I got paired with the ghoulish cackle for the recent Be Awesome (Redux) swap. I knew I had to get my A game on for this one. Thankfully, the idea formed relatively quickly and I was able to get it started the day we got partnered. Which turned out to be a very good thing as every time I join a swap, my life suddenly goes all catawampus. But I got her done and here she is..Awkvaard Phayz...the Odd little Hare Girl
Cackle loves hares, so I knew she would be a little hare girl from the start. I'm not sure which MH doll she started out as, but when I got her, she had no forearms. Also, her hips and knees were very loose. Clearly, she needed forearms, so I did what seemed obvious to me and made her tentacle ones from Fimo...the suction cups glow in the dark...durh . I just carved away her rather large lower lip till it was nothing but teeth and then painted them white. The pink eye is a tiny safety eye with Black dimensional paint to fill in the spaces. Her other eye is glow in the dark dimensional paint. Her cloths are random bits of trim, handkerchiefs and fabrics. Her shoes are from a vinyl samples book. They are glued and sewn on.
It took me awhile to figure out the best way to deal with the fact she couldn't stand. I was originally planning on polio type leg braces, but could not settle on the best way to do that while still preserving her pose ability. So I decided on making the little little backless chair....she needed the back off to leave room for her tail
The chair is made from stacked foam core, card stock, glue and that FABO glow in the dark skull fabric, which seemed just the right pattern and size for this project. The legs are wooden dowels covered in Fimo...the balls on the ends also glow. This was the first time I have ever made doll furniture and I learned soooo much...but I think it came out well enough
Her wee doll Froman is from an Archie McPhee play set from several years ago. One could change the heads and bodies of all the critters, like those old school pop beads...Froman just looked perfect with her I thought
And here's a few more pics of Awkvaard..
EDIT: I forgot about the rest of her story! Her story is written in side her name tag..
"Awkvaard is an Odd Child. Apparently, every so often in her species an Odd Child is born...they live backwards, so when they are born they are sickly and decrepit. As they get older they heal until they spontaneously explode with health. Right now, Awkvaard is unable to walk so she has a special chair and her little pal Froman to keep her company."
In cackles words...I forgot to save it when I put it into the computer *bonks head on desk*
So, I just had a thought...believe me, it hurt a lot ! A simple and cheap swap. One would make something that fit in an envelope. Unlike the fill an envy swap, any sized envelope could be used, as long as it fits in the width mailing rules of ones country. Some options I've thought about so far are: ATC, Wall art, not stuffed stuffies of the flat persuasion (like Ninnis), journal pages, pop up art, paper dolls, photos, wallets, pouches, possible knit or crocheted 1/2 gloves, mug rugs, prayer flags...I'm sure there are many things that would fit in envelops It would depend on ones partners profile and like list.
Anyone interested? I am not liking pintrists business practices at the mo, so I am thinking I will require a well filled out like list and a currant profile to participate.
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
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 ) 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.
(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.
So...I've been on a tiger bender recently. So, a few months ago, I started working on re-covering an old ugly scratchy fabric computer chair. I had to back out of the recent Faux Taxidermy swap as my left hand was acting up, and I spent at least 5 weeks resting it. So...now that I can work with it again, I took the opportunity to join the Fake Swap craftalong and get it finished up.
Oh! Look at that! The dogs managed to work their way into the photo yet again! Clever little monkeys
Here's what it looked like before...and don't judge my cluttered and unvacuumed house
The claws are glow in the dark FIMO on foil frames with a screw imbedded at the end, so I could screw them into the arm. I also quenched the poly clay in cold water to try and get it as strong as possible.
I was not sure what to do with the eyes...but then I realized the plugs on the sides of the arm rests were missing, so I just hot glued peg eyes into the holes, after trimming the pegs a bit.
The tail was a bit hard to decided on the method of attachment. I wanted it to be stiff but not too stiff. I settled on a coat hanger straitened out, covered in cotton batting with a pipe insulator over that. I used some two part epoxy putty to make sure the coat hanger was good and stuck in. I was lucky, as there was a hole in the chair back support just where I wanted to drill one . The wire extended past the end of the cotton batting and the pipe insulator extended past that, so I sealed up the rest of the pipe insulator side and filled the space with plastic bean bag pellets, so the very end is kind of flexible but not soggy. I plugged the end with a wad of batting. The skin is just a tube with the end rounded. The tail is the only thing sewn by machine. All the rest is just sew directly onto the chair by hand. The tail hangs just right over the back of the chair, so i didn't have to attache it in anyway. The ears are inch foam from a package, cut into the ear shape and covered by the fur.
When i bought the material...many many moons ago...like 4 moves ago, I was going to make tiger pants...just to wear around the house . I decided to not cover the back of the chair so I could save some to do another thing with. I might pin stuffies to the back as a way to display them and pay homage to BirdBones stuffie throne. It will live in my laboratory and from hence forth be called THE CHAIR OF UBER CONTEMPLATION!!!
As you can see, my BFF suereal has recently been possessed by Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. Thankfully I, Cosmo the Telepathic Space Poodle, am able to translate for you. So, please continue.
I am Groot. I am Groot. I am Groot.
She wanted to make a shirt before she went to see GotG. So she simply took some of those sign stencils, a Sharpie Stain marker for fabric and a shirt, stretched over cardboard. She hand drew the roots, leaves, and curly bits inside the stencil.
I am Groot.
And here she is wearing her new creation. Mere minutes before they ran off and abandoned me and Luna the pest to wonder if they would ever come back to us.
I am GROOT! I am Groot...
*sigh* Ok...she says she didn't say that last part...and that I shouldn't call Luna a pest....
I was paired up with fancybutch in the recent Enchanted Forest Swap. I've been goofing around with resin recently, and since she said she wears larger pendent necklaces sometimes, I thought I'd try out something I'd been thinking about for awhile..
I bought these tiny "gold"butnotgoldfish the last time I went to Seattle (for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in Dec!!!) at Archie McPhee's. I have bought waaay too many of those little corked glass bottles at dollar stores, hoping to force my self to do something with them. So, I used a hot gem setter and some gems to glitter it it a bit, and made one big eye for it out of a peg eye. Then I shoved it in a bottle and filled it with resin. I call it a Wishfish...because the pools in the enchanted forest in my head are FILLED with Wishfish The little leaf is cast resin and glow powder. The little added stars are from the need to use a 40% off coupon at a mega craft store
So, one of my crafty idols is Martha Stewart (she even has art in her name!) i don't care what some folks have to say about her, so if you are haters, go away. She did a lot for me in lonely times (ie. The 90's). One of the things I still follow that she said was, "It's not a collection until you have three of them" (my words not her's...i don't remember exactly how she said it...). So, when my father recently bought me Ghost Rhino Head, and then I bought Ecco the Red Rhino at a thrift (I'll show you soon ) I was angsty because I only had two....and THEN! I remembered I bought a bag of plastic animals a VV at some point last year, and I was actually able to find it! It was rather nicked up, so I decided to pull out my Martha Stewart special effects intense glitter paint. it took a few coats to get it as glitter as I wanted, but her paint is so awesome to paint plastics with. But, it seemed to need a bit more...so I took a pair of green glitter/glow butterfly wings that I cast in resin from one of her molds recently and used some epoxy putty to apply them to the back. Now...butterfly aficionados will notice the wings are on .."backwards' but I thought, if rhino's had wings, they would need more lift at the back end, so the larger wings are at the back....it's my world, you just get to visit sometimes
So...I'm happy to introduce...MARTHA the Disco Rhino!!!!
No, I'm not British...I just thought Bog Roll sounded more enchanted then toilet paper roll. I made this pencil holder for fancybutch in the recent Enchanted Forest Swap. All it requires to make it is the TP roll, hot glue, paint, glaze, some extra bits of stiff paper, and a face mold...
I started by hot gluing the TP roll to the stiff paper. You want a piece quit a bit bigger than the TP roll so you have room to make roots. Then just keep building up the hot glue. I used bits of the paper to fill in the roots and make them join to the stump up higher. I also did some of the bark at this time. Once my glue gun got super hot, it was too runny to be much good for bark, so I got out my face mold (sold to use with FIMO) and used the super hot glue to make the face. Once I filled the mold, I stuck it into the frig to help it to completely cool the mold faster. I let it cool for several hours. It has to be totally hard, or it would distort if you try to remove it. Once cool, heat up your gun again and stick it where you want. I also did more bark work then too. After it is all hard, cut off the paper bottom that didn't become the root system. After that, just start painting. I think I used 4 different coats of paint to get the depth I was looking for. Then I glazed it and I chose to glue felt to the bottom, just so it looked more finished..
The little Ent looked a bit lonely, so when I found this little crow bead, I decided it wanted to live with the Ent
I made this wee creature for my partner fancybutch in the Enchanted Forest Swap. All it is is natural materials, wire, a rock and resin. I found the technique in a book called Resin Alchemy by Susan Lenart Kazmer (the developer of Ice Resin). If you have always wanted to try resin but can't quite get started, I would recommend this book.
I started by taping a white plastic garbage bag (which I bought at a dollar store) to a board. I used kitchen sponges (also bought at a dollar store) cut into wedge shapes to apply the resin. I started by glazing the maple spinners into pairs of twos with a bit of wire between the join points(I recently found some spinners that were still joined in the middle. If you have those I would not break them apart but use them joined). I did mine flat on the plastic, but when I do it again, I'll try and hang them so they resin doesn't pool so much. Wait 24 hours. In the mean time, I gathered or dug out of my stash all the other parts. The body and legs are one root that were collected along a logging road. The arms are another root that I wired to the body. The head is the rock inside of a sycamore bomb. The hair is the inner part of a dried rose. It took about...5 different resin applications to get it all together, but now that I've done it, I think I can do it in three steps. Then I just wired it to a rock and one more resin coating.
This was so much fun to make. And though it seems very delicate, it is way tougher then it looks