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Challenge: Fog
Title: Magnesium
Rating: R/FRM (For Violence)
Dolls: Ming Jian Yuan [Iplehouse Bichun], Wren Llawcae [Iplehouse Asa/Nobility Doll Custom Muscular Woman Body]
Author's Notes: Any and all criticism and comments welcomed, as always.

She went with the force of it. )
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Challenge: Cornered
Title: Over Medium
Rating: PG-13/FRT (For Implied Sexuality and Brief Allusion to Past Violence)
Dolls: Ming Jian Yuan [Iplehouse Bichun], Wren Llawcae [Iplehouse Asa/Nobility Doll Custom Muscular Woman Body]
Author's Notes: Any and all criticism and comments welcomed, as always.

Jian pushed away from the wall – he’d been using one hand to steady himself against it while he had his way with the toilet – and tottered over to the bath. There was no steam. This was going to suck. )
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Challenge: Diamond
Title: Likouala
Rating: PG/FRE
Dolls: Ming Jian Yuan [Iplehouse Bichun], Wren Llawcae [Iplehouse Asa/Nobility Doll Custom Muscular Woman Body]
Author's Notes: Any and all criticism and comments welcomed, as always.

Neither of them spoke much, not even when, after three more days of hiking, they found what they were looking for. )
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Just a small status report, since I know I've been pretty quiet for some time now. I've been a little active on Tumblr (reblogging things is easier than composing; you just click what you like), but haven't been around on the doll forums much and haven't been posting here on my journal. I also haven't been able to make eyes since last fall, due to some health issues which I will explain below.

It turns out that I have epilepsy, probably post-traumatic. (Remember when I got hit in the head repeatedly while working at the hospital, the final time being when my partner and I broke up that gang fight in the Emergency Department lobby in August of 2011? Yeah.) But it's hard to determine the exact cause, especially since my seizures didn't start immediately after the injury (it took them several months to begin, which actually isn't unusual, and also might be partially due to the fact that the doctor I saw after the injury put my on an anti-convulsant for off-label treatment of nerve pain in my neck...which might have suppressed any seizures I would have otherwise had at the time). But I digress...

So anyway, I have epilepsy now. I'm on medication for it, which is resulting in some fun side effects. The most annoying one is the aphasia. Yep, my speech is a bit off - the wrong word comes out, or the come out jumbled (either the letters within the word or the order of the words within the sentence, both happen). Especially if I speak too quickly. Also, my typing is all messed up. It's like I've become dyslexic, which is super fun (especially given that I'm in the process of trying to get into grad school for English Language & Literature right now). The aphasia is also anomic, which means I should probably look into getting a thesaurus app for my phone before I go nuts.

In other news, James and I now have a dog (we got him almost three weeks ago). He's a rescue, a Plott Hound/Doberman mix, about 5 months old (almost 6 now!), and his name is Oswald (we call him Ozzie). He's adorable, and he's eaten two of my shoes so far. He's also a poop machine. Amusingly, I can't smell his urine (another fun side-effect of the medication I'm on). So if I think he has pissed inside (he has the occasional accident when he's over-excited), I have to ask James to check to see if it's dog pee or just water, because I can't tell the difference.
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Harassment is never acceptable, in any form. But there is a kind of harassment that is largely ignored by our society, and that is the harassment that women receive from men when they are out and about in public. That's right. Commonly known as "street harassment" or "catcalling," most people either pretend that it doesn't happen, or that there's nothing wrong with it. Many people say that the women are "asking for it." After all, if women don't want to be aggressively hit on, propositioned, harassed, touched, and even assaulted by men, they shouldn't leave their homes, right?

Wrong. Here's one article about this form of harassment, and how some women are beginning to fight back.

Staghunts on Tumblr posted the following photo and story, and encouraged others to share it and spread the word. Since then, Tumblr has been systematically removing the photo and story from their site, and Staghunts has had to repost it several times, as have others who have reblogged it. As such, I'm posting it here, off of Tumblr, with the photo hosted on my own private webspace, where Tumblr cannot touch it.

Image and text under link. )

Tumblr

Sep. 23rd, 2012 12:58 pm
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I was bored, and as is so often the case, this led to mischief. I have given in to the swell of technology and joined tumblr.

Unstructured Meanderings of an Insatiable Mind

I have resisted this trend until now, because I am wary of the casual approach to content ownership that "reblogging" promotes. However, I believe that to truly understand something, one must participate in that thing, and that censure without experience is pointless. So I delve.

Also, setting up my theme was fun.
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If you read this journal, you probably know about Ǝrəšiš, my custom creation. A LOT of hours of work went into making this girl. She was created for the 2011 Uncanny Dreams doll art show in Seattle, WA, as one of my display pieces. I hand-worked every part of her. Of all of my dolls, she is truly "mine."



Since then, she has been incorporated into the sign for my Innamorata Eyes display when I attend conventions as a vendor.



I've had many people approach me and ask to purchase her, both at the conventions and online. Of course, she isn't for sale, and never will be. I'm very attached to her. In fact, she even has more than one mirror! (So that she can "change outfits," so to speak.)

However, spurred on by how many people love her, I've recently decided to make a second mirror ABJD and offer it for sale. I have already acquired the mirror that I am going to use, and it is gorgeous - heavy, solid metal, and brass-plated, with an ornate border and beveled glass.

My dilemma in this project is threefold:

1) I'm torn on whether I should offer this as a complete custom doll, made to someone's specifications (up to a point - I would, for instance, be willing to incorporate a head that they already own, if it were compatible with one of the bodies that I have here to work with, but would not go on a hunt for specific head XYZ if they wanted it), similar to how I made Ǝrəšiš for myself (eyes made to their specifications, wig made or customized to their desires, jewelry made based on their suggestions, etc), or whether I should simply make a doll that follows my own vision.

2) If I do make a doll that follows my own vision, rather than allowing input from the person who will eventually own it, should I make it male or female? I have the parts here for both, and both would be equally fun and challenging for me.

3) And finally, if I follow option number two, and make the doll without any input from the future owner, should I make it as a full custom (wig, custom urethane Innamorata Eyes, possible outfit/adornments, and head with faceup), or should I let the person who eventually owns it choose their own head (perhaps a floating head that they already own), and just make the body/adornments/perhaps wig, and perhaps offer Innamorata Eyes of their choice with it?

I'm really not sure which of these would be best. All of them could be very enjoyable for me. I really just want to make sure that whoever ends up bringing this doll home will love how it turns out, because I will probably never make another mirror doll again - they just take too much work. I'm trying to figure out which one of the permutations above would best ensure that.
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I've been meaning to put this together for some time, despite how embarrassing it is for both me and for poor, poor Darryl. I mean, really, I'm going to be trotting out photos of his earliest resin shells, from back in the days when I could barely work a camera. But I think it's interesting to see how he has evolved over the years, and how my skill has evolved, both as a photographer and as a doll owner. I chose Darryl for this project for two reasons; he is both my oldest doll (I had other dolls before him, purchased in 2003, but those have completely moved on), and also one of the dolls that I own that has gone through some of the most significant transitions while still remaining recognizable as a permutation of his original self. Because Talon also features so prominently in many of my photos of Darryl, this retrospective focuses somewhat on him, as well. SO! Carry on my wayward son, there'll be peace when you are done.


Circa February, 2005. This image is from one of the first sets of photos I took of Darryl, when he was fresh out of his LE Kohya box from Volks. His default LE faceup was summarily stripped off upon arrival (I don't think I even photographed it), and I replaced it with the clumsy, no-less-effeminate-but-at-least-slightly-less-day-glo one seen in this photo. Talon is also seen in this picture, despite being purchased well after Darryl, because his secondhand hybrid parts (Volks F-16 head, old Souldoll body) arrived before Darryl did. Talon is sporting probably the worst faceup I ever slapped onto a doll, and we're not even going to talk about the materials I used. Remember, this was back in the days shortly after DoA came into being in its present (forum) form, and information on these dolls and how to work on them wasn't widely available. It's amazing I didn't stain him.
The rest of the photos in the retrospective can be seen under the cut. )
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Darryl is back (or at least, Darryl's torso and left thigh are back) from a sojourn in Ireland with the inestimable hane, who made my descriptions of his dragon tattoo a vivid reality. His parts have actually been here for about a week, but I've been giving them a "no-chipping-or-wearing-off" treatment using painted-on coats of clear polyurethane resin (the same resin I use in making my eyes), so I haven't been able to assemble him until now. This tattoo is completely permanent. It will not wear off. In fact, all of the tattooed pieces have been sanded to remove (most of) the glossiness from the urethane coating, so that should give you an idea of just how durable it is. I may give them a hit of MSC or Zouk's spray in the future, just to matte up the parts where there are dips in the sculpt that were hard to sand and that still retain some shine, but I don't know if I'll bother. (I really hate the texture of spray coatings like MSC.)

So without further ado, I give you...Darryl's dragon tattoo.


Three more photos under the cut - warning for nudity. )
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Thinking about getting a Granado Nuevo body for Wren, in sunshine skin. I like the build of the custom Nobility doll body she's currently on, but the posing on it is bad, the resin quality is bad, it has bad seams, the hands and feet are bad (though I do have a pair of jointed hands on order for her - if they ever arrive, it's been over four months), and the breasts are too big. And because of the poor resin, I can't do any subtractive modifications to it (to fix the problems it has) without having to purchase an airbrush, or send it out to someone to be airbrushed so that the modified areas will match. By comparison, the Granado body has the right general shape, is a better height for Wren (a bit taller than the ND body), and the resin on it can be sanded without having terrible color loss, so I can do mods on it to add muscle definition as needed. Plus, it's a great poser. And I already know that I love Granado's bodies, since I have their 64cm male one. The only things I don't love about the Granado body are the length of the thighs (they're a bit long in proportion to her overall leg length), and I'm not sure how I feel about the hip joint (it looks like it might not be able to splay outward - but that's something I could probably fix, if it is indeed the case). Of course, I don't even know if the resin would match, since I haven't been able to find any Iplehouse Real Skin/Granado Sunshine skin comparison photos...but this purchase wouldn't be for at least 2-3 months, anyway.

Pondering, pondering.
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Information about my eyes can be found here. All of my eyes are hand-made by me in urethane resin. I use premium quality materials.

Note that in some of these pictures, some of the eyes appear to have pupils that are not round. That is due to the angle of the photo and the light refraction in the dome (like when you put a straw in a glass of water and it looks like the straw is bending). All of my eyes have perfectly round pupils, which are themselves domed. This gives the eyes more depth and a "following" quality not seen in eyes with flat pupils.

Some eyes have bubbles, but unless they are obtrusively placed, very large, or there are lots of them, I don't discount for that. Bubbles are almost never visible when the eye is in a doll. If the eye has more than one or two very small bubbles, they have been noted in the description, and bubbles that I consider objectionable have been taken into account in the pricing.

All of my 12mm eyes are $45 per pair and all of my 10mm eyes are $40 per pair, unless marked otherwise.

Shipping is $6 domestically for up to 10 pairs of eyes. All eyes come packaged in black plastic double-walled jars to protect them from light when in storage and to protect them during transit.

Please PM me or eMail me (maxwellsdemon02@yahoo.com) if you are interested in purchasing any of the eyes shown here. Eyes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The eyes for sale are under this cut. )
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These are stock from the convention that didn't sell, so I'm offering them online. I will also be listing some 12mm eyes and a small number (4 pairs) of 10mm eyes within the next day or so. (If you would like to purchase some of these 16mm or 14mm eyes, but think you might also like some of the 10mm or 12mm eyes, just let me know and I will reserve your selected 16mm/14mm eyes for you until the 10mm and 12mm eyes are photographed and I have them posted for you to peruse.)

Information about my eyes can be found here. All of my eyes are hand-made by me in urethane resin. I use premium quality materials.

Note that in some of these pictures, some of the eyes appear to have pupils that are not round. That is due to the angle of the photo and the light refraction in the dome (like when you put a straw in a glass of water and it looks like the straw is bending). All of my eyes have perfectly round pupils, which are themselves domed. This gives the eyes more depth and a "following" quality not seen in eyes with flat pupils.

Some eyes have bubbles, but unless they are obtrusively placed, very large, or there are lots of them, I don't discount for that. Bubbles are almost never visible when the eye is in a doll. If the eye has more than one or two very small bubbles, they have been noted in the description, and bubbles that I consider objectionable have been taken into account in the pricing.

All of my 16mm & 14mm eyes are $50 per pair, unless marked otherwise.

Shipping is $6 domestically for up to 10 pairs of eyes. All eyes come packaged in black plastic double-walled jars to protect them from light when in storage and to protect them during transit.

Please PM me or eMail me (maxwellsdemon02@yahoo.com) if you are interested in purchasing any of the eyes shown here. Eyes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The eyes for sale are under this cut. )
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These 16mm eyes were experiments. I'm pleased with how they're turning out.



And these 12mm eyes are "Special Editions." They'll be priced a bit higher than my usual eyes, as the materials are a bit more costly and slightly harder to work with. They contain natural moonstones. It was hard getting a decent picture of them. These photos still don't do them justice. The moonstone pupil isn't visible until the light hits it. These are the kind of eyes that will look cool in photos, but that really have the most impact in person, since they change and move with the light.



Both pairs will be stock for my booth at the convention in Poulsbo, WA, on May 26th.

A Good Day

Apr. 25th, 2012 11:59 pm
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It was a good birthday. I basically slept all day, which is always nice. However, in the morning hours before sleeping, I finished making the multi-eye master mold for my 10mm eyes, so now I can cast more than one eye at a time. Of course, it's just the first step in the long eye process, but it makes that step a lot faster when it's producing six eyes (or more, if I use multiple molds) per pour instead of one. And I've spent the evening casting 10mm eyes. I'm almost out of white resin, though. It looks like I'll have to order more before the convention, if I want to have the 100 pairs I was hoping to offer.

I spent yesterday evening making velvet bloomers for Tsura. I still need to finish putting the trim on them - ran out, had to order more - but they look good, even so. Between that and all the eye stuff, I feel productive.

I am currently eating Taco Bell. This is also rewarding.