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Monday, September 07, 2009

Bravura's progress

Here is Bravura!

Bravura is the latest doll I've been working on for the Art Doll Coolaberation. She's a fragile lady, but a huge heart-breaker and leaves a trail of disconsolate men behind her. Her skirt is a glass vase (and believe me, I worry about breaking it!!). Her upper body is made from papier mache.

I made her a cape, trimmed with a beaded fringe. The picture doesn't show it very well, but the purple fabric is very shiny and textured. I only had a little bit and fortunately I was able to get enough. It's lined with green dupioni silk.
Because Bravura is such a heart breaker, she now has a lachrymatory bottle, full of tears shed by all her conquests. She even has a wee book that contains all the names of the men she has left behind!
She also sports a beaded necklace (with a nod to Betty Rubble from the Flinstones!). Someone said Bravura was reminiscent of Betty, so I HAD to make the beads!! While Bravura was visiting with Barb, she got her lovely dress and her skin (which is fantastic!). Now I'm working on her journal and will post pictures when I'm done.

I won't be posting tomorrow because we're skipping town for the day. It's our 30th anniversary and we feel a road trip is in order. Not sure where we'll end up, but that's the fun of a sanity day! Feel free to talk amongst yourselves....


  1. Bravura is looking wonderful and I love the bottle of course and the wee book.
    Have a happy anniversary!

  2. when I first glanced at your doll I thought you were using a violin for her base!

  3. Don't worry about the vase, MA. If it did get broken, we can find a replacement vessel. Wouldn't be a real bummer since it's not handmade by any of us. I love what you've done for Bravura. That cape is beeeautiful! And you know I love the little accessories! Thanks so much. Can't wait to see your contribution to her journal.

  4. Happy 30th. Have fun celebrating!

  5. Happy Anniversery - just 20 more to go to catch up.

    I talked to myself and hope that is acceptable.

    Your doll is great and I like her bottle of tears.
    What a heartbreaker.



  6. Oh yah, Happy Anniversary! Have fun.

  7. Congrats on your anniversary...lovely day for it. Bravura is great...I love the wee cape, lovely work.

  8. what a beautiful cape Bravura is wearing. She is a very fragile creature tho.
    Happy anniversary, and many times over. K.

  9. Bravo on Bravura! Very nice...


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