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Sunday, March 27th, 2011
12:07 am - Tutorial: How to make a pair of doll court shoes.
In this tutorial I will be covering how to make a pair of court shoes for a BJD. My model is Amelie, my Volks Syo SD-13 girl with heel feet, but the techniques used are applicable to pretty much any BJD capable of wearing shoes with a heel.


Supplies: White PVA or clear all-purpose glue, outer fabric for upper (here I'm using pink silk Warwick brocade, £2.99 for a 25cmX25cm square from Dollhouse Trims which will make one pair of shoes), lining fabric (white-on-white floral print cotton, 75p for a piece 9"X11"), cardboard insole & sole pieces - four for each foot (trace around doll's foot then cut out from sturdy card), insole fabric (cut 2 from lining fabric about 5mm larger all round than the cardboard insole) and leather sole (cut 2 from leather or pleather the same size as the insole fabric). You will also need needles for fabric and leather/pleather, thread, scissors, 4-6 clothes pegs and 4 elastic bands.
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These techniques are how actual human shoes are made, with the exception that heeled shoes for humans incorporate a shank (usually steel) into the arch of the sole to provide support to the instep and strengthen the shoe to withstand the rigours and stress of wear and walking. Doll feet don't need support however and doll shoes are not subjected to the same wear and tear so a shank can be safely omitted. Also, instead of shaping against an actual human foot, shoemakers use a wooden form called a "last". When making doll shoes, you can use the doll itself or a spare pair of feet as lasts.

Originally posted at "http://arkady.dreamwidth.org/1267433.html"; you may comment either there or here.

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
3:02 pm - Photostory: Lost in the Snow pt 2
A few hours later:




I must have fallen asleep. Not clever, Kynaston Dane; not clever at
all - we could both have frozen to death out here. Hmm. Snow seems
deeper now, too.... Oh dear Gods, Perseus! Is he...?

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Originally posted at "http://arkady.dreamwidth.org/1256449.html"; you may comment either there or here.

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12:07 am - Photostory: Lost in the Snow

Satin: "I don't think I recognise this place... Perseus, are you sure we came this way?"
Perseus: "I'm not sure... I...."
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Originally posted at "http://arkady.dreamwidth.org/1256276.html"; you may comment either there or here.

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Monday, November 29th, 2010
12:26 am - Custom Lilac Pearl acrylic doll eyes

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Hand-painted custom 16mm acrylic doll eyes, crafted on PupaParadise D.eye.Y blanks; total work time about 1 hour for the completed pair of eyes. Further unique pairs to come in both 16mm and 18mm once further supplies arrive; they will be available to buy through my Etsy shop.

Modelled here on Satin, a Cerberus Project Elf Chiwoo.

Originally posted at "http://arkady.dreamwidth.org/1255905.html"; you may comment either there or here.

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Saturday, November 27th, 2010
12:56 am - Current complete doll list as of November 2010
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Originally posted at "http://arkady.dreamwidth.org/1255360.html"; you may comment either there or here.

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Friday, November 19th, 2010
12:26 am - FS: D.I.M. Minimee "Audrey Hepburn" head on ebay
I've put my D.I.M. MNM "Audrey Hepburn" head up for sale here on eBay:



This head was one of 10 MSD-sized heads cast in March 2009, 7 of which were cast in Normal skin resin by BJD doll company Doll In Mind. Although listed as MSD-sized, this head fits and looks best on a 50-60cm (SD-sized) body. Good resin matches for this head would be D.I.M. Memory resin (NS D.I.M. does not match), Normal skin from UniDoll (UniReal body), Freshskin from Dollstown, Normal skin from Demon Garden, Normal French resin from Zaoll.

The head was given a face-up by its previous owner; the face-up is airbrushed acrylics sealed with Mr Super Clear sealant spray; there is a minor chip in the face-up just below the left eyebrow which I have shown in the photographs; the resin below is unblemished. The head will come complete with the Masterpiece silicone eyes shown.

This head has been kept in a sealed bag in a smoke-free home, away from direct sunlight and other UV sources.

Starting bid is £45 with a Buy It Now price of £75; I will ship world-wide.

Originally posted at "http://arkady.dreamwidth.org/1253772.html"; you may comment either there or here.

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Sunday, November 14th, 2010
11:12 am - Impending doll cull
I've been thinking for a while about downsizing my doll collection. Don't get me wrong - I do love all the dolls; the collection is just beginning to feel a bit overwhelming these days though. So I've been considering which ones it may be time to let go.

I've decided that perhaps it's time to part with Ayame, my Obitsu. Yes, she was my first doll, but honestly, she just sits on the shelf looking pretty these days. She hasn't featured in a photoshoot in literally years. Were she to vanish overnight, I really don't think I'd miss her beyond a momentary pang; which means it's probably time to let her go.

Next up is the D.I.M. "Audrey Hepburn" Minimee head. Realistically I'm never going to get around to getting it a body; it's just going to sit in a drawer swathed in bubblewrap and languishing, ignored and forgotten. Better to let it go.

I'm probably going to split the twins up. I feel far less of a bond with Emrys than I do with Myrddin, and really - I don't need 3 Shiwoos. Having twins is an interesting novelty but again, it's not Emrys I reach for when I want to do a photoshoot - it's always Myrddin.

I think Matresca, my Vampire Dark Elf Soo head on an AOD body, is also going to have to go. I just now managed to completely forget her existance when counting up how many dolls I have - and she's sitting in plain view on a shelf here in the living room with the rest of the dolls! When you can forget a doll in plain sight like that, it's probably a sign you should let it go.

The next one will cause an outcry from my younger teen - I'm thinking of letting Satin, my Elf Chiwoo go. Yes, he's cute and pretty, but.... Well. But. It's an additional Luts boy that really, I don't actually need.

And the last one is the one I'm anticipating the greatest outcry over. I'm thinking of selling Perseus. Yes, my 2005 Vampire Breakaway boy. I'd likely sell his head and AOD body seperately; I might stick Emrys' head on the AOD body and sell Perseus as a complete Luts boy.

Anyway, I'll be offering first dibs to people here and over on DA first. So if anyone feels like making an offer on any of these before they go up for sale to a wider audience.

Originally posted at "http://arkady.dreamwidth.org/1253521.html"; you may comment either there or here.

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Saturday, September 11th, 2010
9:33 pm - And yet more on CrossPostGate.
More and more unpleasantness has been creeping out over the whole CrossPostGate furore.

LJ has announced it is actually going to be the code that enables cross-posting to Twitter and FB so that it will no longer be possible to cross-post comments from a locked post, only a public one; it will not be possible to cross-post screened comments, even from a public post. However despite announcing this as a major change, they won't be implementing it for another 2 weeks.

And whilst some staff members are not happy with the whole idea of cross-posting in the first place, it seems one particular staffer - brenden has created his own sockpuppet account, getyourownbitch to actively troll LJ users on the News post. Nice, huh? [ETA] brenden has since gone through and deleted all the comments he made using his sockpuppet account; however [personal profile] jessicaarnold has kindly archived them here.

It's not the first time an LJ staffer has acted against LJ official policy, either; there's the case of an LJ staffer, dnewhall, using his staff admin powers to leave a creepy comment on a locked post (difficult, but possible as he had database access at the time) back in May. He tried to claim that the post was public at the time (it wasn't), it was then looked at by further LJ staffers, who changed the privacy of that post to Public and changed tag settings so tags could be added and then claimed the post had been public all along.

Just think about that for a few minutes.

And dnewhall still has admin powers. Unlike a similar incident a few years back where a female staffer leaked information from locked posts and was promptly suspended.

I still have 8 invite codes for those who want them; codes are also available at [dreamwidth.org profile] dw_codesharing, or see DW's latest news post - due to the shut-down of Vox, DW is offering free acounts to Vox users - you can create an account using the code VOX, which will work until the end of the month.

Please disseminate this information widely, and feel free to link to this entry which is being cross-posted on DW (public), my personal LJ (friends-only), integralthought (public), [profile] arkadiandreams and my IJ (public).

Originally posted at "http://arkady.dreamwidth.org/1249492.html"; you may comment either there or here.

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Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
12:51 pm - LJ's latest little invasion of your privacy
LJ has implemented a new crossposting feature. Not only does it allow you to cross-post entries to Twitter and/or Facebook, but comments too. Even if the post you are commenting on is locked to friends-only.

Even if you, personally, opt out of cross-posting and don't link your LJ and FB accounts to your LJ account, you can't stop anyone on your F-list who has linked their accounts from cross-posting a comment on a locked post of yours publically to Facebook and/or Twitter. And if you do link acounts, cross-posting is on by default unless you specifically opt out.

I have no idea what crack LJ were on when they came up with this particular little gem of privacy invasion, but this is a particularly unpleasant little option that I want nothing to do with. So consider this a warning: I will ban anyone who cross-posts a comment from my personal LJ. My LJ, FB and Twitter accounts are seperate, and I want to keep them that way.

Originally posted at "http://arkady.dreamwidth.org/1248729.html"; you may comment either there or here.

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Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
8:41 pm - Hardware Snobbery
I've had my first ever submission rejection from a group on deviantART; it's a bit of a surprise, having been on dA for over 6 years now. The grounds for rejection?

The photo was taken on my Blackberry.

That was it. Because I didn't take it on a "proper camera", it was deemed a "snapshot" - artistic merit such as composition etc was not considered at all.

Interrestingly, the other photo submitted at the same time was accepted - despite the fact it was taken on a camera with lower specs than the camera on my Blackberry (2.1MP vs 3.2MP). On technical merit, it was inferior to the photo that was rejected.

It's like having a painting be rejected because it was painted using synthetic brushes instead of sable ones. It's basically hardware snobbery, pure and simple. It's missing the point.

Photography isn't about who has the more expensive kit. It's about knowing what to do with it. That $10K of equipment in your hand is worthless if you don't have the artistic talent to compose the perfect image.

From now on all photos I upload to dA will have the EXIF data stripped out. The quality of my work will speak for itself.


The worst thing about this? It's not something I can "improve" upon, skillwise; the only way in the moderators' eyes I could improve the supposed quality of my work would be solely through spending a large amount of cash. Which upon reflection speaks far more about their close-mindedness than about my skills and talent. Rejection still hurts though. :-/

Originally posted at "http://arkady.dreamwidth.org/1229232.html"; you may comment either there or here.

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Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
1:10 am - Action Obama!
OMG, it's Action Obama!!



I so have to get him when he comes out.



Can't imagine anyone ever making action figures out of any British politicians. Except maybe Paddy Ashdown....

Originally posted at "http://arkady.dreamwidth.org/1228653.html"; you may comment either there or here.

current mood: amused

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Friday, March 19th, 2010
12:30 am - Christine
Christine herself arrived today; she arrived in a box unstrung, each piece wrapped in bubblewrap. Freda was fascinated by the process of restringing; instead of suedeing Christine's joints, I used silicone kips disks I'd ordered from Coolcat on eBay.

The day was nice; fine dry weather, just perfect for spraying - so her face-up went very quickly and smoothly, with the MSC drying quite fast.

So here she is - Christine, my most recent addition:


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Christine is a modded CP Dreaming Lishe whose eyes were opened slightly wider by a previous owner on a Miyu body (hence the Pointy Finger O'Doom).

Her character backstory is something of a mystery at present; there's rumours of a flight from the stage mid-aria, and a tale of an opera that went terribly, disastrously wrong....

Originally posted at "http://arkady.dreamwidth.org/1224253.html"; you may comment either there or here.

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Thursday, November 12th, 2009
3:35 pm - More corset pimpage
nezumitoo has produced another wonderful design in both over- and underbust versions. Click pictures to go to the Etsy listing:

Rococo

Pink, gold and silver embroidered panel with pink contrasting silk over bust corset for Super Gem or similar size doll.

Top stitched and fully lined, laces up in back with small silver and gold alternating eyelets and soft pink satin ribbon. Both top and bottom is trimmed in gold tissue lamé.


Let them Eat Cake

Pink, gold and silver embroidered panel with pink contrasting silk under bust corset for Super Gem or similar size doll.

Top stitched and fully lined, laces up in back with small silver and gold alternating eyelets and soft pink satin ribbon. Both top and bottom is trimmed in gold tissue lamé.

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Sunday, November 8th, 2009
5:59 pm - Angel Hunt Corsets
For a change, I'm showcasing someone else's work - that of nezumitoo of Angel Hunt. The following are some lovely corsets she's designed and tailored for Soom Super Gem bodies.

Click on the pics to go to the listings.

Flutterby



Bondage Butterfly




Golden Dragon




Blue Bell



More items can be seen in the Angel Hunt Etsy shop. Please do take a look; they are very well made and fully-lined.

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Sunday, October 18th, 2009
6:03 pm - [dolls] Kai & I


Kai, the first BJD I ever saw and the one that got me into the hobby in the first place, posing on my shoulder. You can't quite see it in this photo, but he and I have matching manicures. :-)

Kai is a Cerberus Project El and stands 60cm tall. His clothing, jewellery and face-up are all by me.

This photo was taken for the Den of Angels 100 Photography Prompts Challenge: Prompt #1 - Self-Portrait With Doll.

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Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
6:22 pm - [dolls] 3 rompersuits for tinies
Currently up for sale on eBay and Etsy, all are for 27cm BJDs such as Bambicrony, Rosen Lied Tuesday's Child, Volks YoSD and Fairyland LittleFee. All are handsewn by me and have the Arkadian Dreams label inside.


Pink & Black rompersuit:
This little romper suit will look very smart on your tinies! The body is 4-way stretch cotton jersey, and the sleeves are black and pink striped cotton jersey. It closes with four plastic snap fasteners up the front, which is adorned with ten tiny (non-functioning) little pink buttons.
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Lemon & Lime rompersuit:
This adorable little romper in yellow, green and white will suit both little boys and little girls! Made of soft plush with white stretch cotton jersey sleeves, this little hand-sewn garment slips on easily, fastening up at the back with stainless steel hooks and eyes.
Ebay listing
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Jolly Roger rompersuit:
This adorable little romper in black with little skull-and-crossbones motifs will suit both little boys and little girls! Made of stretch cotton jersey trimmed with five (non-functional) red buttons, this little hand-sewn garment slips on easily, fastening up at the back with snap fasteners.
Ebay listing
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Thursday, June 11th, 2009
1:21 am - Arkadian Dreams BJD rings now available for sale
Jewellery for BJDs


Contact: Please email me if interested or comment, thank you.

Please note: All items come from a smoke-free home with 2 well-behaved shorthaired cats.

Shipping Info: I ship worldwide.
For UK: I ship all items by Royal Mail First Class Recorded ($2.50) . Additional items can be shipped at no added cost.
Worldwide: I ship all items via Royal Mail International Signed For($5.00); again, additional items can be shipped at no added cost.
Payment Method: I accept Paypal (no fees); CC is fine, but NO e-checks, please.
Feedback: DoA feedback thread Ebay feedback


ITEMS FOR SALE:

Pink Sapphire ring

Shown here on CP girl hand.
Fine (99.9%) silver ring sculpted from PMC and set with a single 2mm brilliant-cut pink sapphire in a bezel setting in the shape of an inverse 6. Ring shank is adjustable for perfect fit. For SD girls. $20.00 plus shipping.



Amethyst Ring


Shown here on CP girl hand.
Fine (99.9%) silver ring sculpted from PMC and set with a single 2mm brilliant-cut African amethyst. Ring shank is adjustable for perfect fit. For SD girls. $20.00 plus shipping.



Ruby ring

Fine (99.9%) silver ring sculpted from PMC and set with a single 2mm brilliant-cut ruby. For 70cm BJDs (shown here on Dollshe Hound). $20.00 plus shipping.

Custom work can also be undertaken upon request; please email me with details. Note that all rings are hand-sculpted from PMC (precious metal clay) and thus no two rings will be exactly alike. These rings are also available to buy via my Etsy Shop.

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Saturday, June 14th, 2008
11:34 pm - Photography: Gel Filters
mirrorshard dropped by yesterday, having been to a theatre tech expo recently, and gave me a swatch of Lee gel filter samples to play with. Gels are normally used for lighting effects, but I decided to play around with the camera to see what effects I could get just by holding the filters over the lens of the camera.

The following were all shot on a Canon Ixus 400. All photos were taken indoors on Cloudy setting with Macro, no overhead artificial light. No photomanipulation apart from rotating 90° CW and resizing to 600x800.

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I think I shall be mounting these gels in card frames to make it easier to mount them in some form of lens cap to fix over the front of the camera lens. I think I'm going to have lots of fun experimenting with these!

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Sunday, May 25th, 2008
8:56 pm - London MCM Expo: Sunday 25th May

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8:46 pm - London MCM Expo: Saturday 24th May

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