This blog post is going to serve two purposes today. First, I'm participating in Karen's Color Red challenge and blog hop. Our goal was to use red in one of our freeform pieces and to say a little bit about what the color means to us.
Red is Rad!
This challenge made me very happy because it so happens that red is one of my favorite colors, especially paired with black. I've felt this way since I was a wee one, and I realized that all the other girls were crazy for pink -- the first of many, many differences I would notice over the years. And while pink is just another fun color for me to play with nowadays, red is still a symbol of rebellion for me. A reminder that no matter how hard the world may try to slip that frilly dress over my head, inside I'm red and black and fierce all over. Grrr, baby!
Anyhoo. Because the dolls and I are celebrating Dollentine's Day, I decided to make a freeform doll necklace to go with some of their other jewelry. This came with a few challenges. First of all, for the sake of proportion, I was limited to size 11 seed beads and under. Second of all, I was limited in the size of my piece. It has to fit a tiny model, after all, so I can't go too crazy with the width.
Here's what I came up with:
I love the color scheme, and I love the tiny beaded clasp in the back. But the thing is? When creating freeform for a doll, it's better to create it around the doll if you can, not by yourself with the doll sitting on another couch. It's so easy to make a piece too big -- which is what I did. It practically slipped off my girls!
The Man Event (ha).
Luckily, I found another model! When brings us to the second part of this post, and the reason for the silly title. In a previous post, I promised that when Karen's Kickstarter was funded, I'd post some photos of my Ken dolls wearing some... ahem. Interesting items of clothing. Well, here they are!
Tutus, a tiara, and a freeform necklace! My boys went above and beyond. That's Sleazy Ken on the left, Sequintastic Ken in the middle, and Alex on the end, wearing a ribbon tutu from Dolloween.
(Isn't he handsome? He was a present to my girls. Very soon, I'll do a post showcasing all of their presents, including more jewelry... and more handsome male specimens.)
"Yay, Karen!!!! You Ken do it!!!"
Before this post gets any sillier, and before I can make any more Ken puns, I'll stop here and send you over to Karen's blog for a list of hop participants. Also, check out the Freeform Group and see the photos people posted there!
Sarah J Sequins