. She will be listed in the weeks to come! (Unfortunately I'm working at the day-job again, starting tomorrow - Saturday, and will only have a couple of days off next week. Have to spend those days cleaning upcoming dolls and commission dolls - so have no time to work on sewing or taking photos.)
Sorry for not posting more during the last weeks, I've been busy with the day-job, and spent my few days off casting new dolls and doing some necessary paper work. I wish to post 2-3 times a week on this blog, but I guess it's not always possible. I will try my best though!
Last week I had some evening shifts at the day-job, and spent the time before work making some new needlefelted mini bears. Just for fun, and I think it's good to do something else besides sewing and doll-work - using other materials.
The first needlefelted bears I made for my dolls were these:
made especially for this set of conjoined Myling twins.
I really enjoy making things like toys for my dolls, and needlefelting is so quick and fun - so expect more bears and other things made for the Mylings in the future! I will make a little batch of them and do a shop update soon.