Sunday, 27 January 2013

Peggy Sue's Surgery - Part Three

In between battling making a photo album with photobox - just when you think they album is all finished you save it, it crashes and then you find over half the photos haven't really gone in the album!  Grrr...frustrating! I have been working on Peggy Sue.  She has been my calming focus over the last many hours including yesterday evening.

Her body is almost ready for sealing now.  Not sure whether to use a wax or linseed oil...

I'm really pleased with you she has come up 

I'm loving her little feet.

Her hands are definitely so much better!

Still some finishing touches to attend to.

Of course the question now is do I do her head & face and if so will she become someone else?


  1. Very nice! I have wanted to do this to Sally, but I'm so afraid I will ruin her.
    May I ask exactly what you used to strip her paint?

  2. She might be too greatly changed if you strip her face. You might regret it forever.

    I think you could improve the appearance of her face repairs though. Blending and layering colours to match the patina and shades of her face--think several thin layers and subtle gradations, feathering and blending them out to the original paint.

    I can't believe how brave you have been to do her body though, and her hands are remarkable. She will definitely be able to play instruments better now.

    1. Thank you jjbks (name?) for taking the time to write such a wonderful thoughtful comment. She had been so badly repainted that I felt I just had to strip her hands, which of course led to her whole body. Her face has been repainted at some stage as well, it is not original, but is 'her'. That is why she has the chips as the paint had 'bubbled'. I am really not sure what to do about her face. I am inclined to leave it and may attempt to repair her with your helpful advice. Will have to get some decent paints first to see if I can blend the colours. I will still think on it of course. Thanks again, now I am off to have a look at your blog to see if I can work out who you are! ;-)

    2. Sorry Lorraine, I should have thought you wouldn't know me. Judy from Canada. I "met" you briefly on Ravelry and started reading your delightful blogs.

      I only breeze into Ravelry now and then, and I'm off again--just not a group person--prefer books.

    3. Ah yes, I thought your initials were vaguely familiar. I find it hard to keep up with the groups, but like it for the motivation they give me to knit as motivation is a struggle at the moment for me. Thank you again Judy for taking the time to comment and so glad you are enjoying my blogs.

      I love reading as well, what sort of books do you enjoy?

    4. I mostly like non-fiction books on history, art history, biographies, poetry, crafts or art techniques. I like mysteries as long as they aren’t violent. I occasionally read science fiction. I have two books on hold from the library which I am keen to read, and they are biographies with lots of history: The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal and The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock.

      That’s the sort of thing I like, I’ll try anything though.

      Peggy Sue is going to get a facelift I see. I am in awe. I can’t believe someone glued the wig on top of wet paint. With your care and attention she will look so much better I am sure.

    5. Oh I do hope so! I wasn't going to after reading your comment, but then I had a good look at her and was quite shocked so thought I might as for a penny in for a pound as the saying goes!

      I will have to have a look at those two books you mention. I like a mixture of books again like mysteries as long as not to violent and like things with historical fiction. Not so keen on science fiction. Since getting my Kindle I have read a far wider variety of books than I ever had before...I try the free books, and then if I like something know to explore that author further. Nothing beats the smell and feel of a real book though! My book lists are on my Balancing Kiwi blog.

  3. I always wanted to read the free book available of Lytton Strachey's Eminent Victorians, but I don't have a reader and I find it difficult to read off a regular monitor.

    I see you have Lee Child on your books list—my husband and I both like him. There is a Canadian author, Louis Penny, who writes excellent mysteries in a series with detectives from the province of Quebec—you might like her if you can scrounge her up over there.

    I also see a fictional book on your list called The Terror which I assume is about the French Revolution. I read a good non-fiction book called The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792--1794 by Graeme Fife. After reading that I bought a deck of facsimile playing cards called Jeu de Cartes Revolutionnaires which was taken from a copy of the deck in the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris. The court cards in this were changed from Kings and Queens to politically correct figures of Genius, Equality, and Liberty.

    And then I bought Simon Schama’s book Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution, which is comprehensive, massive, and a good study of the characters of the people of the time. I like his stuff—I have the complete DVD set of his History of Britain. I also have Civilisation by Kenneth Clark on DVD as I loved that series when I was a teenager.


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