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CiCiCreates
03-09-2019, 02:40 PM
Due date: May 22 (sign up or withdraw by May 16)
Number of Items: 3 for 3
Number of Players: 15

Kokeshis are traditional Japanese dolls made of wood. They have a simple body and an enlarged head, with a few painted curves or lines for features. Many are just irresistibly cute!

Craft stores often carry little unfinished wood figures called “peg people “. I thought it would be fun to paint them to represent Japanese Kokeshi dolls. Using these little peg people is the easiest choice, perhaps add a wood bead or two for hair buns, then simply paint with acrylics and give it a glossy finish.

However,....you could also get creative and use other wooden objects, glue together with wood glue, and then paint those. Some examples are wood eggs, wooden balls, large wood beads, spools, dowel caps, or upside-down candle cups. Examples are pictured below.

Let’s stick with the traditional Japanese style of simple features, black hair, and colorful kimonos. Please make them between 2 1/2” - 4 1/2” tall, anywhere in that range. I would also like to stipulate “wood only”, no fabric embellishments. A bead or pearl as part of a “hair” ornament is fine though. Go simple or get creative and make 3 little Kokeshis for 3 in return.

MAILING - Be sure all sealants or varnishes are completely dry, and not still tacky. Please mail in a bubble envelope or a padded envelope, and I will send returns in the same one. Place each doll in a small baggie and write your username and real name on a tag to accompany each doll.

Please include a large label with your address clearly printed on it. Include the same amount of postage that it takes for you to mail to me. Postage may be around $3-$4, probably $9 for Canada and $12 for Internationals, just estimates. And when your returns arrive, remember to leave iTrader and rep points.

Participants:

1. Bluesky - RECEIVED
2. Notinkansas- RECEIVED
3. Nanner - RECEIVED
4. Kynara
5. JEBeck - RECEIVED
6. WITHDRAWN
7. An. M. Sudyka - RECEIVED

CiCiCreates
03-09-2019, 04:32 PM
Examples with green, red, and yellow kimonos were made of "Peg People" with some wood bits added (3" - 3 1/2"). Examples with black, tan, and blue kimonos were made by gluing wood balls and eggs together, along with other shapes (2 3/4" - 3"). I got on a real roll with these, they are fun! Credit must go to Notinkansas for the cutie in tan with aqua flowers, who inspired this swap!

Bluesky
03-09-2019, 04:50 PM
I'm in!!!!!!

CiCiCreates
03-09-2019, 04:51 PM
Yay, signing you right up!

dithespy
03-10-2019, 04:22 AM
They are absolutely gorgeous, CiCiCreates. I love them but I don't think I'll get the chance to make some.

CiCiCreates
03-10-2019, 07:19 AM
You are welcome to follow along and chat anytime.

notinkansas
03-10-2019, 05:20 PM
Sign me up!

CiCiCreates
03-10-2019, 05:31 PM
With pleasure, NIK!

aaeshelman
03-11-2019, 07:58 PM
CiCi, how do you feel about players ordering the actual blanks? I might be interested but still need to give it more thought.

CiCiCreates
03-11-2019, 08:01 PM
You mean there are real Kokeshi blanks? That aren't peg people? That would probably be fine, if they didn't go over 4 1/2" tall. Where do you get them?

nanner
03-11-2019, 10:14 PM
How adorable! I'm lurking for now. Such a great idea.

CiCiCreates
03-11-2019, 10:27 PM
You are so welcome to lurk and chat, nanner! Hope you can eventually play.

Bluesky
03-11-2019, 10:37 PM
Etsy has kokeshi blanks. I went for peg dolls from eBay. I liked the pricing better.

CiCiCreates
03-11-2019, 10:41 PM
I think I got my peg dolls from Michaels, maybe Hobby Lobby as well. I know Hobby Lobby has unfinished wood candle cups which I thought would be cute for bodies, turned upside-down. Next time I go, maybe I'll get a couple.

aaeshelman
03-12-2019, 02:53 PM
I found kokeshi blanks on amazon but, you have to order 40 and they are very tiny. Less than 2" high. I am still lurking and searching ideas.

cardgal
03-12-2019, 02:59 PM
Too, stinking Cute! Lurking

CiCiCreates
03-12-2019, 03:08 PM
Oh, thanks for that information. You could always make your own with egg shapes and ball shapes. I had my son drill a toothpick size hole in the narrow part of the egg, and in one side of the ball. Then I inserted a broken toothpick, with about a half inch sticking out, into the egg hole, spread some glue around the toothpick base, and pressed the ball head over the toothpick part. This way, the glue can have a little “prop” while drying, otherwise it can get frustrating. But I find it fun to think up various wood items to use as bodies, etc. Patience always helps!

CiCiCreates
03-12-2019, 03:08 PM
Welcome to lurk, Cardgal!

Kynara
03-13-2019, 06:01 AM
Gonna try to get to hobby lobby today and get some... totally lurking!

CiCiCreates
03-13-2019, 12:44 PM
Hope you get inspired at Hobby Lobby, Kynara! Would love to sign you up.

aaeshelman
03-13-2019, 01:08 PM
Great idea on putting the shapes together and we have a wood hobby shop nearby. I might run over there and see what they have.

CiCiCreates
03-13-2019, 01:11 PM
Oh, that sounds like fun, wish I could go with you!

CiCiCreates
03-14-2019, 11:27 PM
You know, I was just thinking.....you wouldn't have to bother with the drilled holes and toothpick joining idea if you could sand the surfaces smooth and level so they wouldn't curve against each other. Just a little level area on the ball and another on the narrow part of the egg shape, and the ball could simply sit atop the egg with a dab of glue and that should work - and I am talking about an electric sander, not hand sanding, that takes forever! Going to check out Hobby Lobby for interesting wood bits this weekend.

nanner
03-16-2019, 05:12 PM
Sign me up, Cici...I finished my first little kokeshi and have more in the works:

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/1144/medium/1_kokeshi.jpg

CiCiCreates
03-16-2019, 05:18 PM
Darling Little Doll! Aren’t they fun?? I will sign you up.

Bluesky
03-16-2019, 09:19 PM
Paper clay "wigs"

Tandy
03-16-2019, 10:36 PM
Lurking. Looks fun.

CiCiCreates
03-16-2019, 10:53 PM
Happy to see you here, Tandy! Hope you can eventually play.

Bluesky, those wigs look just like the real ones, where they carved hair dimensionally! When painted, you wouldn't know they aren't wood. Very well done, and cute!

Kynara
03-17-2019, 05:36 PM
woot! found some dollies and have started painting! please sign me up!

CiCiCreates
03-17-2019, 06:03 PM
Welcome, Kynara!

CiCiCreates
03-19-2019, 05:29 PM
I can't stop making these! Here's some more examples of how you can glue parts together. Red is an egg, ball, bead, and rectangles for sleeves. Tall one is a ball glued onto 1" diameter dowel. Green one is a ball glued onto an upside-down candle cup. Most of these shapes were purchased at Hobby Lobby.

notinkansas
03-19-2019, 05:53 PM
Oh CiCi they are so cute!!!

nanner
03-19-2019, 09:47 PM
CiCi, those are precious. Here's another one from me. They had wee little peg dolls at Michaels, and I just couldn't resist making a little bay-bah in a cherry wrap! They turned out so sweet.

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/1144/medium/2_kokeshi.jpg

CiCiCreates
03-19-2019, 09:56 PM
The bay-bah is precious! And that purple kimono is gorgeous! Love that you added the baby.

notinkansas
03-19-2019, 10:34 PM
Awwww....love the little one nanner!

JEBeck
03-20-2019, 03:24 PM
OK You got me! Sign me up please!

CiCiCreates
03-20-2019, 04:11 PM
Welcome, JEBeck, happy to have you!

aaeshelman
03-20-2019, 09:08 PM
I put a few dolls together but haven't stared painting yet. I want to see how they paint up before I commit. Are the finished dolls painted with a special paint? They look so shiny.

CiCiCreates
03-20-2019, 10:31 PM
I just used regular craft acrylic paints on mine, then gave them a coat or two of Liquitex Professional Gloss Medium & Varnish. That is what gives the shiny look.

nanner
03-21-2019, 12:37 PM
Mine are just basic acrylic paints with a couple coats of gloss varnish over the top, too. :D

Here is my completed collection of kokeshi's. I'm going to keep one, not sure which yet. And the little set of baby twins is CiCi's hostie gift.

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/1144/medium/1_IMG_2118.jpghttp://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/1144/medium/1_IMG_2119.jpg

notinkansas
03-21-2019, 12:47 PM
Super cute!

CiCiCreates
03-21-2019, 01:19 PM
Wonderful kokeshis, Nanner! I’m glad you made enough that you can keep one - decisions, decisions! And I sure do love the sweet gesture of gifting me the baby twins - a boy and a girl, how perfect!

nanner
03-21-2019, 01:53 PM
Thanks, Ladies. CiCi...bet you didn't even know you were expecting, ha! :laugh:

CiCiCreates
03-21-2019, 01:54 PM
No, that would truly be a miracle!

zhouzhou
03-24-2019, 12:52 PM
Never tried this but did buy some parts just in case, so I'm lurking!!!

CiCiCreates
03-24-2019, 12:54 PM
Welcome to lurk and chat anytime! Hope you can play eventually.

nanner
03-26-2019, 07:22 PM
CiCi, my kokeshi's are on their way as of this morning. :D

CiCiCreates
03-26-2019, 08:42 PM
Exciting! Will let you know when they arrive. Hope they travel as quickly as my domino dolls did to you!

sunshineshadow
03-28-2019, 03:33 PM
Hi. I’m interested in participating but I would like to work in polymer clay, as I just did a series of dolls in polymer with great success. If you’re holding strictly to wood, I understand.

CiCiCreates
03-28-2019, 03:41 PM
I would sure love to have you join us, but we are doing wood only for the dolls in this swap. Some players have already completed their little dolls. Please feel free to lurk and follow along, and if you decide to play with wood pieces, there is still lots of time to sign up.

CiCiCreates
03-28-2019, 07:43 PM
Thrilled to report.....Nanner's Kokeshis have arrived! Thanks so much for the twinsies!

notinkansas
03-29-2019, 07:21 PM
205099

Here are my first two.

CiCiCreates
03-29-2019, 07:29 PM
CUTE! Love the ornament through the bun on one, and the little pigtails on the other!

cardgal
03-30-2019, 04:56 PM
WooHoo,,, I found wood pieces and can now make some dolls. SIGN Me UP! Yippee!

CiCiCreates
03-30-2019, 05:20 PM
Yay!! So glad to have you join us, cardgal!

nanner
03-30-2019, 05:28 PM
Lovely work, NIK!

notinkansas
04-05-2019, 11:43 AM
205340
all finished!

CiCiCreates
04-05-2019, 12:22 PM
I see you got really creative with the hair ornaments and that cute parasol! Great ideas, and the painted kimonos are beautiful too!

CiCiCreates
04-05-2019, 12:28 PM
How is everyone else coming? If anyone feels a bit uncertain about mailing their little dolls in an envelope (even a large bubble envelope), feel free to use a small box instead and I will send returns in same. Nanner’s dolls came through just fine, but if you have a doll a little bigger, and I just finished a 4” one, you may want to use a little sturdy box.

CiCiCreates
04-05-2019, 10:39 PM
OK, here's the 4" one. The rectangles I use for sleeves were just in a bag at Michaels, various sizes, and I have no idea what they are for

notinkansas
04-05-2019, 11:33 PM
So cute CiCi!!!

nanner
04-06-2019, 10:54 PM
Agreed! She's darling.

CiCiCreates
04-12-2019, 09:42 PM
Just checking in! Hope everyone is having fun creating kokeshis! What did you use for that cute parasol, NIK? I have seen the real ones with a parasol close to their body like that (since they were always carved of one piece, that's how the parasol is portrayed, no visible handle). I am doing another 4" one, and I found some 1 1/2" diameter wood drawer pulls at Home Depot. It has a slightly domed (convex) shape, and my son sawed it off at that point so I could use that as a parasol. Anxious to get to it and see how it works.

notinkansas
04-12-2019, 11:28 PM
Just a wooden disk I hoped was painted to look like a parasol. Guess I succeeded!

CiCiCreates
04-12-2019, 11:30 PM
Yes you did! Pretty cute.

cardgal
04-16-2019, 09:40 AM
Hello, sorry I need to tap out of this one. I'm not having fun painting these tiny things. As a matter of fact it's frustrating. Kudos to you guys, though.

CiCiCreates
04-16-2019, 11:48 AM
I’m so sorry, Cardgal! But I appreciate your honesty, and I have been frustrated myself with techniques that others find simple or fun. I think there may be kind of a knack (or maybe just practice) to painting tiny. I will sadly withdraw you, but hope you will follow along with us.

LindyLu
04-18-2019, 04:27 PM
So many adorable dolls in this swap! I'm buried in other projects or I would give this a go. :)

CiCiCreates
04-18-2019, 04:33 PM
Follow along and chat anytime, LindyLu! Hope you dig your way to the surface of your other projects and can join this swap eventually.

notinkansas
04-18-2019, 04:46 PM
Mailed today. Est. delivery date is Monday. :)

CiCiCreates
04-18-2019, 05:20 PM
Great, I will be watching for them!

CiCiCreates
04-19-2019, 08:38 PM
Anyone else want to make and receive some little Kokeshi dolls? Here is a TEASE - I am busy making some little player gifts now.....maybe posting a picture in a day or so.......please do join us!

nanner
04-19-2019, 11:35 PM
Gifties?! I might have to play all over again! :jiggy:

CiCiCreates
04-20-2019, 12:03 AM
Don’t worry, Nanner, you won’t be overlooked because you were an early bird!

CiCiCreates
04-20-2019, 10:27 PM
Here is a sampling of my little hostess gift for my players, 1" handmade kokeshi charms. I have about 10 of these made, to be included in everyone's returns. Talk about painting tiny!! You can put a chain through them, a cord, or whatever you like.

cardgal
04-20-2019, 10:51 PM
Hmm, maybe I will keep trying and see if I get better at it. I hated my uncrisp lines I think my paint needed thinned with water and it may go on better and smoother. If I get them to my liking I will rejoin. Haha

CiCiCreates
04-20-2019, 11:11 PM
Oh, I sure hope you can! Uncrisp lines might just need some practice. And paint consistency is important too. Keep on trying, and hope you can join us. I read that someone who had to "paint tiny" used a toothpick to make the strokes instead of a brush. I actually used the tip of a pin for the little charm features. Good luck to you, keep following us.

notinkansas
04-20-2019, 11:38 PM
Those charms are so very cute CiCi!

Bluesky
04-21-2019, 02:18 PM
Cici have you seen the Japanese paper scroll kokeshi dolls? Also called sayonara dolls too I think. You would have use the male peg doll blank to make them. The dolls have a scroll wrapped around them that you "write/draw etc" and decorative scroll cover/kimono on top

Bluesky
04-21-2019, 02:19 PM
Some examples

Bluesky
04-21-2019, 02:21 PM
Kinda like a domino book in doll form. Would be cool with illustrated haiku inside

CiCiCreates
04-21-2019, 02:51 PM
Wow, I love that! And no, I never saw those. A new Mail Art Swap idea! Combination of Kokeshi doll and Moley, if you draw art images on the scroll part. That is pretty cool!

CiCiCreates
04-21-2019, 02:58 PM
I guess I’m thinking of a rotational Swap. I’m going to see if Pinterest has any examples.

Bluesky
04-21-2019, 04:48 PM
Decide that scroll is x inches long...each person arts up x amount of inches....starter decides if a special theme..and creates doll base and outside cover. It could ship in same padded envelope as a moley. Oh yeah,. Go ahead and sign me up!

CiCiCreates
04-21-2019, 04:52 PM
Oh wow, it sounded like you were going to sign ME up! But seriously, it really does sound like a great one....

CiCiCreates
04-21-2019, 05:10 PM
Boy, this has really got me going! I think it’s a fascinating idea (but I feel no monopoly on hosting!). I wonder if the scroll should be left unattached and left to the last person to do, just might be easier to work on, and save on excess handling. What do you think? Would the whole back of the scroll be decorated by the originator, to become the “cover” when attached and rolled up? And as much as I love kokeshis, the standard peg doll base that everyone uses could be any kind of character, maybe specific to the art they want done on the scroll.

Bluesky
04-21-2019, 05:31 PM
A agree ...scroll unattached...doll can be any character...the scroll kokeshi I saw had a separate wrapper..if arted scroll becomes the wrapper..you need to treat it after as art could bleed through.

Bluesky
04-21-2019, 05:32 PM
Ship scroll inside paper towel tube so no squishing

CiCiCreates
04-21-2019, 05:38 PM
Great ideas!

Bluesky
04-21-2019, 05:44 PM
But if leave base doll behind...post pics to inspire the other artists

An. M. Sudyka
04-22-2019, 05:39 PM
Wow! what a challenge! sign me up for this swap.

CiCiCreates
04-22-2019, 07:07 PM
You got it!

CiCiCreates
04-22-2019, 07:12 PM
An, I hope you didn’t get confused by my chat with Bluesky, be sure you read the swap description and understand what you are signing up for, ok? (Lol, sorry for that, we got on a roll there).

CiCiCreates
04-23-2019, 12:02 AM
NIK, your little beauties have arrived, I so appreciate the extra!

JEBeck
04-24-2019, 09:57 AM
My dolls are on the way!

CiCiCreates
04-24-2019, 12:04 PM
Great, I will watch for them!

CiCiCreates
04-26-2019, 06:40 PM
Wow, Joyce, your dolls arrived today - that was really fast! They are all just so cute - I think everyone will love their returns, you are all doing such a great job on these. Joyce, I would be happy to post a picture of yours if that's OK.

JEBeck
04-26-2019, 08:03 PM
I wouldn't mind at all. Thank you!

Bluesky
04-26-2019, 10:17 PM
Almost done.

Bluesky
04-26-2019, 10:18 PM
My mother did say...oh I see you have the girls done. Sorry Mom I didn't make any guys.

notinkansas
04-26-2019, 10:41 PM
too cute Bluesky! I can't wait for returns!

CiCiCreates
04-27-2019, 12:43 AM
TOO CUTE, Bluesky!!

nanner
04-27-2019, 02:18 PM
Almost done.

Pretty Pretties all in a row!

CiCiCreates
04-27-2019, 07:07 PM
Here is a pic of the little beauties from Joyce (JEBeck).

nanner
04-27-2019, 08:41 PM
They are lovely! Thanks for posting a pic.

notinkansas
04-27-2019, 08:57 PM
So cute Joyce!

JEBeck
04-27-2019, 09:02 PM
Thanks for posting them CiCi. I need to learn how to do it. LOL

CiCiCreates
04-30-2019, 02:11 AM
Grab some Peg People or wood ball and egg shapes and join us! There is still plenty of time. Thin your acrylic paints to a consistency easier managed on these dimensional shapes, and allow yourself some practice time. You can use the tip of a toothpick to paint features and any short lines. A very narrow dowel or the end of a paintbrush handle (with a flat end) can be dipped into the paint and placed in a little circle to make flower designs. You can even use very small rubber stamps. Love to see you join us!

Bluesky
04-30-2019, 09:53 AM
Or to make dots, use these tools for your fingernail art to make dots of different sizes. Don't remember what they are called but they where very cheap.

CiCiCreates
04-30-2019, 11:30 AM
Oh it’s for the same thing! My sister was a nail tech, and she made flowers on my nails using the end of her paintbrush. She didn’t have those cute thingies (styluses?) but that was many years ago in a very small town...

Bluesky
04-30-2019, 01:39 PM
Bought them from Walmart....but they are on eBay if you don't have a beauty supply store around.

Bluesky
04-30-2019, 01:42 PM
Called two way dotting tool... there's another name?

nanner
04-30-2019, 07:23 PM
Lovely shares! I used to use the ends of skewers to make dots before another genius person mentioned those fabulous nail tools. Such a great idea at a great price! :idea:

An. M. Sudyka
05-02-2019, 06:34 PM
Mailed my wooden Kokeshi Dolls yesterday. They were fun and enjoyable to make.

CiCiCreates
05-02-2019, 06:36 PM
Great, I will be watching for them!

CiCiCreates
05-06-2019, 07:28 PM
Just received some really pretty little Kokeshis from An. M. Sudyka, they are lovely and colorful! An., may I post a picture so everyone can see?

CiCiCreates
05-07-2019, 08:04 PM
Here are the gorgeous little gals from An. m. Sudyka. They are only 3" tall, and you wouldn't believe the beautiful detail here - I had trouble capturing it.

notinkansas
05-07-2019, 08:12 PM
Oh so darling!!!

nanner
05-07-2019, 08:46 PM
They are all sooooooo (infinity) precious!

CiCiCreates
05-07-2019, 09:06 PM
Agreed, Nanner.......but ALL OF YOU are just knocking it out of the park. I'm really glad I decided to host this swap. And there is still time to make some and get them in the mail to me, for anyone interested. Returns will be really fun!

CiCiCreates
05-07-2019, 09:09 PM
And please don't feel obligated to make a host doll, if you feel you might have time to do 3, but maybe not 4 - it's OK.

notinkansas
05-07-2019, 09:55 PM
I can't wait for returns!!!

CiCiCreates
05-08-2019, 09:01 PM
I'm definitely going to need a shelf for these! The teal one has an upside-down candle cup body, with a ball head, bead bun, and hair pins. The light blue one is a "peg person" with bead buns and glued disc for parasol (idea borrowed from notinkansas)

notinkansas
05-08-2019, 10:07 PM
Oh my....two more cuties!!!!

Bluesky
05-15-2019, 08:45 PM
Mailed today

CiCiCreates
05-16-2019, 12:47 AM
I will be watching for them, Bluesky.

CiCiCreates
05-18-2019, 08:23 PM
Bluesky, your little ladies have arrived! Thanks so much for the extra, had a real hard time choosing, but I think it might be the red one with the teal butterfly. All are wonderful!

CiCiCreates
05-18-2019, 08:25 PM
All dolls have arrived, and since the 16th was my sign-up/withdrawal date, I think technically I could swap out any time now. But a text has been sent, so I will wait a couple of days and let you all know when they will be swapped out. You will love your returns!

CiCiCreates
05-21-2019, 04:52 PM
All little Kokeshi dolls were mailed out this morning. They should all be received by this Friday. I have all the individual tracking numbers, please PM if you want yours. It was a joy to swap these out, every doll was just so well done! Thanks so much for joining me in this swap, I’m kinda sad to see it end!

notinkansas
05-21-2019, 06:25 PM
ohhhh goody, goody, goody....can't wait! :jiggy::jiggy::jiggy:

Bluesky
05-21-2019, 10:16 PM
Yippee!!!!

nanner
05-21-2019, 10:22 PM
Bring it on!

notinkansas
05-24-2019, 01:34 PM
my little darlings arrived today! This was an awesome swap! Thanks Cici!!!

CiCiCreates
05-24-2019, 02:29 PM
So glad they arrived safely! Makes me realize I better get going with reps for those I traded with. I felt a little guilty playing, when each of you included a host doll in your “set”, thanks so much! It means I get two dolls from three of you (your host gift and the swapped one). I guess it’s ok for a host, just know that I love them all and appreciate everyone who played!

nanner
05-24-2019, 10:07 PM
Great swap, CiCi! Many thanks to all. Here's a piccy of my girls: nanner's, An's, Super K's and CiCi's. Off to leave rep's and an iTrader.

Bluesky
05-24-2019, 10:18 PM
Mine arrived .... Thanks to jcbeck, notinkansas and nanner. So lovely.

nanner
05-24-2019, 10:30 PM
Oh, CiCi...I almost forgot...thanks for the extra wee kokeshi delight! You are a great hostess. And so very generous. :wubclub:

CiCiCreates
05-29-2019, 09:29 PM
So glad you guys are pleased, and thanks for playing and making this such a fun swap! I just need to hear from a couple more players, and then I will be archiving this swap.

An. M. Sudyka
05-30-2019, 07:22 PM
This swap was unbelievable. All of the dolls I received, including a doll from you, are beautiful. Wonderful swap idea.
Thanks CiCi for hosting.

CiCiCreates
06-02-2019, 04:52 PM
I have heard from everyone now, I hope you all got your Rep Points, everyone did a great job! I will Archive this Swap now.