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
I was paired up with RobbinZombie for the Loyal Mutant Swap of 2014!! I wanted to play around with her log on name so I made her this little applique quilt "card"
The beak and the wing bone are from a set of gloves. They glow in the dark. I used some red paint to obscure some of the blue stripes in the chest to make it look more like a robin with mold, instead of a striped robin. The black part is a skull pattern from a sweatshirt I got to cut up for stuff..like this It was a fun and quick project
As soon as I heard about this challenge, I knew I was going to play with pull tabs. For one thing, I knew I had well over 100 of them. I also wanted to incorporate my new crafting love, resin. And of course, it needed to glow in the dark some how. If I was going to bother to make it all glow, I wanted to make sure it was easy to charge up. That's when I decided to make a lamp shade for our back entry way. It was just an old school "pineapple" style clear glass dome....
OKies...lets start at the beginning. I counted out my 100 tabs, and safety pinned them into groups of 5, so I wouldn't loose track of any of them. Then, I unrolled strips of packing tape and put them into a plastic box, sticky side up. I wanted to make sure they stayed still, so I used magnets on either side of the box lid to help to keep things from slipping around. I layed out the tabs on to the tape. After they were all layed out, I went over them all with a brayer to make sure the tape was well stuck to the back of the tabs. Then mixed my resin with my glow powder. I used a pop sickle stick to drizzle little bits of the glow resin into one of the hols of the tab, being careful to not get any into the other hole. Well...best laid plans and all, some of the tabs were not sealed as well as I hoped, and the resin did creep out. But it was not a complete disaster, as that was enough to seal the tabs, and I just had to do do another coat of the glow resin the next day. Then it was just a mater of peeling them off the tape, and clipping off the extra resin bits..
After that, I repined them together, just to make sure I had my count right..
The hardest part of the project was deciding how to attach them to the lamp. I wanted miniature chicken wire, but could nto find any of that (the lady at the craft store showed me the miniature chickens thay had when I asked her ) I also could not locate a mesh that I could buy in small enough quantity...they all wanted me to buy a complete roll. My mom found these at a by the pound thrift store..
So, I clipped them in sets of two holes diagonally, so that when I folded the strips, the holes matched up. I rolled them over with a brayer to get them nice and smooth.
Once that was done, I folded the strips lengthwise, to form an L shape. The open side went along the glass, and the folded side became where the tabs would go through. I made one hole at the end of the strip larger, to go around the brass knob at the bottom of the glass. Then I molded the strips along the glass. I used an aluminum tape that I had to secure the end to the glass top. As it turns out, aluminum tape doesn't really want to stick to aluminum, but it stuck to the glass fine, so I just had to add more tape along the edge that fit up to the glass to get it to all stick together. The whole thing was super fiddly but I eventually got it to stick satisfactorily...
I decided to not use jump rings and just cut the tabs to go through the holes, so it would weight as little as possible.
Then I just had to feed the open end through the holes. I used pliers to make sure the tab ends were clicked back into alignment. Due to the top of the tab hole haveing a flat surface, they hang off to one side. Not what I was expecting, but I think it helps the glow to charge better, as the aluminum strip is not obscuring the light source. OOh yeah...and I bought a 100 watt equivalent LED to put into the outlet, for 20 bucks!
Thankfully, though the bulb is wider then a traditional bulb, the mouth of the shade still fit over it
Then it was just a mater if setting it into place. As it turns out, it is quit hard to take a good photo of it, either off or on. It is not obtrusive in the daylight. When the light is on, it shines and shimmers off the shinny aluminum and helps to diffuse the 100 watt brightness. ANd it doesn't take long to charge and glows for many hours. I think it looks a bit like a deep sea jelly fish of some sort when it's all charged up. Here's a few more pics of my photo attempts..
I'm quite happy with. I hope you enjoyed my process