Handmade Halloween 2017: Dead Spider Hands aka Ally Burke

Last year I did a Handmade Halloween post and I really enjoyed it, so I thought I’d do it again this year. This time I’m featuring an artist whose work I’ve been collecting for a few years now and who has a wonderfully creepy vibe: Ally Burke aka Dead Spider Hands.

This spooktacular print of Haunted House ($20) features a sort of Frankenstein’s monster-inspired woman with a ghost filled house in her hair, complete with planchette hair clip. I really enjoy the minimal use of color in this piece, which was from Burke’s Inktober 2016 series. I’m also almost positive that this was inspired by Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, which I just finished reading.

If you’re in the market for original art, Burke has a number of pieces available. Above is Spookyberry Twins ($100) and it’s done in her newer style. Since I’ve collected her work for a few years it’s been really interesting to see how it’s changed, with more detail, color, and shading being added over time. I really like how the black lips are shaded on the left of the two faces.

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Handmade Halloween 2016: Mizna Wada

Mizna Wada Halloween Witch Pin

Mizna Wada Halloween Witch Pin

I thought it would be fun to do a Handmade Halloween Gift Guide this year and so here we are with episode one! Usually people do handmade gift guides around the winter holidays, but I’m really more of a spooky girl, so I’m covering Halloween instead. Mizna Wada is a go-to shop all by herself so she is the subject of my first gift guide.

Above is her adorable Halloween Witch Pin ($8) made out of shrinky dink, made special for Halloween 2015. I ordered one myself because I collect handmade pins, and you can also buy this cutie as a ring.

Mizna Wada Bottled Girl in Red

Mizna Wada Bottled Girl in Red

Next up is this spooktacular Bottled Girl in Red ($10) which I am also the proud owner of (and the blue). With three designs in four colors the bottled girls are cute and unique. They’re made with a piece of clear plastic inside so it looks like the girl is floating; it’s quite clever actually. I got some early versions and I think they’re even better quality now.

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Doll Face Pins: Seafoam and Rainbow Grace

More Doll Face pins have arrived in my shop! Above is pin #5 Seafoam, which you probably remember from the studio posts. Her companion kokeshi piece will be available in the shop soon too. I’ve decided to revive the Storenvy shop for a few reasons, I like the feel of it more than Etsy, it’s free, and I’m not pleased with some of Etsy’s new policy changes. Ideally I’d be selling through Storenvy exclusively, but so many people (understandably) love Etsy that I’ll be double-listing for a while. Also, Storenvy now allows guest checkout, which means you don’t have to register if you don’t want to – as someone who hates to register for new accounts that’s a big plus in my book! Ahem, back to the pin, you can pick Seafoam up on Etsy or Storenvy now where you can also see a photo of her specially painted back!

Doll Face pin #6 is Rainbow Grace, based off of my Zombuki doll of the same name. She was spotted in the studio and has already been adopted. She took a while to make, and I was worried about how she would translate to the Doll Face style, but I’m so happy with how she came out. I almost want to make a kokeshi of her too, but maybe that would be too many iterations. I’ve also started initialing the backs of all the the Doll Face pins, someone requested it and I think it’s a great idea, so now it’s official!

Are there any other Zombuki dolls you’d like to see recreated as Doll Face pins?

~ Brigitte

Update: Links removed because these pins are no longer available.

Studio: Moar Doll Face Pins in Progress

Yay! Moar Doll Face pins! This second batch was already sorta previewed in the pastel kokeshi studio post, but here it is a little further along. As you can see, the pin on the right got some more details, including a mint green accent and some adorable eyelashes :3 On the left is a pin based off of … Rainbow Grace! Did you recognize her? Painting the Zombuki doll details in super miniature isn’t easy, but I think it’s going to look really cute. What do you all think of these two new pins?

~ Brigitte