DuBuhDuDesigns

Art Dolls, Ornaments & Prints by Christine Alvarado

Oregon, United States · 553 Sales

DuBuhDuDesigns

Art Dolls, Ornaments & Prints by Christine Alvarado

Oregon, United States 553 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(329)

Announcement   * * * * * * * * Summer 2016 ~ PLEASE READ * * * * * * * *

* Welcome to my Etsy shop! I sell prints of my work here and, on occasion, I have shop updates when my original Art Dolls are available for purchase. The dolls tend to go quickly so if you would like to be notified of when my next shop update will be, please leave a note at dubuhdudesigns [!at] gmail.com (mailing list only).

* If you have any questions regarding pricing, Prints, Frida dolls, when dolls will be available for sale, custom work, etc., please see my "Policies" section (below) as I have all of the information listed there.


Thank you!
~Christine



All original Artwork, Photos, and Doll Designs (past and present) are protected under copyright Christine Alvarado, Du Buh Du Designs © 2007-2016 All Rights Reserved.

Announcement
Last updated on Jun 28, 2016

* * * * * * * * Summer 2016 ~ PLEASE READ * * * * * * * *

* Welcome to my Etsy shop! I sell prints of my work here and, on occasion, I have shop updates when my original Art Dolls are available for purchase. The dolls tend to go quickly so if you would like to be notified of when my next shop update will be, please leave a note at dubuhdudesigns [!at] gmail.com (mailing list only).

* If you have any questions regarding pricing, Prints, Frida dolls, when dolls will be available for sale, custom work, etc., please see my "Policies" section (below) as I have all of the information listed there.


Thank you!
~Christine



All original Artwork, Photos, and Doll Designs (past and present) are protected under copyright Christine Alvarado, Du Buh Du Designs © 2007-2016 All Rights Reserved.

Christine Alvarado

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(329)
mrunner2429

mrunner2429 on Apr 27, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

As a bride to be, this was a gift to myself. I will cherish this beautiful print for days to come. Thank you for all the care you clearly took in having it packaged and delivered💕

mrunner2429

mrunner2429 on Apr 27, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you Christine for sharing your talent. The print is as described...and then some. I plan on having it professionally framed. I look forward to being asked about this beautiful piece when friends visit.

Kelly Jean

Kelly Jean on Feb 4, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Such generous and genuine beauty! Thank you soooooooooooooo much, Christine!

Kelly Jean

Kelly Jean on Feb 4, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely stunning work! Museum quality packaging and presentation. Christine us a real doll and a pleasure to do business with!

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About

Du Buh Du Designs

I am a life long artist and have been creating dolls since 2005. I opened my Etsy shop in 2007 selling my one of a kind "Du Buh Du" style contemporary art dolls. My work has been featured in Art Doll Quarterly, Artful Blogging, Where Women Create, Pasticcio Quartz and Doll Collector and is in private collections from France to Australia.

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Shop policies

Last updated on May 18, 2016
I often receive inquiring emails regarding my dolls so I have decided to list just about everything I can possibly think of to answer the most common questions while helping assist you in the purchase of one of my dolls!

For doll prices, and specifics about my work, please scroll down to the "Additional Policies and FAQs" section.



* * Important Copyright Info is at the bottom * *

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Paypal, credit and debit cards are the forms of payment I accept. Your order will be promptly shipped once transaction has cleared. Please consult with me if you need a few days to send payment in. After three days a transaction may be canceled if payment hasn't been received.
Shipping
Please read carefully before making your purchase. When purchasing items, you agree to the terms of shipping and refund policies as stated below.


Shipping Details (including Insurance Info.):

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Shipping in General:
Prices for shipping listed in my shop may vary from region to region, especially in the United States. Unfortunately, Etsy only allows me to list one price so I do my best to calculate the cost. I personally hand deliver each package to my local post office and your box will arrive with the actual shipping cost printed on it. I will refund any difference in shipping costs if it equals one dollar or more. Please be sure that the correct address is listed on your Paypal and Etsy accounts as I do not always cross check both.



Shipping within the United States:
Please note that once doll has been delivered to the post office, the USPS is responsible for the package arriving to it's final destination. It is important to me that each doll arrives safely so every order sent out within the U.S. includes delivery confirmation and insurance. Packages will be sent First Class or Priority Mail (depending on weight) via USPS. I will do my best to get your dolls out ASAP. During the holiday Season I send out packages by the deadlines provided by the USPS on their website but there are no a guarantees of packages arriving by a specific date or holiday.
I do not ship Fed Ex or UPS (or via any other carrier)..sorry!


International Shipping:
If you are in the UK, Australia, Canada ,France or elsewhere your item(s) will be shipped 1st class via U.S.P.S.( with certificate of mailing) if you buy one doll. If you purchase more than one doll at a time, it has to be shipped International Priority Mail. That costs considerably more so I will let you know the difference in price.
There is no way to track items overseas, from my understanding, unless it is sent Express International which is very expensive . International Priority Mail takes 6-10 business days, First Class time "varies" which means 2 + weeks. There is no guarantee of how long first class takes but having shipped dolls from France to Australia they usually arrive within a week :)

It is advisable to find out in advance what items your country will or will not accept and what ,if any, additional fees they may charge. Any customs fees are the responsibility of the buyer.

* Delivery to Mexico can take up two months.



Insurance on International Shipping:
Insurance is NOT included in the shipping costs unless you specifically ask for it and I highly** recommend it. It is up to buyer to ask for their items to be insured. Please let me know right after you have purchased items as I often ship out the same day or next morning.
If you are outside any of the above countries listed, contact me and I will gladly get back to you with shipping costs (and insurance costs if you choose to include that) .
I will always do my best to accommodate you so don't feel like anything is set in stone. I can ship items Express, with or with out insurance, etc. Let me know what you want and I'll let you know the difference in fees, etc.
Refunds and Exchanges
Damaged goods:

I value my artwork a great deal and the last thing I want is for my art to arrive damaged in any way. I do my very best to wrap them safely.
I am not responsible for orders lost or damaged through the post. However if your doll does arrive damaged via the mail, and you purchased insurance, contact me immediately.I will send you your shipping receipts along with instructions on how to handle this with your post office.


Unclaimed packages:
If a package is sent back to me unclaimed I will contact you to let you know about this. You will be responsible for shipping costs and the item(s) will be sent back to you after shipping costs to send it again have been paid. Included in the shipping costs will be insurance and a signature confirmation.
If I do not hear back after two months (from the date I emailed you regarding the unclaimed package), the items will become the property of Du Buh Du Designs again. I will do my best to work with you as I realize people sometimes forget to update address changes, have emergency situations,go on vacations etc. Please note: I do not offer refunds.


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ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
Once item has shipped, there are No refunds or exchanges.
Additional policies and FAQs
** Pricing**
My dolls range in price, on average, from $300-1000+ for 10"-18" dolls (does not include shipping).
Depending on accessories added (hair, masks,etc.) and time spent creating, prices may be a bit more. I do not list prices on my website or facebook page and only post them at the time of my shop updates (as I usually don't know what they will be until they go up in my shop).

** Frida dolls**
I was contacted in 2010 by the Frida Kahlo Corp. and informed that her name and likeness are trademarked /copyrighted worldwide with regards to certain products including dolls and therefore I cannot sell Frida dolls. So for the time being, I will only be selling my prints.


** Custom Dolls**
I do not take custom orders~No exceptions..sorry!
I also do not remake or copy previous dolls, including Frida dolls (see above). Once a doll is gone I may make one similar but I find my work is best when I am open to whatever ideas come to me during the creative process.


** Shop Updates**
The best way to keep informed is to join my mailing list at dubuhdudesigns [!at] gmaill.com.


**Availability of Dolls**
I primarily sell my dolls on Etsy and when I have an update , they tend to go quickly which is why I rarely have any in my shop. All past dolls on my blog are sold and not available for purchase.


** Reserves **
In fairness to all, I do not reserve dolls when I have a shop update. They are sold on a first come first serve basis.

**Doll being "taken out of cart" at shop update **
Please note that Etsy doesn't consider the item purchased until the item has been paid for via credit card or Paypal.
In other words two customers could have the same item in their "virtual cart" but the first to complete payment is the considered the purchaser.

I know that by the time someone finishes looking at the images and reading doll descriptions the doll is often already sold. To help remedy this, I include all of the images and doll descriptions on my blog at least a day in advance to help out your decision making ahead of time as that is the best I can do. I only list once the dolls go up in the shop.


** Age appropriate**
My dolls are very delicate and are meant for those ages 14 and older for display purposes only. These are not toys but pieces of art and should be handled as such.



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★ About the Construction of my Art Dolls, Sculptures and Ornaments ★


NO molds are used to create my dolls~they are one of a kind and completely handmade based on my own original designs. The doll’s bodies are hand sculpted out of a strong polymer clay (I mix two kinds) and fired multiple times before they are sanded. Several coats of gesso and paint are applied (and sanded in between coats) before several layers of UV protective matte is added. Each doll has a solid “undergarment” painted on them (sometimes they are made of material) in addition to socks/tights and shoes/boots. All dolls ,sculptures and ornaments have a wire armature running through their head and neck for extra support.

Arms and legs are movable and joined to the torso using double twisted wire and silver (or gold) spacer beads. The dresses and jackets are hand and machine sewn and aren’t removable (they’re glued in place). Buttons ,pins, and flowers adorning jackets and/or hair are purely decorative. Hats and crowns are not removable however masks are. I do my best to wrap them in a way as to avoid wrinkles, but they are inevitable.Your package will arrive with info. on the care needed for each doll.

As of May 2009 I have started adding hair made of various fibers (silk,bamboo, soy, English viscose,mohair, suri alpaca) and each hair piece is glued into place. Please be delicate as fibers are often loose due to the nature of the material.Do not brush or pull on hair.

These dolls are very delicate and need to be handled with extreme care. Even though they have a protective varnish, they can easily scuff. Do not place item in or near extreme temperatures or in direct sunlight or even harsh indirect lighting.

Dolls should be propped up on a shelf, chair or some other place for display as they don't always sit up on their own.



Each doll varies in height, head size, arm length, skin texture, makeup color, facial expressions, etc. Paint brush strokes and color changes are usually visible and an occasional thumb print will show up ~they are meant to be seen. Minor dents and slightly uneven skin texture are the norm. Pencil markings and even the occasional brush hair may be visible . Fabrics, especially silks, may have imperfections and some fraying. Stitching is also visible.

My dolls aren’t meant to look machine made~ they’re one of a kind, "painterly" art pieces. I do my best to photograph them as accurately as possible but due to differences in computer screens, etc. there may be differences in texture and coloring that I can not help.


Lots of love and attention to detail went into the making of these dolls. Please know that I only sell my very best~ I hope they bring you as much joy as they have to me!



Whew~that was long..hopefully not too convoluted! It's necessary to post this information as I run a very small but reputable business and I want my dolls to go from my studio to your home as safely as can be! Thank you for your time and understanding :)

Christine Alvarado
Du Buh Du Designs, 2005-present




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All original Artwork, Photos, and Doll Designs (past and present) are protected under copyright Christine Alvarado, Du Buh Du Designs © 2007-2016, All Rights Reserved.
This means my dolls/designs/photos can not be copied or closely replicated with the intention to sell or publish. Copyright of my work does not transfer to the purchaser of the doll after a sale. Photos may not be used in the advertising or reselling of my work.