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1  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

2  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.
3  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!
4  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

5  UNITED STATES / Colorado / Denver Craft Show - Denver Center of International Studies on: December 02, 2011 09:41:45 PM
I will be a vendor at a Denver area craft show.

It is located at Denver Center of International Studies 574 W. 6th Ave from 9-2 on December 3.

There are 25+ vendors and include everything from jewelry to food to lots of handmade treasures.

6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mini Dr Who on: October 31, 2011 09:30:44 PM
This year my  six year old son decided he wanted to be the Matt Smith version of Dr Who. I was more than happy with his choice and set out to acquire the pieces needed for an accurate Dr Who.

The pieces in this outfit were from thrift shops and eBay, except the bow tie. I made the bow tie following a tutorial on youtube by the sewing guru. However, every piece with the exception of the shirt required tailoring. The pants had to be hemmed as well as taking in the width of the legs. I had to take up the sleeves of the jacket. The suspenders were actually two pairs of adult suspenders one of which I used the hardware and the other I used the elastic. I also scuffed the shoes with sandpaper as they were purchased new from Target. The sonic screwdriver was purchased online.

My son was pretty pleased with the costume although we were all disappointed I was unable to find a tweed jacket. His ended up being corduroy, because apparently finding a tweed jacket in childrens size that is the right shade and only two buttons is very difficult. Although I did not make this from scratch I did put a fair amount of labor tailoring the pieces to make them a appear more like Dr Who.

Please feel free to leave your questions and comments about this costume.

Also if anyone knows where to get a Dr Who type tweed jacket in children sizes please let me know.  Wink
7  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Pumpkin Pi on: October 29, 2010 08:39:12 PM
Pretty simple... pumpkin pi. It took about 10 minutes to create. I just free handed the pumpkin. I did not use a stencil or anything.

Comments always welcomed!

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Argh... kids eye patch on: August 14, 2010 01:20:54 PM
My son requested that I post this project for a children's eye patch that fits over his glasses. Recently we learned that our five year old would need to wear an eye patch to treat amplyopia in his right eye. In addition to the eye patch he also has to wear glasses and the doctor told us about patches that fit over the glasses, but after calling around locally I quickly realized that I would have to order one online. Since school is coming up I decided I wanted to start the therapy with the eyepatch ASAP I decided to make one loosely based on a tutorial, which can be found here http://lucykatecrafts.blogspot.com/2008/02/eye-patch-tutorial.html

The eye patch has a sleeve to to slide the lense into. (This is his serious face a.k.a. deer in headlights)

I made essentially a buttonhole to put the nose pad through to secure the patch.

There is a curve to this patch so it lies flush against the skin and prevent light from penetrating the eyepatch

I know the pics are not the best because they were taken with a camera phone.

Comments welcome
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The baddest pony on the block on: August 29, 2009 07:13:13 PM
My four year old son really enjoys My Little Ponies. However, they weren't exactly tailored for boys. In fact most are nauseatingly girly, and well despite the love of ponies my son is definitely all boy.

My solution was to purchase blank toy ponies and customize them according to his specifications. This isn't the first custom pony I have made, I just always forget to get pictures before they are lost in the abyss.

My son was very specific about the gun on the butt of the pony. I tried to steer him in another direction, but was unsuccessful. He picked the colors of the body and the hair. The stitches were my touch  Wink.

I primed the pony with plastic primer and sprayed the entire pony flat black. After a black base I taped off the hooves and created a tiny sticker out of painters tape to create the stitches and the gun and sprayed the entire pony purple. I colored the hair with a fabric marker. Not the best way but he wanted so many colors of hair I did not want to do a re root.

I would love to get to some feedback and opinions.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Teeny, tiny gnome (lots of pics) on: July 03, 2009 07:50:12 PM
Lately I have become slightly miniature obsessed and since there is a really awesome dollhouse/hobby shop down the street I have been able to buy awesome pewter miniatures to paint. Today I bought a lawn gnome to put on my Blythe dolls dresser.


I put him on a penny for scale.

Here is what he looked like when I first got him. I had already started painting him when I took the picture.

Comments are much appreciated.
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