Recently I was shopping online for a certain Ever After High character – more about her another time… The seller also happened to have another doll available. Briar Beauty from the “Spring Unsprung” line. I had never considered buying this doll before, but at a good price and just one shipping cost for two items, I thought, why not. This is how people run out of shelf space…
What I did not notice in the photo was that she was somewhat beat up…
- she was dirty and musty all over, there was a stain on her dress
- the paint on her lips and her flower crown had partially rubbed off
- some of the hairs had been ripped out of her colourful strands in the front
- the rest of her hair looked fine too me, but it desperately needed washing, which meant that the style would be lost
She was also missing her necklace – that part I had noticed before the purchase – and her handbag looked like someone nibbled at one of its corners 😀 I was fully aware I was buying a used doll, but from photo online – taken from afar, I thought it was a used doll coming from a collector, but clearly not.
First of all, I gave her a bath and boil-washed her hair. Next, I put the straw curlers in. I followed the advice from this video by JLantis: https://youtu.be/TTi95Z96VG4 .
After it dried for two days, I took the straws out.
I borrowed my husband’s paints (with permission :)) which he uses to paint his Warhammer and Warmashine minatures and I touched up the dolls’ lips and headdress. I even decided to add in some more detail.
A mixture of the colours “Sanguine Base” and “Sanguine Highlight” happened to match her lips perfectly!
I also trimmed her ripped hairs as low as I could.
Even though there was nothing wrong with her shoes, I went on a painting spree and coloured in some details there as well.
As for her necklace, I did not feel like I would be able to recreate the original one, neither did I feel the need to. I took a polymer clay rose, shaded it with the above-mentioned colours and glued it to a ribbon, creating a choker of sorts. It simply ties around her neck.
The final result:
Spending some time working on this doll has helped me really appreciate her. Not long ago I barely remembered a doll like this existed and I never felt the need to own her, but now I am so impressed by her rich, extravagant design. This doll has helped me to remember and re-experience a better era of Ever After High, so I too don’t mind helping her shine again.
More photos of Briar coming soon 🙂