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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / New Plush Critters (pony, sea slug & frog) & a possible new pattern? on: December 11, 2012 02:41:50 PM
A family friend was actually interested in my plush animals, and wanted me to make a few for her kids. She has a little boy who she wanted a pillow for (which I made the sea slug/ Nudibranch; it is his FIRST actual pillow!) and a frog that he could carry around (his first stuffed animal as well). For her little girl, she wanted a pink princess pony cause her daughter loves ponies and horses. I found a great pony pattern from a user named voodoo-tiki on DA who has many great patterns and tutorials on how you can make your own ponies/ horses.



I am also working on revising and creating patterns. I made up a few laying down patterns (I have one for horses/ ponies, cats, dogs, etc) because I intend on going to some craft fairs and want to make up a variety of animals for my display, and have been gathering feedback from locals on what they and their kids like. I am also trying to try different things. Not to mention where I am, it is very, very country so horses, ponies, pigs, cows, roosters- farm animals and farm life in general is very, very popular. Since people around here have been complimenting me on the pony I made I decided I would go and make up my own pattern. There is a mini pony/ horse pattern I am working on as well. I honestly never thought I would be making ponies. It's defiantly a switch from my usual, and I am glad that people like it. I purposely wanted it to look different than the usual ponies I see in the style of the actual cartoons.

I also was surprised that people adored the little frog I made, so I plan on making some more frogs as well. Plus I love frogs myself. 

So for the new pattern- I decided I would try out an axolotl (of course I did). I think for the axolotls I will make the tail smaller and wider; cause it is very hard to get the tail fin to fit in such a small area. I think this pattern needs a little more poof to it. I still am in debate if I want the heads of the animals to be up like this one, or make it level with the body. Oh the decisions!



I am really excited to be doing all this new stuff, and if anybody has any advice on patterns, animals to make, colors, craft booth ideas, etc it would be greatly appreciated! I have worked many craft booths before with the company I design for, but I have been requested by various people to start working on my own booth because I make such "unique" items, I should show it and share them. So I am very excited to be involved locally and being able to network with other talented crafters around the area. It truly is a wonderful community to get involved in, and I feel so much more inspired to try new things. 

Thanks again for looking!

2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / I'm new to ceramics- help & advice needed! on: December 02, 2012 07:39:11 AM
Hello everybody,

We have a friend who has all these ceramic supplies they are selling for a bargain, (special ovens, machines, molds, paints, etc they used to run a ceramics business apparently) and we want to start a new hobby with everything. I have no idea where to start when it comes to this, I honestly know nothing about ceramics to begin with. I have seen some BEAUTIFUL ceramic art which I admire, and jumped on this whole opportunity to learn something new.

My Dad had some concerns since the items and materials are older (I'm going to estimate 15 years or so old) Some of the clay provided is apparently older and hardened; is there a way to work with this? The paints might have thickened as well, so I'm not sure if there is a solution to help ease up the thickness of the clay and perhaps paints.

I do have a long-term goal in mind for what we want to do with ceramics. My mom used to take classes and enjoyed making home-decor, our friend makes beautiful steel products in which some ceramic elements would enhance his product line and make it more unique, so it would become more like a collaboration between his company and us. I currently sew and work with jewelry, and see some beautiful works of art combined with ceramics to make jewelry and enhance collectable stuffed animals (some people make the face and hand paint it, add it to the fur, etc and make the "stuffed animal" now a collectible work of art). I know in order for us to do any of this- we need to learn and work with the basics. I figured with a long-term goal in mind, we can work with what we have and work our way up. I also noticed (if this is possible) the prices for my stuffed-animal eyes and parts are going way up- and someday, would love to be able to make my own eyes and perhaps my own mold for this (different sized eyes). However I do not know if that would be possible. It seems like we all (meaning my family) want to get into this art of ceramics, just need to take the first steps into it. I could not think of any better way than asking the people in the community right here. So many people on here helped me before with sewing and jewelry making, and I greatly appreciate all responses and feedback and trust this place more than any other community out there.

The basics, however, is where I need the help. I know this opportunity sale comes with two special ovens, two kilns, over 200 molds, various paints and clays. We are currently looking into local businesses who offer beginner classes so we can take these classes to further our education and skill set in ceramics.

If anybody has any advice on what to look out for, dos and don't, tutorials, even brands to go with as far as specific clays or paints I am open to all suggestions and would greatly appreciate any help. Even special videos would be great. My family has a lot of creativity going on- and I think this opportunity would be great for us all to start a new hobby and try something different.

I would like to thank everybody for their help and responses. If you would like feel free to email me any information and introduce yourself! I'm trying to also be more involved with the craft community by participating in local craft fairs and events with the company I design metal art for, which has really opened my eyes up to the possibilities and crafts out there.

Thank you all again!

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Some new Plushies + Hang Tag Tutorial. Make your own Hang tags! on: November 27, 2012 05:44:34 PM
Hello everybody!

I have had quite a few plush toys I made since the last time I posted, PLUS- now I have a hang tag tutorial! Learn to make your own hang tags and the tools you need to do so. I always wanted to put one together- and seeing I was a design/ print student (got my degree in design)- I always made my own tags, cards- everything. Well now I can share some of the tools I use and hopefully can help those out who want to start branding their own name and identity. It adds that finishing touch; and if you are looking to sell (craft fairs, online, etc) a warning label is a great addition. I have the tutorial and even a template you can download on my Tylonproducts site; which is linked in my profile. I have a step-by-step tutorial as well to make your own hang tags using the template provided to you on the site.

Now for the plush critters I made to start off with this incredibly long post. I made some cute tadpoles (baby frogs) in pink and blue. I actually created a pattern and made my Axolotl, Vicious, in all minky- and also made up 4 other axolotl plushies for the non-profit I sew for; Lotllove.

Tadpoles-



My new axolotl pattern! My first try making my axolotl, Vicious-



A bunch of other axolotls with the pattern for Lotllove



Some works in progress (were). My little cousin claimed the blue axolotl "floppy" beanie axolotl.



I had a little bit of blue minky left and made a GIANT sea slug; who is filled with beans and snuggles.



AND! to tie it all up! The hang tag tutorial! I have the template for the tags on my website in 3 different sizes you can download and customize with your own logo and info.



Enjoy! Feel free to ask if you have any questions; or if you find a spelling-error please tell me! Sometimes spell check skips certain things.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Charm Pendants with Chain on: November 18, 2012 08:53:00 AM


Originally I was out and about and found these dragonfly and butterfly charms somewhere, and decided I would add a little something to it to make it less... plain, if you ask me. So I took a few fasteners, cut up some chains, worked with a couple beads each and came up with these. The original one I trialed was indeed the dragonfly, and after getting so many compliments on it I wanted to try out a few others.

So here I have the dragonfly, butterfly, spider web (with gem I added) and wing and key.

I wanted to try something different; I have done beading before and notice the beads I use are rather common and everybody else seems to have similar ideas (found this out after attending so many craft fairs); so I wanted to step it up a notch and try out something different.

In all- I think it is rather different; a different spin to beading, but using it in a limited way. I like them on the shorter chains almost more like a choker style; because they really dangle and look conversational. I haven't had much of a chance yet to pick any up (the one I have is bulky and doesn't look as right), so I have tried these with a regular 18 inch silver chain.

People constantly give me charms and pendants, I am forever going out collecting them- then eventually I sit back and come up with this idea and have to go with it.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Axolotls, Sea Slugs & More! (tons of photos) on: November 16, 2012 05:12:11 PM
With all the substantial amounts of emails I have been getting from parents looking for unusual gifts for their kids- I have been putting together some rather colorful and kid-friendly plush toys for the fun of it. I have a bunch of new axolotls including my new floppy-style beanie that can pose, a couple colorful sea-slugs (nudibranchs), a Tye-dyed lizard and a couple magnet buddies which were gifts to people I work with. Unfortunately I haven't had any time to make the magnet buddy tutorial, but plan on sometime in the near future.

Anyways- I am open to ideas and suggestions for odd creatures to plush-i-fy!


First up- some new Axolotls! Three (four with the magnet buddy); A couple for the Lotllove Nonprofit I sew Axolotls for, a standing axolotl, and the floppy axolotl. I couldn't include a lot of photos due to the fact I have the tags on them, which contain the website and I understand the rules on here, so to the best of my ability I blurred out what I could. I have more photos on the Tylonproducts facebook fan page and art blog.

So first up- Axolotls for Lotllove!






Standing Axolotl. Was actually a prototype I didn't like.



Axolotl Floppy! Filled with pellets and can pose.



Now for the others- I made a couple sea slugs





Tye-dye lizard!



And finally the two magnet buddy gifts I made; a Marbled Salamander and a Spotted Salamander!





I have been very, very busy. I have better photos and more on my site; which I didn't want to post due to the rules. So feel free to check out some of the others I made if you like. I also have much larger photos in case you want to see more of the details.

So yes- if anybody has any ideas, feel free to post!

Thank you!





6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / More Mini Magnet Plush Critters! Salamanders! +EDIT on: October 06, 2012 02:29:33 PM
I have been so busy with everything I forgot to post these! Anyways, after feeling so inspired I wanted to make a couple mini magnet plush critters for me to practice the pattern. So I made my pets- Muffin (the tiger salamander) and Vicious (my axolotl)- and I have had some issues with my camera as far as backgrounds go (it only photographs a white background with my plush otherwise it blurs) so apologies on that end.

Anyways- somebody I know LOVED my Muffin plush, and seeing she loves salamanders to the point she rescues them during rain storms and everything- I decided I would make her a little magnet plush of her favorite salamander, the yellow spotted one. I might actually make it into a keychain as well, seeing she might want to attach it to her backpack or something.

I have a simple pattern for this and have half of the photos of the tutorial I am making. Smiley So I will be sure to post it as soon as I finish with some other designs!






EDIT.
I decided I would make a marbled salamander for somebody else to put on display!

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lotllove Mascot Magnet Axolotl on: September 23, 2012 03:31:41 PM
Hello everyone!

For the past few months I have been designing and sewing for the non-profit organization, Lotllove. This organization is dedicated to raising awareness about the Axolotl, and I am honored to be able to sew and design for such a great cause. A few days ago the founder, Meghan was interested in a little magnet critter she could use at her work to promote the organization, so I decided I would take on the project by hand- and this was my result! I also did all the graphic work- I created tags and warning labels for the little plush as well. I didn't include them in this posting because all of the tags contain the website link on it, and I know the rules on here about links- so if you want to see the project and the Lotllove work I have been working on- feel free to visit my website which you can find on my profile! I am very happy with this outcome too- took about an hour or so to fully sew and work around. The worse part is something so small making the magnets stay in place. So I actually stitched inside where the hands are so the magnets can move outside the hands.

His top two hands contain magnets so he can stick to a lot of things! I have to say I had fun making him. I plan on making some more- I want to make one of my axolotl Vicious (my pink, frilly axolotl is very, very vicious hah). I also might be selling these in the near future as a part of the Lotllove donation shop.

If you love axolotls and want to be a part of a community dedicated to them- check out Lotllove sometime!

Enjoy!



8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk Charm on: September 08, 2012 11:16:48 AM
There is something about steampunk I really enjoy. The first image is my newest one I made last night (half hour). Was originally a throw together idea I had and I really ended up enjoying it. Have my special metal glue, custom chains and everything.



I have plenty of more jewelry designs on my site. Unfortunately I couldn't upload the images here due to the watermarks on them being used. You can find my art blog.

I figured I would try and share some of my jewelry designs on here. Hopefully I posted in the right category.

Thanks!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Axolotl Pillow-Pet Style on: July 28, 2012 04:59:08 PM
I see pillow-pets everywhere; I even own a couple myself. I thought it would be a cute idea if there was an axolotl pillow pet, seeing I am obsessed with axolotls myself. So today I threw together my idea- 100% completely hand sewn, took a couple hours to do. I also added instead of the velcro the usual ones have; a type of ribbon (or material) that simply ties- the material one holds together quite well.

I have an axolotl obsession. Smiley

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Three soft, snuggly Axolotls! on: July 14, 2012 11:30:30 PM
It has been a really long time since I have posted on here. I finally got around to re-branding my website- and decided I could use my new logo (without the url). Plus I have gotten back into sewing over the past week or so! It has been about... six months or so.

So I decided I would showcase my three latest axolotl plush animals! I have been having people contact me from my older pictures on here, and figured it was about time I update with (hopefully) some new style change and improvement. I am also now working with a non-profit organization dedicated to axolotls (which is why I am really starting to buckle down), so defiantly more axolotls to come! I am now sewing for a cause! I don't want to post any information just yet, but I am excited to be working with such an incredible organization filled with such passionate people.

The first one is my newest idea- threw it together today to see how the pattern would work. I think it looks cute, second prototype for the mini-axolotl designs I have.


The second is one I did the other day trying out a new pattern; all hand sewn (my machine wasn't working). I threw it together with what fabric I could find.


So the last one I am showing is one I made around the holidays- a commission for my Dentist. He wanted his own body pillow for his chair, and he chose the colors himself.


I have an axolotl OBSESSION. I am constantly revising patterns, reworking patterns, etc. I am now in love with minky fleece as well.

Anyways, any ideas/ advice- feel free! I really want to make a plush of my tiger salamander, Muffin... but I don't think I can ever find fabric that looks like his skin. He has such a weird, weird color...

So anyways, I will just stick with axolotls. They are cute... and I have been sewing them for the past two years. It's neat to see how my pattern has changed over time.

Thank you all! Great to be back.

-Kristina
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