1/6 scale One of a Kind Vanessa Perrin Star Power New Project on the Run

 

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This is the  scale model of the new  Liberty statue that will be built to replace the old one in New York, USA. She is a lot more beautiful and sexy (lol). Curiously ”Liberty” was offered by France to USA, as a gift. My Vanessa head has been customized by a gentleman in France.  In fact, I just took a picture of the figurine on her new body with a raised hand for no specific reason, but looking at her after the shot, came the flash in my mind that she looked a bit like the statue of Liberty. She is one of my last projects on the go at the present time. As she has some kind of pink light burgundy metallic hair, I decided that she will be my new muse to make the presentation of a serial of 1/6 scale  pinkish outfits for women.  I went shopping and bought many additionnal pink and burgundy fabrics to create with my good friend Mimi, different styles of  jumpsuits, dresses, blouses, skirts, belts, boots, shoes, and handbags for the beautiful young lady. I want to name this presentation ”La Vie en Rose” (Life in Pink). The above picture is a starting point of what will be probably a stylished  jumpsuit.

 

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As I was waiting for the head to be delivered at my friend Mimi, I started to look on the Internet for women outfits. I had the funny idea to take the pictures of the head that I had in my file and make a quick collage on the different photos of outfits that I collected in the same file. I just had to adjust the sizes of heads and bodies and match them quickly just to give an idea of the results of the colors of the hair and color of the outfit. I liked the exercice. I ended up with well over 100 pictures of Vanessa dressed one way or another. Nothing very professionnal as pcitures as I have done the jobs fast. There were just too many pictures to match together. It was just to give an idea of both together. Some mix of pictures look so-so, some other ones were a delight to look at.

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This project started life after I discovered this rerooted head on ebay a few weeks back (today we are Oct 6, 2019).  At first I just took the pictures for my file. We (Mimi and I) could  build something very similar with the same Vanessa Star Power, so she would have also the very same makeup.  Then I was going back to see her on ebay once in a while. No bid on her

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I finally decided to place a bid (50 euro as she was located in France)

 

I was lucky to end up with her for the minimum bid as nobody seemed interested on this auction.

I had only the head but on the other hand, I had a bunch of  used 1/6 scale Barbies Matel and other doll brands in a box, so I went through the whole pile and inspected them one by one.  I chose one of them because the legs on it did not seem too long and they were not too skinny eighter.  There was a swivel joint at the level of the belt and this area was perfectly round and too tiny compare to the rest of its body. I wanted a body out of the usual standards of these dolls. So I would have to modify the original anatomy of the figurine and make it more chubby but still with beautiful curves. I wanted the breast to be more bulky, but also I would have to create a more realistic waist, proportional to the rest of the new body that I had in mind.  She would need also the hips and bum to be increased in volume, as well as the thighs, the calves and the ankles. So the first thing that I did was to apply some polymer paste (Apoxy Sculpt) on the figurine areas just mentioned.  On top of the plastic paste Iwould have to apply several coats of car body glazing and sandings between each one of them. Just like the head was a unique piece of artcraft, I would build a special body for her that no other figurine would have. She would be out of the original standards from the top of her ponytail to her toes. Then she wouldn’t wear outfits produced on assembly lines but unique pieces.

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The 3 pictures below are showing the first coat of automotive body glazing over the hardened polymer paste.

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Then around 5 other coats and 4 sandings. She is taking shape slowly.

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Some more coats and sandings have been done since these last 3 pictures taken with the poor webcam of my little shop. Many times I travel to my friend Mimi for a stay of a couple of days and I bring some projects, tools and materials with me, so I can work on her counter. She has a better camera and of course it takes better shots.

 

I still have some work to do here and there, like rounding the bum. For the moment at least, I keep the joints of the knees in case I would like to bend a leg. I plan to make some casts of the body… that I will modify for other beautful heads that I have  awaiting for their bodies

 

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And here I am at Mimi again, taking a good italian Café au Lait, french style.  The pictures of the figurine who wears outfits in process, including the first on top of this page   have been taken during different steps of the  modification of the body. It is to give me an idea of the general look of the work in progress.

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I really did not like the hands of the doll that I had chosen. If you look at the picture above, they looked crude, not well done and 4 fingers are molded together. I knew that I was going to change them.  A few weeks back I started to work on a technique to fabricate hands from scratch and another one for crafting long fingernails. The results were not bad. It is just a question of improving the way I am doing it. I left it aside probably for the night and as it happens so frequently, on the next morning skipped on other projects. It is not rare that I get up with a new idea in head and I am affraid to forget it so I start doing it on the spot.

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Going back on the subject of these ugly hands, I have been several days telling me ”Today I am going to cut them and install better ones.”  No, it did not happen till yesterday when I still looked at the figurine and got a bit mad of seeing her still with these awful hands. They make her look like a toy and I hate it.

Days before, I had gone trough the pile of dolls and found one with beautiful hands. The body was totally out of scale by areas but the hands were very nice and I was sure that they could fit very well on my beauty. I had removed all the heads on these dolls weeks before and I could not remember what it looked like. Fortunately I saw some minuscule writings at the back of the body so I took a magnifier to be able to read it : ” Hasbro 2014 sa” .  I went on Google Images and found dolls with ”out of scale” heads for smaller bodies. I recognised the hands. They were the same.

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As seen at the bottom of the above picture, This photo comes from the website  ToyBox  Philosopher.Com

and here is the hyperlink:

http://www.toyboxphilosopher.com/2015/08/a-disney-descendants-doll-update-review.html

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I have inserted this picture as a reference to show what these dolls look like.  As a scale modeler, I like what looks realistic, all proportions related. I find these dolls perfectly ugly, except the fact that they have beautiful hands. The doll on the left side has  the very same right hand as the one that I have.  The dark skinned one at the right side of the picture has the same left hand that I have except the skin tone.  Both hands are swiveled and tiltable. They are also easily removable.

 

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Here is Vanessa with her new hands. It was before the crafting of 6 finger rings (3 for each hand) and the first set of wrist bracelet on her left hand that a little later I changed for a single one but wider.

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This is what she looks now, with her finger rings and the new bracelet on her left arm.

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Wow, she is definetely a lot more beautiful with these new hands… and jewelleries.  But there is still a lot of work to do on her.

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The above picture is another project of outfit, another shade of pink,  among plenty of other ones that I have in store for my beauty.  I had taken this picture before the change of the 2 hands.

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I own many pairs of 1/6 scale high heels, long or short boots, taken from different dolls or bought in bags.  I found these pink shoes in my bunch.

I wanted to try to do something, to make a hole trough the very tiny heel on each shoe and inserting a wire trough it. I had also to puncture the 2 heels of the legs of the doll because the wires had to go in  them  till the level of the ankles. The wires had to be even longer because my plan was to puncture a small wood base that I had cut with a hole saw and sanded smoothly. This was a difficult task because the shoes are made of a soft vinyl and the very small heels are bending, and twisting while you try to stay in their center drilling them by hand very slowly. Finally… I succeeded on both of them. I was surprised because it was all a challenge.  During the process I broke the putty on the ankles because these legs are made of a more or less rigid kind of viny and putty doesn’t stick hard on vinyl. I had to put new coats of glazing on these areas and more sandings and coats will be needed.  I plan to use different pairs of shoes and boots on this figurine.

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And here is what it looks  with the legs, the shoes and the bloc of wood with the 2 wires going trough all of them.  This base is a tool that I made to hold the figurine on her legs when I work on her.

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I fell on this nice scripture on Pinterest. It is so appropriate to my personal line of thoughts … and even the background colors fit this present theme.

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More pictures and blablas to come.

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If you have any question or comment please contact me

florent.beauchemin@gmail.com

 

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