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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Chemo Barbie reconstruction? on: March 10, 2006 04:01:31 AM
I love these ideas.  I had also been concerned about the little holes where the hair had been - I know we've all seen these when we've tortured our dolls as children.  Smoothing over them with some kind of compound is a good thought.  I had also been thinking of accessories, but oncologist Ken is a wonderful idea, especially since my friend is single!
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Chemo Barbie reconstruction? on: March 07, 2006 06:02:07 AM
Thank you, cataway!  I'll check those resources out.  It looks like the sticking point is going to be cutting the body.  I'm beginning to contemplate gettting a doll with a more solid or rubbery body and just sanding the heck out of it.  I think it'll be easier to sew a new costume for an easy-to-alter doll than to buy a doll with the right costume and have major problems altering the body.

I can always forget Wonder Woman and just make a new superhero - The Chemo Avenger! (insert trumpet fanfare here).
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Chemo Barbie reconstruction? on: March 06, 2006 05:36:21 PM
Great ideas!  I hadn't thought about the color change, but can totally see how that would happen.

Like any good crafty gal, I know my way around a Dremel.

ETA: These ideas will take the protrusion off the chest, but I'll still be left with a hole to close.  I'm thinking the boob plastic would be a good patch, assuming I use a non missile-y section, but how to adhere it?  Glue?  Tape?  Staples?
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Chemo Barbie reconstruction? on: March 06, 2006 03:35:15 PM
Howdy!  I want to venture into a new area of craft, and I could use some input.

A friend of mine is undergoing chemo, and I want to make her a Wonder Woman doll with a shaved head and just one breast.  Accessories would include a tiny bottle of pills, a chemo cap, and a little phone she can use to call her friends for support.  Plus some as-yet-to-be determined cancer-fighting weapon.  I'm open to suggestion on other accessories, of course!

So the question is this:  Have you ever reconstructed a Barbie?  I thought I'd snag a beat-up one from a used toy store near here and do a dry run before tackling a good doll.  I'm not that worried about the head shaving, but I'm a little leery of the Barbie mascectomy.  I thought maybe I could cut it, then melt it together and try to draw a tattoo on it or something.  What I'd use to melt plastic, I don't know.  Would epoxy work better?  A friend of a friend had a suggestion, but said it would work if the doll was solid as opposed to hollow, which Barbie-type dolls are.

Any wonderful brainstorms on this project?
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Jayne Cobb Hat! on: February 15, 2006 05:34:26 PM
Geek-pride, you cut a very dashing figure in your gear.

Okay, you're actually too cute for words, but "dashing" sounds more manly.
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Jayne Cobb Hat! on: January 27, 2006 10:23:08 AM
Nice job, 3j0hn!  It manages to make you look both gruff and lovable at the same time, so kudos!
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Jayne Cobb Hat! on: January 24, 2006 03:22:04 AM
I only got to see it twice in theaters.  It's tough to get out when you have to arrange for a babysitter, so I saw it once with the hubby and once on my own while the hubby watched out daughter.  Would have seen it more if I could have!

As for the DVDs... well, it's been a few times, let's just say that.  Smiley
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Jayne Cobb Hat! on: November 28, 2005 03:15:57 AM
What else can I do to rough it up?


Got a dog?  You could let them have at it, but keep an eye on it to be sure they don't eat the pompom.  These things are pretty sturdy, though.  I've found my six-year-old swinging around ones that were destined to be shipped to customers, and you couldn't tell a darned bit of difference.

If you're making another, you could try going up a needle size for looser stitches.  It might not be quite as warm,  and you'd want to cast on fewer stitches, but if you also tried to keep your tension uneven it might help it look more rustic.  And by "rustic" I mean "crappy."  And by "crappy" I mean "Jayne-like."

And yeah, I definitely get notified via e-mail when someone responds.  This thread is great.  Smiley
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Jayne Cobb Hat! on: November 24, 2005 03:44:17 AM
Exceptionally cunning!  Great job, geek pride, I can tell you have the attitude to carry off such a special hat.  Smiley
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Jayne Cobb Hat! on: November 18, 2005 01:54:07 PM
I confess I crossposted on fireflyfans.net and on browncoats.serenity movie.net in the exchange section - and on the newly created LJ channel, bigdamnknitters.  Smiley

I was just too proud.

My favorite call/e-mail resulting from this article was from a little old lady who clearly had never heard of Firefly or Serenity.  She just wanted something nice to knit for her grandkids, and the Jayne hat was it.

I swear, it was just like I was talking to Jayne's mom.  I dropped the price for her and am rewriting the pattern to accomodate little heads, she was so sweet.  Smiley

I do want to rewrite a version using Cotton Fleece to be nice and machine washable for the little tykes, it's just a matter of finding time!
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