So it came to my attention that people have been asking questions about this doll. Sorry, Enchanted Doll fans-I didn’t mean to hold out on you. I made this a few months ago, but didn’t get around to posting any pictures. Here, let me tell you all about it.
This is Edie modeling the Illumination cape. My favorite dye sublimation project. So far.
The Illumination is a dye sublimation print of the image taken from my watercolor painting. It’s covered with organic/celtic designs and flowers all the way around and it’s really long. It features four fabulous Sterling Silver box clasps with set gemstones which make this cape so much fun to take on and off, on and off, on and off….obviously I can’t stop playing with it. The clasps are quite heavy and this weight effectively counterbalances the weight of this enormous cape. Because it’s printed on polyester it’s actually quite light for what it is, but there’s got to be a balance between the front and the back, otherwise it starts sliding around the body, that’s why I used heavy clasps as counterweights, which works fantastic.
This cape hides most of the doll’s skin with the exception of bare neck, lower arms and sometimes a foot slides free of the folds through the slit down the middle. I really like that effect because it creates such a strong contrast between skin and heavy ornament, making the doll’s limbs appear even more sensual and delicate. I just love this outfit and my own Edie always wears it. I think her short hair really offsets the length of the cape and accentuates her neck and her frailness underneath all that fabric.
My plan was to make it into a one of a kind project with bead embroidery all over the designs and gold, or at least gold plated clasps, but when I put together this rough try out, it turned out so splendidly that I decided to keep one as it is and possibly make more of it as a doll accessory/outfit available for order. I might give it a red or a blue lining on the inside too.
I still plan to make a fancy version of it with gemstones strewn all over it and beads covering the surface, but for now that project is on hold as I’m still working out the best method for attaching faceted gems and cabochons to the fabric and merging them with bead work. I can’t wait to get started on it though. Perhaps in August I will.
The reason I don’t have it up on the site anywhere is because this was an experimental project which doesn’t have its own doll yet. It’s just a cape for now. I should put more pictures of it up… I will soon, so stay tuned. And let me know if you still have questions about it.
Oh and the reason I called it the illumination cape is beause I was partially inspired by the medieval, Celtic illuminated manuscripts. The other part of inspiration obviously came from my favorite artist, Sulamith Wulfing: