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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sailor Mercury doll (a few photos) on: July 03, 2013 04:12:33 PM
Hello all!  Just wanted to share the doll I recently finished.  It is a cyborg Sailor Mercury, equipped with a gun for an arm.  I made her as a gift for my cousin, as we were both super crazy about Sailor Moon as kids when we lived together.  Why a cyborg? Well, originally Naoko Takauchi planned to make Ami *so* intelligent that she wasn't even human, but a robot.  This idea was tossed out before the anime was started, but is still referenced through jokes in the show.  She also planned on having poor Ami lose an arm one story arc, but I guess they thought it was too graphic for kids or didn't fit the story line well enough.  Either way, I took those two tossed aside points about the guardian of water and intelligence and RAN WITH IT. 

I did have some problems while making her.. I burnt a few pieces (like the tops of her arms, and small parts on her back), which totally made me cry.  But I pushed through it, even though I wanted to throw the entire thing in the garbage when that happened (at about the 50 hour mark).  I've since learned some techniques to avoid burning your polymer clay, sigh sigh sigh.

She is made from a crystal polymer clay, with wire armature.  She has articulated elbows, shoulders, ankles, knees, hips and head (my first time trying to make a doll head that could move!).  She is 10.5 inches from head to foot.  I am pretty happy with how she turned out, and even better is that she made it across the ocean to England without a single break!  Hurrah!  Critique, feedback or tips are always welcomed!!  I have a couple work in progress shots on my blog (and there is a link to my behance account as well if you want more photos of her).   

https://bulbasaureyes.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/sailor-mercury-ooak-doll/


(sans arms all together)










2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / La Doll Clay Question and Doll WIP on: March 10, 2013 01:20:16 PM
So, I've been working on this doll for.. a while now (sigh sigh).  I was just wondering if anyone else was working with La Doll Clay?  I'm not entirely sure how I should protect the clay once she is finished.. I think she would need some sort of thin layer of varnish or something?  Anyways, any tips, criticism are welcome. Oh, and she is about 12" tall (from toe tip to head top), she is kind of tiny and I'm not sure I would recommend doing something this small without more experience (which I totally don't have).  I also made a small rabbit to go along with her.  I have a few more photos of her on my blog, plus some WIP shots and more shots of Lapin on his own:

https://bulbasaureyes.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/diana-the-heir-on-the-moon-and-lapin/



3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Monster High: Customization questions (and my first face-up!) on: November 04, 2012 01:34:46 PM
I was just wondering if anyone here did any monster high custom stuff.. I have been looking online since starting mine and wow, I can't believe the amount of people who are interested in this too! 

Any who, if anyone is, or knows about BJDs (since the answers would be the same or similar I think)..
Does anyone know where I can find simple patterns for clothes to fit their bodies?  I am having a heck of a time with their ridiculously arched backs and over all skinny frame.
Why does my paint sometimes pool on top when I'm painting her face instead of washing on all nice? (I used water colours for this). 
Has anyone successfully made new limbs for a Monster High doll, instead of buying the kits?  THe doll I have is missing her arms from the elbow down, and I don't want to buy her new arms, although I'm fine with making her a cool doll sans arms.. I've considered making her out of polymer clay, but I don't know how I would go about the attachment part, since it seems to be a little specific. 
Or any other tips, and pointers, especially if you see that I am making some obvious or stupid mistake.. lol.
Anywho, here is my first attempt at a face-up (I don't have a gloss sealer yet, but it's on my purchase list)

I also have given her a spa treatment, her hair was a crazy matted mess when I found her, but now it is big and beautiful!
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Selling 35mm film as a supply? on: June 16, 2012 06:57:35 AM
So my partner and I have a really large collection of 35mm film trailers (probably around 300), from various movies between 2006-2011, plus some that are older (from the 90's and some from the 80's).  I've tried to use some for craft projects (I made a desk light, bows, and bookmarks), but there is just no way that I can use all of them (and a lot of them I don't personally care for). 

They are taking up a lot of space in my tiny house, so my question is... do you think they would sell on Etsy as a supply?  I think that a lot of people are interested in crafts with them, but don't have access to them (especially since 35mm film is going to die by the end of the year).  I found another seller on Etsy selling them, but they seem to only have a few (where as we have some super hot titles like Twilight, Harry Potter..). 

What do people think though?

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / how do you organize/ keep patterns? on: January 19, 2012 11:55:37 AM
(first off, I'm sorry mods if this is in the wrong forum, I looked at all of them and thought that this was the best place to plop it)

So, I need some help!  I was wondering how others, who have/ make etc a lot of patterns, how they store them while not in use?  At first, I was keeping my patterns in a green plastic folio (with dividers), but it only has 6 dividers (and I've looked for ones with a lot more, I've only found a few and they are e-x-p-e-n-s-i-v-e).  My patterns tend to have a lot of different, tiny pieces (as they are not for clothing but for stuffed animals) and I keep losing pieces of them without having an easy organization system.  I was hoping for something a little DIY, and not just directing me to any particular "product" (if that makes sense.. I mean, I'm not interested in buying a fancy system or anything, I just need something that works!).

Please share how you keep your patterns organized!! 


6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pillow made from vintage table cloth. on: November 30, 2011 09:56:17 AM
I found this small vintage table cloth the other day, and originally I was planning on cutting it all up, using the print in different ways as accents on new pillows.. but, like I always do, I got it home, looked at it, and decided there was no way I could cut this fabric apart.  Its too pretty.  Soooo I decided to make one big pillow case using it.
Since the fabric is white, I decided to make it a pillow case, and then make a pillow insert for it.  It took about 4 hours for both parts, and cost me only $8.99!  I love my new pillow, and it matches my living room perfectly. ^_^
If anyone is interested, I could do a tutorial, did I mention that I didn't use a sewing machine at all?

Here is a shot of the front and the back of the pillow:

And a few close ups of the fabric:
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bad memories turned into Awesome! 35mm film light on: August 17, 2011 09:33:50 AM
So, me and my partner have lived together for four years.  Unfortunately, I moved into my house with a lot of furniture and stuff that I had accumulated from my previous relationship (since we had lived together for what seemed like the longest year of my life.. ).  Since my "new" (I say "new" because hes really not new now.. he's old now, haha) partner moved in with me with quite literally a suitcase of clothes, we had to make-do with the furniture that I had.  Since then we have added some awesome road-side finds and purchased one or two items.. but why buy new stuff when I can re-make my old, lame stuff? 

So I had a pair of these side table lights.  Previously I had an "Asian" themed bedroom (well, a terrible North American bastardized idea of Asian style, if you know what I mean), and so these kitschy lights kind of fit in.  But now, my bedroom has a way cooler theme of OUTER SPACE, with a colour scheme of dark blue, red, yellow and aqua. 

I'm posting the much prettier picture first..


And now to demonstrate the incredible transformation!


I love how it projects colours on to the walls at night, and during the day is a nice pop of yellow.  ^_^ Let me know what you think!

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / big, awkward fireplace in a small living room? on: August 17, 2011 09:18:28 AM
Okay, so I have been attempting to re-decorate my entire house for the past 8 months (did I mention I have no budget... yay!), so you can be expecting a lot of posts from me in the home sweet home forums for a while.  Wink  

Anyways.

One of the first "big" projects that I did was paint my fireplace.  It was seriously ugly before, and it clashed with the entire room, so I painted the brick a dark charcoal, and above a rich red.  To see a before picture you can check my blog here: https://bulbasaureyes.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/redecorating/



So.. fast forward to now.  Originally I was planning on having photo wire strung across (two lines, one mid and one along the top), and hanging posters and what not on them (as in the picture).  But I realized after that the front of the fireplace must be cement (duh), and I can't put any supports in the middle of wire and I really didn't like the saggy look (the posters have since been taken down).  Currently, the fireplace is really barren.. I just don't know what to do with it. The lights that were sitting on the mantle now took the hooks I had put in for the wire, and there is currently only two dinosaurs on the mantle (not a million).    

A big part of the problem is the size and location of the fireplace itself.  I live in a shotgun style home, so its really skinny.  To take those fire place photos, I'm actually standing on my couch.  My house is only 11ft wide, but is 17 feet long (it feels a lot longer than that because it just keeps going into my dining room, and then going into my kitchen.. ).  The fire place is a whopping 9 feet wide AND it juts out of the wall almost two feet.  There is simply no set up in the room that allows the fireplace to be a centre piece, we considered putting the tv above the fireplace but we can't sit far enough away from the fireplace to accommodate how high it would be.  

Any ideas?  
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Etsy Circles? (this might be a silly question..) on: August 11, 2011 07:10:49 AM
So I just joined and started an Etsy shop recently.  I'm trying to understand all of the extra stuff in Etsy, but am still confused by what "circles" actually are, how they help me.. or what exactly they do (if anything?).  I've had some people add me, which I think is a good sign?  

Forgive me if this is really obvious, sometimes I complicate things more than necessary which just confuses me. ^_^  

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sailor Moon... I mean Sailor Zoisite! (pic heavy) on: July 21, 2011 09:21:52 AM
I'm so happy that my partner received her package today, because it means I can post what I made her on here!  This was my first large doll (well technically my first doll at all, I had started another chibi plushie before but never actually finished it.... derr). 



It is Zoisite, disguised as Sailor Moon (from the espisode Sailor V Arrives on the Scene (actually I'm not sure that is the proper title, I'm going off of memory).  I was very worried about making his hair, but I think it turned out better than expected.  I also made a little Kunzite doll for Zoisite to hold onto. 


(heheh it IS a trap!)

It was important to me that the doll be able to hang up, like in the episode, so I tried to make the arms rather move-able.  I used sequins on the shoulders to attach the arms to the body, which makes it easier to move the arms around.










I learned a lot from making both of those dolls though.. I figured out how to sew on the hair a lot better when I did the second side of the head.  I had to cut the head open after I did the hair though because it made his head so heavy that it wasn't able to stay up (I put a pipe cleaner in there that I had bent a couple of times over, and it fixed it up pretty well).  Any criticisms/ tips or anything is really appreciated...  I'm still learning with dolls, and want to get better.  I think with my next doll I might try and make it more jointed.

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