Et ne nos inducas in Tentationem
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metalgearmoments:

MGS V: The Phantom Pain Action Figures from San Diego Comic Con

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metalgearmoments:

Metal Gear Solid Illustrations by the conceptual artist Eliant Elias

#YOU GOTTA BE FUCKING KIDDING ME  #THAT'S SOME QUALITY STUFF  #MGS 

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corette:

たくる (Takuru) + しおり (Shiori)

Angelic Pretty (Puppet Circus JSK) @ Lolita Fashion
info : cure / archive / blog / twitter

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whore-for-couture:

martas-wonderland:

 

Haute Couture blog :)

#inspiration  #clothes  #Mutter  #Arcadia  #oh god I see it bird stop looking *sobs* 

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truebjdconfessions:

Apart from all the damaged-during-shipping/not-returned/stolen/exchanged-for-recasts dolls which are going abroad for a face-up, another thing that REALLY concerns me is how these heads/dolls are stored once they’re being painted. I am not paranoid and I take my crew outside relatively often, but normally I keep them away from sun, hidden and save in a closet. And I am just not sure if a person who’d paint them would also store them in a cool, dark place like I’d prefer, you know?

~Anonymous

I personally keep them in my, cleaned, airbrush booth while not painting them. The booth is actually supposed to suck in color particles with a fan while airbrushing, so the particles don’t fly around or stain nearby things.
They are placed seperately on a clean kleenex sheet inside the box, each head gets its own sheet.
It’s a huge plastic “box” that is not see through and the front part is covered with a towel, i.e. while not working on them they are in a mostly dust free, cold and dark environment.
When I need to airbrush I’ll take the heads out and put them aside in a dark corner of my room till I’m finished for the day and have cleaned the booth.
The rest of my room is dark too, since I store my dolls at the same place, so even if I forget to put them back in the box that’s not a problem. My room is always completely dark when I’m not working in it.

This is only true for heads I’m currently working on.
Heads that are finished or still untouched wait in the boxes the customer sent them in.

Seriously while there are some bad artists the majority of them knows that they handle luxury goods and that they have to be properly cared for. Your confessions sounds mostly like you try to make people even more paranoid.
Sending out your dolls and trusting someone is hard enough, don’t make it worse with scaring people even more :/

#bjd help 

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nuus-cusps:

fuckinghardhat:

nuus-cusps:

Stained head cap. Great.
Thankfully there’s no staining on the face-up, but I’m repainting some dollies today anyway, so it wouldn’t have been such a big deal.
A little scrubbing with some magic eraser sponge cleared everything right up, but I’m thinking of purchasing a silicone wig-cap to prevent future staining, or perhaps sealing the head cap alongside the faces?
What do you guys suggest? :)

Sealing the headcap might make things worse, because MSC is what usually stains so quickly from the wigs.
A silicone cap is definitely a better idea :)

We are talking about resin, aren’t we? Because with Dollfie Dreams (vinyl) it can happen that wigs even stain through a silicone cap.

Yeah, it’s a resin cap :)

I don’t have access to MSC in the UK so have to use a different sealant; I’m not sure if the different formulas would change anything but you’re probably right!
Thanks so much for you help!

That’s at least a bit easier to protect :D

I once painted a doll only using the Citadel Purity Seal as sealant (the doll was tan, so MSC wasn’t an option) and his black Leeke wig stained his forehead heavily.
However, sealing can help to prevent that the actual resin gets stained, i.e. after removing the sealant the resin underneath should still be fine.
Still, the cap should be the best option :)

#bjd help 

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freakstylebjd:

The cost of dolls

After Friday’s post, there is another matter I’d like to discuss. Every now and then when I’m browsing the internet, I come across a post of someone saying how:

these dolls are way too expensive and doll artists make a ridiculous profit off our backs”.

When only looking at the price tag, I get how you might come to this conclusion. These dolls are expensive, yes, but I want to point out that the amount a buyer has to pay is not the profit we make. Far from it.
The final asking price of a product is actually an accumulation of several expenses plus the profit we’d like to make for each sold item. I don’t know the laws in other countries. That is why I’m only using my own dolls as an example to give you a quick look in how a business works.

My newest doll Salomé is being sold for €400. In the Netherlands, all entrepreneurs have to pay a value-added tax for each product they sell.  This VAT is 21% of the total asking price. For each Salomé doll bought, I need to pay:  €70.

€400 -21% = €330

Next, I’ll have to subtract all of my expenses:

Production: €140
Boxes etc. : €10
Shipping
Dollshe/me:
€20
eyes: €6

140 + 10 + 20 + 6 = €176 total production costs. This means that instead of the 330 euros I calculated earlier, I now only have €154 left.
But that’s not all. I live in the Netherlands and in my country we have to pay a total of 36% on income tax. So, for each doll, I don’t make 154 euros, but only: 154 – 36% = €113.

A doll sold for €400 will only give me a €113 profit. Still sounds much? Well, consider the fact that it takes many months, sometimes years to sculpt a doll. And also that doll makers really don’t sell that many; for a small artist like me, selling 50 copies of a doll is almost an unobtainable goal. It’s more likely that I will only sell only 10.

So, let’s say it took me 10 months to sculpt Salomé and at the end of it all, I’m only selling 10. That means that I have a monthly income of €113. Whooptidoo.  And even if I manage to sell that illusive amount of 50, I still only make 565 euros. 565 euros for months of sculpting, searching for supplies, managing my website, talking to customers and giving them the service they deserve, bookkeeping  and advertising etc. etc. . That’s hardly an undeserved salary.

“I know a few small companies that make millions a year, so…”

This is an argument I sometimes hear in the pro-recast community. First off all, I’d like to address something a little bit off topic:
I don’t like the way this comment sounds. As if being successful is something to look down upon, as if it is a reason for us to steal from them. Most new enterprises go bankrupt within two years. These people have worked incredibly hard to get where they are now and they took a big risk. So if things turn out well for them, it’s entirely deserved that they can reap what they sow.

Secondly, it is possible for a small business to thrive, yes, but to be able to make so much money, you need one prerequisite: a big consumer base. That is why in the game industry for instance, companies have the theoretical ability to become billion dollar firms, even though they only have a handful of employees. Their market consists of millions of people, who all like to play games.

Doll companies, on the other hand do not operate in that big a market. This hobby consists of only a few 10.000 people and in that small pond, a lot of fish are swimming. It isn’t very likely that a doll artist will generate a large income.

Doll artists don’t make dolls because they want to become ridiculously wealthy. The make dolls because they like to make something nice and want to share this with their fans. So please, don’t try to make it sound as if we are heartless people who just want to rob you off your money. 

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nuus-cusps:

Stained head cap. Great.
Thankfully there’s no staining on the face-up, but I’m repainting some dollies today anyway, so it wouldn’t have been such a big deal.
A little scrubbing with some magic eraser sponge cleared everything right up, but I’m thinking of purchasing a silicone wig-cap to prevent future staining, or perhaps sealing the head cap alongside the faces?
What do you guys suggest? :)

Sealing the headcap might make things worse, because MSC is what usually stains so quickly from the wigs.
A silicone cap is definitely a better idea :)

We are talking about resin, aren’t we? Because with Dollfie Dreams (vinyl) it can happen that wigs even stain through a silicone cap.

#bjd help 

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princess-aubergine:

The new anime is better in a lot of things, the fidelity to the original dressing details, the jewelry, the shading, the scene composition (more simmilar to the manga, than the old anime), the effects, I even like the 3D parts!

But the expressivity… oh boy, that’s gone. And for those who keep telling me that it has the same expresivity as the manga, and that I am such a terrible fan for not knowing that… Well, this is for you. :D

And I don’t mean to start a war, it is okay if you like it, and it is okay if you don’t. Everyone has the right to show their opinion without the “YOU ARE NOT A TRUE SM FAN IF YOU COMPLAIN” thing. 

Edit: I’m sorry I used some offensive vocabulary using words as “retard” as insults or synonyms of stupid or idiot. I got carried away with the rage and disappointment, and I acted like an asshole. I apologise.

I edited the pictures so they won’t offend anyone anymore. 

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sara-meow:

blusunday:

huffingtonpost:

IKEA ADVERTISES ADOPTABLE DOGS IN STORES, BECAUSE EVERY HOME NEEDS A RESCUE PUP

The idea to display the pets inside the store started in Singapore as a collaboration between Ikea and two animal shelters, according to Business Insider. Together they formed the project Home for Hope.

Find out which state in the United States will be adopting rescue pet displays in Ikea stores here.

Genius

Just gonna go cry now mkay