Here's a golden oldie (from 2011). This is one of Berdine Creedy's dolls - Peppermint. I love this fabric!!! Enjoy. R.
Michael and Yoi decided to spend a quiet day enjoying the beautiful fall weather at the mill pond (and yes, they have time traveled a little bit into the future since it isn't this far into fall here yet.)
Michael is floating in the canoe, bird watching ......
... he's pointing at this exotic, migrant swallow that is flying over the pond.
And Yoi brought his large sketch book and pencils and has been drawing the old grist mill. What an artist!!
Froggy just popped up to say "hello".
I apologize for so few posts recently. Shortly after I finished the substantial task of adding the ME drawings to the AE archive pages my old computer and old OS began to fail me and thus I've gone through complete upheaval acquiring a new computer and getting used to a new OS, while also attempting (and failing, sigh) to get a DSL ISP. And when I settled down to take these pictures, I found that my even older camera is failing .... when it rains, it pours!! Hopefully I'm not next!!!!! So now, while I can, I'll wish everyone a happy fall, even if it is a little early!!!
There is less than a week to go before we make the order to the factory for our custom ball jointed Tenner bodies!!
Lots of people have made pre-orders - thank you very much!! To encourage any of you who haven't made up your mind, we are making two special offers: we have reduced the number of dolls per order needed for "quantity discount" from 5 to 3 (the discount is $10 per body) and we are discounting any purchase of the Tenner Dark body by $20 (but please, no "doubling up" on these two discounts and/or the coupon you may have seen offered on eBay.)
Please go to www.dollycraft.com to shop and purchase bodies (there are a few heads left too.)
"Don't let this offer slip away!!" Thanks. R.
Here is a photo of Georgia with our new Tenner BJD body. Not only does it show you what a great student she is in school (she always has her hand up to answer questions, and asks a few too), but it shows you how well her Tenner body models Patsy's Tonner wardrobe. And why shouldn't it - it is pretty much exactly the same size and shape as Tonner's bodies!!!
For more information on the Tenner body please go to www.dollycraft.com
Thanks for looking!! R.
It was a dark and stormy night. Deep in the basement of Joe Pye Towers, Drs. Frank and Stein (aka Annie Laurie and Sudha) were up to something ......
WHAT is going on here????!!!!!!!
I'm not sure about this!!! What are these two up to??
"Apply the tickle treatment, Dr. Frank." "Yes, Dr. Stein."
"Merciful heavens!!! It worked!!!"
That's Ann Estelle!!!
That's Ann Estelle with wrists and elbows and ankles and knees!!! That's a ball jointed Ann Estelle!!!
"I can see!!"
"And now for the final touches."
"Ha ha. What a funny story", you say. But is it JUST a "story"???
Those of you who have followed our blog and website will remember that having a fully articulated, ball jointed body with the color of our Tonner dollies' skin IN the resin has been a dearly held wish by us for many a year now. Well guess what??!!! Our wishes have come true!!!!
With the help of Berdine Creedy, (and Drs. Frank and Stein??) we have created our own ball jointed bodies!!!
Not only did our dreams come true, but if you share that dream with us, it can come true for you too because .... we will be selling our extra bodies!!
Please check out the sales website http://www.dollycraft.com
Excited??? WE ARE!!!! R.
I haven't been doing a good job of keeping up with introductions to the various members of the clan here, have I? Well now is a good time to remedy that and do a small "feature" on Gwennie, who you don't see too often. That's because she's shy and she worries a lot ... about all sorts of things .... like having her picture taken!
Gwennie has the head of a Jacqueline Kent figure attached to a Tonner body. Jacqueline Kent makes lots of different "collectible" figures - not dolls, per se, since they are not meant to be redressed or "played" with, for that matter. They have cloth bodies, with or without armature. The heads and hands (and sometimes feet) are caste in resin, and, in my experience, the heads are solid. Thus Gwennie's head could not be strung onto a Tonner body; it had to be fixed on with glue (hence I used one of the bodies with jointed legs since they do not require stringing to the head to attach to the body.)
Ms. Kent's forte is the wrinkles, lines and character of older folk's faces, but occasionally she will produce a face that looks younger, like Gwennie (who is from the hanging/flying angels set.) I would love to find one of her figures in the correct scale to act as a granny for the gang, but so far the ones I see are either too small or too big. Here is a great Youtube video showing Ms. Kent sculpting a head in time lapse. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JxIngq-ZcI
And here is a little compendium of older photos of Gwennie. Enjoy! R.
Since Jack is one of the kids that is so busy in the kitchen right now (see post of February 4th) it is a good time to spotlight him -- my next "meet the Joe Pye Clan" post. And Jack is also the best kid to start with in introducing the Effner sub-clan, since he was the very first Effner chimera I created.
The "back story", for those of you patient enough to put up with my blathering on and on, starts back in 2006 when I first became aware of the possibilities of doing head transplants using vinyl heads from Michele Severino dolls which were/are just about the same size as the Tonner ten inch doll heads. I quickly added three new girls to the gang! Actually, I'm wrong, the story starts even farther back than that, back to a time before I'd even moved to Wisconsin (which happened in 1991) - I used to visit at cherry picking time each summer, which also coincided with a smallish, yearly doll "show" in the smallish town of Algoma. So after I moved to Wisconsin, it became a happy habit for me to go to the show each year. At the show in 2007 I spotted a porcelain doll head that, fresh from doing Severino head transplants, caught my eye as being very similar in size. "Porcelain head transplants???!!!!" I said to myself. "Oh boy, an entire un-tapped source of new personalities!!!!!" The head, entirely finished and painted with a lot of talent by an unknown doll lover, was made with a Diana Effner mold called "Lacey".
And yes, the head fit OK (but not entirely well) on the Tonner ten inch body. I must admit I had qualms working with a porcelain head (as opposed to vinyl) and the high tension of stringing - and I still do, to this day, but happily have not broken one yet (knock wood!!) Thus was born Jack, named after a grandson of a good friend. There was never any question that this doll was meant to be "Jack" and not "Lacey"!!
Right after this I was extremely lucky to find a large lot of various hard-fired but not painted Effner heads for sale on eBay and began to add more and more Effner personalities to the gang. (I'll hopefully introduce each during the year.) Although I've made a fairly thorough study of the "problem", I have yet to find a fool-proof way to predict whether a certain Effner head will work on/with the Tonner body/neck or not. Her molds are categorized by the height of the doll, and sometimes a head said to be for a twelve inch doll will be smaller than a head said to be for a ten inch doll ..... the "Lacey" sculpt is one of the smaller "twelve inch" doll sculpts, with a diameter of 6.5". (I love Effner sculpts and think she is the most habitually talented doll artist in the industry these days, but my compulsive personality would be happier if there was a more systematic way that the heads and bodies were sized .....) So anyway, even though Jack's head did fit on the Tonner neck, it "sat" a bit high and looked a bit odd from the back, especially if he was wearing a shirt without a collar to cover up the area. I began to wonder if I could find a better resin BJD body to fit the head, all the while keeping in mind that I like to have all the gang sized closely enough to each other that they can all wear the same clothes and shoes.
The solution came in 2011 when I found him a J'aime Rosebay body. (J'aime = the Chinese company; Rosebay = their name for this particular YoSD size doll. In case you go looking, J'aime is no longer in business.) The Rosebay dolls were 10.25" tall, thus just about the same height as Tonner dolls, but, as is true of the current trend in similar sized BJDs, with smaller body proportions (i.e. the proportions of an older child than the Tonner dolls or some of the earliest Asian 1:6 BJDS like the Luts Cutie Delf.) As described in "Whose head is that?" in the "New Looks" section of our website, I painted the pale resin with acrylic paint, leaving the joint areas free of paint since I have yet to find a way to render the painted areas safe from abrasion in the joints. So now Jack not only has a neck to fit his head, he is thoroughly articulated!!! (After the picture below was taken, Michael too got an articulated body [a Luts Cutie Delf] so he is no longer jealous of Jack.)
So there you have Jack's story! Stay tuned to see what he and the girls have prepared in the kitchen for Valentine's day! R.
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