Autumn is here

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With it have come so many life changes. As you can probably tell from the post two months ago, some of the things were good and some of them were very stressful. I come to you now with mostly good news.

First and foremost, my partner and I have finally decided to stop waiting around, and we got married. It was the best decision for us both, and while married life is suspiciously similar to not-married life, knowing we’ve made that commitment is a wonderful thing. In addition to that, we have further been getting settled into the  new place and trying to pick back up where we left off. Unfortunately, my job is still insane, and the second job may just be proving more stressful than helpful, so it may be going away in another month or so.

Long story short, we’re really trying to get back to a good spot, where we’re working on commissions more regularly. Please bear with us. It’s been a long battle, ups and downs, highs and lows, but we’re still here, and we’re still trying to make it work. Currently in progress is the AoT commission:

We’re also working on the HxH Killua commission. Things are happening, just sometimes slower than we’d like because of real life. Thank you so much for sticking with us, and more will follow!

~Rikka

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One of those RL type posts…

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Hi everyone!

As you can see, it’s been quite some time since there’s been an update. There are reasons for that, and I hope you don’t mind if this post gets more personal. I usually like to keep that sort of thing to the minimum. I know you guys are here to see dolls and crafts, but a lot of what I’m going to say ties into them as well.

The length of my/our absence stems from many factors hitting at once. At the beginning of April, I started a brand new job in a completely different industry than I’ve been in for most of my life. And then barely three weeks there and a golden opportunity fell into my lap for us to get a new and bigger place. Considering that our old place could barely hold us, much less all our crafting needs, I jumped on it. At that same time, we were also preparing for Anime Central. All of that made spring of 2014 a mighty clusterhump of very important events. Time for sewing and faceups and most of anything involving dolls that wasn’t stock for the con just dwindled and all but vanished. We got our apartment keys the day we left for ACen, and it has been a giant roller coaster since.

I’m bringing this up because I have been trying to work on commissions. Commissions that I’ve had since last year that I’m incredibly grateful the customers have been so patient with me, as it’s literally been one thing after another since fall of last year. That being said, it might sound like excuses, but all of this up and down came with a massive fluctuation of emotions and manic-depressive bursts. I didn’t touch my sewing machine for over a month, the idea of doing anything sent me into anxiety. This week, after we finally got settled and unpacked the last box, I took a deep breath, turned on my sewing machine and got to work.

Again, I have to thank everyone that is waiting on a commission from me from the bottom of my heart. I don’t know what I would do without your patience and your understanding. I was scared of what would happen if I admitted to people that were relying on me that I was having issues. And I realized that artists in general face heavy burdens, not only in their personal lives surrounding their art, but within the hobby as well. I look around me and I see other tailors that can make beautiful things. Sometimes better, sometimes faster, and I’m in awe. I’m inspired. But I’m also sometimes jealous and self-conscious. When I was working on the AoT jacket, got all the way to the finishing touches and realized I would have to do it over again, I was heartbroken. I was discouraged. And it took me this long to convince myself that that’s okay. It’s going to happen, it has to happen for us to fall down and then get back up to make it better.

As of right now, I’m cutting out the new pattern pieces for the jacket. I’m picking up the Killua commission I’ve had since before the con again. I’m going to get myself together and do this. But I wanted to make sure you all knew. More than just another email with my reasons laid out in the hopes that you’ll be patient still, but also to those of you that follow and wonder why there haven’t been posts. Or even if you’re another artist passing by and happen to read this. I fell down, but I’m getting back up. It’s been a long wait, and I am truly sorry. But I love my dolls, I love the hobby, I love my customers and their ideas, and I love Crimson Chimera too much to lose any of it.

Thank you for sticking with me, and please look forward to good things to come.

~Rikka

Moving Day!

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Tomorrow is moving day! Commissions are on hold until Sunday so we can safely get the dollies to their new home. Can’t wait to play with dolls in a bigger place!

Crimson Chimera: A picture story…

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So this is the life of a new job, getting ready to move, dolly commissions, and AnimeCentral con prep told in pictures…

As you can see, there’s a lot going on! In case you wanted more in-the-moment updates, you can follow our Twitter or Instagram to see what we’re up to. Sometimes, it’s easier and faster to update there than it is to do here.

Looking forward to seeing you at AnimeCentral!

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Exciting news!

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But first, this cutie:

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This is Luna, and she’s belongs to the lovely hellsingcountess. She stayed with me for a couple of months while I learned her size. She falls into that not quite YoSD but not even remotely MSD category of about 27cm. It was finally time to send her back home to her dolly-mama with a cute little outfit and matching bows.

Now for the REALLY exciting news. I have a new job. :D Long story short, my old one was sucking my soul out, and after a series of really successful interviews with what I hope is a wonderful company, I will be starting my new work on April 1st. Now, here’s what this means for my lovely commission customers! I have this week off of work. I am doing everything in my power to get to as much of my commission work as possible. Sylvyr and I are also looking at apartments and planning to move. The more I can get done, the better. Bear with me while we work through this muddle. This is a really exciting opportunity for me, and hopefully, it’ll mean better things overall. I just wanted to let all of you know so that as we worked through things, you were all in the loop. I will be sending out individual emails as well, and if you have any questions, you’re more than welcome to let me know.

Stay tuned!

~Rikka

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Post Con Update

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Hello everyone!

First of all, to everyone that we met and talked to at the con, thank you for stopping by our table! We were glad to meet you, your dollies and geek out with you! Katsucon is always such a good con for us, with lots of talented artists, beautiful cosplayers, and of course you wonderful doll owners that take the time to visit us. We hope that we’re able to come back and visit next year!

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It’s been a bit of a roller coaster since we got back though. Pretty much everyone in the entire studio, with the exception of MCalhen (who didn’t get to go to this con) ended up with some kind of plague. It made the drive back home a lot longer than it should have been, and eventually resulted in me going to the ER last Friday night.

Unfortunately, this means that any commissions or things I had intended to pick back up when I got home were dropped to the wayside while I choked down antibiotics and got through the worst of it. Almost two weeks later, and I’m finally starting to feel normal. Heather is still a little behind me on the mend but working on it. I think we’ll finally be able to get back up and running this weekend. I sincerely apologize to everyone that has commissions waiting on us, and I promise we’ll be going at full throttle as soon as humanly and healthily possible.

Be on the lookout for some updates to come, especially as we move into the weekend. I’d really like to get back to playing with dolls very soon. Again, thank you all for the support, and we’ll be back with updates very soon!

~Rikka

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Rival Hearts Commission

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Good evening, friends! Coming at you again with another commission post. This time, the commission is for the lovely artist and co-author of the webcomic Rival Hearts! She and I started writing the project at the beginning of 2011, and while real life has slowed us down, we haven’t given up on it, and we will be showing off the resin muses of our two main characters at Katsucon next month.

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So without further ado, meet KD and Ria! KD is a Resinsoul Song and Ria is a 5StarDoll Ji.

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Don’t be fooled by the cover. Things have happened. People were injured.

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Clothing needed to be changed!

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And their doll counterparts need to be appropriately dressed for where they are in the story. So here we are! The patterns and fabric pulls for their new clothes for the next chapter of the story.

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KD’s tunic is going to be done using an Asian inspired design, as you can see from the Simplicity pattern. (Don’t worry, I’m not going to put him in a dress, though I can only guess he’d wear it with a laugh and still carry on like a BAMF, so it’s all good.) I’m going to modify one of the shirt patterns for him. Ria is going to get a lovely little medieval inspired costume as you can see pictured in the upper right hand side. Since they spend a lot of time outdoors in the forest, some woodsy, non-flashy fabric colors have been chosen. I’ve been dying to put Ria in red, so this is my chance.

Stay tuned! There will be more updates to come! And if you want to get caught up on the comic before Katsucon, you can find it HERE.

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Attack on Titan – Levi Commission

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We’re a little over two weeks to Katsucon and busily working to get ready. While we’re preparing stock, we’re also working on commissions. One of them is Levi from Attack on Titan. Otherwise known as this guy:

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I’ve never seen the series, so all I really know about him is that he’s short, he likes to clean things, and he kills giant uncanny valley type monsters while flying through the air wearing bondage straps. Okay, then. Let the fun begin!

This is Livi. He will be my model.

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Livi is a Fairyland MiniFee Shushu on the newest DollZone 1/4 body. Which means he exactly matches the body type for the doll this commission is for.

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The first thing you’re going to see are the boots we spec’d out for the commission. These are DollHeart MS000497 MSD shoes. As you can see, the DZ legs are a bit on the slender side, leaving some gap in the boots. This is good, as the pants and those weird straps will need to be tucked into the boots. Though they don’t go as high to the knee, the flap in the front is a pretty close match.

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Lastly for this post, here is the first fabric pull for the commission. I’m going to go with a white knit for the pants, green cotton for the cloak and a faux suede material for the apron under the belt at the hips. I’ll be making a run to settle on the brown for the coat and pick up the leather for the straps and that will be in the next update for this commission.

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I couldn’t help the pose. :D Stay tuned for more on this and other updates to come!

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Speeding to the new year

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Hello everyone! It sure does feel like 2013 sped by and now it’s just about 2014. A lot of exciting things happened this year, and there are even more to come soon!

The St. Louis BJD Convention was a wonderful experience yet again for us. The con is in its second year, and Crimson Chimera was warmly welcomed and treated wonderfully. We were able to connect with other wonderful vendors and dolly craftsmen. It might have been small, but it was mighty, and we participated in couture contests, tea parties and different crafting workshops. I highly recommend that if you’re able to get to it, it’s a wonderful weekend spent with awesome doll folks.

Before heading out to the con, we worked on a couple of new things. Including customizing our wa-loli pattern to not only accommodate 65+ BDJ girls (like SuperGem and DollZone) but also went teeny tiny for Monster High ladies! It’s exciting because in addition to our resin kids, Sylvyr and I have a great fondness for Monster High (especially wishing that they were around when we were kids). So now we have wa-loli patterns in Monster High, YoSD, MSD, SD, and SD13/17/SuperGem.

Sylvyr also managed to work on some faces and customization, including the lovely lady pictured above. She is a Luts Lishe on a SuperGem body, and some mods were done to the neck to make it workable, but the resin match is wonderfully perfect and completes a grail doll for me.

In the next couple of weeks, there are going to be some changes to the website. The theme will probably be updated, and in addition, I’ll be working on ways to make the galleries more streamlined and easy to look at.

For now, you can see our Clothing Gallery and our Aesthetics Gallery by clicking the links here or on the sidebar.

Last but not least, Crimson Chimera will be going to Katsucon! If you’re going to be there, please stop by with your dolls and say hello! We’re hoping to have some new items on the table for you to browse and we’re always happy to chat bjds and anime. We might even have some cosplay surprises up our sleeves as well. Hope to see you there!

This might be it before we slip into the holidays. There are a ton of family obligations at this time of year, but if you want more on the spot updates, please check our Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ALL OF US AT CRIMSON CHIMERA!

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Time to be awesome…

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Today’s awesome brought to you by coffee.

Later today, there will be updated faceup pictures and hopefully some sewing successes. Happy Sunday!

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