Winter Blush Stella Update

Just a note to catch you all up on the past Stella preorder in Winter Blush that ended in February.

About 2 weeks ago I received My order from the casting house but sadly there was a huge mistake and they sent all the wrong color resin. The box was full of Stella in Desert Sand resin, the same as the first order which many of you already have.

Luckily I have a very good relationship with the factory and they negotiated with the casting department to have the proper color cast right away with no wait time.

Thank goodness! I was in panic mode.

I was hoping to have all the dolls shipped right about now but with this delay it’s going to be a couple more weeks before they arrive to me.  The dolls were shipped today, July 16th and should arrive to my broker in Texas in about 8 days then hopefully not too long coming through customs in Mexico.

I already have all the sewing done and wigs made so once she arrives I will be able to paint, paint, paint and get her shipped within 6-8 days.

Fingers crossed for a speedy delivery, I’ll let you know when they arrive here. Sorry for the delay but sometimes there is a weenie bump in the road 🙂

On another note: I now have some unexpected Desert Sand Stellas in my studio that I will be doing up as one of a kinds. If you missed out on her or are interested in another of this precious girl please drop me a line.  I have about 5 dolls to sell and the rest will be coming to the MDCC show in New Orleans in September with me.

Dolly love and HUGS!

Rhonda

Stella wig tutorial

Ok, so you have a gorgeous piece of Tibetan fur and the pattern for a Stella wig, now what?

The fur and pattern can be found here in my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/561498030/make-your-own-custom-stella-wig

For those of you that haven’t done a lot of sewing I thought it would be a great idea to post a short tutorial on how to go about making a wig for Stella.

This wig pattern is my own design and I kept it simple enough for anyone to sew. It can be done either on a machine or by hand.

If you are using a sewing machine I suggest either using a leather needle or a heavier regular needle like a #14 or 16. I forgot to change my lighter #11 out and it broke pretty quickly.

So here we go!

  1. Determine the direction of hair growth and lay your pattern with the arrow going the same direction as the hair. Trace around the pattern, flip the pattern over and trace it again for the second piece.
  2. Cut the pieces out using an Exacto knife. When you are cutting fur it’s important to try to cut just through the hide and not the fur on the other side. If you use scissors you may get some bare areas where you cut the fur away.
  3. With the right sides together sew the dart on both pieces. I use about a 1/4 inch seam allowance and then trim the finished seam to 1/8 inch to remove bulk.
  4. With the right sides together pin and sew around the top of the wig. Trim the seam to 1/8″
  5. Awesome job! Almost finished.
  6. Now we will turn the front of the wig under so the raw edge of the hide doesn’t show. Contact cement is really the best ting to use for this. Paint Contact Cement on the front edge about 1/2 inch wide. Wait for it to dry which is usually when the shine goes away then fold over and press the edge together. I like to use clips to hold it for about 15 minutes. As you can see you can use an array of different things to do the job.
  7. Time to cut and or style your wig…or you can just leave it as it is. Because this is natural fur you can use all the same styling products that you would on your own hair. I like to use a spray leave in conditioner, sometimes mousse and hairspray. I gave my wig some messy braids and cut some bangs/fringe.
  8. In a future tutorial we will look at making more complex wigs and adding extensions….happy wigging!

You can find lots of great colors for Stella wigs in my Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/561498030/make-your-own-custom-stella-wig-full

One of my collectors, did a wonderful job with her wig and and shares her success with us, thanks so much Lin!

Stella Updates and my traveling studio

 

I have been way behind on posting updates here on the site, but have been managing to get them onto FaceBook for any of you that follow me there.

So here I am finally getting a chance to make a much needed post 🙂

I arrived in Canada from Mexico on August 25th to set up my temporary studio and get ready for the arrival of all the Preorder Stella’s.

My traveling companion, Tinker and I, and all of my STUFF has invaded the home of my great friends who don’t seem to mind me taking over the place with all my mess for a couple of months….thank goodness for excellent friends!

 

Come September 7th, it was just like Christmas day in the house when 3 tightly packed boxes of the girls arrived…woohooo! Finally it was time to get down to work, snipping, painting, sewing, there was fur flying I can tell you!

Blank dolls and faced up only dolls were the first to go out and I was able to get the bulk of them shipped off to their new homes last week.

Rave reviews from collectors are already coming in….I love you guys!

I have all of the wigs sewn, most of the clothes for fullset outfits done and dyed and will be sending out more Paypal invoices this weekend for shipping.

 

Any Fullset dolls that were ordered directly from my website will be going out next. Then all the dolls ordered through the Denver Doll Emporium store will be shipped. Last but certainly not least will be the 3 one of a kind dolls that were purchased.

I will be wrapping up here and heading back home to Mexico October 27th. By then It’s going to be getting way too cold here in Alberta for this girl and her trusty chihuahua.

I am hoping to make a few of Stella’s stray cats, Princess available before I have to leave if time permits.

I do plan on being back again in March with Stella’s new little brother Ethan to do a bit of work on our way to The Quinlan Doll and TeddyBear show in Philadelphia April 12-14 /2018

Meanwhile there are shoes and eyes available for Stella in my Etsy shop and I’ll be adding some clothing there as I can.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CreamSodaBJD

Back to work!