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 YEAR?
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.
Presenting the BLOOM version of our third Seedling, Little Pixie, Sprout. This little bud 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. This is our last sale we will h ave on our current store as we are moving to a platform that will be much easier to manage than this one.
Most months, the dolls sell out within a few minutes so please be here at launch to avoid missing out.
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.
Seedlings, being blooms that haven't quite blossomed, are a little bit smaller than their floral counterparts. They also are single jointed for ease of printing in this scale. It makes them much easier to work with when sanding too!
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.
Sprout will include the following;
- Open Eye head
- Normal chest piece
- Bottom piece
- Human legs and feet
- Arm pieces (Upper arm, lower arm)
- 2 Pairs of hands (fist, open. others available separately)
- One flowerpot hat
- One pair of magnetic pixie ears
- 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 Tea (from February)
Due to depth of colour, vintage plum may develop discolouration whilst you are working on them but this disappears once you SEAL them with a UV Cut Spray.
*Colours may vary between batches and at time of production
Sprout (BLOOM) wears 8mm eyes.
A small wig kit will be added to the shop as well. These will be available in a few new colours but the kits will change monthly. 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 none of the blooms for this month aren't for you, worry not as July blooms will be available in the middle of June. Next month sees an aquatic themed month and a new colouring method for you guys to enjoy! July blooms are actually ready for prototyping so you'll likely see them very soon.
Sprout. I'm not sure why they ended up a a garden pixie but It was actually one of the first blooms I designed. The original Sprout was actually a pony! A scruffy little 12 hand rescue that was given to me when I was going through a rough time being bullied at school. Sprout had been abused and kept in a garage where he couldn't even stand up, ironically by one of the bullies at my school. He needed nurturing and healing and so did I. My mum's friend who owned a stable yard gave him to me, for me to look after, in the hopes that I might make friends there. And i did. I loved that little pony with my whole heart. He wasn't for riding as he was far too small for me, just a little friend to tend to and to care for. He had a personality that was larger than life; ALWAYS so so HAPPY to see anyone that would give him some attention. Sprout got me through my teenage years and sadly is no longer with us but I tried to capture his charming, cheeky personality in Sprout, the little pixie. I hope that working on him might bring you a sprinkle of joy and a handful of healing like the real sprout gave to me all those years ago.