Last year I purchased a Dollmore Rainbow Sylvan Hayarn and she languished, unstrung, in the closet for months while I decided what to do about her. I did not like her face-up, and she sported a chip out of her upper torso which was right in the front and sadly all too obvious.
Eventually, I sent her off to Vitta Vera for a new face-up and hopefully a repair to her chip. Akiko (Vitta Vera) is so great to deal with - so creative and helpful! She came up with the idea of smoothing the chip, and then disguising it by painting the edge to match Hayarn's body tattoos. It is now practically invisible.
I wanted a brighter, prettier face-up for Hayarn. You can see her original sales page here;
Hayarn's transformation proved more difficult than I envisaged - the rose and butterfly on her temple proved to be 'etched' in (as are her body tattoos), so new designs weren't feasible. But Akiko did a wonderful job of repainting them in a completely new colour-way, and giving her a pretty new face-up.
Here is her original face-up;
And here is her beautiful new bejewelled self;
Isn't she wonderful? Her new name is Gloriana, because somehow she makes me think of an Elizabethan fairy.
Does she remind you of anyone?
She's the tattoo sister of Xochilt (Princess of Flowers) - tattoo Socheon, my banner girl.
Yes, another Raffine!
I've wanted to get an Iplehouse girl in the new 'glow' peach gold resin ever since Iplehouse brought it out. It is very like the original peach gold, which was a French resin. This was introduced in 2013, but Iplehouse found it difficult to source the resin, so they swapped resins in 2014. The difference was very apparent, particularly for the peach gold and special realskin (light tan) resin colours.
Recently, Iplehouse introduced 'glow' resin, that is, a French resin version of their standard resin. I have wanted to buy another girl in the peach gold colour ever since.
My first Iplehouse girl was Aria, back in 2013, and I purchased her in the original peach gold resin. Dear Aria has faded, especially her face, but her resin colour is still a delightful colour, resembling a very light golden tan. She really is very cute.
I have a Rexy in the original peach gold resin too, she has not faded so much, just a tad...
An older picture of Aria - my photo-taking skills have definitely improved since then! But it does serve to show how Aria has faded. She's still beautiful though :)
And here is Jeanne (Raffine), brand new, in the new glow Peach Gold resin;
She photographs so beautifully! I just love this resin colour! It really does glow from within.
To finish off, here is Mari, in the 'standard' peach gold resin; it photographs very nicely as well, but all in all, I do prefer the 'glow' version - it has a slight transparency which gives it more life - this is much more apparent in 'real life' than when looking at photographs, but hopefully I've managed to capture some of the difference.
Yes, after weeks of neglect, I'm updating my blog again. I've been taking a bit of a break - well, it's winter here in Auckland and the light hasn't been too great for taking photos... not to mention it's quite chilly in my "studio". But I have managed to take some more photos of Jane!
She is wearing a beautifully tailored and hand-beaded pantsuit from Etsty store 'DesignbyALMA'.
Apparently this designer used to create clothing designs for Iplehouse.
This is one very elegant pantsuit! Jane's earrings are by Sisen. Sassy red & gold stiletto shoes are by Paul Zhangby.
Based in New Zealand, I've been a collector of ball-jointed dolls since 2011.