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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / DON'T BLINK! (or- i just can't seem to post without a ton of images!) on: March 31, 2011 11:34:32 AM
Don't Blink!



greetings craftsters!
an aside to the mods, i never know where to put these altered dolls that aren't playthings, so this one's going here :/

i confess it.  i'm a geek. and a proud one at that. i'm also a longtime doctor who fan. i grew up watching the 4th doctor (tom baker) and was never very satisfied with the ones that came after, until the series was revamped in 2005. i've successfully indoctrinated my husband into the whoniverse (we are also huge torchwood fans) and decided to decorate our bathroom with the scariest themes of the whoniverse. the bathroom is a work in progress, but i'll get to posting more about it later, i promise. it occurred to me that one of the most obvious monsters for me to make in particular was a weeping angel barbie. for those not in the know, weeping angels are creatures that appear to be statues of angels with their hands over their eyes (hence the name), but whenever someone (or something) is not looking at them they can move-fast. even blinking can allow them to get you. so here's the "why," now i'll show you the "how."

i cut a wing shape out of craft foam and added details with hot glue.



i discovered that even jointed armed barbies' arms are not in a proper position to cover their eyes so i had to cut and reattach the arms at the elbow. more hot glue.... a high temp gun makes all the difference here. her arms aren't going anywhere.





i also took the time to glue all of her joints so they are solid and attach her to a base- yes, with wooden skewers.



a simple gauze dress was added. the gauze allows for the proper folding and drape (once paint and glue are added) to be indicative of the romanesque statues the weeping angels disguise themselves as. also in the picture below you can see peeking out from behind one of her wings my rendition of the bottle of tears from the torchwood episode "from out of the rain"



then came the problem of her hair. despite barbie's fashion sense, styling her hair any more than ponytail or down is next to impossible. in order to create the carved waves seen in statuary i needed to rely on my trusty glue gun again.



i next used craft glue to settle her dress more, and prepare the piece for priming.



and somehow i didn't get a pic of the piece primed, but just imagine the entire piece white Wink
instead of trying to fake the stone texture myself i decided to use a textured spraypaint. i am quite pleased with the results!







and here she is in her proper place. i am quite pleased with how well she fits with the small shelf i had lying around. ....and do not worry for me who fans, i am placing a mirror directly opposite her so she will be trapped Wink



as always questions, comments and criticisms are all welcome Smiley

thanks for looking!
-fayeven
22  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: MOOSE!! -pleasantly plump with images ;) on: February 17, 2011 08:37:44 PM
Thanks Smiley  the guy that dressed as the moose is a friend of mine, but so were the folks putting on the party Wink
23  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: MOOSE!! -pleasantly plump with images ;) on: February 17, 2011 05:09:14 PM
thank you so much!
24  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / MOOSE!! -pleasantly plump with images ;) on: February 17, 2011 03:53:15 PM


greetings all,

i wanted to share with you a project i finished recently that was so much fun to make! i was commissioned to make a moose costume for a local event. the only guidelines were "the goofier the better" and it was requested that he have chest hair Wink

well, i tell you, i was super excited, but i had *no idea* where to start for the head portion. i have lots of experience under my belt both in costuming and plush creatures, but i'd never made a mascot type head before..... so i went to the internet! i found the most *amazing* site by an incredibly talented young woman that totally saved my day. she has a bazillion detailed tutorials and her pieces are just spectacular. check her out at www.matrices.net despite fabulous tutorials this was still a learning process for me so there was still some trial and error. sure, there's stuff i would do differently next time, but all in all i'm pretty proud of the results.

apologies for the "messy studio" pics.... this is how i work Wink



here he is in his first phase.... so far he's made up of 1/2" foam and hot glue (i used *so much* hot glue on this project.... you would not believe!) the red strip on his cheek is plastic canvas, used to stabilize the piece yet still be flexible.





next were the antlers. i cut the shape out of more plastic canvas and covered one side with 1/2" foam. then on the canvas side i glued wooden skewers, cut to size, and added more canvas to stabilize the middle, then i covered this side with 1/4" foam.






here he is with more canvas to carry the weight of the antlers as well as to make them easier to attach.




antlers attached, and more foam added to give his face more dimension and personality. i love these pics on my mannequin, Stone, they are just so absurd!



i'm nearly finished foaming here.... he just needed a sneer...





yep. there he is. Wink






now onto "furring." instead of faux fur i used a stretch panne velvet as i was never satisfied with the furs available. the teeth and gums you see here are made from more foam. the colored craft foam kind this time.



and here is where i started covering the antlers. they are covered in flannel.



and now he has ears and nostrils, both covered in felt.




and at this point i decided he needed a bottom jaw as i decided he needed a tongue... (part of what i mean when i said i'd do some things differently next time)  Roll Eyes





mouth lined with more felt and he has eyes now.... these are made from plastic bowls... yes you read that right! this is the part i would really change next time. i didn't use the proper bowls as i was in a time crunch and after running a few places i got the best i could find at the time. i wish i'd found something bigger so i could have a smoother curve instead of the ridge he has, but you live and you learn.






here's his tail. it's designed to be threaded through a belt in the back (that's what my hand is going through)



and this is my third and final attempt at a moose hand.... sometimes i just don't understand why some parts are so hard. this was supposed to be the easy bit, but i was over complicating it. they ended up being just simple gloves out of the stretchy panne and felt. for some reason i didn't get a final finished picture, but the only difference was that i hand sewed the felt onto the panne at the overlap, making them more like one piece, subtle, but effective i think.






and two shots of my "helpers".... one looking sooooo comfy i didn't have the heart to move her, the other exuding his macho nature by using a pincushion as a pillow! weirdos! (and don't worry, the glue gun was cold Wink





i realize now that i didn't get a pic of the dickie i made to put under the lumberjack shirt.... it was really simple, made mostly of the panne, accentuated with a black faux fur i found for chest hair.

here he is in all his glory:



thanks for reading, as always, comments, critiques and questions are welcome! have a wonderful day!
-fayeven
25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Bacon Bouquet on: February 17, 2011 11:08:00 AM
that is brilliant!
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: It Came From The Deep ... I Mean, The Hoop!! (Tentacle Stumpwork Embroidery) on: February 17, 2011 08:58:49 AM
this is simply amazing!  the idea as well as the execution....  i bow to your awesomeness!
27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Huldra on: December 29, 2010 09:20:54 AM
thank you guys so much  Grin  folklore and history are really a passion of mine so getting to put them all into this little lady was such a joy!
28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Huldra on: December 16, 2010 09:20:48 AM
greetings craftsters! i am so excited to finally be able to post about this next piece. it was commissioned as a gift some months ago and has been gifted so i can post her!



What is a Huldra? Huldre are Scandinavian fair-folk, usually described as beautiful women until their cow's tails are revealed.... this little lady is obviously embracing much more of her cow's nature and isn't afraid of being found out. she's amongst friends here.
more information about huldre can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huldra

that infamous tail:


her hooves.



i chose her hair color and style because i fell in love with the look highland cattle have: http://www.birchimages.co.uk/galleryimages/Highland%20cattle%20Scotland%202.JPG



this huldra is still connected to her roots and is wearing a bronze-age style string skirt as seen here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egtved_Girl

so, what's with the two sticks? this was a commissioned gift for a very special and very talented woman i am honored to know. she is a volva (staff-carrier) and uses her stav (staff) to create music... more info here: http://karitauring.com/about.html


i got to use my new rotary tool to craft the stav and tine from sticks given by the maple tree in my backyard. i'm absolutely in love with the tools now and have no idea how i existed without it before!



and here she is, ready to dance and play!




thank you so much for looking!
and questions, comments, criticisms are most welcome!


and for a few more photos you can go to my blog...
29  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Gobble Gobble! Let's talk turkey!! on: November 22, 2010 02:01:52 PM
this is such a fantastic idea!  ....i wonder how many generations of american children made hand turkeys on paper and brought them home to their folks during thanksgiving??  this idea is just wonderful!  nostalgic for those of us that remember these from our childhood (or our children's childhoods) and fun and squishable for the newest generation of turkey artists Wink  fantastic!
30  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Lego Minifig Costumes on: November 19, 2010 10:36:31 AM
these are genius!!!
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