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I buried a doll in sand today. Then I dug her up, pretending that I was finding a precious, lost relic.

This photo shoot was for a project Iíll tell you about later. I would never do this with a resin doll, but porcelain doesnít get stained by dirt or scratched by the soil particles, so it was relatively safe. However, I was a little concerned about it getting inside the spring mechanism and between the joints, so I chose to bury her in sand as opposed to soil, because the grains are larger and can be vacuumed out once they dry. I was able to brush most of the sand off her skin pretty easily, but she still needs a wipe down and a vacuum. She sounds worse than she looks, because her joints grate with the sand stuck between them. But sheíll be alright. It was a fun experiment.
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:iconcasey-aitken:
Casey-Aitken Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional Artist
Beautiful just wow!
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:iconjrockchocolate:
JRockChocolate Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is absolutely stunning. I am in love with this photo. The idea was perfect and there is so much emotion in just one photo. Thank you for this.
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:iconanelir:
Anelir Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist
Beautiful shot. You are a brave person >< How long did it take you to get all that sand out of her joints and hair (dislikes sand XD )
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:iconacucello:
Acucello Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
I just discoverd your work, it's stunning ! 
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:iconzerrin-leon:
Zerrin-Leon Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow....I want to 'find' a treasure just like her on the beach too......you & your dolls bring my imagination to life thanks for all your wonderful pics
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:iconchobek:
Chobek Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work touches on so many things I like. You dolls seem so fragile and personal...and tender...beautiful.
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:iconfollowintheblackbird:
FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
To be honest she really is lovely just as she is in this shot. I'm glad you got pictures.
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:icon92kickstart:
92KICKSTART Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student General Artist
crazy detail =o
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:iconjaynhollybunny:
jaynhollybunny Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks as though you found a magical fairy-tale like creature in the ground. Wonderful.
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:iconshimamura81:
Shimamura81 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Ok, You are a genius!
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:iconakainishi:
AkaiNishi Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, so beautiful~
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:iconeponabri:
eponabri Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting experiment. You are braving than I am.
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:iconnemo-is-dead:
nemo-is-dead Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012   Artist
where did you get this doll?
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:iconilvmakindolls:
ilvmakindolls Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I seen this shoot on your blog today and WOW!!!! So beautiful!
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:icondarklittlepeople:
DarkLittlePeople Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
this is kinda morbid, and you weren't probably going for it, but i love it !
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:iconjennifermulkerrin:
JenniferMulkerrin Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
so incredibly beautiful! Your idea is so neat too :D
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:icondaphnesecretgarden:
Daphnesecretgarden Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
So tragically beautiful!!! :tears::love::tears:
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:iconzombiehun:
ZombieHun Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awe, you shoulda left her the way she was when you dug her up. that sand and dirt could have been part of the artwork for her
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:iconsharlytoon:
sharlytoon Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i wanna found thinks like this.. hahahha cool effect.. and really when i see this pic, i think u FIND the DOLL but well as u said, u buried in sand, i like that dolls, and u have a great piece of art there =D congratulations, in my opinion U FOUND A FAIRY DEATH..
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:iconmusou-enrai:
Musou-Enrai Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist
Nice figures! :) They look pretty fexible.
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:iconthe-whist-hound:
The-whist-hound Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Ohh so pretty, how much does a doll like that one go for? ^_^
Also, I hope the vacuumin went well ;)
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:iconmearl:
Mearl Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwwww... Looks like she's going to open her eyes and turn alive.....
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:iconpirlipat:
Pirlipat Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
sad...
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:iconkristinellinson:
KristinEllinson Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing job! Hopefully you will be able to get all of the sand out of her joints.
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:iconabi-m:
abi-m Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Wow!! very interesting, I'm hoping for more about the project, really beautiful idea (=
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:iconfrozen-vampiress:
Frozen-Vampiress Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cooool♥ Good to know it's safe, I was thinking about the horrible sound of the nasty sand between her joints XD It hurt's to think "what if it gets damaged or scratched?"
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:iconviccinoel:
Viccinoel Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool experiment. I would love to find such a treasure!!!!!!
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:iconcorrupttessa:
corruptTessa Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Aghhhhhhh, She is beauteous *O*
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:iconafricanimages:
africanimages Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Lovely!
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:iconhighxtops:
HighxTops Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student General Artist
She so pretty..
and i love the shot. And im a fan of BJD dolls. But may i ask what type of doll this is? Ive never seen a porcelain one before.
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:iconshereynia:
shereynia Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
she did them her self
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:iconhighxtops:
HighxTops Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student General Artist
really? thats really cool <3
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:iconvampirize:
Vampirize Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing photo and creation.
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:iconbe-rus-ka:
be-rus-ka Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
This picture is beautiful. And I would say taht she really is a precious relic :-)
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:iconinvaderzimbabe14:
invaderzimbabe14 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She's so beautiful 0.0
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:icondcf:
dcf Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
it is a precious relic.
Great, forever.
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional
nice
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:iconsnugglebunny84:
SnuggleBunny84 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
i want one of these dolls so bad lol
Love the pic!
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:iconmixxi90:
mixxi90 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
omg omg >< i love your dolls to much so it hurts to see this QQ >< srry ><

but she still looks nice even covered in sand
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:iconpredator-bbs:
Predator-bbs Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
awesome *_*
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:iconzstudi:
ZStudi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
For some reason when I look at this I think of a girl who was buried alive and wasn't saved in time... very sad.
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:iconsylvialeticia:
SylviaLeticia Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ciao Marina... I am a 3D Artist who posts in Renderosity. But even before that, I am a Doll Collector. Since I was small I started loving dolls, and even made my own paper ones. My Dad got my first Barbie Doll when I was 10 years old.
Navigating, I found your Unique Site... with your INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL DOLLS.
I must tell You, I do admire all You have done... You are truly a Special Artist!!!!!!
I suscribed to your newsletter... but I would love to know, if someday You are going to sell again your Lovely Dolls. I dream one day I can own one ;-)

With Admiration & Respect, I wish You the best & send greetings... Sylvia Leticia
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:icongiovanino:
giovanino Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
my wife sylvia is enchanted with your work. and has dreams of one day owning one of your art doll little people.
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:iconke17:
KE17 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this. Hauntingly sad, yet beautiful.
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:iconleanamee101:
LeanaMee101 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely shot. I hope she gets a good cleaning after this~
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:iconxxxchaoticresolvexxx:
XxXChaoticResolveXxX Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I want a doll like that!
Very pretty... Where did you get her? Or did you make her? :)
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:iconleanamee101:
LeanaMee101 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
They're BJD dolls. Extremely expensive but you can find them in a lot of places by simply searching "Ball Joint Dolls"
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tvlookplay Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i would buy one for art purposes but i saw after my first search that theyre 150 dolloars or something :omfg:

going that far would only be suspicious ;p
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:iconendless-spirit:
endless-spirit Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012   Traditional Artist
These are made of porcelain and start around 5000 $ for a nude one. Others are up to 20000 $. Unbelievable but true!
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:icontvlookplay:
tvlookplay Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
who in there right mind... :O
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