He’s been a labor of love for the past three years — cobbled together as a custom hybrid of four different dolls (SOOM Ender jackal head, IpleHouse SID body in Light Brown resin, IpleHouse EID Magician Chase beast hands, originally white, IpleHouse EID Shadow Chase beast feet, originally Ebony, with the mismatched parts dyed with RIT, sprayed with Tamiya Flat Enamel, and airbrushed and handpainted to match), and while there were a number of setbacks in his construction, the end result is SO very worth it.
Almost all the credit (for everything other than design/planning/hybridization) goes to FunnyLori, for doing an EPIC job on his customizations — it was a ton of work that had some false starts (the damned sealant on black kept blooming, OMG!), but she stuck with it, and I couldn’t be happier with how he turned out.
I fairly heavily beveled his eyes from the inside, in order to fit him with 16mm goldstone spheres (and to get them to sit far enough forward that they’d catch the light.) I love that he has actual semi-precious stones for eyes — it seems fitting.
He’s mostly based on this 2005 painting, although I’ve been avidly drawing him since I was in second grade, including featuring as a character in my long-running and intermittent “Angel of Death” graphic novel/art project since 1990.
Having him represented in this form has been a dream of mine for literally decades (before I’d ever seen an actual BJD), and I am immensely humbled and grateful to finally have him at home. He and Sekhmet and Bast are all touchstones for me, and I can’t express how overjoyed I am to see this dream realized.
(Other than my hands being torn all to hell from making him a custom S-hook using completely inappropriate tools, when I discovered an issue as I was assembling him last night — still worth it!)
After seeing beansproutmomo’s pumpkin head she just got it reminded me that I have this little one in a box! It was Fairyland event item a few years ago, and it’s just two halves that are held together by magnets on top of a Puki Puki head :)