Monday, January 21, 2013

BJD Mito from New York Doll Produsts

  Always looking for something new..This is a new doll mold from
New York Doll Products...When completed she will be a beautiful 
22" porcelain BJD ...Her mold set is quite pricey (975.00) but well worth it
IF you are going to sell her greenware . Lets face it, not all of us can
sculpt...let alone tackle the engineering issues of a ball jointed doll.
BUT there are those of us, given a beautiful piece of greenware, can
create stunning works of Art.
    Yes, these are for all intents and purposes, considered reproductions 
AND are sold as such. No,not originals, but done masterfully, they are stunning works of Art. Many reproduction artists today , whether they replicate the charm of yesterdays dolls ( Bru, Jumeau , Kestner...) or re-creating one of todays modern sculpts from artists such as Effner, Nissen, Gunzel , have quite a following and their creations are highly sought after.
        As far as this young lady goes, according to NYDP copyright requirements on her, one can ONLY sell her SFGW to customers. You can create her for yourself, BUT she cannot be sold as a finished doll for profit. I have only seen photos of the completed doll and she is truly an engineering
and gorgeous work of Art. ( She reminds me of the beautiful sculpts of Koitsukime ) Poured in
porcelain , the creative possibilites are ENDLESS.
      As I have stated before, unless YOU have tried,it is impossible to realize the countless hours of
trial and error original artists put into their work. The engineering and sculpting skills of the Original Doll Artist, learning AND mastering new materials..not to mention mold making, the special nuances of paint and decoration.and so on...So for the reproductionist, these molds are an invaluable tool from which beautiful works of art can be created..ALL reproduction artists mark their works with their signature and it is also marked as a reproduction ( it is a moral and ethical requirement, not to mention legal)..
     As of this post I have not been able to find anyone ,yet, selling her SFGW...I don't believe that it will take long AND I will be the first one in

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Vinyl"Mama" Baby Repair

                            Popular "mama" doll of the 50's..early 60's...One of the many types
                    of damage that can occur to these vinyl dolls. I reinforced the tear with muslin
                    permeated with silicone...Then applied thin layer upon thin layer of "Liquid
                     Sculpey"...heating the vinyl ( EVER SO CAREFULLY) between applications.
                     Tear is still mildly visible but the repair is cosmetically acceptable and very
                    strong....Her momma is pleased ( and so am I)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Trio of Forever Friends
                  She is the last of my customers trio of antique dolls. She was in remarkably good
            shape (aside from her neck socket disappearing into her body) and required what is
              considered to be "maintenance" repairs.

                          Her sleep eyes were perfect and her mohair wig only needed mild
                      cleaning...Of course, she spent a few days with perm rods in her hair to
                       achieve a lasting curl...

                                                                Pretty in Pink

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

C.M Bergman Baby repair


  This gorgeous baby is the second of my customers repairs...Once belonging to her Aunt..This little lovely had a broken wobble tongue which was attached to her (also broken) sleep eyes..What amazed me was the fact that the mechanisim had broken into three seperate pieces but NO damage was done to her pristine head....Her outfit was in very good condition and only required light cleaning and mending.....

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Paper-Mache Restoration

Finished doll with handmade dress using Vintage fabrics...Replacement antique blown glass eyes...
Hand knotted human hair wig
               This young lady is part of a trio of antique dolls that were sent to me for repair...She
      was a childhood doll of my clients Grandmother.  Quite large (32") and stuffed with straw and
      sawdust......As you can see, she was in rather poor condition....The back of her shoulder-plate
      had been broken off ( with some pieces missing)...Body was too fragile to handle and was
       missing an eyes or wig..... Stunning face and the most gorgeous painted legs with black

Shouldplate rebuilt using paper-mache and reinforced underneath with Bondo for added strength
A new arm was sculpted for her using paper-mache..A replacement arm was impossible to find and
one original arm is always better than two replaced ones