Friday, 17 April 2015

My first Silkstone



For a long time I've been sort of intrigued by Silkstone Barbie, but have never bought one because well... and I don't mean to offend anyone, I don't dislike their faces, but I personally am not drawn to them enough to spend a fair chunk of money on one.

Whilst considering what size 12" fashion dolls I could make patterns for, I looked up Silkstones on Ebay, and found a few nude dolls for decent prices.  When I saw this one, however, the Audrey Hepburn doll, I was smitten.

I adore Audrey Hepburn; what an icon. She was so devastatingly pretty and I love her in all the movies I saw her in.  After  a bit of sifting through Ebay I saw that the highest price was something like £150, and went down gradually to around £50 or £60.  Then I found a nide doll for about half that, so I bought her.

She arrived today, and whilst I've read about Silkstones, and how good the plastic is, resembling porcelain etc, etc... I was really surprised at how amazing the doll feels.  No I know why they're called silkstones!  The body is super-smooth and silky; the doll is heavy, and there's something about the plastic that feels cold, like ceramic would.  The legs don't bend, but who cares? I seldom sit my dolls anyway.  I'm bowled over by her. She's a stunner, and I'm looking forward to sewing for her.

My one criticism is that the face has a teeny bit of shine to it,   but I can live with that.

Here's my girl.  Her hair had stray bits sticking out, so I've styled it a bit with gel. I wasn't too keen on a curl over her forehead, so I brushed it back and gelled it all to keep it in place.



You can see the hair is a bit wet where the hair gel hasn't dried yet, but I couldn't wait to take some shots of her.


Her body shape is entirely different to modern bellybutton Barbies, but it looks a nice shape to sew for.




I've also bought a much cheaper model muse Audrey Hepburn Barbie. The body isn't great, but I have a few pivotal bodies that I can put the new head on.  Looking forward to receiving that one too.

I really do need to stop buying dolls.... That or sell some I have, to make room. The trouble is, I only buy dolls I really like, and I don't want to part with any of them.

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7 comments :

  1. I know what you mean about only buying dolls you like and then not wanting to part with them lol!! Silkstone Audrey is lovely - I'm sure you can make some lovely outfits for her!

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    1. There are one or two I could part with, but Yes. I like my dollies. They make me happy. Once I've stopped playing with Poppy, I'll be moving on to Audrey. The outfit she comes with is nice. (I bought her nude) I might try to re-create it.

      Here's the doll's outfit: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zJcUNctccLU/UgVEWfpx7MI/AAAAAAAAM_4/gfbra1n-BRI/s1600/X8277_c_13_Main.png

      And the real Audrey: https://dutchbarbieworld.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/tumblr_mfzirha72a1qax45wo1_1280.jpg

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    2. Wow - that's a very good replica of the original dress... was trying to work out if it's machine embroidery on the doll size or an embroidered lace...or done by hand.... beautiful however it was done!

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    3. Wow - that's a very good replica of the original dress... was trying to work out if it's machine embroidery on the doll size or an embroidered lace...or done by hand.... beautiful however it was done!

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    4. It's lovely isn't it? I decided I could go without the dress to get the doll so cheaply.

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  2. This gal is just lovely, I can see why you`re smitten :) I`m a bit of a dolly dunce and didn`t know you could get silkstones like this!

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    1. I'm definitely no expert and stumbled across this lady by accident. There is also an Elizabeth Taylor Silkstone and a few others I think. But my heart belongs to Audrey.

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