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Well, I'm paying for this LJ, so I might as well use it.

In the middle of a vast sea of commissions, I decided to try using the locked-loop method with nylon hair and so far so good, but it's taking forever! It still beats having to glue all those plugs. At least I don't have to worry about not being able to get the head back on the body. I'm rerooting a Roller Maze Lagoona with coral QT nylon from My Little customs. I'm a bit peeved because I had a particular hair style in mind for her and realized that she's got a defect in the vinyl on her forehead, so she will have to have bangs...not my ideal look for Lagoona but maybe it will surprise me in the end.

In less than 20 minutes we will have some divine Cook's Country tomato macaroni and cheese. Lauren and I made it...it didn't make itself. We try not to make it too much because of cheesebomb but it's so easy(well, compared to the other dishes we make, LOL!) that it seemed like a good time to have it again. I have 14 doll heads still in the process of rerooting, so it's hard time find time to make really time-consuming dishes. Actually, 12 of the 14 are done, one is almost done, and I'm waiting for hair on the last one. They're all hanging off the shelves in the guest room, looking stupid.

I wish I had some more yarn. I have a rather impressive stash of lace-weight yarn but it's so noisy here that I practically need to be sitting on the moon in order to knit an entire item and not screw it up. Sigh...
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In honor of the approaching end of summer(kind of), I'm having a one week sale on all items $40 and over in my Etsy Shop.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlueMeconopsisShop

Check it out! I'm really itching to list some new rerooted dolls, but I can't even think of starting new projects until I sell most of the old ones.
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Since Coralie's Etsy listing expired, I listed her on eBay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/330971093318?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

I didn't want to have to resort to using eBay, but I've got an Etsy shop full of dolls that aren't selling, so I'm planning on putting them up on eBay one by one as their listings expire, with the exception of Phoebe, the brown-haired Frankie, since Lauren asked to keep her if she doesn't sell.

Hey kids!

Jul. 25th, 2013 05:10 pm
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I added Lauren as a member of my Etsy shop and listed one of her rerooted My Little Ponies:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/157766457/rerooted-hasbro-my-little-pony?

She's planning on doing a Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash, rerooted to look more like their cartoon versions, in the future. ^^

As for me, I'm finally rerooting my adult version of Malta from The Legend of Sirius. I'm using a Disney Princess Snow White as a base doll. The face looks pretty accurate, considering the Disney influence on Malta's design(if they made a doll of Wendy from Peter Pan it would have been even better to use her) but she's smiling and there's nothing I can really do about that, LOL! Unfortunately, I will have to get her a new body, as Snow White has painted-on panties(I guess Disney is afraid of dolly nudity) and Malta is not supposed to wear clothes, as she is a fairy. Sigh...
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I used the combination of two different leftover hair blends on this Clawdeen. I'm planning on putting her up on Etsy(since I kept the wonky-eyed Dawn of the Dance Clawdeen for myself) but I must not breathe a word of it, or any of my for-sale stuff on Flickr, lest I be perma-banned, so I will post the link here instead. ^^



https://www.etsy.com/listing/156166397/rerooted-mattel-monster-high-dead-tired
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Though it's obviously not the same fiber, Restoredoll Dakota Turquoise Nylatex hair is an exact color match for Dollyhair Atomic Turquoise nylon hair.

Still trying to pinpoint a safe water temperature to boil perm Nylatex...it definitely holds a curl, but I'm tentatively saying 180 degrees is the hottest water it can tolerate, and I will try how it curls at 170.
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I caved into temptation and bought an order of Dollyhair nylon hair in Mermaid, in spite of my previous bad impression of nylon hair. I'm starting to realize that nylon hair varies widely in texture and ease of use depending on the color. Poison Ivy and Black Magick were both very shiny, slippery and staticky, Mermaid is a little staticky, not as shiny(though it is not a matte color) and feels a little stiffer, almost like a softer version of Restoredoll Nylatex. Also, unlike the previous two colors I mentioned, it doesn't untie itself when tied into knots. Interesting. I rooted a few strands into a blank head and am waiting to see if it stains. I've learned from experience that with any hair fiber that isn't saran, one can never be too careful. So far, so good. It doesn't look like it's staining. If everything works out I have a Howleen with horrible eye-wonk that I'd like to use it on. I think Mermaid and light green eyes would be lovely.

I really hope it works out! Peach Blossom was my favorite My Little Pony as a child(even though I broke her wings) and I've been dying to find a match for her hair color. Unfortunately, all the light blue/green saran colors are matte and the hair color used on that blue-haired Ellie does not seem to be available as rooting hair.

On the commission front, I'm waiting on the base heads. I think I will have an Operetta showing up soon.
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I'm putting the finishing touches on my rerooted Dot Dead Gorgeous Lagoona while I'm waiting for some commission materials to show up. Her hair color is really interesting. It's a three color blend of Restoredoll Azure Blue, Ever Green and Sapphire Blue, but from far away it looks solid teal. After I'm done with her I'd like to take a break from pigtails for a while!

We're just at the beginning of the 2nd G-Gundam box set. I almost died from laughter over the whole "Super Asia" scene. Also, we had been waiting so long to hear Wong's Japanese voice, as he is played by the same seiyuu who played Wakabayashi in the original Captain Tsubasa series and is kind of infamous for being a not very great actor. He actually sounded even sillier than I expected. He spent half the time talking in this weird, quasi-drag queen voice, and the other half just sounding like Wakabayashi, and I don't even think it was intentional, LOL...it literally sounded like he lost his place and forgot who he was playing.

Zeus Gundam is awesome, though! I was highly offended by the stupidity of Cobra Gundam(I could think of a million more interesting and cooler ways to represent Neo-India, even as a joke), but a chariot-riding Gundam who looks like Zeus? And the pilot looks just like the Gundam? Maybe Cobra Gundam was supposed to be some sort of Samurai Troopers homage, seeing as the decidedly green snakeman pilot shared a seiyuu with a decidedly green snakeman villain from said show...
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My poor faceless Ghoulia's hair is finally set. She just needs a trim. Since Nylatex is not as heat tolerant as saran, I had to change my technique to set the hair. Rather than simmering the head, I brought a pot of water to a boil, took it off the heat and let it sit on the counter for two minutes, and held Ghoulia's head, stuck on the end of a chopstick with a plastic sleeve over her hair to hold it in place, under the water for about five minutes, then dunked it in a bowl of ice water. It seems to have done the trick.

I have a feeling that I'll be the one to take the first pictures of all these Nylatex hair colors, LOL. The ones I'm interested in are Dakota Turquoise, Royal Purple, and Coral Dream. Obviously, I will testing all these colors for staining before trying them out on a doll, but Fantasy Forest Green does not stain.
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I finished rerooting my Ghoulia and set her hair today. Her hair's not dry, but here are my latest comments on the Restoredoll Nylatex hair.

Pros:
It's pretty.
It comes in a variety of colors not available in saran(dark pine green, aqua, eggplant purple, etc)
It's easier to work with than nylon using the needle-knot method, ie: it doesn't try to untie itself unless you make the plugs very big.
It's really, really, really cheap. Alarmingly cheap. One $5 package was more than enough to reroot my Ghoulia.
Doesn't stain as far as I can see.

Cons:
It's not as easy to style as nylon. If you use water that's too hot(as in boiling) it will damage the coating on the hair. I had to boil water, let it sit for several minutes, and pour it over the head to set it. If you treat it like saran you will ruin it. It's best treated as kanekalon.
It looks better than it feels, the texture is a bit stiff. However, it does feel nicer than most MH dolls' default hair, and it feels nicer than the drier colors of saran, like Pinky Pinky and Nitro Lime.
It's slightly prone to tangling in the package, and the hank of hair is a little big for the package, so it's kind of messy to take out and put back.

Would I use it instead of saran? Not if I had a choice. However, it's a great buy and I don't regret having tried it. At least not yet. ^^;;
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I'm almost done rerooting my Ghoulia with Fantasy Forest Green Nylatex hair. After some more research, more questions about the hair have popped up.

First of all, the name Nylatex may not have anything to do with the content, was it put out by Nyla Textiles(which is a fiber/knitting company from the UK)?

Second, I think the coating on the hair is polyurethane, and it's supposed to weatherproof it, make it less vulnerable to sunlight, etc...at first glance, boiling water didn't seem to affect it, but now that I look at it, it changed the color! Avoid avoid avoid boiling water! I'm going to have to do some more tests to see how steam affects it!

Well, it's not like I hadn't been warned... ^^;;;
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I've thrown my hands up and given up on using a rooting thread. It's too much of a pain. I wonder if the problem I've been having with glue coming out of the rooting holes when I have no choice but to glue my knots(like when I'm using nylon) would be remedied if I used a glue not soluble in water, as it seeps out during the setting process.

I've started rerooting a formerly junk Ghoulia with the Nylatex Fantasy Forest Green hair. The hair seems colorfast, it's a little stiff out of the package but oddly seems to soften up as you work with it. I still think it feels like Pullip hair. It's not bad hair. Costs half as much as saran and it comes in dark green. I think the hair itself is prettier than DH nylon--the luster is more subdued than the super shiny fake luster the DH nylon has. Fantasy Forest Green is not a matte color, I wonder if any of the colors are matte(I generally don't care for matte/milky colors).

I was reading some patent information on a "new" type of doll hair(I think the patent was abandoned) and it's interesting what the industry refers to as "bad" qualities of certain fibers. Too fine, too shiny, doesn't flow together on the head, bad curl memory...I had always preferred doll hair that wasn't super shiny like nylon because I think it looks more natural and apparently excessive amounts of shine is caused by the hair only reflecting light in one direction and is considered a flaw. And apparently, none of the existing types of hair pass the curl memory test!

It also cast some light on why saran is/was used on so many dolls. I read somewhere that it's because it's cheap, in reality saran is widely used because of its superior fire resistance, making it safer for children's toys. Of course, it will burn, but the idea is that removing the source of fire will cause the hair to stop burning. They have saran listed with a flame resistance similar to that of wool. Nylon, on the other hand, is allegedly as flammable as cotton. I've never tried burning either, but it's interesting to read. I read all this in various patent documentation, searching for the fiber composition of the mysterious Pilot hair(the answer is "none of the above")

I think Nylatex is nylon coated with another material(probably latex) to make it waterproof.

I wonder if the safety standards for kids' toys has been lowered these days?
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In the wake of all my commissions, I decided to take the plunge and order myself a package of Restoredoll Nylatex hair in Fantasy Forest Green. I had asked Kathy about how it is to work with compared to saran, and she said it can't withstand heat as much, so I guess I will be steam setting it as well as boiling it... The hair costs about $5 an order, and each order is one XL skein. So it costs around half as much as saran...? It does look like a lot of hair.

Naturally, as soon as it arrived, I had to cut it open and have a look. It's...pretty. Sparkly as opposed to shiny like DH nylon(which I am not using anymore, as Black Magick turned a commissioned doll head chartreuse in spite of its supposed colorfastness and I hate working with it as it is) The texture is a bit stiff but this is good for us needle/knotters out there...it's easier to work with than nylon as it doesn't untie itself when you knot it if you keep the plugs a reasonable size. It feels like it would probably burn so I will be careful when I set the hair. I can't see it replacing saran as my mainstay but it comes in dark green and saran doesn't.

Oddly enough, Nylatex feels a lot like the hair used on Pullips, at least the ones I used to have(Xiao Fan, Nero, and Principessa).
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I've been finishing up a lot of commissions lately, and I recently put the finishing touches on a Roller Maze Ghoulia I rerooted with hair in all shades of pink, purple and white. I'm waiting for some more commissions to show up, but in the meantime I'm rerooting a Dead Tired Ghoulia I had originally planned on customizing and selling on Etsy with black hair in the first step of her transformation into Marceline from Adventure Time. ^^;;;;; Obviously, in the show Marceline just has black dots for eyes, but I'm going to give her red eyes like the original artist's more realistic drawing of Marceline. I was originally going to give her silver lips but I think I will have them done in red instead, as the drawing had red lips and red eyeliner in addition to red eyes. 0_0

I've been watching a lot of streaming anime these days. I can't believe I actually sat through all of Guilty Crown. That show is complete garbage! After a while Lauren and I were just watching it to make fun of it. The only character I even remotely found interesting was only in the show for about ten minutes, and then was unceremoniously dispatched in the last episode. The rest of the show was garbage, and the lead couple made me sick. They could have at least had Inori's dubbed singing voice sound remotely like her speaking voice. Like we're supposed to believe this girl with her brain-dead baby voice has this husky singing voice...I don't even know why she was a singer, anyway. Nothing in the show made any sense.

I also watched all of Tiger and Bunny, which I enjoyed quite a bit in spite of my intense dislike of Barnaby. Sure, it wasn't perfect, but hey, I just watched Guilty Crown!
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Keeping with my plans with possibly opening up an Etsy shop for my rerooted Monster High dolls, as eBay is too aggravating, I've picked out hair colors and styles for the Abbey and Spectra. I'm planning on rerooting a Lagoona with a blend of Sky Blue and Azure Blue saran hair, and I held the color up to Spectra and it looks really nice(it's the same color Lauren used for her rerooted Maya, so we had some lying around), so I went ahead and did a five skein special order, with 3 skeins of the blue blend to share between Spectra and Lagoona, and two of the same color blend I used on my own rerooted Maya Sylvie to use on the Abbey. Naturally, I'll be keeping the Lagoona for myself. ^^

The new Made in China Spectra has glue in her head, but it's not the same glue as the Made in Indonesia dolls. Rather than seeming like rubber cement, it almost feels like white glue. I've already started on the Spectra, but I think I will not put up the dolls until both are done, since it would be weird to have an Etsy shop with only one doll. ^^;;;;
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...of opening up an Etsy shop to sell some rerooted Monster High dolls.

At this point, I have a 1.0 Abbey, 1.0 Spectra, and possibly Classrooms Lagoona and Skull Shores Frankie at my disposal. I don't have hair for any of them, so this is something that's going to have to be in the future...but I wonder if I would have better luck trying Etsy than eBay.

After all, a lot of people sell custom MH dolls, but I'm not seeing a lot of reroots.
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Hey!

I updated my rerooting commission page, and added some more stuff to my trade list(odd stuff, I know...) I also took a few things down. I may make more changes later.

http://www.tsubasahome.com/rootingservice.htm

If anybody wants me to do a commission, now's the time...we're staring down a $2,000 bill for the replacement of our well pump, which bit the farm last week, LOL!

If anybody reading this has something to trade that's not on my list, please don't think I'll bite your head off if you ask me about it...I just had a bad experience, that's all! I have no problems negotiating with reasonable people who don't get sarcastic on me from the first message on. I'm not that difficult to get along with, honest! I just have my breaking point, just like anybody else. ^^;;;;
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Thank God for the rain! Lauren and I are getting really tired of running outside and watering all those newly transplanted roses!

I just sent two commissions on their way to Aruba, and am finishing up a CAM head I'm doing for a trade. Wonder of wonders...I realized I can drill through the hard plastic cap on the newer CAM heads with my mini drill. I'd like a smaller drill bit, though...it's hard to do delicate work with a 1.55 mm drill bit. It's fine for most of the head but if I had to do a part I'd like to get a smaller bit, and I sure hope they make them smaller than 1.55 mm!

I've been swimming in commissions lately, not that I can complain! I just feel a little bad that I have this beautiful custom Frankie(not painted by me, of course!) and I haven't even gotten around to showing her off because she's still naked...my Cleo stole her dress...and I feel like I need to sew her something but I can't find the time. I'm sure I will have the time soon enough.

Now that I think about it, I don't think I have any more snaps...oh, well, she's so beautiful that I might as well photograph her naked!

On the garden front, Evelyn popped its first perfect flower. Heirloom and Enchanted Autumn are growing like nuts. Distant Drums is preparing another(modest)flush. Silver Shadows is absolutely insane. Both of them. What is up with this rose? It's supposed to be a weak grower yet it won't stop blooming and shooting out tons of growth simultaneously. It's crazy! I wonder if maybe it got swapped with Blue Skies in commerce at some point, because I've heard of people buying own-root Blue Skies from Chamblee's and having it not do well, and even though Silver Shadows and Blue Skies are sister seedlings, Silver Shadows has an ARS rating of 7.2 and Blue Skies has a 6.5.

Maybe it's the climate. Maybe our acidic soil? I've heard a lot of West Coast rose growers extolling the virtues of grafted roses and talking of hybrid teas struggling in general, while a rose grower from PA said their hybrid teas grew like crazy and grew their own roots even with their graft union buried well below the soil. I only have one grafted rose...I don't like it. It has a lousy habit, and is covered with blackspot(I only attribute the former to the grafting). I think it's grafted onto Manetti? My own-root roses do much better, and my own-root Silver Shadows is an insanely vigorous grower. I heard the Austin roses do poorly on their own roots, but even my Evelyn is doing well...maybe because I was starting with a Chamblee's gallon? My Evelyn is seriously making me consider shopping for a trellis.

My last rose purchase of the year was Captaine John Ingram. I needed a consolation over not being able to get Duc de Guiche, sob! It was one expensive band!
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I need Chinese tree peony "Red Lotus" right away. If I don't have it, I will perish. Why is life so rough for peony collectors? I'm sure that collectors of other plants don't have to deal with never being able to get the plant of their dreams because it costs close to 200-freaking dollars!

::perishes::

::revives:: I'm going to have a rerooted Frankie up for sale soon. She has the same hairstyle as my green-haired Frankie, except her hair is mostly blue. I just finished rerooting her yesterday. I'm planning on doing a Draculaura and a Nefera for sale eventually. But right now, I'm drilling holes in a Fashion Royalty doll's head, LOL.
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I finished the Dead Tired Cleo I was rerooting to sell, and undid her braids, and...I can't do it. I can't sell her. She's too beautiful. And I don't have a single pretty Cleo!

I guess I should stick to commissions, huh? ;_; Because this always happens. Too bad, I really needed the money. I feel like a damn fool!

It can't be helped...I made the mistake of showing her to my mother, and she just went out and said, "Isn't there something else you can sell instead?"
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