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1  Re: Plush time-traveling DeLorean in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ld on: June 16, 2011 10:47:30 AM
Thanks everyone, you're the best!

Added some new functionality today before taking it out for another spin.  A mad scientist's work is never done.


"Hey Doc, we better back up, we don't have enough roads to get up to eighty-eight."



"Roads? Where we're going...



...we don't need...



...roads."
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2  Plush time-traveling DeLorean (now IMPROVED!) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ld on: June 09, 2011 09:24:57 AM
** ADDED: New functionality on page 3! **




My little plush tribute to one of the best film trilogies around. I still remember walking out of the theatre after the first Back to the Future--the first movie I'd ever been allowed to see without my parents--utterly blown away and wishing I could just stay inside and see it again and again.

The town square chase, Johnny B. Goode, the clock tower...sheer awesomeness, every minute of it.




But nothing was more awesome than that DeLorean.




Based off the original version of the time machine, the one we first see at the Twin Pines Mall, before any of the modifications were added in 1955 or 2015. I used screenshots whenever possible, pictures of toy models for difficult angles, and photos/diagrams of regular DeLoreans for reference.




My plush car designs are usually about 50-55 pieces each, and that's for plain vehicles. I don't even want to know how many this one took. The two big exhaust ports at the back took up 16 pieces between them alone!



^ The attachment points for the red/yellow/black cables running along the side are individually hand-tied 'cos I'm a dork



^ Here's how it looked before most of the car's trailing threads were clipped off.







The rear lights were done with fabric paint and embroidery.

The whole car's about 9 3/4" long, acrylic felt and stuffing, plus ribbon, embroidery floss, metallic cord and a few miniature buttons.





Eighty-eight miles per hour, baby!

Did you remember to pack your plutonium?
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3  Re: Yeeeehawwwww (dukes of hazzard car) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ld on: April 08, 2011 04:12:35 PM
Thanks everyone! I'd nearly thought for a while there that I was done with making plushes (this was my first new design since 2009) so I really appreciate all the nice comments  Smiley

Also:



STUNT JUMP ACTION SHOT
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4  Yeeeehawwwww (plush Dukes of Hazzard car) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ld on: April 07, 2011 11:39:19 AM
Added: a new pic farther down the page!




Oh those carefree Friday nights of yore, clustered around the TV with the rest of the neighborhood kids, just waiting for the Dukes of Hazzard theme song to start.




I even had a little die-cast model of the General Lee back then, banged up over time into a rather chipped-paint state from letting it fly over the floors and into walls and such. Hey, that thing was fast.

This one won't smash up so easily though Smiley






He's about 10.5" long, acrylic felt and polyfill. It took quite a while to puzzle out the geometry, but I love how he turned out.



And here he is meeting the '67 Chevy Impala from Supernatural and my beloved Bugatti Veyron 16.4 (who's had a bit more detailing added since I posted about it here).

Now no racing in the house, guys!
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5  Paper Wonderland (pic-heavy) in Winter Holidays by ld on: December 12, 2010 12:49:09 PM
A little paper holiday scene for the season.



A cozy winter cottage in the woods, a perfect place to spend a warm night with loved ones.



There's a little lake by the trees for skating, if it's frozen over enough...



...and a fireplace to warm you up again afterwards.









There's a tiny decorated tree inside.






With a quarter for size comparison.
The roof is about 1 7/8" high.


I assembled this the way I usually do my 3-D paper art, with one continuous piece of cardstock, no adhesives, and using cutting and folding only.

Happy Holidays to one and all ♥
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6  Heart, Paper, Elephant in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by ld on: November 23, 2010 08:05:03 PM
Ever have one of those days when your crafting mojo just goes on the fritz? I was trying to work on a few items yesterday and kept screwing them up one way or another, so I finally put them all aside and made this little sweetheart to cheer myself up.




I assembled her using my usual m.o.: one continuous piece of cardstock, no adhesives.

She stands about 1.75" high.







She's currently sitting atop my computer monitor, making me smile ♥
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7  "Inception" paper sculpture in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by ld on: November 14, 2010 04:33:53 PM
The local craft store had a sale on cardstock yesterday. I've never worked with cardstock before, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it out. It worked just as I'd hoped for this project.

Free-standing paper sculpture based on the film Inception.




This one follows the "rules" of my other paper cuttings: It's all one continuous piece of paper (in fact, aside from several sections taken out of the base no paper has been removed at all, which is a first for me); no adhesives; cutting and folding only.

A few more angles in different lighting:










Thanks to the thickness of the paper it stands up quite well on its own. I'm pretty much won over by cardstock.







It stands just under 4" tall, with a 7.5" long luxury hotel corridor.

Cut from a 7.5" x 11" sheet.

I'm still new to this kind of paper-cutting and I'm mostly self-taught, so I'm very happy this one worked out the way I envisioned.
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8  Sherlock: The Game (is on). in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ld on: October 04, 2010 09:11:16 AM
I made myself a little handheld dexterity puzzle based on the new BBC adaptation of Sherlock.





I usually build my playable shadow boxes inside wood boxes, but this one's inside a plastic petri dish.

Object of the game: Get Mycroft (purple) in the outer ring at the Houses of Parliament (Westminster station), and Lestrade (green) in the second ring at New Scotland Yard (St. James's Park station). No points for guessing which section Sherlock (black) and John (brown) ought to wind up in.



The "walls" include a sort of cobbled-together London streetscene...



...medical/chemistry equipment...



...police tape and an excerpt from a violin score (I've forgotten by who...Corelli perhaps?).






The underside.



The whole thing's about 3 1/2" across.


No fair cheating by taking off the lid. Who do you think you are, some sort of criminal mastermind?
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9  Burgundy dragon in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ld on: June 17, 2010 01:29:07 PM
It's been a while since I posted one of my plushes. This week I found some pictures of one of the last ones I did back in December, another of my dragons.




It's a custom variation on my first dragon design.

While I had sub-optimal lighting on the day and so the pictures are slightly fuzzier than I would like, they didn't turn out too bad.




You can't really see it through the lens, but the eyes are a light iridescent green.



Just to give you an idea of scale, the stand he's perched on is 2.5" in diameter.



This handsome fellow was commissioned for a gift. I had fun making him :-)
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10  Sherlock Holmes Box in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by ld on: January 21, 2010 09:28:00 AM
So I told myself I wasn't going to get involved in Sherlock Holmes fandom, even after seeing the new movie and enjoying it immensely.

But then I noticed my desk needed a new stationery box.




As much as I love making decoupaged boxes, it's been a long time since I found a theme that inspired me enough to do one. As usual, this is from scratch, with the exception of the glass-topped unfinished-wood box (which I sealed, painted, and varnished).

Anyone who's seen my earlier boxes knows of my fondness for period maps, so not surprisingly there's one in here, too.

This was a tough one to photograph; there are some faint patches/artifacts on the pictures that aren't actually there in real life, because my camera doesn't handle artificial lighting for close-up shots very well.




Inside, there's...



The gentlemen of the house...



...a c. 1887 engraving of a Stradivarius...



...a "piece" of an 1890 map of London...



...a bit from an 1890s printing of "The Boscombe Valley Mystery"...
(if you look close at the edge of the Holmes-Watson panel here you'll see it's slightly warped due to uneven gluing...I've since removed and re-glued it perfectly flat)



...and Gladstone.



The back is covered in black felt to protect my tabletops.




All in all I'm pretty pleased how it turned out. Now we'll see when I get tired of it enough to start properly putting paperclips and erasers in it...


Authentic Victorian scrollwork and border courtesy of The Graphics Fairy
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