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This weblog is also based on emails I write with other ScoonimDoll enthousiasts. Of course I only publish an email or a part of it with permission of my respondent.

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By: Koen
update: Thursday, december 22, 2011
Subject: ScoonimDoll Chrismas card

Actually I am way too busy to make pics. I am trying to finish the last parts of my ScoonimDoll developments in order to start ‘production’ in January. But since Chrismas is a perfect opportunity to make beautiful pics, I could not let it pass. I was also very curious to know how people would react to my ScoonimDoll Chrismas card. Especially the ladies from the painting group. They do not know about ScoonimDolls and I thought it to be wise to gently inform them by now about my ‘side bussiness’.
Yesterday evening at the gathering of the group we exchanged Chrismas cards. And then something happened I did not expect.... They did not respond! No cooing, no exulting, no whispering not even gossiping or, at least not in my presence.... One of the ladies asked me who the gorgeous model was on the card. I simply replied that it was doll to be used for animations.... And that was all. I still do not know what to make of it. But most likely they did not comprehend what was the message underneath.



Some other pics I made of Stellai for my Chrismas gallery.






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By: Koen
update: Thursday, december 15, 2011
Subject: Painting without ScoonimDoll

After summerholidays this year I decided that I needed a distraction. I found it in attending a painting group every week on wednesday evening. It is nice to be free from my regular creative work and fill some time with just recreative sketching and painting. The group consisted of nine decent ladies and a coaching artist, Thom Boekhoven (http://www.thomboekhoven.nl/index-eng.htm).
Being occupied with design sketching in my regular work, my project for painting during this course was creating a vivid background. So I have spend most of my time during the painting course on building a forest. Except for one little spot to be filled later.
Curiosity grew. The forest became more and more dark and impressive for which I was praised many times by the ladies, eventhough some thought it to a bit scary. Yesterday I decided to finish the project and reveal the plot by filling in the blank spot on the painting. A lovely little niche with red pluche on the walls and just one single tiny little bar stool covered in red light in the middle . “Oh, it is a magical forest. we can imaging it with little elves!” the ladies cooed. I decided to respond with a gentle smile.
I attend this group now for 4 months, which is not a very long time. So obviously they still do not know what to expect from me.


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By: Koen
update: Sunday, december 11, 2011
Subject: ScoonimDoll clothing (2)

This week I finished the prototype of the blouse. The design may look rather common and in fact it is. But I needed this project to test another invention. Because of my experience with the daisy shorts I have thought of a new system to make clothing.
As always my solution is rather unconventional but it gets the job done and saves a hell of a lot of time without any qualityloss. I upgraded the pattern I designed for the sleeveless blouse I designed earlier and managed to make the complete blouse in only 2(and a half) evening with absolutely perfect fit and flat seams. Yesss!!

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By: Koen
update: Friday, december 2, 2011
Subject: ScoonimDoll clothing (1)

Making clothing for a ScoonimDoll is realy difficult. The pattern has to be perfect and there is hardly any space for tolerance in the making. The ones amongst you that have tried, know what I am talking about. Recently I have made daisy shorts for Stellai.... It was painstaking. I found some thin cotton blanket (no stretch!!) with a print in blue on one side that, when rescaled, would look like jeans textiles. The daisy shorts took me more than a week to make (evening hours). I had to completely adjust the pattern 3 times to find the perfect fit. Because the use of velcro is not an option (far too thick and rude) and there are no zippers in this size I had to come up with a innovative zipper replacement as well. I have thought of an ingenious stainless wire ‘zipper’ which I managed to implement invisible in the seams. And it works! I am still thrilled about it. The shorts are stunningly real and have a perfect tight fit. But given the huge amount of time it took to make the shorts, it is likely that this is the most expensive daisy shorts on this planet.

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From: Koen
To: Alex
Sent: Friday, November 25, 2011
Subject: Re: About mentioning skin ScoonimDolls not perfect

Hi Alex,

I am aware that my previous email does not flatter ScoonimDolls. But sharp-edge technology and innovative things that are produced in small quantities have a big risk to suffer from child-disease. ScoonimDolls are no exception to this rule. I know that writing about possible child-diseases is tricky, but ScoonimDolls are very complex to make, so there is always a chance of something going not perfect. I think it is important for my clients to know this as well.

Kind regards,

Koen

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From: Alex
To: Koen
Sent: Friday, November 25, 2011
Subject: About mentioning skin ScoonimDolls not perfect

Hello, Koen!

Certainly, I don't object. You can publish this in the blog if you find it necessary. I hope it will be useful also for other fans of Scoonim Dolls.

The best regards,

Alex.

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From: Koen
To: Alex
Sent: Friday, November 25, 2011
Subject: Re: Cleaning a ScoonimDoll.

Hello Alex,

Of course you can clean a ScoonimDoll. But you have to be gentle. The skin is not porous, so moisture has little grip on it. Most of it will come off with a gentle brush (fur-haired). When this is not sufficient you can put the ScoonimDoll in a tub with roomtemperatured water and a little soft soap. And then wash the moisture of using the gentle brush. Realy rubbing the skin with soap and water or afterwards with a towel is not a good idea. The skin realy is as soft as babyskin and the topcoat that seals the coloring layer is only 10-30 micron thick and therefore vulnerable. One of the parts of my production organization is to make instruction videos about subjects like cleaning.

As for your suggestion to use more proof paint, I have to tell you that I am experimenting with it, but this will take considerable time. For rubbermaterial as soft and stretchabele as ScoonimDoll skin there is no paint on the market. So I need to develop this myself. But there are many problems to deal with like stretchability, hardening, absorbsion, hardness, UV stability, adhesion, preparation and usage. The current solution for the skin may not be perfect, but when handled with some care, it is acceptable for now.

Kind regards,

Koen

One question I have for you. Would you mind if I publish this mail-exchange in my website blog?

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From: Alex
To: Koen
Sent: Friday, November 25, 2011
Subject: Cleaning a ScoonimDoll.

Hello, Koen!

I read there are some difficulties with the washing of the doll. I think it is rather important question. This doll can be used for photosessions and other manipulations and it can casually become soiled. May be it makes sense to use a more proof paint or - If it is impossible - to develop a detailed instruction about cleaning and washing the doll: what is possible and what is impossible.

The best regards,

Alex.

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