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Friday, May 29, 2009

Isabella in Etsy!!!

Isabella is now available on my new Etsy store !!
If you like to see my new dolls , make you you save me in your favorites when you visit me there!*grin*

Thursday, May 28, 2009


I have been working many hours every evening ... I am doing so many things at the same time, one would be dizzy to see *me*. grin. My children knows me well and they are always ready to say a kind work to encourage me or to make me coffee at 9:00pm, grin. Yes, I drink strong coffee right before I go to bed too . I grow up in a coffee farm in Brazil and as far I remember I started drinking coffee when I was probably two.

Okay, about Sophia.... I posted her prototype and her plaster mold. Last night I poured porcelain and it is now , what is called leather dry. I will have to wait few days to have it dried and then fire it bisque, in which is a soft fire although the porcelain still very fragile but can be sanded in water . Next , I will fire porcelain then comes china painting. I still have a long way to go but I thought to share as I progress with her.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pink is pretty too!

While I was making Isabella , my mind was so focus on the mold making that took way any thoughts of afterwards ... well, now I only think about playing with her... can you tell?*grin*

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Pretty in blue!

This little outfit is very simple , but I like simple too.*grin*.
I sew it last year and saved it for Isabella. It is 100% cotton . I love silk ribbons, always have. If you ever received a hand painted card from me, you know what I mean. *grin*.I can use silk ribbons in so many things and lately I have discovered that one can make flowers and adorn an edge of a dress in a simple but elegant way.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Playing with her.....

Ohhh, Iam having so much fun with Isabella. I *love* the way she poses ....

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Innocent Isabella...

Yes, she is here and available to become yours!*grin*

I am pleased to introduce you to my first porcelain Ball- Jointed Doll, Isabella Monet. I started working on this project in June 2008, and after many trials and adjustments, I have been able to create this doll.
She is able to articulate much like a human being, allowing her to be posed in many fun and life-like ways. T o view more pictures, or to order an Isabella doll, please visit my website . I will be happy to answer questions at .

Friday, May 22, 2009

Isabella is ready!

For all of you who have been following me on my journey in making porcelain BJD's, and for those of you who have recently found me, I am pleased to tell you that I have finally worked my molds to be the way that I have dreamed of for a very long time!*grin*
Unfortunately, I came down last night with a nasty cold and am now bedridden. My plans have changed, so instead of taking pictures of Isabella today, I will have to postpone it until next week and just let my sweet family take care of me... *grin*
Please check here next week as I will be blogging many times with updates and will be including complete and detailed nude pictures of Isabella.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Making Sophia

I am so busy , like a honeybee in spring time!*grin*

I am working with my book, with the marionettes (Snow white) and my BJD's.

I painted Isabella early this morning and I am looking forward to *show* her to you. Although I will have only 2 dolls completed , I will be taking orders then. Also , I am painting 4 different faces to give you more options of lip/eye colors. It has been fun!

Meanwhile, I am working with Sophia's mold. I posted about my troubles when I baked the prototype , but I also told you that I would fix it. So , here you can see her mold and if you take a look inside , there is no defect. All the orange stuff is what I used to fix her . Although she has the visible lines , they were repaired and sanded so smoothly , that if you would hold the head and run your fingers through it you can't feel a thing!*grin*

It is getting close. Isabella will be ready very soon, I am now busy trying to design some outfit for her.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Hands and Feet

Hi this is a little update on my BJD's progress. Isabella has been fired and she is complete!Yeahh!!!

I have done one layer in china paint and I will have to do this 6 more times to active the final colors.I will then have 2 dolls ready.Here is a picture showing her hands and feet... they have one layer of paint , more to come. The greatest thing about this process has been what I have learn from my errors. I have improved in many areas and one that I am most excited about it is that I learned to sculpt directly on the porcelain.

The dolls will be poured into molds, but each doll , when is in *leather dry* stage allows some sculpting to be done. for ex. the picture is showing her feet . Each toe was sculpted , or *carved* out to create the curves. There is a right time to do that. If one does it when the porcelain is too wet, is not good or to dry , it will break it.

Sophia first mold is been poured. For her head, I had to make a 4 piece mold because I like to sculpt detailed ear and if I made 2 parts mold , I have found it out that does not work, at least for me.

I will have to fire Sophia and make another mold to shrink to her petite body size. I found out that I sculpt better faces if they are larger than smaller... I will also show you Sophia prototype after all my repairs so if you are curious , bookmark my page or visit me often. I have 2 other blogs and few websites ... lots work at the same time ,grin, believe me I am most productive this way because I don't spend a lot a time at once so I feel refreshed when I get back to something that I let set for while....

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I have been TAGGED!!!!!!!!!!*Grin*

I have been tagged by my dear friend and incredible artist Rose, from bbflockling. If you are a doll maker or collector, you probably have seen some of her whimsical faeries on her ebay listings or her blog. If you have not, you do not know what you are missing! Her creations are boundless- her presentations and costuming are exquisite, and the love that she receives from God and gives to others allows her to create some very beautiful and memorable pieces. Please visit Rosa’s (as I call her) blog below:

I list for you but seven things
For which I am most grateful:
First my Father, King of Heaven
Ruler, Helper, Healer, Friend-
Then the one with whom He blessed me,
With a love that ne’er will end.
Next my quiver, over flowing
Shafts of *joy* that pierce my soul-
They who make our home a haven
Make my life both good and whole.
Still I add our land abundant
Freely sharing nature’s ways-
And from which my inspiration
For my art, God gives each day.
And may I not forget sweet music-
Notes that put together be
Like a friendship , written well
A lovely melody.

(((Thank you dear Rosa)))

I would like to pass this award to the blogs below:

Valandra is an incredible doll seamstress.
Katarina makes incredible porcelain dolls including BJDS.
Gina’s felts are heartwarming , please take a look.
Julia Is an children’s illustrator . Her vibrant illustrations are to be enjoyed.
Suzanne’s blog is a delightful one. Don’t miss visiting her!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Sophia ~ New doll

I normally don't blog often , but today I am *twice*.
I am excited about my new doll. I have been working on her face for the past 3 months. I love her look and she is so different than Isabella and I think she will be amazing. Isabella is a french doll.... I am not sure yet what Sophia should be... any suggestion would be appreciated.

Do see the lines on her face? Well, I was so sad when I saw but sometimes when I open the oven to soon , it happens. I will add liquid apoxie ... it will be fine. Also I have a lot of sanding to do in her before I make her plaster mold. I plan to take some pictures with all I have done in order to get to the point that I am now... but before I must to have Isabella ready.

Knee Joints mold

Finally the knee molds are done. I am pouring the porcelain slip today. I am crossing my finger to work out. I should be able to fire in couple days , then start what I like to do the best - china painting.