Friday, February 19, 2016

Dylan....finally able to stand alone!

When I received Dylan, my little tanned Linda by the Italian artist Linda Macario I was delighted in the quality of the doll, and I love her little face, I think she's very cute.  However, her posing left a lot to be desired.  I have been collecting BJDs for 10 years now so am not new to them and their little quirks, but this one had to be the worse poser I'd ever had, she was just so floppy.  I'd already hot glue sueded her and then when that didn't help I wired her legs and arms but she continued to be a floppy bundle of resin that just wanted to fall over....in fact she really didn't even get as far as falling because she wouldn't stand alone in the first place.

So I took her completely apart and have now sueded her with 'pliver' (I think this is how you spell it) which is a very very thin layer of leather, and I've cut out circles and added them to every joint, glueing them into the 'receptive' part of the joint using PVA glue.  I then restrung her with new thicker elastic, elastic that was actually meant for a bigger doll and replaced the metal ring inside her head with an S hook.  Well it has finally done the job!  I think her ankles will always be a bit of a problem, they are quite slim, and so they struggle to hold up her chubby body and big head!  But they're certainly so much better than they were!

Here she is with her little wooden cat.  She borrowed these dungarees and blouse from my Sasha dolls, it's great that she can share most of their clothes with them, although she is thinner across the chest and shoulders.



















12 comments:

  1. Dylan is certainly a lovely looking doll Sharon, but it's a real shame about the rest of her though. I am pleased though to see a review on a Linda Macario doll as I have considered purchasing one, but after reading your post, I think I'd prefer to spend my money on a doll that poses well...after all LM's dolls aren't a middle of the range price.
    Hugs,
    X

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    1. Thanks very much Xanadu. I agree completely, we shouldn't have to do all this on a brand new doll, and what if I'd not been able to do it? I'd have had to either just give up or send her to someone who can and then it's all more expense again. I was determined to make her work though and am glad I did but there is something wrong with the body sculpt when so much has to be done to just get her to stand properly, isn't there.
      xxx

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  2. Hi Sharon,
    Look at that sweet face! Well done with the restringing, sueding, etc. You are so crafty when it comes to these dolls. I think Dylan looks absolutely adorable in her dungarees. Such a cute doll and gorgeous photos of her. :)
    xo

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    1. Thanks very much Farrah. I am glad I made the effort but really it's a shame that I had to even do so in the first place isn't it?
      I do like her though, a lot!
      xxx

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  3. awwwwwwww! She is so very sweet, Sharon. I love her big eyes. Great clothes and pussycat too.

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  4. Glad to know you have sorted out her posing issues. She looks great in her 'borrowed' clothes and I love her little wooden cat! :)xx

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    1. Thanks very much Dee, me too! The cat was a bargain 1 euro in a shop on the coast, I thought he was really cute so couldn't not bring him home!
      xxx

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  5. Wow Sharon, way to go! You were determined to fix the posing and you did! Dylan's outfit is wonderful and love the kitty too! :) xxx

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    1. Thanks very much Ginger! I'm glad you like her and her ensemble! ;)
      xxx

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  6. She's such a cute one - I'm glad you were able to find a solution to her posing issues!

    And I have to ask: is there a story being the upside-down troll on the dungarees? My eyes kept being drawn to that little guy! ;)

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    1. Thanks very much JS! Yes, me too on the posing!
      LOL I was wondering if anyone would ask about the Troll. Well I put one on her dungarees (I bought two for a euro each at a market on the coast) and after I'd taken lots of photos I noticed that the little rascal had turned upside down!!!! So no, no story behind it at all, except that the fabric of the dungarees isn't really thick enough to keep him upright with the pin that holds him on....it's one of those lapel pin things that like thicker fabric!
      xxx

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