We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

~ Walt Disney


19 May 2015

Doll'in Up Next!

At a gathering last year, I was introduced to a porcelain doll teacher. What did you think? I know I wouldn't pass up the chance to making my own doll! Finally I could start in late November, and got to casting my doll parts. I was going to make a portrait doll from a mold by renowned doll artist Dianna Effner. A portrait doll is a doll which is made to the likeness of a real person. The process was fascinating.
First, porcelain slip was poured into a plaster mold, and a layer of clay sets to form the doll parts.
Once the parts are leather hard, they are soft-fired in a kiln.
Then it's time to sand away the parting mold lines, and cut the eyes. The key is to ensure that
the windows to the soul are symmetrically shaped.
A refined set of doll parts are now ready to be bisque-fired.
Here are some of the brushes and painting tools used to paint the doll, starting with the face.
The painting of the features, such as the eyebrows, eyelashes, lips and even the rouge, had to done in layers,
and fired a few rounds to achieve the desired effects. Similarly, the other parts of the body,
like the limbs and shoulder had to be painted to give the parts depth, and a 3D feel.
This doll has a soft fabric body, which would be sewn and attached to the different body parts.
I will have more pictures and the fully made-up porcelain doll to show in the next posts.

Till then. Have a great week!

17 May 2015

Meeting Cooper

In this cyber age, meeting new friends online is easy, but all the fun is in seeing them in person, or persons. Last month, my teddy bears and I got to meet Kay and Brian Cooper from Australia! Kay is the bear artist behind Cooper Bears. Thanks to Esther (the artist who creates all the lovely Esther Bears), we ~ Esther, Paula (a porcelain doll teacher whom I will introduce in another post) and I ~ met Kay and Brian for coffee in town. Of course our teddy bears had to come along too! Bucket, their famous travelling bear, came to coffee, and all the bears chatted excitedly among themselves.

Sugar with our coffee?
After coffee, the group adjourned to Gardens by the Bay. As we went through the entrance to the gardens, in the distance, there was the cluster of Supertrees. We gasped at the magnificent 16-storey-high structures that juxtaposed the varieties of trees and shrubs. According to the official website of Gardens, 11 of the 12 Supertrees have been embedded with environmentally sustainable photovoltaic cells to harvest solar energy.


Not to be missed is the OCBC Skyway, a 128-metre-long walkway at a height of 22-metres that connects two Supertrees at the Supertree Grove. Although the walkway was a steel bridge, it felt a little wobbly, especially with a bunch of us strolling on it.

From left: Esther, Kay, Brian, Marcia and me
 We managed to cover a small area of the gardens, and are impressed.

Marina Bay Sands is just opposite the Gardens.
The joyful koi in the gardens
'Planet' by Marc Quinn (b. 1964) is a sculpture that depicts the sculptor's son, Lucas.
As night fell, we headed for a scrumptious meal at Satay by the Bay, a hawker-style eatery that featured local cuisine. The spread was totally mouthwatering.

From left: Marcia, Esther, Kay, Brian and Paula.

On our way out after dinner, we were treated to a light display that lit up the gardens. You must see them for yourselves! It's magical.

Does this not remind you of the neon forests in 'Avatar'?



06 June 2014

Two Little Alphabet Keyrings

for two lovely colleagues... Thanks for all your help, Juliana and Terrenz!

Alphabet motifs from Tatting Lace by Applemints, tatted in #40 Lisbeth threads.

04 June 2014

A Simple Cuff Bracelet

The school holidays are finally here!
Am gearing up to finish a lot of re-organizing -- my craft supplies, display cupboard, books and patterns -- all need some TLC! I think I have a couple of giveaways in the works. Look out! ;)
Here's a cuff bracelet I tatted. Pretty simple with basic motifs and some delica beads for a bit of glitter.

Tatted using a #20 Japanese cotton in Baby Blue, and a 5mm medium grey Swaroski pearl
A detailed view of the centre motif
 

25 May 2014

A Lacey Day

It's another restful Sunday for me today. Decided to tat although there was no chocolate in sight. Am very pleased with the final product. It's a very sweet bow/ribbon, isn't it?

Tatted in DMC #30 Ecru; pattern from Tatting Lace by Applemints (a Japanese tatting book).
My former colleague, who was the Editorial Director at my previous workplace, sent me a picture of this lovely crochet-clad tree he came across in the street in Curitiba (Brazil). He said he saw this tree and thought of me. How sweet of him!


Photo courtesy of Douglas Amrine
Hope your weekend is sweet and restful too.

20 May 2014

Down the Garden Path

Life's been really busy, and there's hardly any time or energy left after work to do anything. I still try to tat a little on and off, but progress is slow. Yesterday, however, I managed to sit down to tat! Although I don't enjoy making small motifs and hiding in ends often, this pattern is delightful. I feel rather cheerful after working on this.

Down the Garden Path by Pamela Palmer in Tatting Treats 3; tatted in a combination of Flora and Lisbeth threads #20.