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Author: Virgo's Alchemy

One of a Kind Figurative Art Doll Artist and Artisan Soap Maker for the Strange and Unusual
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WIP Update Alice Madness Returns Art Doll

Virgo's Alchemy WIP: Alice Liddell

Almost completed, and several other projects in the pipeline! Here is the latest on Alice and her progress! I just recently decided to add a doll at her feet, so sculpting is still taking place on that. It's a miracle that I've been able to pick up where I left off so many months ago...it's not easy to put anything on hold that long, but I feel very good about it. Alice's face sorta reminds me of Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones, and no, that was not intentional lol.

I really hope you like her, she will be the first project I've completed in quite awhile, and only the beginning of many more to come!

Thank you for your interest and support! Hopefully I will have the Etsy Shoppe open soon so I can start offering some of our Strange and Unusual Creations for sale once more!

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Getting used to a whole new world...

Well, for the most part, we have made our transition into our new home.  I must admit, it is very heartwarming to wake up and see such a beautiful fairy-tale setting right in front of my kitchen window!  We have 12 resident mule deer, of which we have given names to about 9 of the regulars... there is Gilgamesh, a large buck who we have grown to love dearly; Bruiser, an even larger buck who is the wise old man of the group; Peeps, who got her name from peaking through the windows at me while I'm cooking and even while in the bathroom; Bam Bam, a tiny 1st year buck who is constantly getting put into his place by his older siblings but always comes back for more; Bella, the mother of many of the younger deer who are growing up rather beautifully.

  Bella was the first deer to introduce herself to us before we bought our house - she was here to let us know we were welcome to the neighborhood.  Then there is also Spike, Bambi, Snot Face, and Pisser...yes, Pisser - constantly peeing to mark territory around our tree line...

Gilgamesh and Bruiser chillin in the front yard

Getting my temporary studio setup while we construct our more permanent solution has been interesting.  I'm currently working from our loft area, which is actually quite nice.  We have hardwood floors throughout so it cuts down on dirt and debris really well. The fact that we have no cell phone signal at all out here sorta sucks, but, who honestly "needs" a cell phone? We get decent internet service, good enough to do basic things - fine with me!

However, the most challenging part has been getting used to the difference a higher altitude makes on everything - and I mean EVERYTHING.  I often say we are approx 9100 feet in elevation, but I was just informed we are more like 9600 ft.  The biggest change has been the drastic decrease in humidity compared to Florida and the longer curing times and higher temps required for polymer clay.  I haven't even attempted at making a soap batch yet, but I'm sure it will be just as funky to get used to.

Right now I've noticed that my clay is a lot drier, and it takes me much longer to prepare it so I can actually use it.  I'm going to switch from my normal mix of FIMO Pro, Cernit, and Prosculpt and just use FIMO Pro and Cernit.  I've been playing with mix ratios, and even attempted to add some mineral oil to my clays because they seem very dry and crumbly - something I can't STAND.  I like a nice soft clay texture that holds detail well and smooths effortlessly.  When I use my flat bone tool to smooth my clay it tends to tear and that is a big no-no for me.

The clay isn't the only thing that has been drying out either.... my hands are a wreck!  I've been using tons of moisturizers and oils to keep my skin from becoming irritated - I can see now that I must develop a soap that can combat this extreme dry climate - no problem!

What's next on the agenda?

At the moment, I'm working on getting familiar with all my supplies and the higher altitude. I'm currently working on finishing my American McGee inspired Alice. She is coming along again real nice and I'm looking to have her completed within a very short period of time. During our move, she shifted around a bit and I had to do some minor repairs, but nothing serious happened to her, and I'm looking forward to spending lots of time getting her finished up.

It will take me some time to get to know how to function in this higher altitude - I will document everything for my future reference as well as a resource for those who might also be going through a similar transition.  As always, thanks for checking out my blog and Happy Holidays!

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Check out my updated Inspirations Page!

Artwork from American McGee's Alice Madness Returns One thing that I've been granted during this transition period, is time to work on the Virgo's Alchemy website. I'm pleased to say that my new "My Inspiration" page has been updated with some of my most favorite music and videos and I plan to continue adding to this section. Hopefully, you will find it inspiring too. Most often, I will play videos from this list while working and it helps create the perfect environment and working condition for me to create my artwork and bubbly masterpieces. You can click here to view this updated page, scroll towards the bottom to reach the video gallery!
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Unboxing and Review of the SH Figuarts Poseable Figure!

SHFigurereviewFinding a good reliable reference for poses can be difficult. Wooden mannequins are great for general visual aid, but if you want something that will allow you to really create life-like visual references for poses, then look no further than SH Figuarts Poseable Figures! High Quality and highly articulated, this tiny little gem works wonders! Check out my video of the unboxing and complete review of this invaluable sculpting reference tool!
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Update: Past, Present and Future!

co1This Summer has flown by, we can't believe how fast it went!  Well, we haven't fallen off the face of the Earth - but we have been very busy getting ourselves settled and ready to face the Winter Holidays - Western style!  I will be picking up my artwork again this Winter... Read more
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Slowly moving, but still coming along! WIP: Alice Madness Returns Art Doll

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Well, we are officially moving on Friday, so I'm not sure if I will have Alice completed by then or not.  I'm really looking forward to having a much nicer working studio and the mountain view for inspiration 🙂  Here is a shot of her progress thus far!  Still needs a LOT more painting, sculpting of arms and hands, wigging etc...they always look so strange at this stage heheh...  She is sculpted from a blend of FIMO Professional and Prosculpt clays over wire armature that is reinforced with a rod system to support the weight of her massive evil slayin hobby horse.  The base is hand-painted wood and 2 part epoxy over heavy duty wire armature.

Our move to Colorado has greatly slowed the progress of this project, but it is a sacrifice well worth the making.

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Moving out West!

colorado_sunflowersMy family and I have made the decision to go to Colorado instead of Washington state due to a more diverse climate with less rain. If I were a single lady, I'd be moving to Washington because I simply love it there - I love rain and everything is so damp and green... but, I realize that Colorado is just as beautiful and will offer us all the adventure, beauty and the elevation that we know has been calling to us... Read more
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Progress on Alice!

Alice Madness Returns inspired WIPIt's been all too long since my last update, last post - last anything! Here is a little sneaky peaky of one of the elements I'm adding to my American McGee Alice Madness Returns art doll project! If you are familiar American McGee, then surely this little piggy will make you squeal...or rather *snort snort* Read more
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Virgo's Alchemy: Home of the "Winged Soap"

It is important for everyone to find their "niche" and mine certainly made itself well known early in life. Fairies are a HUGE inspiration to me, as is the entire Fantasy and SciFi world. My "Winged" soaps are a Virgo's Alchemy original, and I'm very happy to present them to you, my valued customers, to enjoy!

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Queen of Hearts Soap

Cold Process, high quality ingredients, gorgeous unique design - what more could you ask for in a soap? Queen of Hearts is in limited quantity (although I may just add this one to my permanent line) order now on Etsy! Only a few more available, don't miss out!

For ingredients and other "specs" check out the listing on Etsy!

All my soaps come steamed, planed and/or beveled, looking and smelling their very best!

NOTE: My Soaps are just that - SOAP. Please do not try to eat, drink or conjure magickal creatures with them....ok, well that last one is up to you, but seriously, my Soaps do NOT prevent, treat or otherwise "cure" anything and they certainly are not meant to be eaten - although they look quite delicious! They are meant to smell, appropriately use, show-off in your bathroom or kitchen area, start conversations etc. The ingredients have their known properties, of which most of you already know, so I'm not going to bore you with that! Just know my products come PACKED with awesome ingredients and will leave you wanting more. No Detergents, No Phthalates, No Preservatives, No Glycols, No Parabens!!

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