Thanks so much to everyone who adopted this special little Sprite.
I have finished all of her sewing and wigs and now working on getting all her little sprite shoes made. Every last detail of my dolls are made here in my studio, from the sculpting to wigs, eyes, shoes, bags and everything in between.
I am more than likely the only doll artist, that doesn’t source out some or all parts of the process. Call me crazy but I love to have my hands in everything from start to finish, so yes it can take longer to get your dolls but it’s very much worth the wait.
So for now I leave you with some pictures of Sprite Nola and back to the studio I go!
Ethan and Ethel, are Stella’s twin brother and sister and she’s been so excited about them arriving.
The trio will be showing in Philadelphia at the Clarion Hotel & Convention Center April 12-14. I have made a few artist casts just for pictures and when we return from the show I will set up a preorder.
Tentative dates: April 8-May 8,2018
I will only be doing 1 preorder for these cuties. After they will only be available as one of a kind fullsets as I have time to do them.
If you want one at preorder pricing, which is 10% cheaper please purchase your doll during the preorder period.
I have lots of new things to tell you, I have been incredibly busy in the studio since I returned home to Mexico from chilly Alberta, Canada.
The work on Stellas went very well and she sold right out. I didn’t even get to keep one for myself, hoping to remedy that with the next preorder.
Speaking (or rather…typing) of that, it’s coming up! I am planning one for the end of January. Stella will be offered in my custom resin color, Winter Blush. It’s lighter than the Desert Sand of the previous order dolls and equally as pretty.
Fullset dolls will come with a special limited edition outfit and handmade shoes especially for her.
GREAT STELLA STUFF
I LOVE creating for Stella!
I have been working on some designs for outfits and dress sets for our special girl.
Each outfit is carefully designed, sewn and hand dyed by me and then finished with all those tiny little details my collectors have grown to love and expect from me.
I will generally spend about 5 days making an outfit as I like to do the basic sewing and then let it sit a bit until I find just the perfect finishing touches, dying ribbons, making buttons etc….
NEW~ I am now designing shoes and boots for Stella, how exciting is that? I am having lots of fun with it with new designs rumbling in my head daily…actually nightly til about 3am to be more accurate 🙂
With the same love and attention to detail as goes into my outfits the new footwear is sure to please even the most discerning collector, made right here in my studio, one shoe at a time.
Since his debut with Stella at the Quinlan Doll and Teddy Show in Philadelphia last year Princess has captured the hearts of many including Stella.
Each stray kitty is sculpted by me in studio and no molds have been created of him. He has so far been released in my Etsy shop in 2 different poses and I hope to add a new pose each month as time permits.
He is the perfect size for MSD (16 inch) dolls. Do you have room for an adorable, loving stray in your home?
I have been working on some great new colors to add to my selection of Tibetan Lamb fur, you are going to love these!
Fantasy colors, great for your mermaids, trolls or fun loving dollies.
I’m hoping to be finished these and have them in the shop about the end of January.
ALSO new for the shop are fur pieces cut specifically for making your own Stella wigs. These pieces come in a variety of different colors and will come with the pattern I designed and use for Stella. Easy to sew with just one seam. You can sew it either on a machine or by hand.
Ever since I arrived in Mexico shipping has been a big challenge.
The problem is that Mexican post is very slow and not always reliable as far as actually delivering. I find that the postal service is great for inexpensive items like and they generally arrive anywhere in 3-6 weeks. I am not comfortable using the service for shipping dolls. So I experimented with shipping through Fed Ex which is super expensive here and generally costs about $150 to use. I resorted to paying half the shipping so my customers weren’t being surprised by a huge bill after saving up for a doll. Well it didn’t take long for my bill to take a toll either so onto my new solution…
I am now shipping once every week or 2 depending on how many orders I have, kind of group order style.
I address each order and prepay shipping using USPS and then put them all into a big box together which gets shipped to my courier in California (thanks Christopher). Once the box arrives in California all the parcels inside are taken to USPS and shipped on to you the collector.
It’s a bit more work on our end but it saves you guys a lot of money in shipping and takes no more time to arrive than it would if I had shipped directly to you through Mexican post…AND you get a tracking number!
SO if you are looking at ETSY and see that your item looks like it hasn’t shipped yet it’s because I’m waiting a few days for the box to get full, no worries I haven’t forgotten about your order.
Off and on over the past year I have been working on an idea for my version of a Catrina doll, quite unlike the traditional Catrina.
Here in Mexico the Catrina doll is a character that has become a part of the big celebration Dia de los Muertos.
La Catrina as we know her originated with Jose Guadalupe Posada, considered the father of Mexican printmaking. Born in 1852.
Since her beginnings in illustrations of political and social satire during times of revolution, Catrina has moved into a role of literal and metaphorical poster child for the Day of the Dead, symbolizing the joy of life in the face of its inevitable end.
Now La Catrina is the beloved grand dame of Mexico’s dance with death 365 days a year, appearing in movies, drawings, sculpture and taking on such roles as mermaids, brides and the all-around icon of celebrations.
The dolls will be on display at the boutique gallery Lujo Lifestyle in Bucerias, Mexico and will be sold through my Etsy shop and Facebook.
If you are interested in purchasing one please contact me here through the contact us form or facebook. Fully poseable she about 14 inches tall to the top of her head and 19 inches including her hair. She can be displayed on or off her custom doll stand.
The Maribel sculpt was originally done in paper clay and then cast by myself in white resin. Please note that these artist casts are not perfect and may have a bubble or 2. I have incorporated any imperfections into the design of the doll so they look like they are supposed to be there. It actually worked out beautifully making the resin look porous in places like naturally aged bone.
Maribel comes with her own custom stand and her mask of her former alive self. Her custom wig is made of wool with metal decorations and finished with an amethyst and crystals. I made the wig with magnets so it is detachable for easy shipping.
The stockings and shoes are painted on, and her clothing and eyes are not removable.
All the jewellery, clothes and tiny details were also made especially for this doll.
“The days of the Dead” is a time of celebration which refers to the Days of October 31 – November 2. October 31 is Halloween or All Hallows eve. November 1 is “el Dia de los innnocentes” or the day of the children and All Saints Day. November second is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. During this time candles, flowers and the favorite foods of the deceased are placed on the grave and the family visits, eats, sings and tells favorite stories about those who have passed.
Altars are usually decorated with flowers, candles, pan de muerto, ceramic skulls, and most importantly pictures of loved ones.
Drinks should be placed in the altar to quench the thirst of the dead after their long journey back home.
Salt is considered the spice of life and is one the staples that are often left at the altar.
The rituals used to celebrate the day are varied and colorful. Yet, all carry the same message, celebrating the day of the dead is a true celebration of life.
Here are some pictures of her progress. I am also working on 2 more one of a kind dolls in this series.
A little about my vision for Stella, OR more correctly, Stella’s vision for herself.
She is about 40cm tall with a slim type body and an oversized head. Normally this size body would have about an 6-8 inch head (measured around the top of the head) Stella’s head will be about 11 inches.
I am now working on the 5th head for her as she didn’t approve of the first 4.
Fussy girl she is, she knows what she wants and it took me a while to get it right 🙂
Yay!! We finally got her a head that we are both happy with, now we can get on with the rest of her 🙂
This would be a great time to give awesome thanks to Christopher for putting time in to edit my videos for me!……I am kinda clueless when it comes to that sort of thing and would rather be sculpting than learning how to edit vids.
Well that was FUN…Let’s see some more! Who knew there was so much to making a BJD. It usually takes me a year to make a master doll of part time sculpting. I mean with life happening.
If I sculpt 18 hours a day which I did quite often with Stella I can make better time and cut that down to about 5 months. I get a bit delirious and some pretty great things happen amongst having a whole lot of conversation with myself and the doll 🙂 Oh yeah, I LOVE what I do!
THE LAST VIDEO ON FINISHING STELLA WILL BE POSTED IN A COUPLE OF DAYS!….STAY TUNED
An update on Stella’s stats:
wig size 11 inches, eyes 22-24mm, height 40cm or 16 inches, shoes- yosd, she will wear many yosd clothes though her legs are longer than usual. Stella is pictured with in standard yosd pumpkin pant and top which could be a short dress on a standard size yosd doll.
IDTS (International Doll & Teddy show) in Asheville, North Carolina, is just around the corner and I am working like crazy to get ready for it.
If you’re going to be attending I can hardly wait to meet you! This will be my first ever doll show so it’s pretty exciting for me. I’ll be there with The Professional Doll Makers Art Guild, booths 1-8 when you come into the show, Can’t miss me 🙂
I’ll be introducing my new OOAK Flower Fairies at the show, 10 inches of pure cuteness in these special little magical characters. Each has her own wonderful personality that’s uniquely her own.
I have also designed a “Make your own Fae” kit that’s stuffed full wonderful goodies to make your own special elf or fairy, including an in depth instructional video. These are addictive and you’ll want to make them for all your friends.
A couple of other new products I am very excited about are, “Simple Sanders”, an amazing new sanding sponge that I have found. For the past 7 years I have been using 3M sanders like most other doll makers and they were doing the trick thus far …sort of. I was still having to tear corners off to get into hard to reach or tiny areas, or worse…resorting to wrapping a toothpick with sandpaper. Sanding for the most part was not a pleasant thing for me. ENTER….. “Simple Sanders”, these had no name when I found them, but I figured something so noteworthy deserved a name 🙂
The Sanders in this photo have been cut in half, full size is 4 ¾” x 3 ¾” x ½”
I am now using Simple Sanders for everything and sanding has become something relaxing that I actually look forward to, YAY!
I am the only one to date that handles these sponges in the US. They are made by a wonderful woman in Canada, believe it or not…nope not made in China.
These sanders are very soft and flexible making it possible to get into even the tiniest of spaces. I can’t say enough about them, they have replaced any other sanding tools I used to use.
Another BIG added bonus is they last and last and last. I put this product to the test and used it almost daily for a year and it still looks new, has not fallen apart or lost it’s grit. In comparison my 3M’s were garbage after about 2 months of use.
I currently have the fine and extra fine grits in stock and will also be carrying the course and medium. These will also be in my ETSY shop mid June after the doll show and I will have samples at the show for anyone interested. Trust me you are going to be blown away! Retailing for $2.50each
Also I have been lucky enough to come across the most beautiful Tibetan Lamb fur also to be debuting at the show and in my ETSY shop soon. This fur is incredibly lush and thick with gorgeous curls and nice length 4.5 to 6 inches long. Standard pieces 4X4 inches will be $6.50, I will be offering other sizes as well
Other products coming to the shop are:
inexpensive and custom sculpting tools
individual Fae kit components such as armatures, bases and resin legs and feet
In case that wasn’t enough there is a big move planned for our near future. I have spent a couple of winters in Bucerias, Mexico and fallen in love with the culture, the people and the general feel and atmosphere of this special artsy, culturally saturated little town . We have decided to make the full-time move in August. Pretty darn exciting! I have always loved sculpting in Bucerias and have a new line of dolls planned once we arrive and get the studio all set up. Also something very few people know about me is I also love to paint and create in mixed media, which I intend to explore in abundance in the new studio.
AND……. let’s not forget…. I will be hosting destination classes for anyone interested in spending a week or so immersed in lush culture, sand, sun, margaritas and heaps of creativity!
The casting house has done a great job as usual, they are not the quickest or the cheapest but they are the best in my opinion.
Our girl is super fun to play with so I’ve been spending a little extra time with her 🙂
Lacey is a slim MSD 17 inches/43cm tall with 21 points of articulation giving her lots of mobility.
This girl has a ton of personality and is begging or many different looks. I can hardly wait to see what collectors have envisioned for her.
Lacey has a decorative back piece that fits a key that will hang on a necklace. I sculpted this because while I was working on her I saw her as a forgotten attic toy so I’m looking forward to doing her up this way.
This is the way she measures out for everyone that likes to sew and make wigs:
I’m working now on getting her preorder page ready.
She will be in my “Desert Sand” resin which is a lovely slightly translucent normal with peachy undertones.
For preorder she will be offered either blank or nude with a faceup. I will be working on her default faceup this week and will post pictures as soon as I have it finished.
I will be doing some one of a kind fullsets for sale after all of the preorder dolls have been shipped out.
Preorder will run from Nov 21st to Dec 17th
Layaway will be available for either 2 or 3 payments.
Here are a few pictures of our playtime so far
Be sure to check out Lacey’s gallery page for tons of more pictures, this girl LOVES the camera!
Please meet Anna, the 6th doll in my Silent Souls series.
Anna is a bit smaller than my last few girls standing at about 20 inches tall (51cm)
This precious girl is made on my “Bendy Body” giving her loads of posing possibilities.
Layers of hand dyed and distressed fabrics and laces were added to create her outfit.
Anna’s head, hands, neck, chest and legs were lovingly sculpted from a lump of paperclay. All her clay parts were dried for several days and painted in layers of acrylics and watercolors. I made her wig especially for her topping her off in tons of loose bouncing ginger waves and curls.
Mister, Anna’s favorite toy bunny has jointed arms and legs and was created by hand to match the style of the doll.
I hope you like her 🙂
UPDATE: I have changed Anna’s boots from her original clay ones to leather boots as in this picture.
My little Emily, with a bit of a mischievous personality is the newest addition to the “Silent Soul” girls.
Emily’s head, chest plate, hands and lower legs are sculpted from paper clay. After the sculpting the parts are layered in 4 coats of a flesh tone acrylic paint, then they are carefully detailed with watercolor paints and pastels before finally getting several coats of a clear top coat for protection.
All of these parts are eventually attached to her soft body which is also wired and weighted allowing movement and a stable sit.
The neck and head also move on a ball joint adding personality.
The clothes are designed right on the doll body and are not removable. Each piece is meticulously stitched either by hand or machine.
Emily’s wig is made of Angora Goat fibers with each part being attached separately and then set on rollers for her curly tousled look.
The hours and love that go into these dolls is extensive, taking me about 2 weeks of 10 hour days to finish.
Emily stands about 23 inches or 59cm tall. She does not stand on her own.
All of my Silent Soul dolls are registered with the International Art Doll Registry so they each have unique identification numbers.
Although paper clay is quite durable and will not break under normal circumstances, this doll is considered a piece of art and not recommended as a child’s toy.
Emily comes with a doll stand, her artist’s COA tag, and IADR registration COA.
It always amazes me when these girls come to life from nothing more than a lump of paper clay, a pile of fabric and of course a ton of love.
The head, breast plate, hands and lower legs/feet have been sculpted in paper clay and then painted using acrylics, watercolors and pastels. Everything has been sealed with several coats of sealer for protection.
My “Bendy Body” is made of muslin and wired for great posing. The head is also ball jointed for maximum attitude.
Aeris’s clothes are designed and made directly on the body and are not removable with the exception of her necklace and hat which can be removed.
I had great fun making her hat and Steampunk accessories. A lot of attention to detail has made up the wonderful personality of this doll.
My “Silent Soul” dolls come with their COA tags as well as being registered with The International Art Doll Registry.
This doll has been made without the use of molds of any kind and is a true one of a kind. No molds have been taken of her and she will NOT be reproduced at any time by me, the artist Rhonda Ingram-Calhoun.
Well after a long move, we kicked it off right with a grand trip to the County Fair!
Lily was first in line for festive face painting by the talented Cecile of Heliantas.
Full of giggles and a bit of cotton candy she was off again dragging me along straight toward an extremely tall clown with the most colorful bunch of balloons I had ever seen. Lily carefully selected a pretty red one and once again we were dashing off in the direction of the ferris wheel……..
Lily has been in my personal collection and is now ready to find her forever home.
Lily is an Artist’s proof one of a kind. The resin is normal yellow and a color that I only received this one doll in. I will not be offering this color in the future.
For collectors that are unfamiliar with Lily she does have molded panties with attached lace
She comes as a fullset doll including:
Lily artist’s proof doll -resin normal yellow (yo-sd 27cm)