A very special Luna, commissioned by Swedish voice actress, Josefina Hylén. Fina does the voices for Luna, Nightmare Moon, Derpy, and others for the Swedish dub of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
This doll features incredibly soft midnight blue minky in an embossed polka-dot pattern. Her mane is a black fabric with metallic stars, covered with a shimmery royal blue mesh, with colored threads. Her cutie mark, necklace, and tiara are black fleece, and her eyes were handpainted onto thin nylon and hand-stitched on. Her eyelashes and mouth were embroidered by hand.
I hope you love her, Fina!
These pony dolls were a commission for OtakuSquirrel! It was the first time I’ve made Daring Do, and she was quite a challenge! However, while trying to make her outfit, I learned a quicker, easier, and better-looking way to make pony shirts! Yay!
Cute flannel floral print Applejack! And she’s with a pumpkin for extra cute. :)
Final Mars Explorer Barbie
I got some shots in natural light today so you can see just how spectacular my Barbie looks now. I included a pic from the internet of Mars Explorer Barbie as she comes in the box, so you can see what I’ve changed. (For information on my process and to see see progress pics, please see the previous 4 posts on this Tumblr.)
Barbie looks ready for adventure!
Mars Explorer Barbie! (Part 4)
The last step was to paint her face. I have no problems with makeup, but hers was ridiculous! I painted over her lips with a lighter, more natural shade, which really softened her smile. Then I covered her eye shadow and the longest of her lashes to tone the effect down a little. The final touch was to change her eyes from blue to emerald green. Stunning!
After adding a few simple touches to the flight suit (changing the logo from the Barbie logo to the NASA logo, covering the hot pink details with white), she was done!
I made some mistakes in the process, but overall, I couldn’t be happier with her! Mars Explorer Barbie is awesome!
Mars Explorer Barbie! (Part 3)
I liked the basic design of Barbie’s spacesuit, and wanted to keep the pops of color. But really, what self-respecting spacewoman would go for glittery pink details when she could have a hot rod red?? I used fingernail polish to paint her helmet, airpack, and boots, to give it that gloriously shiny finish. I added a few black details to really make it pop. Her suit is painted with acrylics paints to make sure she still has full movement.
Mars Explorer Barbie! (Part 2)
The first thing was to change that platinum blonde hair. Of all the heroines in my space novels, only one has blonde hair, and I’m considering rewriting that detail. Let’s make Barbie a brunette!
I read about two different processes for dyeing Barbie’s hair: one involved acrylic paint, the other used ink. I tried both; neither was particularly successful. After each treatment, I hung Barbie up to dry in my closet. It’s a good thing I didn’t have any visitors at the time!
Finally, I bought some dark brown fabric dye and tried that. It still didn’t get the hair as dark as I wanted, but it ended up kind of a sun-streaked brown, and looks nice.
Mars Explorer Barbie! (Part 1)
When I heard about the Mars Explorer Barbie, I knew I HAD to have her. Sure, she’s very Barbie: blonde, pink everywhere, excessive makeup, etc. However, her suit is actually pretty cool. It looks like a spacesuit, covers her fully (she needs gloves, but I’m going to make those), and is a fun design that’s pretty believable. Barbie in a full-coverage outfit that’s appropriate for her job? Are pigs flying? Even better, there was a separate flight suit for her, and save for a few hot pink details, it came in great colors.
I knew I could make her better.