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*Sophronia and Harold – Part 2

Continued from Part 1.

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Wrapping Sophronia.
Here is what I starting with:

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I will be using pre-wrap foam, Fabritac glue, cotton balls and toothpicks.

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The hands are not quite finished, just some clay on wire.
I found a piece of stretchy fabric for a classy black polka dot dress with an elegant lace collar.

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Waist bent

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Hands.
Here is what I have now – just some clay sausages, something to start with, baked.

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Next photo – break and bend the fingers (use the hand chart), for example this one:

Paint with Translucent Liquid Sculpey, using a small brush, for example this cat tongue brush.
A mini finger palette is helpful.
Other tools:
fine point rubber tool,
“That’s the one” tool,
micro hook tool,
ball stylus in different sizes,

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forceps help to hold the hand while sculpting.
Second pair of forceps – holds the construction while you are resting or baking.

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micro claw tool makes easy creases on the palm.
eyebrow tweezers – to remove occasional piece of dust.

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Forgot to take the close-up photo of the hands – will do next time.

Preparing Sophronia lumpy body for clothing – covering the body with tubular gauze.
This is an optional step, I just like the finished stream-lined toned look tubular gauze gives to the body, and the clothes look better on it.

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Ready for the hair, makeup, dress, shoes, hat and accessories.

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Finishing Hands.
The hands are baked and they came out a bit rough, but it can be corrected.
Clean up bumps and hangnails with X-acto knife, sand down and file where necessary with needle files, buff until smooth with an abrasive sponge.

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All this sanding will leave white marks on the clay, which you can remove with a bit of acetone on a q-tip.

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Face blushing and makeup.
Painted the entire face with polymer smoothing oil (diluting agent for genesis paints , in addition to being a clay softener).
Painted the entire face with Genesis Burnt Umber. All paints diluted with polymer smoothing oil. Do not dilute the whole genesis jar, just enough for the job – meaning: take a brush, dip slightly into the oil, dip slightly into the paint, mix on the plate until the right consistency and color).

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Wipe with a q-tip the entire face. Some brown will stay in the wrinkles.
A tiny bit (smudge) of Genesis Yellow Ochre on the forehead and just under the corners of the mouth.
A smudge of Genesis Classic Red on the cheeks, nose and ears.

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A smudge of Genesis Viridian Blue 01 on the eye bags and in the inner corners of the eye sockets. This color (Genesis Viridian Blue 01) is also good for veins (mixed with Genesis Yellow Ochre) and for the 5-o’clock shadow on male faces.
Genesis Classic Red+ Genesis Flesh 08 produce a pink – for lips and for the inner corners of the eyelids.
Genesis Burnt Umber for the eyebrows and eyelashes.
Genesis Phthalo Blue 07 (or any other color) for the eye shadows (part of Sophronia’s makeup).

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The hands:
Genesis Burnt Umber and Genesis Yellow Ochre for the age spots on the hands.
Genesis Viridian Blue 01 for the veins.
Genesis Classic Red + Genesis Flesh 08 – for painted fingernails.

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In addition, here are some helpful images showing the distribution of color on a human face.
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The brushes: #0000 Extra Fine Liner and cat tongue brushes.

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Now, when her makeup is done, Sophronia’s personality appears to be quite different from what I originally intended.
I like it and I will go with it.

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Hair.

Maybe, this color? Hell, no.

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Ah, lucky find – a piece of very curly scrap Tibetan lamb in some yellowish color, I don’t remember which color.
Other things I will be using:
Fabritac glue, which was diluted with pure hardware store-type acetone,
sharp scissors,
toothpicks,
thin spatula for tucking,
head stand

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Eyeglasses.
It is my first time using this mini eyeglasses frame.
Plus some gold-tone hat pins and a few tiny metal beads that I found in my junk jewelry box.

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Brush ‘n Leaf Metallic Paint Gold Leaf – not so much for the reason of painting but rather for fusing the pieces together.
Pearl earrings from the mini pearls from Doll Jewels collection.

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And here she is!

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The dress.
Using the old-fashioned sewing.  Take a few measurements and construct the pattern, less precise than human. If the fabric is stretchy, it helps a lot.

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Affix the paper pattern to the fabric with removable scotch tape and cut. Then just sew the pieces together, making the top, the sleeves and the skirt. After that put those on the puppet and sew them together right on the doll, as neat as possible.  Sophronia got a bit of extra padding on her stomach, boobs and buttocks to make her a bit plumper.

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The hat was crocheted out of the white cotton thread with the smallest crochet hook.
The pearls are beads on elastic. The white cotton-covered elastic has a rubber core, consisting of 2-3 rubber threads, so I used one of those.
The stockings are made out of pantyhose, sewn on the back.

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Different glasses – tortoise shell frame (just arrived, will list soon).

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Straw hat, made out of straw braid ribbon.
Other tools and materials: Fabritac glue, needle and sewing thread matching the color of the ribbon, a piece of trim ribbon, miniature flowers.

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The shoes are made out of soft glove lambskin leather.
The shoes are quite simple, but new to me because these are sewn, not glued, as usual. This is a practice run in preparation for the next stage – feet with flexible soles and tie-downs – and – hence – soft “animatable” shoes.

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And the purse.
Same thin glove lambskin leather and jewelry findings, including this mini kiss-lock bag clasp (the ring was cut off with wire cutters).

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The purse  is fully functional, it opens and closes, Sophronia can keep things in it, for example coins, dog treats, a handkerchief, glasses and binoculars – a useful tool of trade for any blackmailer.

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Play time.

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To be continued…

10 comments on “*Sophronia and Harold – Part 2

  1. Oh this is going to be another great one Natasha.. You are just so talented.

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  2. I love her personality, shines right through! She’s a real gem!

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  3. Please may I ask a question re the armature – what are the gold bits sticking out for. Do these allow a regular tightening up of the ball and socket joints or are these to attach to a rig?

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  4. how much would it cost to buy the armature kit to make Sophronia? plus the tools and glue. I live in London, UK.

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