It is like getting a whole new doll! Who knew she’d clean up so nice. She may be tamer, but I’ve warned Mr. Kallisti that she still might get him in the middle of the night if he’s not nice to her. Rawr.
Fifi Mahony turned three on January 20th, ‘magine that!
Fifi’s had a hard life. As my oldest and funnest dollies she’s definately gotten plenty of abuse by me. She’s had seven face-ups, seven! One being just an eyelash change, but still… Her resin is a bit more brittle than I’ve found the other dolls (volks or otherwise) and the rims of her headcap are pretty chipped (I’m big on eye changing, like every week, heh!). We cleaned her off this time, and had to sand a teensy ding in her forehead. But didn’t buff it enough pre-faceup. So the first face-up I tried over the weekend got all blotchy as the pastels and Mr. Super Clear soaked into these more porous areas. Totally couldn’t tell until I’d sealed it with a topcoat of MSC! So… had to wipe clean and start over. Buffed her good with 600 grit sand paper under running water, and Mr. Kallisti broke out the Tamiya Polishing Compounds we got at the Volks store. He’s used other plastic polishes on other projects, but we haven’t used this on resin before, so it was an experiment. We needed that hard, less-porous, surface volks resin has. Since we coat it with MSC afterwards, which is extremely matte, I wasn’t concerned with it being a bit shinier than the rest of her face. Gosh! It worked like a charm, can’t tell she was doctored at all, and the color goes on so much easier.
A Fifi Retrospective: 2004 – 2007
From suck, to not so suck! Just goes to show you that practice, be it painting or photography, sure does pay off. Heh.