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Little Unicorn by TheMushroomPeddler Little Unicorn by TheMushroomPeddler
©2010 Sarah B. Seiter

Teaser for smaller unicorn ;)

She is coming along well. I am to the stage of sanding and preparing for mold making.

As you can see, she is much smaller than the previous version (the bust and torso of the bigger one are next to her in the pic). You can also see the size difference in the hands in the photo.

I can't wait to have her cast and beautiful :dance:

Sorry for the poor quality photo, my camera is not working and I had to use my phone.
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:iconnanaya-chan:
nanaya-chan Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
wonderful! It's pity that the pic is blurry :'D What material this is made from? :D
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TheMushroomPeddler Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yes, I wish I could have gotten a clearer pic, but that was with my phone which is terrible at taking photos :/

She is sculpted from Super Sculpey. It looks splotchy because I use a boiling method to cure the clay in the microwave and that causes a whitish film. In these photos she has been sanded a bit letting the flesh colored clay show through.
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nanaya-chan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
nice! it's bity the pic is blurry but it looks nice still :'D
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TheMushroomPeddler Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah, sorry about that. My camera was lost then so I had to use my phone and it is not very good at taking pics :/
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nanaya-chan Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
by the way i was wondering how you usually do the joints? ..or am i allowed to even ask :'D 'cause i'm working to get better in making dolls and BJDs too but still newbie in this art form :p i have done just few BJDs and has one pic in my gallery but i still don't know much yet
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TheMushroomPeddler Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
The best resource I know of were you can ask questions about ball jointed doll making is at this forum: [link]

There are a lot of doll makers there of various levels of experience who can answer just about any question you can think of ;)
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nanaya-chan Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Yea i have heard about it too but now it seems like they aren't letting people to register anymore or something and that's pity :'D But thank yo anyway it's lovely to talk with you ^^
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TheMushroomPeddler Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
I looked in the forum to see how you can join and found this:
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If you have come across this site and you don't have an account, you can contact the Admin account via the "contact us" link at the bottom of the page and let us know what your preferred username would be and whether you want to join as an observer or an artist (if you don't specify, we will set the account as observer by default). We can then set up an account for you and email a password reminder so you gain control of the account. Please note, you will still be required to post an introduction about yourself in the Lurkers Bullpen before you get full access to the forum.
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The "contact us" is a little link on this page [link] in the lower right-hand corner.

Hope to see you there :D
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Omegis Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
when i wish try create too bjd

what material use?
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TheMushroomPeddler Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
I sculpt them first with Super Sculpey clay then I make molds from silicone. After that I pour them in resin. It is a difficult process but is rewarding. I recommend joining the forum at [link] to learn more about the process. You can ask questions there and read a lot about how to make dolls.
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Unicornhorsie234 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
From here, and without the hooves it would look like a mewtwo.
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TheMushroomPeddler Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
lol you are right, she does. I didn't notice that before ;)
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BoyWonderRobin Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Student General Artist
I'm tempted to create a few BJDs myself, have you any tips on making the moulds and the best sort of resin to use etc?
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TheMushroomPeddler Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
I use Alumilite's White resin for my dolls. The silicone I use for the molds is from my father in law's dental lab :D both are quite expensive, but very good quality.

Molding and casting are very expensive and quite labor intensive. Be prepared for a lot of trial and error and wasted materials, and also toxic fumes. Please don't get into it until you've done a lot of study on the net of what is involved and make sure it is worth it to you *the voice of experience* It can be very rewarding however, so if you really want to do it, I wish you all the best :D
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moon-lightning Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I use Smooth on. :)
[link]

For a gallon of each ( Silicone: Mold StarŪ 15, and Resin: Smooth-CastŪ 300) for my figures I spent about $107. Has low fumes. Anyway I'm not a vender or anything I just saw your comment and decided to reply. :)
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BoyWonderRobin Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks ^^

Toxic fumes I get used to, I've worked with almost every material including making moulds for plaster of paris

Copic markers, the spray for pastels, I just work in the converted shed with a door open xD

Thanks for the advice again though
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LynnNexus Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
God this is so cool... how big do you consider "small"?

God looking at this makes me wanna cast resin SOOO bad >.<
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TheMushroomPeddler Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
She is around 14" tall. I will get an exact measurement when the final doll is cast and strung :D
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LynnNexus Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
are you planning on producing more of her? I won't have the cash but I'm very in love with our pretty horsey ^_^
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TheMushroomPeddler Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yes, she will be for sale :D I am thinking around the $200-300 range, but I don't know for sure yet. Depends on how the casting goes.
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LynnNexus Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
that is cool ^_^ what color resin do you cast in? just white? It would make the most sense I suppose >.<
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TheMushroomPeddler Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yes, I was lucky white was just what I needed :D
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LynnNexus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
LOL! Awesome ^_^

I'm curious... how hard is it to make the molds and cast the resin? I want to make extra parts for my doll because no one makes parts for her... Is it difficult? you know outside of the carving and stuff...
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TheMushroomPeddler Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
The sculpting in fun, but the mold making and casting are really quite labor intensive and expensive. I really wouldn't recommend getting into it unless you really want a big project :faint: It is rewarding if you can get through it though :nod:
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Blitzava Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
awww so cute...about how tall will she be? She kinda looks like she'd a really nice older sister for one of my little uni dolls....I love the way you do your equine faces they're so soft :)
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TheMushroomPeddler Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
She will be around 14" I think. I will know for sure when she is cast and strung together :D
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Blitzava Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
I look forward to seeing her done! your unicorns are so pretty :)
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Kumoris Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
This is awesome!

I love her legs! I can't wait to see her finished!
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ok, this is all kinds of exciting! I can already tell I'm gonna want this girl to join my clan. X3

Just don't work yourself to hard. ^^
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hokuto Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
Ooooh, she looks very lovely! :heart: I can't wait to see her finished.
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swandog Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Love it!! :D Will you still be making the larger one, or is this one replacing that?
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TheMushroomPeddler Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D

For now she will be replacing the larger one. It was taking too much time and cost. This will also make her more affordable for people to purchase one :nod: I may offer the large one in the future depending on how things go.
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swandog Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for letting me know! I would still love to have the large one, if you do decide to finish it, but if not, a smaller one is fine. :D How much will these small ones cost, and are they customizable? :)
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Torikonero Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
Does she stand without assistance? I love it so far. 8D Looking forward to seeing her finished up.
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CoyPowers Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010   General Artist
You have no idea how cool it is to see this stage for me. I love it! The big unicorn is among my favorite pieces ever, so I can't wait to see how this one will look finished!
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Tashy-Chan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
cant wait to see some of these in resin :> what size will she be?
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional
Looks like the apocalypse… but it is interesting to see how these come together
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TheMushroomPeddler Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
You mean my work table? lol Yeah, it is covered with shavings from the baked clay :D I also use straws to make the stringing holes, so they are all over too along with various tools ;)
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional
Yeppers
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