OSS, where art thou?
I have been intently focused for the past few weeks on the OOAK (One Of A Kind) fashion doll I am donating to the upcoming GAW (Grand A Wish) Fund Doll Convention in Michigan. I have donated a doll to their charity auction for 4 years in a row. I guess it’s become an OSS tradition. I have been asked why I chose this particular convention to which to donate my creations, and I really have no fabulous answer. I am asked to donate my work to various conventions every year, and I have realized I have time for only one. I know other artists who donate to multiple conventions, and to them, I say, “Kudos!” But for OSS, one convention donation is what I can handle without putting myself in the loony bin, and even one often takes me to the brink. My near insanity is self-imposed as I seem to fail miserably at budgeting my time, but when you work from home, life often inserts and asserts itself. The OSS agenda is always at the mercy of TRW (The Real World).
All that being said, my absence from my usual haunts…doll boards, Facebook, The OSSome Blog…has been the result of my time being usurped by “Sterling”, the newest Genie of OSS who was created for GAW with their 25th Silver Celebration in mind. I thought I had allotted enough time for the project, but I had somehow forgotten how long the bead-encrusted costumes take. And I ran into some roadblocks with the base/stand as well, so um…yeah, I teetered on the edge of going bonkers several times before I actually completed the project and was able to ship her off to Michigan before the deadline. I must thank Laurie Lenz of Angels Doll Studio who created the silver saran wig for Sterling. I had originally planned on rooting the doll, but I realized that I would never finish in time if I had gone that route. A desperate email to Laurie, and my crisis was averted. Thanks to my hubby, the stand took shape as well. He always cringes when I approach him and say, “So, I have this idea…”, but he always manages to fulfill my vision. So…now that Sterling is safely in GAW hands, I can get back to my minis and other doll projects. Thanks for not abandoning the OSS ship!
Bresler, Jane said:
WOW!!!! You did an amazing job with “Sterling” – I can see why she was so time-consuming, but the end result was well worth it! Major Kudos to you!!!! I never cared for the New Versailles Veronique, in her original state, but now she is truly beautiful. Good decision to get Laurie to do the wig – I have a couple that she did for the Tonner girls, and love her creativity.
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful – I know that GAW will be thrilled and delighted when they see her.
Huge hugs to you, dear friend. I can’t wait to see what you do next!
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Thank you, dear Jane! I hope she does well in their charity auction. And yes…Laurie’s wigs are so nice. I have some of her fiber wigs for my JaimeShow dolls…they’re so cool!
How long did she actually take you to make, Dawn? And what did you make the pedestal stand that the bottle sits in? It looks like it could have been a dollhouse birdbath? Just curious. Yes, she is a Sterling Silver beauty!! 🙂
I don’t know how many hours of beading were involved…didn’t really keep track, but there are thousands of beads on her costume, and each was sewn on by hand. The base of the “table” was made using a vintage candlestick and a silver tray. We had to fill the candlestick and then drill into it and through the tray. Then I used modeling putty to make sand to cradle the bottle. A lot of steps were involved, and it was a whole lot of “hurry up and wait”. LOL
Interesting…..Yes, I figured the “sand” was probably something like that. Or it was your clay painted a sandy color after you shaped it. Never would have guessed that the table was a candlestick and tray, though. Very ingenious!! Yes, I know that you have trouble waiting on things. Lol Patience, patience…..Ha! Ha! Ha! I was going to also ask you – what other dolls have you made the other three years? I did see one from Paris on FB last year? But what other two did you make? I have not seen those.
Did a male doll…yacht captain motif… one year and a Breakfast at Tiffany’s repaint. I’m anxious to hear what 2015’s theme will be so I can start planning! And this year’s convention won’t take place for another 3 weeks!
Those sound like they were awesome, too!! Do you ever hear how much your dolls sell for?
I just realized…..you could have named this doll “Lady Grant a Wish”. Lol