I finally put all my toys for dolls to good use and created a set of Ethan’s doll room. Besides doll customizing, he also likes robots, radio controlled things, steampunk, and sewing, so I put in appropriate miniatures in those categories. Continue reading New set: Ethan’s doll studio — and some new dolls for dolls!
Little Allison and Little Theo went to my parents’ house with me and played with their boats in the puddles. Sadly the puddles were not deep enough for the boats to float, but they tried. Continue reading The Little Dorks in…Boating!
Little Silence and Ethancitx went out in Little Silence’s Motorwagen this afternoon! With temps nearing 70, I took them to the waterfront, right in front of the wastewater treatment plant. [P.U.!] It was too blustery for me to show them starting the car and getting into it, so I just showed them driving. The model is a Franklin Mint 1:8 scale reproduction of an 1885 Benz Motorwagen, the first factory line gas-powered car. It’s too small for 1:6 scale adults, but it’s perfect for 1:6 scale kids!
The Little Dorks dig into Indian food that Ethan and Meghna made. Continue reading The Little Dorks in…Sleepover! Part II
Ethan [with purple cat ears] and his older sister Meghna [with glasses] bring over some Maharashtrian food that they made.
I got some new 3D printed heads in the mail today from @beetleboo! Continue reading Some new 3D printed heads — Little Theo, Big Theo, and Grownup Amish!
My mom made my kidsies a sleeping bag out of some rainbow fabric I gave her and an old wool blanket she had. What do you do when you’re sleeping over at your bestest friend’s house, and you get cold? D:Continue reading Two Little Dorks in…The Sleeping Bag!
Little Meghna, Amish’s older sister, who somehow became an honorary 7th Little Dork, got her mohair wig earlier this week. Now she’s permed up in her late 1980s/early 1990s glory! Shown her with Little Amish. Continue reading Little Meghna and Meghna II
Improvements on recent dolls:
Continue reading Recent doll work: Meghna, Amish, Theo
Some small-scale vehicles have recently jointed the local fleet, and I haven’t really done much with them in terms of playing with them. Photos below. Continue reading Recent doll stuff: Vehicles
The Little Dorks encounter a very friendly cat. @natalunasans got me a rather large figure of a munchkin [short-legged] cat recently. Though the cat only has swivel joints, its sculpting works with its articulation to achieve some expressive poses — especially when begging people for pets!
Fidgeting, pestering, chatting, and occasionally even sleeping. Continue reading The Dorklets in… The Sleepout
Damn soda machine, stealing my money!!
Hey, I paid good money for a soda! Continue reading The Little Dorks in The Vending Machine I
After all that melodrama, the two “cooks” [in quotes because they’re not using heat in this instance] prepare a sweet snack for the rest of the gang. Featuring a hammock made by my mom!Continue reading The Little Dorks in Shaved Ice
Who lets these kids play with tools unsupervised?! Continue reading The Little Dorks in Hammock Construction
Ooooooh, lookit that! Continue reading The Little Dorks in Outing #2: Stargazing
Oh, take a hike! Continue reading The Little Dorks in Outing #1: Rest Stop
Again pulled from crappy phone camera.Continue reading Recent projects: Honorine’s new body, BBQ grill, arm improvements
Pulled from my crappy phone camera.Continue reading Recent projects: Device update, vending machine, Little Dorks camping, Gay Coat Barbie
Six Little Dorks and Leon… Continue reading The Little Dorks encounter LEON
In other recent news, I have improved some of my cutest dolls, known collectively as kidsies.
@natalunasans gave me some MGA Rainbow High doll clothing. Big Bill is wearing the rainbow socks and rainbow platform sneakers from one, while Little Bill is wearing the babydoll top and jacket from another. Little Alison looks on adoringly with great WUVS, as usual. Continue reading Recent doll doings I, presented by Bill and Little Bill [with bonus Little Alison]
Four of my favorite dolls are the Little Dorks.Continue reading Double-jointed arm transplants for Mattel Creatable World bodies! The Little Dork Improvement Project…
The Little Dorks came to VTDL yesterday, along with my collection of felted sleeping cats. They played with their toys and then, inspired by the cats, took a nap.Continue reading Vermont Doll Lovers meetup, 02/08/2020
Little Alison and Little Bill got new bodies from Mattel Creatable World dolls. They changed their clothes too. So did the Little Fixit. Now they’re doing some of their favorite activities…Continue reading Little Dorks and their interests
Happy 2200 or 2020 or something from the Little Dorks!
The Little Dorks and Clara [Mattel Nutcracker and the Four Realms doll of Clara, i.e., the only fully articulated Skipper-size body that was around before the Mattel Creatable World line] attended VTDL yesterday. I opened up my two Mattel Creatable World dolls, purchased on sale at the end of November for $10.00, and took pictures of the CW clothes with my Little Dorks.Continue reading Vermont Doll Lovers meetup, 12/21/2019 — the Little Dorks
On November 9th, I took part of my grocery store set to VTDL: the sweets/snacks/candy. I also took the Little Dorks, who had a great time shopping and eating.
Other photos from VTDL are on the official blargh.
VTDL occurred today. The Little Witch, Carnelian, and Anna attended. The Little Witch had broom lessons and a mishap!! Wordless photostory below. Continue reading Broom lessons for the Little Witch
Amazing dramas involving ice cream and cats filmed in Andrea’s doll room with her backdrops. Continue reading A weekend at Andrea’s house, 07/04-07/07/2019: doll photostories
Part VIII: Friends Make Everything Better. Continue reading Little Shalka Dorks in Introducing Pippi Part VIII
Part VII: Where’d She Go? Continue reading Little Shalka Dorks in Introducing Pippi Part VII
I moved the Little Witch’s head to a more articulated body of better weight, but I needed to do one final thing before she was complete. I needed to bulk up her torso to make her little fats. Continue reading Fattening the Little Witch
Part VI: Playtime. Continue reading Little Shalka Dorks in Introducing Pippi Part VI
Part V: Open House. Continue reading Little Shalka Dorks in Introducing Pippi Part V
After I upgraded the Little Fixit to a 21cm Obitsu body, I felt the need to work on the Little Witch too. I’ve been playing with these dolls more than I expected, and their limited poseability was bothering me. Continue reading Improving the Little Witch’s body and likeness
Part IV: Reading the Story. Continue reading Little Shalka Dorks in Introducing Pippi Part IV
Part III: A Heavy Load. Continue reading Little Shalka Dorks in Introducing Pippi Part III
Part II: Here’s Alison!
Part I: Playing Peacefully.Continue reading Little Shalka Dorks in Introducing Pippi: Part I
I decorated some of my 1:6 scale scenes with cards from my Tarot of the Sweet Twilight by Christina Benintende. I like the twisty, humorous, phantasmagorical designs on almost all cards, so I selected cards for each set based primarily on pictures.
I also gave 75% of the Little Dorks, Alison, the Little Witch, and the Little Fixit, new hands with which they could hold things. Little Bill will get new hands when I have the time. By drilling the holes bit by bit on a low Dremel setting and testing the new wrist pegs frequently, I achieved securely fitting pegs. That’s more than I could ever do when turning the Dremel up to highest speed. No melting plastic either!
Continue reading Today’s 1:6 scale work: new hands and Tarot deco
I walled off a corner of the living room with two bookcases to create a place where I can hang out in my new recliner and have [the illusion of] privacy. Here are the new scenes on these shelves:
These two are adorable together! I added stylized reflections to their eyes. Frankly they probably should have been heart-shaped. 😀 Continue reading Little Alison + Little Bill = WUVS junior
Part IV: A Happy Ending!
Part III: Safety First!
Part II: A False Start. Continue reading Little Shalka Dorks in Fixing the Horse II
The Little Shalka Dorks get busy with a new project: an old toy horse of my mom’s that we rescued from my parents’ attic around last Xmas. Little Alison is the one playing with dolls. Little Bill is the one reading pulp fiction. The Little Witch, in the cape and top hat, is my version of the Master when he was a little girl. The Little Fixit, with alien T-shirt and tool box, is my version of the Doctor as a kid. None of this information is really necessary to understand and enjoy the story.
Part I: The Dorks Gather.
Whenever possible, I like to work with doll supplies on hand, rather than buying new. Therefore, since I wanted to make a Little Bill with the recently released adorable Mattel Skipper Babysitter Inc. AA doll, I used an articulated body that I already had from Mattel Made to Move Gabby Douglas. I yoinked the Babysitter head off the original body and spent several days hacking the MTM body to the appropriate size.
I am never modding an MTM again. Unlike a Spin Master Liv body, which has partly [but not fully] solid limbs and a hollow torso, the MTM body has solid limbs and nearly solid torso pieces. That’s a lot of plastic to cut through.
Furthermore, the proportions of the MTM don’t lend themselves to creating kid bodies. While the Liv’s limbs are largely tubular, thus shortening without much deformation, the MTM’s limbs are just weirdly shaped throughout. The MTM’s elongated ankles are the worst. I cut down the core and limbs until the proportions looked good, then gave up on the ankles. I took out the feet and jammed the stumps into shoes that I filled with Aves Apoxie Sculpt. Covered by clothes, the reduced MTM looks convincingly like a chubby kid.
Another 1:6 scale kid is done chez Modern Wizard. It’s the Little Witch! Continue reading “I am the Little Witch, and you will obey me!”
I customized the one-footed redhead Jakks Pacific Juku Couture Audrina from @glaceleau today. I redressed her in an MGA Bratz dress and some random leggings, then took off her remaining foot. I filled some Mattel Barbie hightops [also from @glaceleau] with
goo+goo=thing Aves Apoxie Sculpt, jammed her leg stumps in them, and made shoefeet. All dolls with Juku Couture heads then gathered for a group shot. All of them are unreasonably adorable. Four kids, and not a lick of fashion sense among ’em. ^_^Continue reading The Juku gang [NB: not an actual gang]
Little Alison is complete! She’s a representation of my interpretation of Doctor Who extended universe companion Alison Cheney, who appears in The Scream of the Shalka. She is a Jakks Pacific Juku Couture Kana head, repainted and rehaired, on a modified Noix de Rome Ninie body. I would have kept her on her original Juku Couture body, but it was all single-jointed, with an inability to sit realistically with thighs together, so I spent much time and labor splicing her onto a Ninie body for the double-ganged arms and knees, plus the realistic thigh position.
For head mods, I removed all original hair and paint, except for eyelashes. Removed a patch of skull to make hair removal easier. Carved out neck hole to fit Ninie neck. Repainted face. Made hair by gluing to scalp in spiral pattern. Made hair band from waistband of Bratz pantz.
For body mods, I wedged part of a fake plastic grape around neck prong to fit larger head opening. Painted neck and breast to roughly match head. Added upper arm swivel joints made of pins sunk into shoulders and held with Aves Apoxie Sculpt. Hot glue provided tight friction fit. Spliced original Juku Couture forearms onto Ninie forearms with Aves Apoxie Sculpt. Ripped off original squidgy feet and sank ankle stumps into plastic Barbie sneakers filled with Aves Apoxie Sculpt. Glued sneakers on ankle posts.
Also of note is that Little Alison is wearing a pair of pants that I handmade all by myself from a pattern that I reverse-engineered correctly on the first try. She was originally wearing some Bratz pantz that were the right length, but did not cover her butt. I ripped apart the pantz and reverse-engineered a pattern from them, being sure to add enough room to cover the butt, even when Little Alison was sitting down. These pants, sewn from stretchy knit, were the result.
I now know how to make two types of shirts, a collared one and a raglan sleeve one, and one type of pants. With this knowledge, I can make serviceable clothes for any of my dolls, no matter what the size. MUAH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!
In other words, all my dolls are going to wear novelty sock sweaters, loud printed cotton shirts, and leggings of questionable taste from now on. Continue reading Behold Little Alison!
I went to @natalunasans’ house for a long weekend, coming back today. My DW dolls met her DW dolls and had several photostories. I also helped her sort some of her massive amounts of 1:6 scale stuff and chose those items that I wanted for myself. Continue reading Small populations from @natalunasans’ house!