Month: March 2016

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Dolly Delivery – Lavender Luxe Silkstone Barbie

The Barbie Collection had a sale to celebrate Barbie’s Birthday again this year. Barbie Doll’s birthday is March 9th. If you missed it, mark your calendar for next year. Its an important date in this hobby.  I took advantage of the sale and added a Barbie that I had been dragging my feet in buying: Lavender Luxe Silkstone Barbie from last year’s BFMC. I’m not a huge fan of the color lavender, so she wasn’t a priority for me to add to my collection.  I do, however, LOVE tulle, along with most every red head Barbie in the BFMC. She doesn’t disappoint! I had a few minutes to take some pictures of this beauty last week, and wanted to share them here on the blog.

I am glad to have finally added her to my collection. Yes, her hair is a bit much like Hollywood Hostess (probably why I did not think I needed to add her), however, the facial screening is vastly different, and she is lovely in real life.


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The Gold Chair – BFC Gift Repainted

If you’re a member of the The Barbie Fan Club at The Barbie Collection web site, you most likely by now have received your 2016 gift, a black plastic chair with cream cushion. Like so many other BFMC die hards, I have been pining for the gold chairs in the Silkstone promo photos for years.

This black plastic version, in my view, is a good compromise for what must have been a difficult balance to strike between offering a quality, wood (or metal), gold chair, that is sure to be expensive to produce and then sell, or, offer a less expensive version as a gift. They made a great choice by offering a chair made of plastic, which must be more cost effective, and then chose a color that would appeal to the masses, leaving the collector to customize it if they choose to.  After all, not all collectors like gold (I can’t imagine who wouldn’t LOVE a gold chair, but I do recognize there are crazies roaming the earth). Here is what the chair looks like prior to painting, with obnoxious tag on cushion and all:

 

I received my chair last week. Naturally, my plan was to spray it gold. Yesterday, I finally got around to the project.  I used Krylon Super Maxx Metallic. I paid about $6.99 for a can.

If you’ve ever spray painted plastic, you know that it is imperative to use the right paint, preferably paint specifically made for plastic. Krylon does  make a paint specifically for plastic called Fusion for Plastic. I decided to give a different Krylon paint a try,  Krylon Super Maxx,  because it does list plastic on the can, and, it was the perfect shade of gold that I was looking for. Just a word of caution if you decide to try it: it seemed to need more coats than the other paint for plastic that I’ve used in the past.  This could be because the chair is black and may take more to cover, not sure. Initially I thought I would use my trusty gold paint pen, but the gold was more dull and muddy than I wanted. As well, it would have been difficult to get good coverage on the larger parts of the chair, so after testing a few chair rungs with the paint pen, I moved on to the brighter gold colored spray paint. Yet another reason why I gave this paint a try, because the gold is so shiny, bright and beautiful.

There is a bit of residue left behind when you remove the cushion. Residue can be easily removed with Goo Gone.

I took time to spray even coats, and allowed ample drying time in between coats.  I highly recommend the paint I used.  The spray nozzle this product offers sprayed the paint effortlessly and evenly. What I like is because it is metallic, the finish has a very slight bumpiness to it, giving the finished product an antiqued, aged look to it, similar to the promo chairs (take a look at the finish of the chairs in the first photo I’ve shared above).

The finished product.

I’m really pleased with how the chair looks painted gold.  And by the way, it looks great as it is, in black, but I couldn’t resist repainting to match those infamous Silkstone chairs. I hope Mattel decides to offer their left over stock of these chairs for sale on their website like they have done in the past with other club gifts.  I would gladly purchase several more.

Classic Black Dress Silkstone Barbie takes a seat.

As side note, there are sellers on Ebay and Etsy selling similar gold chairs, so if you’re not one to take on a paint project, there are other options. However, be prepared for a hefty price tag.

 

 


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The Window Shopper

Recently, I received a much anticipated package in the mail. When it looks like this, arriving with Russian parcel tape, you know it must be special:

There is a talented artist in Russia from whom I ordered a beautiful Barbie outfit. Her Etsy shop is Rebecca Fashions. I also follow her Flickr photostream. You can also find her creations on Ebay. The dress I ordered has a meticulous fit and is very well made. I was completely smitten with this dress when I first saw pictures of it, so I was over the moon appreciative when I found out it was available for special order.

I can never say no to a pillbox hat for Barbie, especially one with a tulle net. Pair it with a classic ’60’s flip hair style and it is the **perfect** combination.  I was inspired to dress Hollywood Bound Silkstone Barbie in this lovely fashion (does she not sport the quintessential 1960’s flip?!). For my back drop I wanted to feature the fun storefront I received at the 2012 National Barbie Convention. This was a table centerpiece that I was fortunate enough to be drawn to win. Whenever I display a Barbie in front of the storefront in my doll room, I immediately get that “Window Shopper” vibe.

 

The setting: Storefront from 2012 National Barbie Convention table centerpiece, with added striped backdrop and props

The fashion on the mannequin: Dressmaker Details “Dinner Duo”

The fashion modeled by Hollywood Bound Silkstone Barbie: Rebecca Fashions. Clutch is Dressmaker Details from “Dinner Duo”

Armoire: Barbie armoire customized by me