New hanging bust in our shop~

We’ve added a new 6 inch hanging bust by D2 to our Etsy shop.

You can find the new bust here in our shop. The piece was inspired by the large, delicate fins that can be found on the half moon betta fish.



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New items in our shop + class offering again!

We’ve been busy this month trying to make up for all our inactivity and missteps over the last few months.

First up, we have two drawings by D2 now listed in our Etsy shop. We also still have our coupon code for a 15% discount off of 20$ or more going until the end of the month – so please check it out ^^

Next up we are once again offering our Memoria class through A for Artistic. And to help get interest, we both made new busts using the techniques and ideas taught in the class, but going in our own directions. For both of us, a large part of BJD making – even just a simple bust – is about customization and bringing your own vision to life. So we like to encourage students to use what we teach to make their own things, and that they don’t have to follow exactly what we do.

First picture: Birdie, by Pat
Second picture: The Prince, by D2



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Some new things are coming!

First off, sorry for all the long delays between news items. We get so caught up in creating new things that we forget all the areas we’re supposed to be keeping updated!

There has been a lot going on around here, and luckily we’ve at least managed to keep our Facebook Page Cirque de Fantomes mostly up to date. We’re also hoping to release updates to our mailing list more regularly.

Now here are a few of the things which we forgot to share:

1) D2 has added several photo prints to our Etsy shop Cirque de Fantomes. These prints are also available to custom order in other sizes as well.

2) We’ve also branched out into Patreon, where D2 has started a page about their dolls. This page also will include tutorials and behind the scenes stories about making the dolls. You can see their work at Dolls by D2 on Patreon.

3) We’re about to have a sale at our Etsy shop! From September 1 ~ 30th, we’ll be running a coupon sale where you can get 15% off all purchases over 20$.

4) Lastly, we’ll be be adding our first piece by Pat Lillich to our shop as well!



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Upcoming shows!

Hey everyone – lost in the excitement of finishing our pieces for these shows, we forgot to mentioned that we will be IN these shows!

The Petaluma Arts Center is hosting a show called “Journeys through Light & Dark: Dolls as Tellers of Stories”. Both Pat Lillich and D2 (aka Meagan Lillich) will have dolls in the show, along with some of the top doll artists.

The show runs from July 23rd ~ September 25th in Petaluma, California – so if you happen to be in the area, go check it out!

And in more local news, D2 will also have some doll photographs on display at the Spritely Bean here in Portland, Oregon from July 7th ~ August 3rd. So if you enjoy coffee and reading independent comics or looking at cool art, the Spritely Bean is the place to be!



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New Etsy listing + Facebook give-away!

Hey everyone – we’ve added a new bust piece to our Etsy shop:

Cirque de Fantomes shop



we’re also opening up a give-away on our Facebook page to help us reach 750 likes! More info will be posted on the page later today ^^



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June Commissions

Hey everyone ~

We are excited to let you know that D2 is opening up for commission work! Because each doll takes a lot of time and care to make, only one slot is opened at a time. These are available on a first come, first served basis but we will take a list of names for future slots.

Now, there are a few important things to note:

* Only a max of two dolls/items are allowed for commission per a slot. This is to ensure that they’re done in a timely matter and not to overwhelm the artist.
* Commissions could take up to 3 or 4 months to complete – a more definite estimate will be given when the design is finalized.
* A deposit is required at the time the design is finalized. The remainder is due when the doll/items are finished.
* The artist reserves the right to show photographs of the finished commission in their portfolio.
* The artist will not copy any existing designs (either from personal dolls or other artists) – but you can request dolls/items SIMILAR to other pieces the artist has done.

Price estimates vary on the design of the commission – but please feel free to send us emails with general questions. We’re also willing to give rough estimates on concepts as well. Photos will be provided during the sculpting process.

If interested, please send an email to commissions@cirquedefantomes.com – be sure to include the following information:

~ Name
~ email address
~ description
~ country (this is just so we can give a rough shipping estimate, though the total may change due to final size/shape of the commission and rate changes through the postal service)



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May sale!

We’re having a sale in our Etsy shop Cirque de Fantomes from May 1st through the 15th!

All our listings will be discounted by 15% (we’ll update with the new prices during the sale).

Also want to give a heads up that a commission slot will open up with D2 in the beginning of June. We’ll send out more information at the end of May, but you can always send questions to commissions @ cirquedefantomes.com.



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Available soon – Kasa-obakes!

we’ll be adding three new listings to Cirque de Fantomes tomorrow, april 1st.

these three guys are based on the fun little japanese yokai, the kasa-obake (or karakasa kozou), a type of tsukumogami which come to life in their 100th year.

each kasa-obake can be gently opened or closed, and their tongues are wired for careful posing. each one has an individually sculpted expression full of personality and stand about 8.5 inches tall. please note – they are meant to be art pieces and not toys – so please take good care of them! otherwise you might just wake up in the middle of the night to them licking your toes in revengeā€¦

they will be priced at $95 + shipping

though there’s only 3 of them now, i hope to make a few more in the future as well (they can also be commissioned on request if there is a slot open).



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Now open – Mochi class

Hey everyone, our rabbit girl, Mochi, is being offered again through A for Artistic.

In this class, we talk about how to sculpt a basic humanoid ball jointed doll using Premier air dry clay – she has nearly 20 points of articulation including jointed ears and a tail ~_^ We designed the class to be open to all skill levels too ^^

Mochi class at A for Artistic



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How to Commission Us

Hello everyone~

We’re super excited to announce that this year we’ll be opening up slots for commission work ^^

Though currently we’re both booked until June, please feel free to send us questions to: commissions @ cirquedefantomes.com

For commission work there are some basic facts:
1) We will both only have about 3 to 4 slots each (so 3~4 slots for D2, and 3~4 slots for Pat). Only one slot each will be open at a time – this means if we currently have a commission, we won’t take another one until the first one is done. However, we will start a wait list. Each commission will take about 3 to 4 months to complete, and in progress pictures will be sent.

2) We reserve the right to include pictures of the finished pieces for our portfolios.

3) You can ask for a piece similar to past works we have done, but neither of us will directly copy a piece that was done before, or a work from another artist.

4) Our pieces are made using Premier air-dry clay, Flumo ceramic slip, and
Apoxy Sculpt. These are one of a kind creations and works of art, so they are not intended as play things for children.

5) Pricing will depend on the size and complexity of the commission – you can always send us a quote request with a short description of what you’re interested in and we’ll let you know the cost. A deposit will be due at the start of a commission, with the balance due when the piece is finished.



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