I am lm_meo

July 20, 2020
lm_meo is my new instagram and twitter username!

I have changed my instagram and twitter screen name to lm_meo
There are a few other websites I have accounts on that I've also changed to the same name but these are the most notable ones.

Why? For consistency.
Early on my preferred online name was meow or ladymeow, after I got my website meowness was also a preferred name, but these names are often being used by other people. I would often be slow to get an account on a new website and by the time I did my preferred names were all used up and I have to find a way to vary it somehow. This made it so all my screen names were different. Annoying! lm_meo is a little less likely to be used by someone else, it's fairly short and easy to spell, and it includes LM. LM is my initials for both my real name, LadyMeow, and my doll lines Little Minion and Leka by Meow.

So now I'm lm_meo.

Out with the old

December 9, 2017
Farewell sale and dolls going into retirement

Hey guys! No, I'm not going anywhere or retiring from dolls, but I am retiring some of my older doll molds.

So after all this time my Meka dolls are finally coming to the end of their run. 50 tiny dolls is an awful lot, no matter how small they are, and I'm looking forward to finally putting the molds to rest. Custom orders are now closed for these tinies but there are currently 8 finished Mekas available in my etsy shop and there will be 1 more added when I have her dress finished and that will be the last of them. It's been a fun little doll to make but I'm ready for something new.

Porcelain bjd holding a little gray cat.

I'm also having a farewell sale for my older doll molds, Body I and Body II.
The price for the custom dolls will be discounted until the end of the year for anyone that would like to order one before I destroy the molds.
They are odd sized dolls and moving forward I want to focus on making properly scaled 1/6 size dolls in edition to the tinies.

You can find my available dolls on etsy:

Looking forward to sharing more about my upcoming dolls later!

Making a unicorn

May 24, 2017

So to break up the monotony of posts about available work I thought it would be fun to show the process of making a sculpture that I recently finished. It's another unicorn!

In the past I would mostly choose polymer clay to make fantasy creature but I've been wanting to try something different. Partly because raw polymer clay makes my fingers break out in blisters and my skin has become more sensitive to it over the years, and partly because I have some other materials sitting around that need used up. One of these materials is this stuff called Celluclay. Let me tell you more about this stuff.

Celluclay is an instant paper mache, basically grey paper pulp and dried glue that you mix with water to make a clay. I have had a bag of Celluclay since I was a kid and somehow managed to not loose it or get rid of it even though i never use it. I never use it because every time I've tried I find it really horrible to work with. It's sticky and lumpy and somehow when I try to smooth it out it always ends up sticking to my fingers more than where I want it to stick. But, not wanting to waste it, I've held onto it thinking maybe someday I'll have a use for it. Don't all artist have extra supplies they never use? Then just recently it struck me! I can use this stuff to bulk up a sculptures form before going over it with a smoother more workable clay.

In sprite of my complaining the Celluclay paper mache does have some advantages. First of it's cheep. You can save a penny by using it under a more expensive clay. Secondly it's strong. Surprisingly strong! I've broken X-Acto knife blades trying to carve into this stuff and have never had that happen with polymer clay.

Enough of that, let's make a unicorn!

The unicorn armature made of wire, aluminum foil, and masking tape Adding a layer of celluclay paper mache over the armature. Filling out the shapes of the unicorns body with more layers of paper mache. Add a layer of LaDoll clay over the dried paper mache to continue refining the shapes.

The smoother clay, the clay I use to finish and detail the sculpture, for this unicorn sculpture is called LaDoll clay. It's an air dry clay that also has paper pulp in it but it is very smooth and relatively non-sticky. I've used this stuff to sculpt ball jointed dolls and find it really pleasant to work with. LaDoll is not a particularly strong clay so it benefits from having the stronger Celluclay form to stick to. And they do stick very well to each other.

The next step, after I was happy with the shape of the unicorn, was to get it ready to paint. I primed it with many layers of gesso and then sanded it smooth, and then repeated that step a few times until I was happy with the result.

It was then spray painted white, even though it was already quite white, to give it an even color. I wanted to keep the detailing on this sculpture fairly minimal and soft so I used just some light chalk pastels for a bit of shading and painted the eyes with acrylic.

After that I sprayed it several times with mate sealant and let that dry before brushing on a bit of gloss for the horn, eyes, and hoofs.

Continue refining the shape of the unicorn in LaDoll clay and add some wire to sculpt the ears over. After the shapes are how I want I add a polymer clay unicorn horn and then paint it over with many layers of gesso. The gesso needs to be sanded to a smooth finish and the horn is covered in tape to protect it from spray sealant. After all the prep work the unicorn can finally be painted with a combination of spray paint, chalk pastels, and acrylic paint. The whole thing is then sprayed several times with a mate finish.

The final step was to add some hair to that bald little unicorn. I chose to use suri alpaca because I wanted something fairly straight but also very fine and soft since I thought it would best compliment the soft and minimal style of the unicorn.
All done!

After making this unicorn I really want to try doing another and I already have ideas about some things I would like to do differently. We'll see how it goes.

The finished unicorn sculpture after her hair is added

A new shadow

May 16, 2017
polymer clay shadow creature figurine.

Hi guys!

So it’s been quite awhile since I’ve been able to finish one of these little guys but this one finally made it to completion.

A tiny 5” tall, this fairy sculpture is made from polymer clay over wire, acrylic paint, feathers, fantasy film and just a bit of glitter.

Available on etsy:

an ooak fairy sculpture in the woods

Tiny poppy doll

May 7, 2017
Meka by meow with tiny poppies painted on her body and wine red hair posed with crab-apple blossoms.

I have listed another tiny Meka doll on etsy!

This is #41 in the series. Her porcelain is a light skin color and she has the Monkey face sculpt. She has big brown eyes and simplistic poppies painted on her body. She also comes with two wigs, one long red angora mohair wig, and a short brown suri alpaca wig. Like all of the meka dolls she is a handmade porcelain art doll that is designed for gentle play.


Unnamed doll with green eyes

April 25, 2017
green eyed porcelain doll.

Sometimes when I make a doll I'll have a clear idea as to what to name it an and how it should look. But other times the doll just comes together with no plan at all and then refuses to be named at the end of it all.

This mysterious doll is one that I've struggled to name so I decided not to force it. I will just call it the unnamed doll with green eyes.

A tiny 6" tall porcelain ball jointed doll assembled with steel springs.

This is my latest spring assembled bjd and except for custom requests it will be the last doll of this type that I will assemble with springs. I do like the springs, once installed, but installing them in a tiny doll is fiddly to say the least.

This doll also uses the male variant of the Body II molds. So I guess it's a boy! Though to me he's so feminine looking that I think he could just as well be a girl.



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