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1  Xena Princess Warrior Doll Hack in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by suereal on: December 13, 2014 12:28:50 PM
I was matched up with Smeddley in the recent I miss that SOOOOO much!!! swap.  She mentioned in forum that she would love a Xena poppet.  I thought about it a bit, then decided that by the time I built a poppet, I would not have the energy to make the outfit and gear she would need to be Xena...so I gave up on the idea.  But then I was looking for a bunny for another item at a thrift and this doll jumped out at me that kept screaming, "Make me into XENA please!!" (for those of you who worry about stuff like that...I don't mean literally...) .  So I just had to commit and make the transformation.  All she really needed was a hair cut and an eye color change.





The only before I managed to take was after the boil washing but before the hair cut..

I have no idea who this doll was to start with.  As you can see she had all one length hair, and as mentioned, all I did to her face was repaint the eye color from root beer to ice blue.  If anyone recognizes who she was to start with, please post it.  I'd love to know Grin

My FAVO part to make was this..


her Chakram.  The inner gold part is a metal part painted gold, the blade part is silver FIMO.  I have carried that gear around with me for ages.  It was nice to finally discover where it belonged.  The holder is just a bit of wire bent to serve it's purpose.  The sword is just a tongue depressor with FIMO accents


The doll was completely flat chested, so I made the breast armor out of two balls of brown FIMO with a coil added as detail to the armor.  The squiggles that join the breast bits to the shoulder are wire painted gold.   The rest of the metal details are gold MarthaS paint...love that stuff!  it seems to stick to everything!  All the armor is sewn and glued on....I just don't trust glue alone.  The details were painted while the armor was flat.  The armor pieces are all cut from a vinyl sample book from a decorating store.


Here's a detail pic of the skirt.  I cut all those little tabs watching Xena for research.  They are all hand sewed together.  I painted the back of the vinyl so that white didn't show.  Then I reversed every other tab so there was better contrast in the skirt.

The hardest part was the boots.   She had a semiheel foot (not the Barbie arch, but about 1/2 way in between) so she wasn't going to stand on her own, and as far as I was concerned Xena MUST stand up on her own.  I ended up using paper mache clay...but a new one I picked up somewhere for free to build up the back of the foot and the toe to help to even out the look.  I added wire for support around the foot (totally small and weak feet that girl had for the size of her head!  if she were real she would never have been able to walk around  Roll Eyes ) and then added those super strong magnets to the heals, hoping that would be enough to keep her up right....nope.  So she ended up getting an Altoid tin standing base.  There are wires around the feet to hold her to the mos covered tin.  Smed can add rocks or marbles or other heavy things that might fit in Altoid tins to help her stay even more stable.  The outside of the shoes are covered the same as the armor on the body...sewn and glued.  Xena can still be removed from the base so she could ride a horse or do a high kick if she needs to.
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2  The Purple Tentacle LIVES!!!! in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by suereal on: December 13, 2014 11:37:42 AM
and here he is...





(My camera didn't like takeing the pic of the purple and green together it seems....the first one is my attempt at editing it into submission..)  The Purple Tentacle is a video game charter from the 1993 Day of the Tentacle.  I made him for Smeddley for the I miss that SOOOOO much!!! swap.


He is built of FIMO around an old metal film canister, so she can hide things inside him.
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3  Re: Cryptid Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: December 13, 2014 11:26:25 AM
jennythor has been rather sick recently, so I thought I'd post the pics of what I sent her (because i am posting today anyway...) to take one more thing off her to-do list.  She PMed me with a glowing PM review so I know she's happy with the package Grin



I got this little guy at a yard sale on the day we were assigned partners...he cost 25 cents Grin


I made this little fella because I like to make jack-a-lopes LOL.  JT lives in a cold part of the world, so I wanted to make her a winter Jack...which is why he is blue.  He fits snugly in the palm of one's hand.


And here's the large I made her.  It's a Fae hoodie.  I didn't do anything on the front side....but the back got lots of attention.  First, I made a stencil to mask out the area for the wings.  Then I bleached said wings.  I then used Setacolors to paint the details into the areas of the wing.  It wasn't as detailed as I was hoping, so I sewed down the black details using a flat cording.  THENthen I had more bubbling ihnside the wings then I wanted, so I free motion stitched more details into the wing sections.  You can see some of the swirls in the left wing...thenthenTHEN I painted some fabric glow in the dark stay soft paint around the wings, to give a more ethereal quality.

It was a fun package to make Grin
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4  Re: I miss that SOOOOO much!!! Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: December 12, 2014 10:06:31 AM
Lots of cool things so far!  Now I get to add to the pile Grin  I got my package from Smeddley!

First is the Samurai Jack needle book..

I'm going to keep all my most dangerous needles and pins in him Grin

Then...Teen Titan peg people..

oh so CUTE! 

Then this great wee necklace..

It's the dragon from the the cover of A Wind in the Door , the second book in the Wrinkle in Time series by  Madeleine L'Engle.  I loved this series when I was a kid.  I've probably read A Wrinkle In Time (the first one) more than any other book.  So I love this.

and now, in conclusion...a walnut...

But not just any walnut..a MARTIAN walnut!!  It's from one of my favo episodes from any TV show ever.  The original Dick Van Dyke Show, epi It May Look Like a Walnut..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrWmQr5rido
still so funny.....Grin
so Thanks Smeddley for the great package of flashbacks Grin
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5  Re: 3D Bug Swap - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: November 24, 2014 03:27:03 PM
What an excellent bug infested gallery!  And now I get to add to the buggyness.  My package from Glamis arrived today and it is probably one of my new favo things ever...




An actual POODLE FLY!!!  And this one is clearly more domesticated than the wild photos I've seen.  This one has a high end grooming cut.  I imagine it belonged to some Fairy knight or princess or some such thing.  All I know is I'm terribly delighted that Glamis captured it for me...she said it was not an easy catch either...fought her the entire time it seems...She also sent me two adorable ATC..


This is Kyria.  She lives in a toxic waste dump.  She disrelishes daylight.  Her favorite hobbies are: Making snow angels and Art from pickles


And this is Mennowin.  He lives in a little lake fed by sewage water from a nearby nuclear plant.  He is highly intelligent and has a bubbly personality.  He fancies tacky suspenders and likes to suck on coins.

and some yummy Trolli candies, a cool sticker sheet and she covered the card, envelope and shipping box in these cute bug stamps.



Thanks so much Glamis!  I just adore my new little buggy friends Grin
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6  Re: Fake Swap Faux Taxidermy Tiger Chair in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by suereal on: October 23, 2014 01:09:40 PM
OKies, so out of the 8 or 10 pics the Hub took for me, this one is the only one my eyes are not closed...



You can't see that I'm wearing tiger ears much though...I did just buy some flannel to make tiger pants yesterday Grin
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7  Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: October 23, 2014 01:05:55 PM
I promised I'd post pics of the drawings gozer did of my dogs, once I got them back from the framers, so here we go..



Mom has a framer friends who did them for us.  She has been framing for about 30 years and does most the framing for the pro painters in my home town.  And she was very impressed by gozer's drawing skills.  She said, (and I quote) "Who ever drew these is very talented!"  And I totally agree Grin  Thanks again gozer!

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8  Re: Embroidery Nerdgasm!! in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by suereal on: October 16, 2014 04:52:31 PM
So...keep in mind I did this quickly with a sliver sharpie and 3 highlighters my Mom had, but something like this?



EDIT:  And I'm already rethinking...I think the top tails should dangle down the sides, and Society of Ernestly Embroidering Nerds should go across the top of the eye...
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9  Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2014 in Craftalongs by suereal on: October 08, 2014 03:21:28 PM
It LIVES!!!!!!!!*cough*...I mean...I mailed and received my faux swap faux taxidermy swap piece(es) today!!  Please, behold the wonders of THE CHAIR OF UBER CONTEMPLATION!!!



I sent AND received exactly the same item from and to my partner!  How odd is that?!?  I am starting to think my experiments in interdimensional crafting are beginning to pay off.  hhhmmmm.......anyway...the THE CHAIR OF UBER CONTEMPLATION!!! is going to live in my laboratory.  Here's how I made it Grin

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436109.new#new

I couldn't be any happier with my swap package...Thanks Partner Grin
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10  Re: Setting up my laboratory... in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by suereal on: October 08, 2014 03:13:07 PM
Howdy crafty folks Grin

I have a new fixture in the laboratory...THE CHAIR OF UBER CONTEMPLATION!!!



Here it is eating the dogs in the kitchen.  I still have to clean more in the laboratory before it will fit in there Grin  Here's it's personal post..

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436109.new#new

Hope you like it Grin
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