In 2005, on impulse, I bought my first resin BJD - Narsha by Dollmore. I had been curious about BJDs for a while and when I saw Narsha I fell head over heals for her - she seemed to me to be the modern embodiment of the wonderful early 20th century gofun dolls of Japan; pale, serene and somewhat other-worldly. She is a bit bigger than the rest of my ten inch gang - much the same size and proportions as Tonner's Betsy/Pru/Sandy McCall size (in fact she wears Tonner Betsy and Pollyanna clothes) but "fits" with them as a slightly older child.
As I say, it was impulse and I knew nothing about the features of the various types of resins being used. It was only later that I learned that my Narsha's French resin has a tendency to turn strongly yellow over time. For a while I thought that, with care, we had avoided this dreaded occurrence, but quite suddenly she succumbed to a bad case of jaundice. Heart breaking!
In 2009 I bought an unpainted Narsha head made out of "regular" resin, thinking I might do the face-up myself. Then not. Then waiting and waiting and waiting for a recommended face-up artist to return to doing commissions after a break to move. Then seeing the work of a new face-up artist and, in April of this year, sending young Narsha's head off on a journey to New Jersey!
And yesterday she arrived home again and I placed the head on a Customhouse Petite Ai body, put on eyelashes, put in eyes and ..... voilà!!!!!
Oh what fun!!!! Thanks Sam!!!! R.