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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: "McDonalds will make you fat " Wesley Willis xstitch on: December 02, 2008 07:50:14 PM
That is beautifully done, I love the clean stitching on the text and speech bubble.
Wesley Willis and the fella who did the Minipops are both amazing, so this is a natural unison of their greatness into great art. Hehehe.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My First Polymer Clay/Cloth Doll: Victor the Lonely on: July 14, 2008 11:08:27 PM
This is so amazing and fantastic!  How much of him is cloth and how much is clay?
Anyhow, I really really love those shoes you gave him, they have so much personality.  I'm trying to make some polymer clay + cloth dolls of my own right now and I'm having a lot of trouble with the hair myself.  What technique did you use for Victor?

Aww, thank you! Basically every part that's visible (his shoes, hands, and face) are clay, and everything that's clothed (the rest of the body) is cloth, stuffed with plastic pellets to give it some weight. I had a lot of trouble with the hair as well, and I ended up using fabric glue and kind of crosshatching strands onto his head. I started at the base of the neck and worked my way up to the top of the head so the hair on top covered the gluey "roots" on the bottom. Haha, does that make sense? The fabric glue was a huge pain to work with, but holds really well. Honestly, I think you'd be better off with a little hot glue since it would dry quicker. One thing I can say about the fabric glue is that it's really great for holding the clay parts to the cloth parts (especially if you use a heat gun...but don't try this with hair, as the heat gun makes it shrivel up and frizz.) The top of his head is unfortunately really stiff from the glue; obviously I'm not an expert  Tongue I'll definitely be looking to improve my technique for my next doll...whew! Hope that helps, let me know if you still have questions or anything!

Thanks so much for the description!  So I'm assuming the head was baked by the time you tried to put the hair on?
I just found out about this technique called "wefting" in which you basically sew long strands of tissue to hair so that it hangs like tassels and wrap it around the head, gluing it on.  I have yet to try this, but until I saw this, I have been threading the hair through with a needle with a cut hole, through soft sculpey, which has lead to nothing but disaster.
I will look into fabric glue and hot glue guns though, because I'll probably wind up using one of those when I try wefting.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My First Polymer Clay/Cloth Doll: Victor the Lonely on: July 14, 2008 09:52:46 PM
This is so amazing and fantastic!  How much of him is cloth and how much is clay?
Anyhow, I really really love those shoes you gave him, they have so much personality.  I'm trying to make some polymer clay + cloth dolls of my own right now and I'm having a lot of trouble with the hair myself.  What technique did you use for Victor?
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Little fairy hand carved stamp on: June 25, 2008 08:39:55 PM
What a GORGEOUS carving, I love how smooth all the lines and details are, not to mention the fantastically carved backwards text. :0
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: The Horny Hooter (Mature Content) on: June 22, 2008 08:39:13 PM
that is so fantastic, I love how the feet are a little drawstring. Smiley Very neat idea, very well made!  I would definitely like one.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: LOLita [image universe] on: June 18, 2008 10:26:40 PM
I always love seeing your lolita clothing, it's absolutely gorgeous! Your posts are so inspiring! I'm very jealous of your awesome sewing skills.
Beautiful fabrics you found, too. Smiley Very fitting for lolita dresses!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Pied crow - 1st plush attempt. on: June 15, 2008 02:03:54 PM
Ananananananana! I loves it! And I found you! And he's really cute.
Oh my Vik! Smiley
I am happy to see you here.
Thank you!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Pied crow - 1st plush attempt. on: June 11, 2008 11:11:43 PM
That is AMAZING. I am a huge bird freak, and I love him.  He came out great!!

Even though he is a crow, you could always take some naming hints from the Tower Ravens, residents of  the Tower of London, in England:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4098894.stm

The Tower Ravens' names are:

Gwylum (male), aged 17
Thor (m), 14
Hugine (f), 10
Munin (f), 10
Branwen (f), 3
Bran (m), 2
Gundulf (m), 5 months
Baldrick (m), 5 months

... I was just reading about them today, which is partly why I am so delighted to see your awesome creature!

Anyway, he's really handsome. I would definitely buy a bird from you if you decided to make more. Good luck on your future projects Smiley

My goodness, that is so neat! Thank you for sharing.  They have some cute names, too.  I've always been fond of Thor, but they all look a bit too flashy for my crow.  He looks a bit timid.

And yes! He does look like a magpie, I didn't realize this until looking at photos, but magpies and pied crows both are black birds with white breasts.

Thank you everyone for your feedback. Smiley

And oh, SunflowerSmiles, I think it's acrylic felt, but I'm not 100% sure.
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pied crow - 1st plush attempt. on: June 11, 2008 06:04:32 PM
Hello, this is the first project I'm posting here since I joined.  As you can see by my name, I'm quite fond of crows, so after deciding that I wanted to start making more plush toys and 3D art I wanted to tackle a pied crow for my 1st plush toy!  (I took some artistic liberties with the markings and made the bottom sides of the wings white instead of black, and gave it stripy feet because it seemed appropriately cute!)

He doesn't have a name yet (but needs one, suggestions?)  He is about 10" big beak-to-tail.  I made the pattern for him myself, but had to make some modifications while sewing, I might be able to reproduce one based on what he turned out like if anyone's interested.  He is felt with a sculpey beak and feet.




(Detail of the foot because feets are cute!)
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: A vast array of tasties! on: June 11, 2008 06:03:47 PM
Those are all so cute!  I love the textures on them, they look very realistic. (Neat idea for using the dry charcoal, I haven't thought of using anything other than acrylic paint on sculpey before.) For some reason I'm really enticed by that semi-transparent look of the saltwater taffy.  Great job!
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