Monday, January 30, 2012

3D Crafting?

So late last year I started contemplating making my own doll.  I have been looking at resin dolls ever since I took on the task of making my sister’s doll a wardrobe, and no it’s not done and yes I feel horrible about it.  Well I started looking at the mechanics of her doll and decided to research it some, my favorite online hobby.  Through my searching about how to make toys in general I came across 3D imaging and machines that can make 3D items right before your eyes.  It’s pretty damn amazing.  Here, have a look.

Now this machine is more of a personal one you can have at home, for a hefty price, and you can design and make your own toys.  But they have other machines that will design your items whole without splitting them up.  There are also services that you can have your item made in 3D, but that can also be pricey.

Further looking into these machines I began to wonder if it was possible to make a ball joint doll with these machines. I mean sure the material was strong enough to handle elastic going through it and being moved and rubbed against itself.  So I went to trusty old YouTube and searched for someone who may have done it.  My first several searches came up empty-handed.  It wasn’t until this month that I started looking at videos of people customizing dolls and making their own ball joint dolls that I finally found the video I’d been looking for.

Isn’t that neat?!?  I don’t know if she’s super delicate, but she is very nicely done.  I think I still prefer resin or abs or something a little more norm in the ball joint doll world, but this is a cool concept.  But then again if it is strong material, which I really do think it is, then this is just another cool option for making ball joint dolls.  I wonder how the material stands up over the years?  I wonder if you’d use the same customizing techniques on the dolls made from it as we do on resin or abs ball joint dolls?  Would we have to change the chemicals and items we use?  Does it absorb color like crazy?  How small of a doll could we crate without losing detail?  Could you imagine a 1/6th world we could completely create from just our own mind, some software, and a 3D printer?  Pretty cool huh?  I wonder where technology will take us next.  Smile  Speaking of technology, if you want to really create your perfect ideal 1/6th world, you could also look into this as well.

Technology, making it fun to be a doll collector.  Winking smile  And on that note I am off.  This was another old post I had waiting around.  Glad I finally got to it.  Really wanted to share it.  It’s amazing what computer issues can make you do.  I’ve been more active offline, I started exercise again, started reading again, and I’m going to try to do some writing before I pop off.  I’m feeling happily productive.  Oh and totally off topic, did you all know this year was a leap year?  I had no idea until I saw someone mention it on a weight loss board I am a member of.  Doing a February weight loss challenge, and WOOT, I’ve got one extra day next month to work it out.  Smile  Ok, I’m off.  Talk to you all soon.  Be good until then.  Bye for now.  Smile

Feeling productive,

Most Expensive Gingerbread House


Wow, I’ve forgotten how I blog.  I wanted to make this quick post to try to clean up some things I’d been meaning to do and never gotten to, since I have to take my computer in to be cleaned soon.  I’ve got it working ok as long as I have a fan blowing on it.  Let me fill you in on something, it’s 33 degrees outside, my room is the coldest room in the house in the winter, my fan is right next to me blowing, and I’m wearing my jacket with the hood up.  In short, I do this for you.  Smile

So around Christmas time I did a search for dollhouses because I was on the search for different ways to set up one, when I came across this interesting article about a gingerbread house made to look like a dollhouse basically.  It was located in Gothenburg, Sweden and basically instead of making your generic gingerbread house the person decided to show the inside of the house as well as the expansive grounds, and all of it, you guessed it, is edible.  Pretty neat right?  It’s 50 cm, a little over 19 and a half inches tall.  And why is it considered the most expensive gingerbread house?  In Sweden the house costs 35,000 SEK, or close to 3,000 Euro, if it were that price today it would cost us American peeps roughly $3963.90.  A bit pricey for a cookie house, for me at least.  Smile


But isn’t it pretty?  You can get some closer views of the inside here.  For food it is pretty detailed.  This all got me to thinking about how I would create a gingerbread dollhouse for actual dolls to reside in.  For one thing I think the house above is missing a gingerbread staple, candies.  I think it would have made it look more like a gingerbread house and not just a brown house covered in snow, kwim?

Then I started thinking, would I make it for 1/12th or 1/6th.  Now I would prefer 1/6th, but 1/12th seems like it would be easier to work with on a project like this, thinking size-wise and and all.  Maybe if I have a kid some day I will entertain this thought again and have them share in the fun of making it with me.  But I just had to show you guys this and try to bring some life back to the blog.  Still not back yet. I have a ton to do.  My emails are backed up again thanks to my computer, and so many other things are being pushed back. If you have emailed me I will get back to you.  Sorry about the super delay.

And that’s about it for this post. I will talk to you lovely people later.  Be good until then, by for now.

Wishing it wasn’t so cold in her room,

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Still here!!!

Computer issues. Mine needs a cleaning and will only stay on for short bursts before overheating. I will be back soon, I promise. Be good until then. Bye for now. :-)

Thankful for a loving sister who loans out her laptop,