Thursday, December 22, 2016

Tamica a Customized Doll by Shasha

Barbie Fashionista Nikki holds a Nikki head customized by Shasha of atelier ni Shasha.

In July 2016, Shasha introduced Tamica as her first doll repaint and reroot.  I-fell-in-dolly love! (See the post that exacerbated my doll-want-itis here). Shortly after seeing Tamica, I recall communicating with Shasha by email to express my desire to own one of her customizations, if not Tamica, should she ever desire to sell. Several months later, Tamica has now become part of my collection along with the little black dress she modeled that Shasha named after her.


I am quite impressed with the repaint; the realism is phenomenal.  The reroot is flawless!  See another photo of Tamica taken by Shasha, here.

As you can see, I purchased the head only.  An articulated body would be the only type desired for this lovely lady.


I chose one of the last Nikki fashionista bodies that I purchased about three years ago upon learning Mattel was discontinuing articulation in that line. Because the doll had been stored, never removed from box, until opening for use with the customized head, I did not realize one of the fingers was ringed -- with a hole in the ring finger to accommodate the plastic ring Mattel use.  I had to employ a workaround for Nikki's unappealing, toy-looking, heart-shaped ring.

Tamica, now whole, holds Nikki's head.
Before removing Nikki's head, I was a little apprehensive, but with ease and slow tugging from side to side, it popped off without damaging the neck prong, which had been my concern.

The fashionista fashion was quickly discarded and replaced with the Tamica dress.

Tamica models the dress named after her, which is worn with black closed-toe shoes.  A box chain bracelet and leaf-shaped brass-tone earrings, made by Shasha, are perfect accessories.

As shown above, Tamica looks stunning in the little black dress.  She posed for several additional photos, all of which are shown below because we could not decide which ones not to include.




One additional close-up of her lovely face shows that she exudes realism.  The closeup also provides a better view of her two-strand twists, which I love!

Temporary holiday redress

Because I wanted to incorporate Tamica into my Christmas decor, I redressed her in a Barbie fashion to match the colors I used this year.


A wrapped present for Tamica to hold was added (it is actually a present-shaped ornament).  I used shimmery bronze fingernail polish to give the ring a more realistic color and also to match the color of her other jewelry.  For bling, an eyelash art, adhesive-backed crystal was added to the center of the ring.

After the holidays, the plan is to rebody Tamica one final time.  A followup post will be published after that has been accomplished.

Thank you again, Shasha, for 1) deciding to sell this lovely customized head and 2) for offering it to me first!  I am honored to be the proud owner of your first-ever repaint and reroot.  Your creativity never disappoints.

Other dolls customized by Shasha can be seen here.

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Tamica enjoys being part of the Christmas table display.

Tamica and I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful, and Wealthy New Year!



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16 comments:

  1. Awwww.. I suddenly miss Tamica... Thank you very much for making her look and feel special in your lovely home, Debbie... She looks gorgeous as always and I am very honored to have her in your Christmas table decor <3 <3 <3

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    1. Thank you, Shasha! I am honored to have Tamica part of my collection.

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  2. Lucky you! Congrats on the lovely addition to your collection. It was that post about Tamica's reroot that inspired me to try my first yarn reroot.

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    1. Thank you for the congrats! Shasha did a wonderful job.

      I've been wanting to try a yarn reroot, but haven't built up the courage. Did you find it difficult, Jewell?

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  3. Congrats. Shasha did a fabulous job on her.

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  4. Truly an Artist! ShaSha brought that Nikki Face mold to life! The doll has a totally different personality now. She's fierce!

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    1. Shasha is the best! She did breathe life into Nikki/Tamica. Tamica is full of personality now. I can't wait to rebody her onto a more perfect body than the one she has now. She'll be even fiercer!

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  5. That table is awesome!! Shasha did a wonderful job repainting her and I remember seeing her progress on instagram and enjoying the results.

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  6. Thanks for showing us your doll. What an exquisite repaint. I love the twist style. You're right that such a realistic face required an articulated body.
    I wanted to get one for a Silkstone doll I have but I want to get the right skin tone and it's pretty hard to figure out in store neon or online lighting.

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    1. There is just no comparison to the realism achieved by a professionally done repaint, like Tamica, and a mass-produced face. Shasha's intent had been to repaint all her dolls. I imagine that would be something to behold.

      I hope you are able to find the correct body for your Silkstone Maricha. When shopping in person, perhaps you could take the doll with you and let shop owners know what you are doing (so they know your doll is yours). :-)

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    2. Wow! It would be amazing to have all your dolls be repaints. I'd feel like Gulliver.:D
      I may have to do as you suggest and take my doll to the stores when I go to New York.
      As of now the only black articulated Silkstone body is City Chic's and my doll is the 50th Anniversary AA version and they don't seem to be a match.I'm hoping Made to Move AA is the right color, it seems like it is in pictures.

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    3. I hope the MTM Barbie's body works for you. That's the one I have planned next for Tamica. :-)

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    4. Tamica is a lucky doll. That body is amazing.:-)

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    5. My MTM Barbie is still in box. I have had her since last Christmas or birthday (will have to double-check this). I haven't had the privilege of checking out her many moves, but will do that when Tamica is upgraded.

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