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Giving new meaning to the phrase "project doll."
There won't be anything in this post that's news to catcara, fairemma, or toveb, since they're all Production Ariadne initiates--but I thought it might be handy to keep a record here of my progress with the Strangest BJD in the World.

I've had this creature girl resin being since way back in April, but haven't quite summoned up the energy to start on the work that she'll need to become a doll rather than a garage-kit-in-progress. Something about this morning's combination of writing a Board of Regents program review for the art department and cleaning up mouse-infestation debris in my kitchen cupboards made me think, "hey, sanding resin doesn't sound so bad after all."

For starters, here's as much as I think anyone outside Japan probably knows about Ariadne and his amazing oddball dolly. The link goes to a discussion thread in Larger Dolls on DoA (membership isn't required to view this subforum): http://www.denofangels.com/forums/showthread.php?t=230863

And now, tons of pictures so that I can figure out how to put her back together again someday. There's resin nudity behind the cut, needless to say:

The full doll:

Torso, strung and unstrung:


Head and neck:

Knees, back and front:


See y'all in a couple of years . . . ;-)

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Honestly, there isn't *that* much work to do--just sanding to smooth out the worst of the roughness. She needs to stay a little rough, I think; the handmade imperfections and oddnesses are part of her charm. The interesting part of the job will be figuring out how to restring her, and seeing whether I can find a more functional way to do that than the part-elastic/part-ordinary string assembly that Ariadne sent her with.

Oh yay -- I've been fascinated by this doll for a while now. I didn't realize they were so unfinished. I can't wait to see how she looks.

Yeah, she is definitely a garage kit in spirit! I'm thinking of the sanding as a meditative kind of project: sitting in front of the TV with a good movie, dishpan on my lap, sanding peacefully away at one part a night.

.... she looks great ! :). Her very 'oddness' is what makes her so wonderful, don't you think? I am so glad that you decided to take these pictures.....

Last we talked about it, we decided to keep Bramble pretty much under wraps while she is being worked on... we wanted her to be a 'surprise' .... ha. as if her mere EXISTENCE as such an 'oddball creature' isn't surprising enough in the BJD world.....

Oh, YES, I absolutely think her oddness is the wonderful thing about her! And I do love that sweet, strange profile; I'm a little less enamored of her in full face, but I think the right kind of minimal faceup might be able to make the most of her froggy charm. (Yargh, Ariadne's own faceups . . . with a slash of Cherries in the Snow red paint on the mouth . . . *shudder*)

I will be very, very excited to see Bramble once she's ready for her wedding portrait! :-)

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Isn't she something? I'm so glad I took the plunge--I've never felt compelled to take sandpaper to my other BJDs, and I can't say that I'm especially handy with this kind of project, but it makes me feel like a "real" BJD person to have one in the works. ;-)

Wow - you're going to have so much fun!!

That's one way to put it! *snorfle* I just need to get into the rhythm of sitting down every evening to sand one or two parts--I don't think the job will take all that long once it becomes a daily habit.

How are you doing??? I'm so behind on my flist--give Eike and Krueger hugs from me and Toshi, okay? (Well, all right, his legs are a little short for hugs, but he offers a friendly sniff.)

How cool is she! SOmetimes sanding can be rewarding ... ever think of a dremel tool? It will save your hands.
She has so many cool joints, I cant wait to see her finished and hear how she poses

She looks very interesting. I remember seeing these a few months back. You have a lot more patience than I my friend ;) I can't wait to see what she looks like when you are done.

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