Playing with the camera: 1/6 people

Despite having Covid I have really been wanting to take some photos of my dolls. I’m constantly seeing people’s stuff on Instagram and thinking– “Oh, I need to take pics!” or “I used to love taking photos–I want to feel that way again!”

So That’s the plan for this week coming. No matter what I want to spend at least two or three (or more) hours this week trying to take some shots. With the real camera–not the thing on my phone that constantly tries to filter things and smooths things out and just annoys the crap out of me!

I’ve got the tripod and the camera upstairs waiting to go, and I have one of the roomset/dioramas partly set up (walls & floor) but I need to put some furnishings in it and stuff. Wish me luck!

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Irrie – my customized Barbie Fashionista Update!

As promised here are a couple (ok, 2?) photos of how she looks now that she’s been re-rooted. I debated trying to give her curly hair like she had previously but somehow I think the straight hair suits her. (I know, I know! I should have at least combed her hair before snapping some shots–but oh well!)

And here you can see how long her hair actually is (again, it needs styling). I’m not sure if I am going to cut it to a shorter length or leave it as it is…

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Irrie – a custom Barbie Fashionista WIP

Irrie is possibly the longest I’ve spent on working on creating a customized barbie doll.

I discovered her face mold a few years ago and thought that it was pretty unique out of all the variant molds of barbies that exist (*so far I believe that this is the only version of this sculpt and that Mattel has yet to re-use it??) *also because I’m not an avid barbie fan I am usually way behind when dolls do get released…so i don’t generally know what the state of play is in the barbie-world. LOL.

She started out as Barbie Fashionistas #55 Denim & Dazzle (DVX77​).

As you can see, it’s a pretty cute sculpt and such a unique nose for a barbie! 😀

I was really lucky that my friend Kukolka was able to gift me one (as well as my husband finding one for me too! What luck!!) Suffice to say that I was stoked to be able to add her to my collection. Unfortunately though, the one Mark found for me had really “crispy” hair (I think the saran they used might have been a duff batch) and it had to be removed. I thought–huh–ok, re-root needed….should I do anything else?

Well, of course!

How could I resist? I mean, if I was already going to re-root the doll, I might as well risk giving her a repaint. What harm could it do? (I mean, aside from wrecking the whole aesthetic that made me like her so much in the first place?) 0_O I’m often reluctant to go to town customizing on a doll that I really like because I am afraid I will lose whatever it is that sparks my interest in it. Still, if you don’t try you’ll never succeed. So I began.

Here’s what she looked like bald, and with a sketched in repaint.

Yeah, I know she doesn’t look like much in the photo (and it’s a crap photo off my phone) but I’m pretty sure that she’s going to look much better by the time she’s done. Probably.

What I did:

  • I removed her hair.
  • Wiped her face.
  • re-rooted the head with black saran (I broke down and used my old supply from Volks).
  • Ditched her default Barbie Fashionista body and replaced it with a Barbie Made to Move Body.

For what it’s worth I’m pretty sure that I swapped her onto the Soccer Player Made to Move Barbie body?

Although, it is possible that she is on the camping fun/rcok climbing MTM barbie (I got a couple of those on markdown and she was a lot more tanned/orangey colored than the purple top MTM. Gee–it’s times like this that I wish I’d kept track of which body came from which donor-doll!

Things I was sad about: while crispy/crunchy hair is no fun I do love me some dolls with super curly/kinky hair. So I was bummed about losing that. I’m pretty sure that my repaint of her isn’t ever going to end up having such HUGE eyes and overtly chipper attitude but what can you do?

I’ll update again when I finish repainting her.

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Welcome back to Corsetkitten’s Workshop!

Well, they say that the 3rd time’s the charm–so here we go again! I’m once more trying to resurrect my blog from the ashes. I expect it’ll take some time (and I have no intention of re-posting all the old stuff. Probably just a few photos here and there if I can still find them).

I’m hoping to get back into the blogging habit since while I like instagram for the eye-candy I see on it (and so many kittens!) I need a larger format to operate in to be comfortable. Which…leaves me with the blog. So, yeah. I have had a few projects on the go (and stalling periodically) so I’ll endeavor to shoot some photos of those and post them so that I have a little bit of something going on on this blog.

If you’ve stopped by–thanks! I am very glad you did–please be patient! I promise stuff will get posted!


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