Sunday, May 20, 2012

Adi, a Forest Baby



Hello everyone!
   Have we really not talked since the middle of winter...
 It seems like it's only been been a moment or two.
I can hardly believe that Spring is here in full bloom
 and winter is now all wrapped up in memories. 
Memories made of long winter hours spent bent over my desk
laboring the hidden details of dollmaking.
 Hours that passed by without my even knowing.
Do any of you ever get lost in the details?!
Details like jointing.
Honestly, I am shamed to tell you that ball jointing stymies the nontechnical area of my brain.  And since there seems to be no technical area there at all,
ball jointing evades me. 
 In my Doll Room right now sits my efforts at sculpting a winsomely beautiful BJD girl. 
She has had to grow used to living with me, because she is not going anywhere. 
Her body parts are not near as pretty as her face...sigh.  
So, I am content to watch from afar
 the tremendously awesome BJD artists who have mastered the art
of sculpting perfectly matched doll body parts. 
 I am one of their greatest admirers.
 In the meantime, I have been carrying on with my own little jointing configuration.
In the form should I say it... SJD...silicone jointed doll.  :)
Please meet Adi, a Forest Baby, my first SJD. 
 She is 8 inch scale, measuring 6 inches in a curled up position,
and has has 14 points of friendly articulation, including her wrists and ankles.
 Although her movement is hindered by layers upon layers of permanent clothing,
she is still able to cuddle down into her moss bed comfortably.  
 Her legs and arms are sculpted of Apoxie for strength and durability,
 built around an armature of silicone cable with other assorted things to help her hold her pose. 
Adi's head, hands and feet are sculpted of Cernit and Fimo.
 Detailed with genesis paints, earth powders and chalks.
Tiny elven slippers, too. 
A  baby needs a cradle.
This winter, cabin fever was often cured by spending afternoons walking through the forest. 
One such afternoon, my sons found a beautiful large knothole
  next to the remnants of a campfire.
After cleaning and adding moss, the shape of a heart appeared!
 The cradle base is the sawed off end piece of a small log from my husband's wood yard.
   A small branch serves as a dowel to secure the knothole to the wood base. 
 Overall, the piece measures 8 inches tall by 11 inches long. 
If the forest were thy nursery,  it's canopy the shade, 
 If ancient stumps formed thy cradle, and it's moss the bed made,
If fallen leaves became the quilting, with tiny acorns for thy play....
I would gladly make the dream she flies on, a forest-grown bouquet.
My forest grown bouquet.
I hope to show you next a miniature Pippi who is also an SJD :)
in a moment or twoooo...
love, Rose