The last day of the contest’s 1st stage.


I am a bit surprised. There were so many people, who wrote me that they would like to take part in the contest and design a website for me, who were very confident and many of you were asking me about my ideas for the website. I have also seen some of the websites ready or almost ready in the Internet. However, in order for me to contact the website’s author – he or she has to email me the link of the project to bjtales@gmail.com. So far I have received just one link from one author. Perhaps, I was not clear enough about this issue. Also, I did not realize that there are 28 days in February, thus I prolong the deadline for the registration till 13th March, for the month to be full. Thank you very much in advance!
I hope, that after the weekend we are ready to launch the second stage of the contest, which will last for another two weeks. As for me, I start working on the small prize 😎

Последний день первого этапа события.
Я немного удивлена.Очень многие люди писали мне, что хотят сделать сайт для конкурса, очень многие были уверены в своих силах, очень многие спрашивали о моих пожеланиях для сайта. И я даже видела некоторые из этих готовых, или почти готовых сайтов в интернете. Но для того, чтобы я могла связаться с автором сайта — он должен послать ссылку на него на е-майл bjtales@gmail.com. Пока я получила только одну ссылку от одного автора. Возможно, я недостаточно четко указала на это условие. Так же я не учла того, что в феврале всего 28 фактических дней, поэтому я переношу дату окончания регистрации до 13 марта, чтобы месяц был полноценным. Спасибо вам огромное! Надеюсь, что после вик-энда у нас начнется второй этап события, который продлится еще две недели, а пока я приступаю к изготовлению маленького приза 😎

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Event. Конкурс. update


So here are conditions of the competition. In two words I want you to make a fan site.
Often people who have seen my dolls – on photos or live tell me that they are amazing – but that’s not the thing can be told about my site.
Sadly I don’t have any time to design my gallery… And, to be honest, it’s not only about time – it’s about not knowing how do I want this gallery to look like.
It should become a place my dolls can live in – a fairyland.. and that’s where my mind bewilders. I don’t see neither details, nor even delineations. And need your help!
I’ll be happy to give a little porcelain girl to the one who will make a little miracle for me and my dolls.

So, what you are to make can be any separate Internet page or even site – not an album in a social network or something like that — containing gallery with photos of my dolls and link to my site. Photos are on your own choice.
By the way, if you don’t like my dolls – feel free to make something terrible – it might become the most interesting thing in the whole competition.)

One more condition: the number of people who visited your gallery also matters! So it’s not bad at al to share it on your facebook page or anywhere you wish.

Pages that I like the most will be taken to the next stage of the competition – online voting.
There will be as much pages as I like. And one of them will win!

Send links to your galleries on bjtales@gmail.com.

Registration of pretenders ends on 03/11/11. (The eleventh of March)

I guess that’s all.
Wish you inspiration and luck!
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important information for participants! I didn’t even expect such a huge interest in this competition. And I think it would be a right decision to help you and provide you with all photos in a better quality than pics on my site are.
so here are the links

http://www.rapidshare.ru/1735355
http://rapidshare.ru/1735258
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Ну вот, собственно, суть конкурса: вкратце — «фансайт». Очень часто те люди, которые видят моих кукол на фото или держат их в руках, и мои ученики, и новые владельцы этих кукол — высказывают мнение: «Лида, твои куклы удивительны! Волшебны! Но у тебя ужасный сайт! Сделай им красивое оформление в интернете!» Но есть проблема — у меня нет времени на то, чтобы заниматься дизайном галереи. Большое спасибо моему мужу, который сделал удобный блог. Но для красивой галереи у него тоже нет времени. И проблема даже не во времени. А в том, что я не представляю, чего я хочу для своих кукол. Хочется для них какого-то сказочного пространства, но я не представляю деталей этого пространства. Все свое воображение и внимание к деталям я вкладываю в кукол. Я мыслю в другом пространстве. И не понимаю, как красиво мыслить «в интернете». Я с удовольствием сделаю куклу для того, кто сделает красивое оформление для фото. Это могут быть прекрасные фото хороших фотографов, которым нравятся мои куклы, или мои технические фото. Это могут быть любые фото с той галереи, которая сейчас связана с блогом. Мы долго думали над условиями и ограничениями. И не смогли их придумать. Пусть это будет любой креатив, связанный с моими куклами, оформленный так, как вам хочется и представленный на отдельной странице в интернете (не галерея в социальной сети, а отдельная от социальных сетей страница! Или сайт). Для тех, кто считает, что мои куклы ужасны — сделайте что-нибудь ужасное! Возможно это будет самое интересное! 😎 Есть еще одна проблема — я очень мягкий человек. Если мне что-то не нравится — мне очень стыдно говорить об этом тому, кто старался. Это причина того, почему я отказывалась от нескольких предложения сделать мне хороший сайт «просто так». Я не могу и не умею принимать подарки. Поэтому позвольте мне отклонять не приглянувшиеся результаты без объяснения причины. Если бы сейчас я четко знала, чего мне хочется — сделала бы это сама. Но, к сожалению, мне легче понять «нравится-не нравится» когда я вижу уже что-то готовое. Все, что нравится — попадет во второй этап конкурса. Если я сама не могу выбрать между несколькими прекрасными вариантами — все эти варианты будут выставлены на голосование на моем блоге. Но это уже второй этап. Он начнется через месяц. В голосование попадет 3 странички. Может 30. Но это будут все странички, которые понравились, и одна из них выиграет приз. Да, о призе. Это будет маленькая кукла, но не мышка. Маленькая 13-тисантиметровая девочка без хвоста.

PS: Галерея-победитель не будет заменой той галерее, которой я сейчас пользуюсь. Ссылка на нее будет размещена на моем блоге после результатов голосования, как «лучший фан-сайт года».

PPS: ссылки на страницы-претенденты посылаете на bjtales@gmail.com.
Регистрация сайтов-претендентов для второго этапа принимаются до 11.03.2011.

PPS: ну еще одна маленькая вредность от меня — все-таки приз — не бейсболка, а маленькая безделушка, в которую я вкладываю месяц работы, и популярность этих маленьких шарнирных девочек довольно высока, насколько я могу судить по количеству заказов. Ваша конкурсная страничка должна быть открыта для посещения и поток посещений тоже будет иметь значение для попадания во второй этап. Вы можете направить туда всех своих друзей из тех социальных сетей, в которых вам комфортно. У меня есть свой способ оценить посещаемость сайта, так что «искусственное накручивание» бесполезно. Это должны быть живые люди.

PPPS: ссылки на страницы-претенденты посылаете на bjtales@gmail.com.
Регистрация сайтов-претендентов для второго этапа принимаются до 11.03.2011.

Желаю вдохновения и удачи!

Дополниение

Важная информация для тех, кто решился принять участие в конкурсе. Я даже не ожидала такого интереса. И поняла, что допустила ошибку, которую спешу исправить. Несколько людей сегодня обратились ко мне с просьбой дать фотографии лучшего качества, чем те, что лежат в галерее.
Вот ссылка на них: http://www.rapidshare.ru/1735355 http://rapidshare.ru/1735258


HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY FAVOURITE WIFE


Красива как солнце,
Горда как царица,
Ступаешь повсюду
Походкою львицы.
Люблю тебя всю,
Все твои проявленья!
Дарю тебе сердце свое
В День рожденья!


Whether you want event? A prize — my doll.


Trying to find and compete myself I’ve come to the genre called miniature.

Everything started quite spontaneously despite I’ve been thinking about this for quite a long time. At first I was hesitating if I’ll be able to shape and polish details some of which are smaller than the nail of my little finger. But then hesitation grew into ardour and so..

Here are Mouse’s hands in comparison with my ordinary 12,5-inch-girl’s hands.

And she herself looks like this and is 6.5 inches from head to toes. (yes, toes were a challenge!)
She’s soon going to her new home — almost her godmother — who shared her love to petit creautures with me and it became my trigger.
This genre is both captivating and complicated, it needs much more concentration and attention and precision than any other but in the end it’s all worth it.

I’m now making one more miniature doll that will become a prize in the upcoming competition.
And I’d lite you to give me a little help in testing vote — I want to be sure no problems affecting the results of the voting will appear I’ll give you all the details.


8-(


My husband joked yesterday – «Soon from the depth of the ocean a letter will come, something like: could you please make a Mermaid for us and give us a doll making course?»

And thou it was only a joke I’ve felt with a little bit of terror that I’ve already got over ten reservations on my list, from all corners of the Earth.
And it means I have a lot to do. Really a lot.

I’m deeply, sincerely sorry – but I can take no more orders now. I wish I had a magic wand that would allow me to make my dolls faster – but each one takes above three weeks. They are all like children – need time, patience and love. The whole process is much like bearing a baby – the only difference is that you’re doing it not with your belly, but with your hands.

I want to give each and every one unique features – there are no two similar people on the Earth, so then why dolls should be?

And I’ll be also working on a couple of ideas when taking some rest of reservations – it feels like a thousands of thoughts in my head are twisting, tumbling, dancing inside, waiting to be born.


Mice. Tiny copie of my first doll. 1/10


It will be 9 or 10 centimeters from a nape to heels.


Plaster molds from Mouse.


Many people asked to show, how I do plaster molds. It happens not so often because of my way of giving of individuality to dolls. Sometimes there is no near at hand a camera. Sometimes simply I forget to photograph process. And always it occurs at bad illumination because I prefer to work at night (excuse for quality of a photo, in the winter at us night almost round the clock). But here circumstances have developed so that I could make it. Accompany their very detailed comments I can not — my level of English insufficiently for technical terms. I hope that pictures will show main principles.
Though the White Mouse — my the first BJD — it enjoys wide popularity. I won’t sell it never for any money. But for a long time already wanted to make small circulation, about 10 copies. Now I have some orders for it — time has come.

She has a little become puzzled.

I do it with her eyes subsequently to have open space for individuality giving to each person of the doll.

When I did it is long couldn’t choose between human and mouse ears. Now I can try all variants.

White and green — plasticine JOVI
Yellow and black — plasticine for sculptural works.

All is ready for pouring of first half of parts from plaster.

Remove JOVI — is was for creation of the necessary relief of first half of form.

Now I should grease the top surface of plaster that second half wasn’t pasted. If it not to make — forms can be divided only a saw, the master-model hasn’t enough chances to survive in this case.

I use for this purpose a cheap cream for hands with silicone. You can experiment with different creams. He should create border for plaster, but then watch off, that forms weren’t fat.

After that it is possible to set up a fence from black plasticine back and to fill in second half of form with plaster.

The most difficult is passed. It is necessary to wash only parts from plasticine.

Here it again. Now I don’t have glue for a tail, but tomorrow she completely will recover from this shock.

I know that these forms not so beautiful — curves. But it seems to me that it not the main thing. I prefer to spend the creative energy on dolls, instead of for an esthetics of process of manufacturing.


White on the White.


This is how the cleanest and the most lucid porcelain in the world looks like when being made into a doll. I’m really charmed with its irreproachable structure. Me and Alena have photographed this state as an independent one. But this doll is a custom design and so I have to keep on working at her.
However after this shoot I arrived at an idea that seems quite interesting for me. I know that there are many amazingly talented make-up artists who paint their resin dolls with dedication and fantasy hardly achievable for me — I love sculpting material and giving it shape much more than painting.

And so the idea is to make several blank dolls which can be painted as resin ones but with one great difference – porcelain can not be damaged by any kind of vehicles and the paint will never eat into it and spoil the doll.

I’m quite sure that this opportunity will attract many talented people and furthermore will allow them to get round some difficulties they have to face when working with resin.



8-)


Interview at bjdmagazine.com


Eyes.


The White Mouse Needed eyes. I don’t like painted eyes at all – no use to ask why, I just don’t.
At first I wanted to give her a pair of eyes for, you know, teddy bears. But I didn’t like anything of what I’ve seen in shops. Yes, there’s a wide choice of goods on sites selling accessories for ball-joined dolls, but I don’t feel comfortable when I have to buy something without even holding it in my hands.
The White Mouse’s face also can’t be regarded as standard, so she needed an unusual eyes of some weird color — at that moment I didn’t yet realize of which exactly.

I needed at least several pairs of eyes to try them, to see if they fit and to finally find the ones which would make a perfect match.
And so I began to serf on the internet the technology of eye making. Trying a couple of them didn’t give me a satisfying result, so I kept on searching.
I’ve learned the structure of the human eye and only then after a dozen of fails I’ve finally achieved this result:

By the way it all was happening when I was expecting my second son. )

And so The Mouse got eyes made specially for her. Unfortunately epoxy went dull after a while – but it was my mistake, I’ve taken epoxy not very appropriate for decorative work. (Later I’ve happily met the one that stayed perfectly clear and gave my dolls the bright live look I’ve always wanted them to have.)


However perfection knows no bounds and, when I’ve started to make porcelain dolls I’ve faced a good old «eye problem» again – I didn’t want dolls of longeval material would have eyes that would stay bright for 50 years at the most just because of their chemical structure.
And so I had to invent my own technology, far more complicated than the previous one, and started to make eyes of glass and porcelain.
But before the happy moment when I’ve finally took clear beautiful eyes out of my oven I had to try about 10 sorts of glass and 50 sequences of painting, glazing temperature and so on, I was leaving the oven working for all night to find cracked and split and dull eyes in the morning.
God you must know that feeling of helpless overfilling me for 6 months that it took to find out how to make things right.
And not so long ago I’ve finally made it



All eyes were perfectly clear!
I know that this result is nothing outstanding for companies specialized on making doll eyes, but! It was my great victory that filled me with pure joy.
Me dolls faces are not quite human and sometimes it takes a couple of try outs to find eyes for them.
Now my little girls look like this:





But I’ve already nipped on ahead – it’s a story about my first doll after all.
She yet has eyes but is still bald and of course needs hair to fix it.