The first of these to get some attention was Samantha, my Hana Angel by the company Elfdoll in South Korea. I don't think that Elfdoll are still trading these days but they used to make some great dolls, lovely sculpts and great quality. Over the years I have had several of their dolls in various sizes but now I have just the three, and Hana is the tallest of these at 20cm tall. Hana Angel has been with me for many years now, she came here back in June 2009 when I received her in a trade, however she had actually been with me prior to that when I bought her new from Denver Doll Emporium in June 2007! I sold her to a lady in California and then regretted it straight away so when the lady decided to sell, we traded and I got Hana back again, however this time she came on a newer body! Some years later I replaced all her faceplates (she comes with three faceplates showing different expressions) by ordering directly from Elfdoll.
So yesterday I decided to change her body again. This time she has 'grown' a little and is now using a resin body which I bought last year. It is the perfect colour match to the resin of her faceplates and I really like that although the body is almost identical to her original, the legs are a little bit longer. Here she is in an outfit that she's 'borrowed' from another doll:
I think what I really like is that whereas before, Hana was a difficult size to dress, being the height of say, Riley Kish, but skinnier, now she can wear clothes designed for Blythe among others, so there is a whole lot of patterns and ready made outfits available for her!
Today I decided to tackle another of my 'oldies but goodies', my very first BJD ever, Narsha by the South Korean company Dollmore. I bought Narsha back in August 2006 and when she arrived I was just amazed at her, she was pure white and made from French resin which is so translucent, it's really beautiful. However, French resin does have it's problems and one of those is that it yellows when exposed to UV light. I knew this when I ordered her, but being new to BJDs and resin, I didn't know that French resin also yellows in the heat. I was so careful with her, I took her everywhere but always she was wrapped in a dark cloth so that she'd not be exposed to any sunlight....but of course she was being exposed to extreme heat instead and it was only a matter of months before the beautiful white glow became a yellow tint!
The changing faces of Narsha by Dollmore: (top row L to R: when Narsha arrived looking all white and pale pink; when Narsha had been here just a couple of months you can see how she now has the slightest tinge of yellow appearing in her resin. Bottom row L to R: Narsha returns from Ravendolls with a new faceup; Narsha looking beautiful with her lovely Raven faceup.
However, I still loved her and in May 2008 I sent her away for a new faceup to an artist that some of you will know, a lady called Raven in the US. When Narsha came back I was overawed by her beautiful new look but the new look didn't stop the doll from continuing to yellow and as a result I lost a lot of interest in photographing her.
This morning though, I decided to make the effort to give Narsha a good clean up and see if I could make her look better. I took her head off and thoroughly cleaned her body and head cap with paint stripper. It's strong stuff and not for the faint hearted, (always use outside or in a well ventilated space) and definitely needs to be kept well away from the face plate. The yellow remained of course but it looked better as she was cleaner. I'd noticed that her face paint had started to fade a little and the varnish that Raven used around her eyes feels sticky on one eye, and also her acrylic eyes had cracked which I've found to be quite common, which is why I prefer glass eyes. So I removed her eyes, and replaced them with some soft silicone eyes because these were the only ones that fitted her eyesockets well. Eventually I would like to replace these with some brown or hazel ones of the same type. I reblushed her, adding lots of new blush to her cheeks, chin, forehead and the bridge of her nose. I haven't sealed it but will redo as and when necessary.
Narsha now has a different darker wig which hopefully doesn't clash so much with her 'skin tone' as her blond one did. She managed to get some of her clothes back from the Little Darlings who seemed to steal everything when they arrived.
I'm really pleased with how much better she looks now. She is still dear to me even after all the time she's been here and all the changes that have occurred to her. (Sorry about the repetitiveness of the following photos!)
I'm enjoying revamping some of my older dolls and bringing them back to 'life' with a bit of TLC. I hope you've enjoyed seeing them :)
Have a great weekend everyone and I hope your week ahead is a great one!
Big hugs Sharon xx