Thursday, April 4, 2013

oh Catrine

we made a quick trip to walmart last night, so of course I checked the dolls. we were just there on monday, so I wasn't expecting to find anything. but I was thrilled to see they had restocked, and there were new things!

the first thing I noticed was a Catrine sitting at the front of the shelf. I rummaged to see if there were others, but she was the only one. I looked her over, and her eyes are closer in size than the one I ordered online. I grabbed her up even though I wasn't feeling the initial thrill that I felt when picking up my first Catrine.

determined to leave no box unchecked, I started poking behind the usual Roller Maze Operettas and Ghoulias. to my surprise I saw a Roller Maze Abbey! there were actually several of her there, so I got my pick. I'm mad there wasn't enough sun this morning for pictures, so I can't open her yet.

when I got home I trucked my new dolls up to my craft room. I sat my two Catrines next to each other to compare their eyes. the new one definitely has more even looking eyes (and I confirmed this with some measurements) and they are probably close enough to where I could live with it. but the more I looked at them I realized the eyes were the only thing I liked about the new Catrine.

  • the old Catrine has much nicer hair- it almost looks like the promo photos. new Catrine has terrible helmet hair, and her curls are sloppy.
  • old Catrine has better make-up. the colorings on the two dolls are slightly different, and I prefer the old one. the difference is especially noticeable in the eyeshadow- old Catrine has a nice soft blended pink, where as new Catrine looks like someone gave her a couple of shiners.
  • maybe it's just a result of the different hair stylings, but they look like they have slightly different head shapes, with the old one having a more pleasing shape to my eye.
  • the over-all box presentation of the old Catrine is better. this is not really important since I plan on deboxing one, but it does give the dolls a different vibe.

now I don't know what to do. should I keep the first one with the obviously wonky eye, but better everything else and hope I can fix her with my limited painting skills? or should I keep the second one with the better eyes and worse everything else and hope I can correct her other issues? I can't decide. which means I will probably end up sitting on two disappointing Catrines hoping I can find a third one that I like better.

the double disappointment in Catrine is making me consider returning them both and just living without her. and I'm thinking about returning the Scaris Abbey I bought previously as well. the more I look at her the more "meh" I feel. not to mention the huge disappointment Spectra's Scaris fashion was. disillusionment is on the horizon and I am really dreading it's arrival.

for anyone interested in what else was at my walmart...

  • Scaris: tons of Frankie, 1 Clawdeen, several Draculaura, a few Ghoulia, 2 Abbey.
  • Dance class: 1 Robecca, 1 Lagoona, 2 Operetta.
  • Roller Maze: Ghoulia, Operetta, a few Abbey, 2 Clawdeen.
  • Dot Dead Goregous: 1 Operetta, 2 Spectra, a few Lagoona, several 3 packs.
  • Ghouls Rule: several each Frankie and Draculaura, 1 Clawdeen.
  • Sweet 1600: 2 Draculaura, 1 Clawdeen
  • Picture Day: 1 Abbey, 1 Spectra, a few Draculaura
  • Skull Shores: Ghoulia and I think Draculaura
  • CAMs: several labs, a few each of the nocturnal and mystical packs, 1 bee girl, 1 siren
  • Playsets: several Coffin Bean, several schools, 1 Scaris car, 1 Scaris cafe, 1 Frankie vanity

that's what I am remembering anyways.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

repainting?

recently I've been thinking about repainting some of my dolls and accessories. it started with the Operetta deluxe fashion pack. the included accessories have wonderful molded in details, but the lack of paint pretty much renders them invisible.

so I sat down with my FolkArt and Apple Barrel acrylic paints and embellished them to the best of my limited abilities. I was pleased enough with them for now, and tired of doing touch-ups on all the scratches that were caused by handling. so I took to the BFC forum to ask about removable sealers. I like to think that I will improve over time, so I wanted the ability to remove the paint so I could repaint again later. (I would also like to preserve the factory paint, even if I choose to remove my repaint.) this is when the major confusion hit.

sockmonkey posted that acrylic sealer could be removed with rubbing alcohol, which I had never heard before. I thought this sounded wonderful, since I've never heard about using rubbing alcohol to remove factory paint. but I've since heard that rubbing alcohol does remove paint, or will at least smear it.

BLJinc brought up the point that acrylic paint can stain vinyl, something else I'd never heard before. further research lead to a few mentions of staining, mostly attributed to the cadmium pigmented Liquitex paints, and just reds and blacks in general.

so from this I determined I would need 2 different kinds of sealers- a permanent one to put over the original paint/bare vinyl, and a removable one to go over my repainted areas. I just want the removable one to be scratch resistant, it doesn't have to be water proof or anything fancy. most of the removable ones I can find require turpentine and similar, which I haven't been able to verify as ok or bad for vinyl.

Muff from Hey, It's Muff suggested sealing the original face paint and then using mod podge as a second layer to paint on. the mod podge could be removed by soaking in water. so far this is the closest suggestion to what I have been looking for.

not really sure what to do at this point, other than to start sacrificing dolls to science (which will be expensive, because I will have to buy new dolls since I love all mine). any other info and personal experiences on this matter would be greatly appreciated. I'll update again with any new information I find.