LIMITED TIME 100usd DISCOUNT TO ALL PREORDERS!

I’m offering a limited time special discount to both blank dolls and bespoken OOAK dolls ordered before end of July. The new dolls are in production now and you can create your dream doll from 5 different skin tone, 5 different head sculpts and 2 bust sizes. Please head more about How to Order and the newly unveiled head sculpts. The new Inamorata body also has more detailed new feet sculpt.

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Inamorata Resin & New Caramel Skin

I’ve been asked a lot about the luminescent quality of the resin I use for my dolls and the secret is in its translucency. Human skin is not opaque and if we stand against direct sunlight the thin parts of our bodies, like ears, light up. I wanted to give my dolls the same quality and after a long search I did find a superb polyurethane resin that grants this effect. It’s also stronger than regular resin so tiny parts, like separately sculpted fingers, don’t break as easily as in opaque old school resins.

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Upon request I have made a new skin tone: Caramel, available for the new Inamorata 2.0 patch. Caramel is a warm dark tan and picture (see below) in the left. On the right there is Latte, that is rather pale tan and the hands holding the resin samples are the pinkish, almost paper white, Milk.

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That means there are 5 skin tones now available for preorder: Milk, Latte, Caramel, Chocolate and Coffee. Inamorata dolls almo come in 5 different head sculpts and 2 bust sizes.

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THREE NEW INAMORATA HEADS

I am proud to present three new head types for Inamorata dolls! Midori was inspired by the beautiful women I saw in my travels around Taiwan and Japan. I absolutely love the rebooted Nnaji 2.0 but I feel she lost some of her ethnicity with the narrower nose, so her new sister Nubia is here to bring back the feeling of the original Nnaji sculpt from 2012. Last but not the least, as I have been working on her for years, is Valerie, a new softer Caucasian sculpt to compliment the most popular of Inamorata sculpts; the Latina vibe Charo.

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The new heads are available now for preorder patch either as blank dolls or commissioned OOAKs. Please read more about the order here.

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Hand Sculpting

People often ask me why I don’t use 3D imaging in my work. I love sculpting by hand and feel more connected to the finished work this way. Also, I believe in keeping the old traditions alive. Too many beautiful crafts are dying in the world and while visiting museums in Taiwan I have become even more acute aware of this. This is why I make my dolls completely by hand.

Instead, I use hard wax to make the first drafts, make a silicone mold and home cast them in resin to continue refining the sculpt. These heads are in the resin stage of sanding the surface and endless tweaking of facial features. For this I use a 2-component epoxy putty to add mass to the resin. The brand I use; Magic Sculpt, gives about an hour to work with the soft, wax like, form of the putty, before it hardens and can be carved, sanded and painted. I paint the models grey to see imperfections of the skin more easily and finally use a surfacing agent like Mr.Surfacer 1000 to give the model a nice matted skin like texture.

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FOR SALE: BLANK DOLLS & OOAK COMMISIONS

The new Inamorata sculpts are now unveiled and all five Inamorata 2.0 sculpts are available for preorder now. I will unveil the resin head samples of the new head sculpts for painting testing soonand the production will take place in June.

The price for blank dolls is 800usd and there is a 50% deposit to order and the rest is due with shipping costs when the dolls are at hand. The production slot is in June, but it’s safe to allow 3 months production period as the workshop that does my dolls is a very small family business. I love to support small entrepreneurs who take pride in the quality of their work.

So create your own perfect Inamorata doll with 8 hands and a stand from the 5 head sculpts, 2 bust sizes and 5 different skin tone options. Note that there is also a new feet sculpt with separated toes.

OPTIONS:

The head sculpts available for order are Nnaji 2.0 and Charo, as well as three new head sculpts: Nubia, Midori and Valerie. You can read more about the new head sculpts and the process here. The two chest plate options are Andro and Busty.  The skin tone options are Milk, Latte, Chocolate and Coffee. As requested I have added a new skin tone Caramel, a warm tan.

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Please email me (emiliacouture@gmail.com) to preorder and include the information below:

  • Blank (800usd) or fully painted OOAK doll (1100usd)
  • The dolls head sculpt, skin tone and bust size.
  • Your full name, address, phonenumber and PayPal ID

The deposit is 50% and the production is on it’s way.

Thank you for your patronage!

 

 

FOR SALE: The Hunted (Moscow Doll Salon 2016 collection)

I was excited to take part in the Moscow Doll Salon 2016 on 7th to 9th of October. The Salon featured spectacular artist works such as the unique Popovy dolls, romantic Filipova and extremely realistic dolls of Zaikovat. I was honoured to meet the Popovy Sisters in person, I absolutely adore their work, and to reconnect with old friends like Petr and Elena from Doll Chic. You can find more photos of the event at my Instagram.

I created an exclusive collection of OOAKs for Moscow Doll Salon. I planned on 5 dolls, but had only time to complete 4. I will complete the fifth, The Huntress, when time allows. I named the four doll The Hunted and they all share milk skin tone translucent resin with hyper realistic body blushing featuring veins, freckles, moles, wrinkles and all the wild beauty nature intended. Each of the Hunted has a alpaca wig with unique shape hand sculpted antlers, strands of hair hanging from them like peeling skin. Their haute couture garments are completely hand stitched from black lace and embellished with Japanese micro beads to the point where parts of the garments are stiff as armour. Their wild footwear contrasts with the delicate lace, made with dark brown faux fur and spiky heels growing from bare feet. The make up palette is dominated by dark eyes and strong brows, lips pale from fear as The Huntress approaches. Each has a pair of hands with fingers turning dark brown and two pairs of regular hands.

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Unfortunately I got very sick during the exhibition and was forced to pack up and miss most of the event. Hence, I’m offering the remaining dolls up for sale online. Please email me for inquiries: emiliacouture@gmail.com. Layaway is possible.

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More photos at flickr.

FOR SALE: Miniature Buckles (3mm)

When I started my doll line I could not find small enough miniature buckles anywhere. I wanted something tiny and beautiful, not the bulky plastic ones I found online or the small, yet still too large for 4th scale, shoe buckles in Chinese wholesale markets. So I had my own laser carved out of metal so thin it’s like a sturdy business card. Since a metal factory’s minimum order was 1000 pc I have quite a collection of these. For a long time I jealously horded them like a dragon sitting on gold, because they offered some proof of authenticity when my old shoe factory in China started selling fake copies of my designs on eBay. However, nothing is preventing them from stealing the buckle design too, so I thought I might as well allow good things to go around and share this resource with my fellow doll artists.

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Each sheet has 30 metal buckles and comes with options of GOLD or SILVER colour. The size of these buckles works well with soft 3mm silk ribbons, or 2-1.5mm straps cut out of thicker or harder materials like leatherette.

Each buckle is laser carved with intricate decorative pattern and easy to clip off the sheet with wire cutters or nail clippers. They are quite strong and fully functional for straps that need opening and closing, or adjusting fit. You won’t find anything this tiny and intricate elsewhere!

For size and colour reference, here are the buckles in use on 16″ Inamorata doll shoes and purse:

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Prices including a significant wholesale discount:

  • 1 sheet (30 buckles, 15 pairs) 9usd
  • 10 sheets 80usd
  • 50 sheets 220usd
  • 100 360usd

Priority shipping starts at 7usd and depends on the amount.

Email me if interested: emiliacouture@gmail.com

P.S. I would love it if you post links to your creations using these buckles in the comments. Its always a treat to inspire others to create!:)