Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wonderfrog Family

My Wonderfrog family has expanded!

I now have:

Klimt- Wanda Wonderfrog (original green)
Gwen- Flora Heimel (pink, my daughter's frog)
Darwin- Stella di Noche
Stella- Von Elm (light blue)
Frost- Snow Frome
and, Chicken Frog- (Yellow Fortune frog that reminds me of wubba chikens)


I am actively seeking a Bonewalker doll also.

I also have several Wonderfrog patterns available:

Girl and Boy Frog bathing suits:




Fortune Frog sweater



Frog Pajamas



Sweat and Skirt set



Frog shorts





I'm sure I will have soon. :)

TBL, cont.

I thought of a few more details to add about the TBL.

Eye chips-

The eye chips do not have the clarity that Factory or Takara dolls and they appear to be flatter.  The pupil area on the surfaces seems to almost have a concave spot.

Coolcat, Brainworm, and Icy chips (smaller or larger than Blythe's chips, I can't remember) into the TBL doll.  All three types were too small.

Body-

Something that you commonly hear that determines if the doll is a Factory or TBL are the knees not bending.  However, the TBL body does click three times.  The legs are not as stiff and do bend oddly when I tried.

Full face pics coming soon.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Factory vs. TBL

I know there are a million opinions and tons of information out there about Factory Blythe and TBL* Blythe.

Some call both Factory and TBL dolls clones.  Some feel that Factory are truly factory seconds and not fakes.  TBL are supposedly straight up fakes/clones*.

I have what are know as Factory dolls before and everything was interchangeable with Takara released Blythes.  I recently bought a doll that I feel is a TBL.

My observations:

Bigger eye chip sockets
Nose abnormalities
Larger eye holes
Better hair quality
Softer faceplate plastic
Poorer body

The eye chips did not fit Takara released Blythe! I tried RBL (Nicki Lad) and RBL+ (Mandy Cotton Candy).  This was a huge disappointment. Fortunately, I learned before buying any additional ones from Etsy that are possible TBLs leftovers after someone's custom projects.

I could not pin point the nose.  It was not a RBL and definitely not a SBL.  It was somewhere between FBL and RBL+, but even then there were details that were wrong.  I only snapped pics with RBL before starting to carve.



I have in the past had to carve out eye holes to allow additional space for decorative eyelids.  I didn't with this doll.  I see more of her eye mech at the bottom than normal.

The hair quality is really pretty amazing.  The scalps is thick with really soft saran/nylon/whatever [I am unsure of the difference].  The rooting job, the part line in particular, is different from Takara releases.   It isn't due to the declining quality of Takara releases, or the odd new bang/fringe style.  The part line goes farther back on the head and isn't quite as neatly finished at the end.

I am not good at carving.  I am easily frustrated.  I could not believe how easy the plastic carved.  It was like plastic butter.  At times I thought I over carved it was so easy.

The body is awful.  It is hot in my region.  I thought the heat made the leg plastic soft, but it never firmed up.  The hips are loose and seem to fan out at the top unlike other models of Blythe.  Also, the body and face do not match.

I wish now I would have taken more photographs, but I was anxious to start my project.  Here is some progress photos:




Final

I had planned to root a mohair scalp in natural white/blonde; however, I lost interest.  Her scalp looks decent with the face up and I might add other colors into it eventually.  I think she is missing an element on her face.  I will probably add a beauty mark around her left eye (my right).


*Taobao Blythe, coined by Dr. Blythenstein after the site purchased from, I think. 

*Clone can be interchangeable for fake.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Updates

Wow, life has moved fast lately.

In the real world I now have a third grader and I graduated with my Master of Science in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  And, we bought a house.  The renovations are nearly complete.

In my dolly world, I sold majority of my Pullips.  I have only 1 Pullip (Sticca), 3 Taeyangs (for now), and 1 Dal.

I can't remember what my last Blythe list was here.  Here goes:

EBL- Bohemian Beast, Disco Boogie

SBL- Can Can Cat, Pow Wow Poncho, I Love You It's True

RBL- Simply Mango, Sunshine Holiday, Prima Dolly Saffy, Cassiopeia Spice, Prairie Prose, Angelica Eve, Bohemian Peace

RBL+ and FBL- Mandy Cotton Candy, Hi Ho Marine, Simply Vanilla

Custom African American Factory and a soon to be customized translucent TBL or Factory

Middies-

Furry Bella Bo, Nelly Nibbles, Macaroon Q-Tea Party, Lily Brown, Suzie Hysteric, Melomelomew.

The newest Petites are Suri and Rendez Chou Chou.

Blythe house mates aka my daughter's dolls-

Simply Chocolate and Nicki Lad.  The Pepe (purple haired middie) will be arriving by sleigh at Christmas. ;)

Also, new Wonderfrogs moved in!

I hope for life to slow down now that I have graduated and I can start sharing doll post again.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

AA, BB, Pullip??

I bought two Pullips from a friend awhile ago- one is Jada, maybe, and the other was Bloody Red.  I liked Bloody Red, but I think what I liked most was her clothing.  She arrived to me starkers.  I had decided to customize her into a Calavera.  That was a bust.  I have now decided to customize her into a black beauty or African American doll.

I just decided this a few hours ago while there was snow flurries.  No painting happening today, or tomorrow; however, Friday's weather is looking like perfect painting day!

Now, I regret taking our her stock eye chips.  I am not sure if I can track them down.  I do have Icy chips so maybe they will work.

Once again, the problem is ALWAYS the body.  I have a spare Pullip body, but not sure if I want to destroy it yet. Pullip Style is out of replacement bodies for Pullip.

I will try to take some photos and keep my post updated.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Jasper Hat for Ken

I made this hat for a friend's Twilight Jasper doll.  I have not heard how it works out with his hair yet, but it looks great on my vintage Ken. I thought I would share the pattern with everyone.  As of right now, I have not tested out all of the stitch counts.  They should be pretty close though.

Jasper Hat for Ken

by Natalie Scrimshire, owner of Blythe Knits Etsy Shop

Supplies:

US 2 DPNs
Sock yarn
Darning needle

Start-

CO 32 sts, work in the round

K1 x P1 rib for 3 rounds.

K15, KFB, K15, KFB (34 sts)

St. st. for 1 inch.

Decreases-

K14, K2tog, K14, K2tog (32 sts)

Knit 2 rounds.

*K6, K2tog,* all around.  (28 sts)

Knit 1 round.

*K5, K2tog,* all around (24 sts)

Knit 1 round.

*K4, K2tog,* all around. (20 st)

*K3, K2tog,* all around. (16 sts)

*K2, K2tog,* all around. (12 sts)

*K2tog,* all around. (4 sts)

Cut yarn and pull through the remaining stitches.  Weave in ends.

Copyright by Natalie Scrimshire, 2014.  Please do not reproduce my pattern or product for commercial purposes.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Still around!

Seems that all of my latest blog entries have had the theme "I'm still here."  I am.  Christmas came and went.  I did knit a lot but sewing was a complete bust.  I am hoping for a little easier semester ahead of me.  I have the spring semester and a 5 week summer semester left!  My internship will extend on into August and hopefully I will have my hours complete with a diploma in my hand!!

Since it is the new year I guess I should join the flock and post my goals and resolutions.

Goal #1, Graduate
Goal #2, Yarn stash bust
Goal #3, Do my best to not add anymore dolls to my collection.
Goal #4, Only buy yarn with a project in mind and start immediately.

Since I'm trying not to buy more dolls, the ones that I have (like my Pullips) will go into storage.  This way I will keep the same ones and bring them back out like a kid with old/new toys!  In theory this should work, I will see.

I am moving sometime late spring/early summer.  Actually I am moving one house over from my current house, but I have a lot of things to go through before then.  Many items are going to charity.  It is just time to declutter.  It is so hard!  The best part about the new house is that I will be getting a sewing/craft/doll room!!  YAY!

I close this entry with a photo I took last night of my new Luxie Lou shirts:

Michael (Furry Bella Bo), Natty (I Love You Its True), and all of my little Chihauhuas.
Tico and Roo are my real life Chihuahuas. :)