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This Tiny Jester Is Sweeter Than A Pink Haversack Full of Donuts
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This Tiny Jester Is Sweeter Than A Pink Haversack Full of Donuts

Critical Role is Geek & Sundry’s live Dungeons & Dragons show featuring Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer and his troupe of fellow voice actors. Catch them every Thursday night at 7:00 PM PT on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel and on Alpha.

The Mighty Nein’s cutest member also turns into some of the cutest crafts put together by Critters! Jester is back in doll form, this time as a poseable figure who looks like she leapt right out of our imaginations and into the pastry shop.

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This gorgeous Jester doll was created by deja, a relatively new Critical Role fan and talented artist who started listening the show around the time the first campaign was wrapping up. She’s caught every episode of the second campaign live on the stream, and the Mighty Nein inspired her to take her experience with doll re-painting to the next level.

“This is the first time I’ve done absolutely everything—the face, hair, body modifications, full paint, clothing, and accessories,” deja tells Geek & Sundry. “Jester was my first complete custom doll!”

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Creating a new doll begins with taking an existing doll, from Barbie or Monster High, for example, and wiping the slate clean, so to speak. deja removed the factory paint, face, and hair before beginning work on repainting the doll blue, she says.

“I also drilled a hole in her back to set in the tail and made some durable horns with wire and clay and put them in the head. Then came drawing on her new face and making her hair. It’s just brushed and flat ironed yarn, believe it or not.”

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Next came the sewing for Jester’s dress, which deja found the most challenging part of creating the teeny tiefling. “Through some patience and lots of trial and error, I made patterns for her tiny clothing and sewed it all together,” she says. “I’m proud of the final product, especially since I’m such a newbie to sewing… There’s not a lot of room for error, and just an eighth of an inch can mess up how the entire garment fits.”

As it is for almost all Critical Role cosplayers and fan artists, the official portrait of Jester by Ariana Orner was indispensable for getting all of the little details just right.

“I could probably draw her entirely from memory at this point,” deja says. “I had her picture open in a tab on my phone at all times!”

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It took two months of work, but the doll turned out beautifully. With a bit of trepidation, deja placed the doll in the mail to send the delicate cleric to Laura Bailey herself. And she’s not done making the Tiny Nein.

“[Jester’s] design is probably one of my absolute favorites out of the cast,” says deja. “Her floral dress pattern and happy attitude is just so adorable! Also, I’m a huge sucker for tieflings. I also have a Fjord doll in the works right now, but I need to go shopping to pick up all that I need for his outfit and accessories.”

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Photos: deja

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