Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Doll Clothes, Wigs, Hats and Commissions UPDATE

It's been about a month since my last blog post. So sorry about that. I really want to do more regular tutorials, but for some reason July just exploded for me with commissions- and that is a really good thing.

It's a funny thing, that I do 99 Monster High and Ever After High OOAK customs or repaints to every ONE Barbie I do, yet 90% of my commissions are for Barbies. I did OOAK Barbie dolls for 12 years, so my commission base is largely from people who knew me as a Barbie artist.

In the past several weeks I have had commissions for a Britney Spears- Scream and Shout doll, Storm ( Halle Barry ) from -Men, the singer Lorde, James from Twilight, and the Goddess Freya. These were all Barbie based. There were also a couple repaints thrown in as well.

On the Monster High side of things, I have made a Draculaura fairy that may just be my most favorite doll of all time, a custom Wisp ( from a GiGi Grant doll ), as well as several custom doll wigs.

 The above Draculaura Fairy was a commission and is now residing in France.

On top of all the commissions I decided that I wanted to stock my Etsy Store with lots of custom Monster High doll clothes, including dresses, pants & tops combos, gowns, and deluxe mermaid sets. Keep in mind that in all these years I have not made removable clothing as all my dolls were OOAK with the costumes permanently sewn on. So all of these removable doll clothes were a new thing for me.

Then I decided that hat making looked fun. I always enjoyed making custom witches, so witch hats were added to my Etsy store. They fit Monster High, Ever After High and Tonner Dolls. I really like fancy, slightly over-the-top while staying away from gaudy hats, hence my fancy smancy witch hats. See the hats here.

 And not everyone is going to want or need a witch hat, so I made some really cool and sophisticated regular hats.  These are all for sale on Etsy.

And then I decided I better keep on top of my wig making, so I made 30 or so wigs. I make most wigs of assorted fibers such as Teeswater locks, Wensleydale, Cotswold or Mohair. I also use Tibetan lamb for some wigs. AND I taught myself how to make wigs from wefted saran hair that look almost like a professionally made wig. I am proud of that...LOL!!! I haven't had time to make any for sale YET but I will be making some for my Etsy store once all these commissions are out of here. Unless, of course more come in.


I would really love to make more removable wings for the Monster High girls, but as you can see...unless I stay up all night long, that isn't happening for a while.

And lastly, I am going to revive a skill I taught myself last summer. I learned how to spin yarn on a drop spindle so that I could make my own dreadlocks for my dolls and my doll wigs. It's a good thing I learned as the lady who I purchased dreadlocks from for the past ten years doesn't seem to be making them anymore. So, I may offer custom spun dreadlocks in my Etsy store eventually.

I made these dreadlocks myself! 

And, on the supply side of things, I am also considering offering Tibetan Lamb fur for making doll wigs. Maybe even wig caps. So full of ideas that I need an extra 8 hours each day to do all this.

If you wonder how anyone has time for all this doll customizing, it is because this is my job. It is ALL I do, 10-12 hours a day, six days a week.  This is my full time profession, so all the time I can devote to it, I do.

So that's the update! Talk to you soon. I hope.