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Topic: Daughters of Mother Nature, a Bead Doll Collection (PIC HEAVY, AND I MEAN IT)  (Read 6375 times)
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« on: September 04, 2011 10:31:49 PM »

Hello, there!

There's more where that came from!

Detailed shots-

Rose and Dewdrop-



The Four Seasons-

Hana, the Spring Fairy-

Midori, the Summer Fairy-

Aki, the Autumn Fairy-

Yuki, the Winter Fairy-

Miscellaneous Dolls








Names and descriptions for each doll-

Rose- I used plastic rose beads in her skirt, and also arranged her hair in a rose-like design. The large green beads that I used to make her hem are jade beads from China. With a full bustle and skirt, Victorian-era dresses were the inspiration for this doll. Unlike most of the dolls in this collection, she cannot stand on her own, and uses clear thread to maintain her posture. Dignified, sweet, and polite, she would be the perfect Victorian lady. She just needs some support.

Dewdrop- She was the first doll that I made. If you look closely, each of the large, clear beads in her dress contains a pressed flower. No two beads of this design are exactly alike, though I tried to match colors and shapes. These are also from my most recent trip to China. Because so many beads in her overall design were shaped like water droplets, I decided to name her Dewdrop. The overall design of her dress is inspired by the dresses of Queen Elizabeth I. Unlike most of the dolls in this collection, she cannot stand on her own, and uses clear thread to maintain her posture.

Hana, the Spring Fairy- "Hana" is the Japanese word for "flower". She's smaller than the other fairies because spring symbolizes youth and rebirth. While she's the most petite of the seasonal fairies, she has the most elaborate and outrageous dress. It has the largest hoop skirt and most exquisite decorations. It is richly adorned with new flowers and greenery, and she appears to be walking along quite happily despite all of the blooms that her dress carries. She's full of energy, with quaint, round wings of vivid blue which serve as a gentle reminder of the winter behind her. Her dress was inspired by the spring holiday called May Day and the beautifully decorated altars dedicated to the Virgin Mary, who is then seen as the Queen of May. (See Wikipedia for more).

Midori, the Summer Fairy- "Midori" is the Japanese word for "green". Tall, beautifully tanned, and stately, Midori seems to be nothing like Hana. She's restrained, quiet, and personifies both the warmth of summer and the lovely shade of a tree on a hot day. The sight of running water, thankfully, is also an available relief when the heat gets to be too much. Thus, under Midori's sunny wings, there are soft, warm tones of blue and green. Summer, to me, is a second spring in which greenery shines in the spotlight as the flowers fade away. I love trees, especially the shade of green that can only be seen when the sun strikes a fresh, new leaf. Long, brown seed beads were used in the hem of the dress to give the appearance of little, wiry tree branches holding up a dome of leaves and sky. The overall design of her dress was inspired by the ladies' dresses from the movie "Gone in the Wind". The back of the dress is adorned with large jade beads, which represent the grapes that are harvested each summer to make wine.

Aki, the Autumn Fairy- "Aki" is the Japanese word for "autumn". Adorably stout and opulently dressed, Aki represents the harvest that comes each autumn. While her dress is adorned with amber leaves, representing colorful fall foliage shortly before the trees are bare, the bright colors show that this is a time for celebration. After all, the holiday season technically starts in the fall, with Thanksgiving. Even if nature is getting ready for winter, she is still full of life and warmth. A large, square glass bead was used as a ruff for this doll, making her look especially cheerful. To balance out the merry atmosphere created by rich reds and golds, lavender beads were used to prevent Aki from looking clownish and undignified. The back of the dress is adorned with seed pearls to represent the imminent coming of winter snow. I saw this doll as an opportunity to use up some of my old stash. I've had those red pony beads for at least eleven years.

Yuki, the Winter Fairy- "Yuki" is the Japanese word for "snow". While Aki is merry, Yuki is solemn, stern, and frosty. You might feel cold just looking at her! Her dress is composed mostly of seed beads, though the stark, icy effect is balanced out by the darker shades of blue. After all, no lake is frozen solid! There's always life going on beneath the ice, and life goes on through the winter.

Miscellaneous dolls-

Isis- named after the Egyptian god Isis. My version of Isis looks more birdlike than the ancient Egyptian depictions, mainly because I decided to modify her headdress to make her look a bit more approachable and down-to-earth. After all, Isis would listen to just about everyone, from the pauper to the princess. The overall design that I used was meant to associate Isis with the flooding of the Nile. Her dress has a flowing train, and is lined with bright blue and green beads to represent the fertility that the river brings.

Asteria- the Titan goddess of prophetic dreams, astrology, and necromancy. See the Internet for more details about this deity. Her dress is mainly made of glass beads, though seed beads are used for spacing and adornment as well. The clear blue droplet bead used is probably one of a kind, as I found it among the ice droplet beads that I used for Yuki and Dewdrop. I think it was a mistake on the manufacturer's part, but I'm glad that I had it on hand.

Eos- the Titan goddess of the dawn. See the Internet for more details about this deity. The overall design makes her look sharp and wide awake, as if she just had a large cup of coffee. Her hair and her dress depict the end of night and the beginning of a new day, and she has a very sunny disposition. Unlike her twin sister, Hesperia (I made that up...it's not really in classical mythology), she's perky, hyperactive, and generally very upbeat. Need I mention that she's a morning person? While this is all good and fine, maybe she's a bit too happy for her own good. Her dress is composed mainly of seed beads, with more emphasis on the rising sun than anything else.

Hesperia- one of the Hesperides, the sunset goddesses of Greek mythology. See the Internet for more details about this deity. Though she represents the setting sun and the end of another day, she's not sad about it. She sparkles with the rising of the stars, and reflects the beauty of this time of day. Unlike her twin, she's subdued and sweet, with a dress that makes her the belle of every ball. After all, I designed her dress with Cinderella in mind. It sparkles with the beauty of twilight and the blue hour, and her modest hairstyle represents the gentle glow of the sun just before it passes over the horizon. As you can tell by this description (as well as my photography), I positively adore this doll.

Iris- Greek goddess of the rainbow, sea, and sky. See the Internet for more details about this deity. Before I made this doll, I had a grab bag of seed beads that I had brought back from China. There used to be neatly sealed packets of beads in a larger Ziploc bag, but I guess everything was undone in the packing process. To give Iris every color of the rainbow, I pulled beads pretty much randomly from the Ziploc, with only vague patterns to give the dress a sense of consistency despite all of the randomness. Her bodice is a large, blue glass bead, helping Iris represent herself as the goddess responsible for rain. To my luck, I found a prism-shaped bead that was just the right size for a hat!

Marina- I'm particularly fond of fairies and the sea, so this is the sea fairy! I spent the most time on this doll, and I decided to give her a non-puffy dress so that I wouldn't get bored. I grabbed various bluish seed beads and pinkish seed beads and used them in a vague pattern to give her dress a mosaic design. It reminds me of the tile floors in the movie "Mamma Mia". I gave her a dramatic headdress and a pretty, full figure so that I could have a break from the itty bitty waistlines and simpler caps of my other dolls. Thus, the whole doll's a visual feast, and the viewer takes in her entire, beautiful appearance instead of just a particular part of the ensemble. In other words, I really pulled out all the stops for this one. If I had to pick a favorite, this would be it.

Misty- the pale hues of her outfit make her seem like a maid of the mist. I watched a few videos of Niagara falls before I made this doll, so I was really excited to use white and off-white beads, and little more. Her dress was inspired by the dress worn by Christine Daae in the most recent movie version of "The Phantom of the Opera". Of course, since Emmy Rossum is too beautiful to be captured in such a tiny doll, I decided not to do anything with the face and hair.

You may be wondering, how did I find so much time to do all this? Two words- summer vacation. I don't have school, and my next school year starts late. I've been doing nothing but beadwork for the past week!!! It's been wonderful. Smiley I hope you enjoyed this, and I know that I wrote a lot. If you read most of it, thank you so much for your time, and I hope it was interesting.

EDIT- I hope the link works now. Please tell me if it still fails!
« Last Edit: September 05, 2011 01:25:24 PM by thoughtspeech - Reason: MORE PHOTO LINK EDITING!!!!! » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2011 11:36:11 PM »

These are lovely. I was just looking at my ton of beads, dolls would be fun to make. Cheesy
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2011 11:39:53 PM »

I coulnt see the picture, seems it has been removed please put it again so we all can see your nice creation. In the small pic looks very pretty =)

« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2011 11:59:47 PM »

I've posted it again, so hopefully you can see it now.
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2011 07:30:53 AM »

I've posted it again, so hopefully you can see it now.

You should try using Craftster's photo hosting instead. Cause the only way I could see the images was by viewing your slide show. Just a suggestion.
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2011 01:26:07 PM »

Thanks for the suggestion! I decided to just put everything on Craftster, so hopefully that helps! Enjoy!
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2011 09:30:44 PM »

Aki,Yuki and Iris are my FAVES...AWESOME..
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2011 02:29:30 PM »

Thank you so much! I'm glad that you like them so much! I used various netting stitches to craft them, starting out with a simple loop. This is my first foray into complicated bead work, and each doll was a new opportunity to experiment.
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2011 08:23:48 PM »

I love all the pictures!  I am so inspired.  I might try my hand a beading!  Love your work!


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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2011 02:37:04 PM »

I love all the pictures!  I am so inspired.  I might try my hand a beading!  Love your work!


I'm glad I inspired you! Thank you for looking. Smiley
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