(more/larger pics at flickr)
For all intents and purposes, this was a "prototype". Basically, I needed to work out a lot of issues such as how best to re-root her hair, what method to use for her tatts, would Blythe boots work? Which fashion would be most Abby-like?
This doll isn't perfect. The studs on her necklace are too far apart, and I think the kind of printable clear sticker paper I chose just doesn't really work for her tatts (the ink is already starting to suffer wear from me dressing and redressing her). So next time: waterslide decals. I went through about 4 different fashions until I found a combo I liked. And the labcoat I managed to iron on the "NCIS" on the wrong side (because I am a GENIUS). But it was an exercise in trying a LOT of things that didn't work, before I figured out the ways that would work. Alas, I have yet to figure out how to make a 1:6 scale Caf-Pow cup. But I'm still experimenting...
And now I know how to make her again better. I have a custom I am working on, and that custom will be a better doll because of the lessons I learnt from this one. My goal is to eventually send one to Pauley Perrette as a gift (I figure Pauley can keep it or auction it off for charity). I wanted to hold onto this doll but all the "what if I tried this?" experimentation got, erm... a little expensive. So I'm going to put her up for sale on ebay this week-end. *sigh* OOAK dolls, a habit only slightly less expensive than drugs.
But I am so excited because while I worked on this doll I found a doll artist willing to custom make labcoats, and another who offered to custom make v-neck sleeveless jumpers, specifically so I can replicate another of Abby's looks. I learnt that nail decals can be used to adorn things like belt buckles. And that Liv fashions totally fit Barbie privotal bodies. And that Blythe boots, while stompy, need to be a smidge taller and a smidge less wide. But best of all, because the character is so beloved, I've gotten such amazing feedback both from NCIS fans and doll lovers. It's been loads of fun, and I'm really looking forward to modding more of her!