Ember - The Phoenix
Welcome to the sixth month of Dandelion Bloom, a monthly ball-jointed doll kit release. Can you believe we are half way through our project already?
Each tiny bloom will represent a different theme that changes each month of the year, for the entirety of 2021 (and maybe beyond!) They will be sent to you unassembled and ready to sand, string and customise.
This little bloom 'Ember' will only be available for the month of june and then we will move to July Blooms! If demand is too much, we may need to close early. Kits usually sell out in just a few minutes so make sure you're here at launch so you don't miss out!
Embers arms are wings and she has little bird feet and a magnetic tail skirt (that you can use through clothes)
We'll take care of all the major support removal from the printing process, but you'll need to smooth out any leftover supports and give all pieces a fine smoothing over with sandpaper or a dremel. You can remove any visible lines or imperfections with sanding.
We recommend a sandpaper of 400-800 grit for any major work and anything 1500+ for a finishing paper. If you're using a dremel, definitely don't go lower than 300 as this will cause intense scratching that will be harder to remove.
A video will be posted around the time that we produce these little ones, showing you everything that you will receive and talk you through the process of completing your little doll. We will discuss safety, any small supplies that may be useful and explain how to sand and string your bloom, as well as give you a little look into their posing ability.
All parts are printed in resin and are not cast, so pieces will likely include lines and imperfections for you to sand away and once ready, you must apply some UV protective sealant to protect your little bloom. They are a little more fragile than cast dolls but as long as you don't throw them around and show them respect and kindness, they should be just fine!
These are kits are put together by just two people and they will have imperfections. Please bear in mind that they are a kit and therefore require finishing by you, which is how we are able to offer them for an affordable price. However we will do our best to ensure that you are receiving something that is easy to work with and of high print quality.
The estimated time to smooth and string your bloom is about 2-3 hours. But this is designed to be a fun activity for us to wind down with, in the chaos of the times we are living in. With the addition of painting and blushing, making wigs and fashioning tiny clothes - this is a fun little DIY project for you to get stuck into and if you like, enjoy on a monthly basis with a wide range of critters and creatures to keep you company.
Ember will include the following;
- Open Eye head
- Normal chest piece
- Bottom piece
- Furry Leg and bird feet
- Arm wings
- One pair of winged ears
- Tail Skirt
- We will also include head magnets and elastic.
- No S-hooks are required and therefore will not be included
They are available in 3 skintones.*
- milk white
8mm eyes are available separately by Mama Frapp
The measurements are as follows;
Height 13.5cm tall
Waist 6.2cm (narrowest)
Hips 9.25cm (widest)
Leg length (from bottom of pelvis to ankle 6.4cm
Arm length (shoulder to wrist)
Shoulder to shoulder (inc arm part of shoulder) 3cm
Feet 1.8cm length x 0.9cm width
Thigh circumference 4.9cm
Calf circumference 3.7cm
A small wig kit will be added to the shop as well. We will provide you with the fibres that you need to make the wig and appropriate bands used in the making of them. You will have the option if you would like the kit with the jersey we use for our caps or if you'd prefer to use something that you have on hand for cheaper (such as stockings or your own white jersey) A tutorial will be posted this week with how to make your own wig. Each month may explore different styles of wigs!
Shipping will be changed this month as we have upgraded to a new postal account.
A maximum of 4 blooms can ship together before another shipping fee must be paid.
It is to be noted that we are in the UK and in lockdown for a few more weeks. If there are any significant delays we will of course keep you all notified.
You can stay informed on our progress with all blooms on Instagram
If neither of the blooms for this month aren't for you, worry not as July blooms will be available soon. Next month sees an aquatic theme!
As always each of our little blooms has a reason for its creation.
Ember has dual meaning. As a child, Alex used to keep pigeons as pets. Every day he'd walk to school with his bird and release them at the school gates. By the time he got home, his feathered friend would be back at home waiting for him.
For me, a phoenix represents rebirth and as such, symbolises so much strength.
It is never too late for you to be reborn; Find a new career, change your direction, get out of toxic friendships or relationships. It is never too late to reinvent yourself or to get a new perspective, change your opinion or to better yourself. Change is something that so many of us fear but I think that it is something so important and so necessary if we want to grow.
Just like a phoenix rising from the ashes of their former self, its never too late for us to start over. To try again.
In 2019, I went through a spiritual wake up call. It triggered 2 years of intense self discovery and extreme healing. I barely recognise the person that I used to be. I made major life decisions, moved countries again and took giant leaps of faith, trusting that the universe had my back. This felt like a massive transformation for me. I faced so many of my demons in order to heal from them, I had to learn to accept myself and i had to start over, living on my own in England for a spell while I pieced myself back together. Ember is a reminder that its never too late to do that. Sometimes you just have to find your own happiness and its okay to do that.
Before I left Spain, right at the time of this transformation, Alex and I wrote a song called Embers. Maybe you'll get to hear it when her video is made!
But she is pixie dust
forget me nots
she's autumn leaves
and polka dots
laying the contents of her heart there
in the dust
where the embers go
when they no longer glow
and like a supernova
in a flash its all over
and she will be gone with it too.