Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Bride - A Frankenstein Recon

I've mentioned it numerous times, so pardon me if you've heard it before, but I am a big fat horror fan. And this gal? The Bride. Well, I love her to bits. I'm well chuffed with this project because it is a bit Frankensteinien itself, hobbled together from this and that, put together using things already in my stash.

The Bride: A Frankenstein Recon - Nichola Battilana

The head was gifted to me a couple of years ago. She's been sitting around waiting for something to happen (like sooo much stuff in my stash). Maybe it's the recent Halloween brain, but the other night I caught sight of her and knew what she was going to become.

So I cleaned her up a bit and started working on her face. I did a little contouring to more closely resemble Elsa Lanchester who played the role of 'The Bride' in Bride of Frankenstein.

The Bride: A Frankenstein Recon - Nichola Battilana

The lips were darkened and reshaped just a bit, as were the eyes. And I couldn't forget those amazing eyebrows!

The Bride: A Frankenstein Recon - Nichola Battilana

For her hair, once again I just used what was in my stash. The bulk of it is fly fishing fur, with black and white raw wool to fill it out. I know those streaks should be a little more wavy, but I'm ok with them as they are... for now.

The Bride: A Frankenstein Recon - Nichola Battilana

Finally, her clothes are just strips of tea stained cross stitch canvas. Easy peasy!

Now, I know she's not a perfect match to Elsa Lanchester's 'Bride', but given that I'm not a doll recon artist and that she is a bit of a Frankenstein's monster made with scraps, I'm quite proud to tuck her in with my collection weird and wonderful things.

P.S. Hope you have a gorgeous day. I love you to bits.


  1. I love her, I think she's a spot on image of Elsa.

    Great Job

    Marisa :)

  2. Wonderful doll art! Love the them and her hair is perfect just as it is! Hard to believe this is the same girl!

  3. You did a great job with her. You really nailed it! I have one of those heads, very old with a bit of wool left for her hair, creepy looking, but I got her that way! :) Thanks for sharing your girl with us.
    Victoria, BC

  4. She could not be lovelier! How wonderful!! Brings back all sorts of memories of the original film and a few sleepless, childhood nights. :)