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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My Little 'Zilla - My Little Pony custom on: January 19, 2013 04:43:03 PM
Awesome, and thanks for sharing, but do you bake it too? I went to the link they said 'let it cure'.

Boiling is an alternative to baking. The tutorial is worded kind of funny, the comments posted in the tutorial clarify that boiling is an alternative to baking. I also want to mention that in theory, boiling water is not a high enough temperature to "fully cure" the clay. However it does harden the clay enough to sand and is hard to the touch.

Hope this helps.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My Little 'Zilla - My Little Pony custom on: January 18, 2013 11:34:23 PM
One question - do you actually chuck it in the boiling water or do you put it in a bag or steam it?

I use tongs to submerge the entire object straight into rapid boiling water. Time varies depending on thickness. I generally use Super Sculpey, but I have cured Primo and and Regular Sculpey as well using the boiling technique.

Here is a general tutorial on how to do them on a custom vinyl toy (Munny)

If you google "boiling sculpey tutorial" you should be able to read up on this more.

Everyone does it a bit different depending what type of plastic you are sculpting on to, so there is some trial and error to it.

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My Little 'Zilla - My Little Pony custom on: January 18, 2013 06:55:05 PM
I made this a while back for a custom toy show. It is from a white blank My Little Pony. I pulled the mane and tail and used a wire support for the tail. I sculpted directly on the pony using sculpey. A common technique to "baking" the clay on the figures is to boil the entire pony to harden the clay. This worked well. After some light sanding to blend any seems, I airbrushed the base green and did the details by hand. I used acrylic paint.

Painting in progress.

During the sculpt process.

In case anyone's interested I included the links to two of my past custom toy projects.

Another Custom My Little Pony

Custom Hello Kitty

4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / $9 Ice Angry Bird costume on: January 18, 2013 11:41:33 AM
My son is getting older and every year I hunt for the perfect Halloween costume for him. However, I have learned that spending too much on a costume he will only wear once is illogical. This year I decided to do Halloween on a budget. To my delight this costume cost around nine dollars. I also have an adequate amount of felt left over.

Felt 4.90
Thread 2.97
Fleece 1.50

Total 9.37

The body is felt. The hat is fleece. The face was free hand cut going off of a picture online and sewn on with coordinating thread using a walking foot. This took about 2 hours from start to finish.

My apologies for the picture quality, it is a cell phone pic.
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Ice Angry Bird 2012 on: January 18, 2013 11:20:12 AM
This is beautifully done. What a lucky boy! My son wanted to be an ice bird too so I feel your pain when trying to redirect to a different bird. It looks great!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Amazon box turned into display shelves on: January 18, 2013 11:09:17 AM
So for years I have been on the hunt for a way to display my relatively large Kidrobot/vinyl toy collection. Most of these are relatively small (3.5 inches high) and I have a lot of them, at least a couple hundred. My house was random toys strategically placed in clusters everywhere. Originally, I was planning on commissioning a family friend to build several small shelving units  to display them in a pleasing way... But then I started running the numbers and I figured I would need need at least nine 12" by 12" to hold just the highlights in my collection. After discussing this with my husband we decided right now is not the time to spend money on a display because we are looking into purchasing new furniture and we want to ensure whatever we get built is complimentary. Deciding I could not face another year with toys on every flat surface I formulated a temporary solution.


Picture of joints

Corner close up

To make this I used a medium sized Amazon box and cut 2.5" by 12" strips. It is approximately 12" by "12 with a depth of 2.5". I hot glued three strips together to create sturdier "boards". For the two sides of the shelf I used smaller rectangles to allow the shelves, top, and bottom to fit into a groove. It is all held in place with hot glue. I was shocked at how sturdy it is. The toys are light so I wasn't too worried, but the shelf could definately hold up more if need be. I plan on doing a 3 by 3 configuration and I am testing to see if Command Picture Hanging Strips will hold them up. So far so good. If this doesn't work I can glue hanging hardware to the back.

Originally I was going to cover the corrugated edges with paper tape and paint them, but I kind of like the cardboard look. I would love to hear opinions on paint or no paint.  As always questions and comments are always welcomed and appreciated!
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Paddling swan, acrylic and pen on board on: April 12, 2012 08:28:12 AM
This is beautiful. I love the swan and the way you utilized the wood. Great job!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hello Lucy - Hello Kitty DIY vinyl toy on: April 01, 2012 11:31:44 AM
I love customizing vinyl toys. Here is my latest creation inspired by my beloved cat Lucy. The customization is done on a Hello Kitty Series 3 toy I purchased from Urban Outfitters that I removed the paint from. I used acrylic paint.


Lucy and Hello Lucy lounging on the table.



Other Side

This is what the original looked like out of the box. I removed the paint with acetone, sanded with 400 grit sand paper, and then primed it with krylon spraypaint in a flat white.

I would love to hear anyones thoughts and suggestions, or of any techniques used to strip off existing paint.  Smiley

If any one is interested here are some links to other custom toys I have posted in the past

My Little Pony

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Many Mini Quilts on: March 24, 2012 08:20:29 PM
I love the bird and sunset. But I have to say my favorit is the last one that is hand quilted Wink . As usual all your work is beautiful.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mug Rug Swap R3 Gallery on: February 09, 2012 06:33:01 PM
Today I received from waggonswest. She sent me a lovely modern inspired mug rug that actually is quite ample in size. It measures about 12 inches by 7.5 inches. I actually love the grey. It is nice to have something that my male dominated house can also enjoy. Some of my cousins and my brothers make fun of my kitten coasters, so I am totally gonna bust out this gem at their next visit.

I love the stitching.

A picture of the back.

I am so pleased that I received two wonderfully unique mug rugs. Both my partners, xxmyjelloxx and waggonswest, made wonderful mug rugs that I will cherish for years to come.
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