Celestine Poppet was born this April and consumed my life for an hour or so every night a quite a few afternoons for almost a month. Her post is here, on Craftster.org . She was made for Squire_Inaria for the Plethora of Poppets Swap. Here is what Squire says about the swap package she got in the Plethora Swap's Gallery.
I'll elaborate more if anyone wants, but I just wanted to show you a couple of pics regarding my hair process. Seems I always get hung up on the hair. :)
<-Here she is without hair. Her eyes came clear and I painted them with iridescent pearl nail polish. Her glitter eyelashes are from the drugstore.
I envisioned her masquerading as a moon goddess so since she was already bright as the moon I thought that maybe her hair should be dark like a cloud or the night sky:
<- I love blue. Somehow I always start with blue. This is a thick and thin single ply yarn that was sent to me along with a poppet I received for a swap last year. I believe it came with Alice. Although I love the look, it wasn't right for the theme. So next I try silvery hair.
<- Straight or curly? Up or down? This is Lion Brand Glitterspun, a soft metallic yarn in silver. I use pins to simulate how the hair might be attached. She tried it on twice - once while wearing my Pink poppet's white lace dress and again after the night sky gown was done. With a flower in her hair even! She was almost sold on it. *sigh*
Close but not quite. While I am waiting for my wool locks to arrive in the mail, I try to spin up a solution. This is a white roving that I received with my spinning kit that I received in a DIY kit last year. It is actually a wonderful creamy white, spun thick and thin then plyed with silver thread:
<- note that this is my first ever handspun, done on a bottom whorl drop spindle. I only did a little bit and actually sent it along with the doll for the swap. I'll have to make more as I really love it, especially with the bit of sparkle from the silver thread. I do like her in it, as it gives her a soft glowy feeling it felt a little too warm earthy/lovey/mother-y and not moon/night/cold silver light-enough, so that didn't fly.
When the box from Shepherd's Lane came I couldn't eat dinner fast enough! I had to try on a bunch of locks straight out of the box. Just for fun, the blue... ooh so glam!
Then down to real business.
<-here on her right is the Miss Priss. I chose the shortest of the locks. They are a shimmery white and darken to a creamy gold at the tips. I thought that would be choice #1. On her left is Silverado's silky. It was amazingly silky, and so silvery! (Silverado also has a darker shorter lock from a different area on his body. I'll have to order some of that because I LOVE these - sooo soft and full!)
<- here is the natural lincoln locks. I love these! In fact another doll artist used these from the same vendor on one of her sculpted dolls and she was beautiful. If she wasn't a moon goddess I'd have said ok. It had great color, perfect length and the thickness of each lock made for a chunky texture that I really liked.
In the end, we went with Silverado. Here it is down, front view and back. I soooo love her hair down but you can't go to a ball with your hair Down, you need an Updo. The last pic is with her hair up. I used 4 bobby pins to hold it in place, and put in a mother-of-pearl button comb that I made as an accent.
We took a family pic before she left us. L-R: Alice & Hatter (received from swap partners), Celestine, Violet & Pink (fka Kat).
Hope you enjoyed that little side-trip into my process.