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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Abandoned Toys - Edgar on: May 19, 2016 05:13:19 AM
Me again with yet another Abandoned Toy. Can't stop making these!

Here is Edgar

I find abandoned toys quite regularly on my travels. Here is the before shot, with a group of other toys ready for customisation. You may recognise Darla the Ragdoll from my post here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=447805.0

As you can see, he was very plain and oversized. First job was to dye him purple:

The colour didn't take perfectly, it faded a lot, but I like the macabre colour he turned out.

Next step was to slim him down a little. I took in some of the seams in his head to give it more shape and with the foam pieces stuffing it made him delightfully lumpy and misshapen Smiley

I added some applique skulls to his body before stuffing.

Next were the eyelids and mouth to give him a more sinister look. Love the dark purple. Then I glued in a set of resin teeth to complete the look and added some oversized stitching.

I love how he turned out in the end Smiley

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mad March Hare - Abandoned Toys on: May 17, 2016 12:34:58 PM
New Abandoned Toy! Gotta say I love this one!

I found this toy rabbit after the flea market. It was really badly made, all of the features were glued on and it was stuffed with polystyrene! Horrible stuff. Had to make sure not to get it everywhere when I destuffed it.

Here he is before the transformation, with another toy I found the same day:

I stuck the skin through the washing machine and it gave it a really cool distressed look, all the fur matted together in clumps. I tried to dye it blue, but the fur is a high polyester blend so it didn't really take, it just dulled down the bright pink and yellow nicely.

I've been wanting to sculpt an entire face for a while. I used Milliput 2 part epoxy clay to sculpt with and added resin teeth that I found on ebay. My mailman must get worried sometimes haha.

I added a metal loop into the back of the features to sew them onto the face, then I used superglue to make them lay flatter and blend in more.

I added some applique card suits before I sewed him back up, and sewed some pipecleaners into his ears to make them poseable and stand up.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Darla the Ragdoll on: May 12, 2016 09:14:20 AM
Hi everyone, here is another toy I made for my abandoned toys theme.

I found this ragdoll discarded after a flea market.

I took out the stuffing and gave her a wash in the washing machine. The irises of her eyes washed away, I think they were some sort of vinyl. It actually gave her a really creepy look so I didn't paint them back. Now she's a happy little goth girl Smiley  Who doesn't love skull dresses?

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Chair woven with Upcycled Belts on: April 22, 2016 08:09:23 AM

Hi guys this is my latest project Smiley I found an old chair which was missing it's seat. Rather than making a new seat I used old belts I bought from the charity shop to weave a new one. Belts are great to work with as they just buckle up underneath and are really easy to pull tight!

I decided to showcase the belt buckles on the back of the chair, where they won't catch on your legs when you sit down. It's super comfy!

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Valentino - Creepy Teddy Bear - Abandoned Toys on: April 12, 2016 02:05:18 PM
Initially bought as a valentine's gift, all this poor bear knew was love and affection. Sadly, relationships don't always pass the test of time and Valentino was one of the first casualties. Tossed in the trash during a lovers' quarrel his little cotton heart broke, and so did his mind. He quickly became feral and now roams the streets in a crazed desperation to find love once more.....

Another toy saved from landfill!  Grin
Valentino has a mouth and claws sculpted from Milliput 2 part epoxy clay, which is set hard like plastic. If you guys haven't tried it, get some! It's amaaaaaazing for sculpting. For his claws I fed a wire through the fur first and twisted the ends together and sculpted the claws onto the wire. It sets within 12 hours or so. Love the stuff!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Beatrix - Creepy Doll - Abandoned Toys on: April 12, 2016 06:18:54 AM
Laying broken in a pile of doll limbs Beatrix knew her days of childhood play were over. Summoning all her strength she could muster, she dragged her broken torso over to the headless remains of a Barbie doll. She had found her new body. After performing a very successful head-swap surgery on herself, she wandered off into the wilderness in search of a better life.

I sculpted her a new thicker neck with Milliput so the new head attaches really well and is fully pose-able, not fixed in one place.

The cat got jealous and wanted to be in the photoshoot too  Roll Eyes
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Laser cut Vinyl Record Clocks on: April 04, 2016 02:19:52 AM
When I started working at a company with a laser cutter/engraver my mind went wild with upcycling possibilities!

Here are 3 clocks I have made out of repurposed vinyl records. It's amazing how intricate and precise the laser will cut. I had to dremel the hole in the centre of the record a little wider so that the clock mechanisms fit, but only slightly.

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Nearly-headless Nick - The Punk Teddy Bear on: April 04, 2016 02:00:49 AM
I've recently started rescuing abandoned toys from the street. Most of them I find broken after a flea market and destined for landfill. I found this guy with his head hanging off, held on by only a few stitches (Hence the name Nearly-headless Nick) so I had to save him. Rather than sew his head back on perfectly, I thought I would add a zipper to remind us of his near demise. There is a little pocket behind the zipper, so his stuffing doesn't fall out when you open it  Wink

As with my other abandoned toy projects, I like to make it look like he has had to repair himself and face the hard world alone.

Long gone are his childhood days, he now has a new life as the mascot for The Reinfected punk revival band on the Costa del Sol. The band love him and he tours with them all over the coast.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Keyboard Art: Part 2 on: April 18, 2015 04:12:26 PM
I've been wondering what to do with these bases for a while. I used all the keys on other projects and didn't want to just throw away the rest when I was done with it. I hate waste! Then I realised they would make really cool frames....  Smiley

and another that my friend made, we had a bit of a crafty night Smiley
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Skull art made from recycled keyboards on: April 09, 2015 12:45:48 PM
Here's a picture I have been making from various colour keyboard keys. I filled the gaps with epoxy resin, but it took ages to dry (like six months!  Shocked ) so I guess I used the wrong type!

Now I just need to figure out a cool way to frame it. Any suggestions?

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