This guy was..a challenge. The only fabric I could find that even remotely resembled the real thing (at this scale) was this weird loosely woven tinsel-like stuff which was hell to sew, even after giving it a lining. I almost gave up so many times but I'm glad I didn't in the end; I adore this little dork.
To be completely honest, he's not entirely finished. I need to make him his blingy necklace at some point, but I seem to have lost a bit of motivation with him. Maybe when the last movie comes out....? We'll see.
He is 9 inches tall and is completely poseable. His hair is from a wig and his crown was made from super sculpey ultralight (quite possibly THE hardest thing in the world to sculpt with -- which makes sense since it's not actually designed for sculpting) and a hacked up aquarium plant. His eyebrows are embroidered, his eyes are handpainted, and I decided to omit a mouth because I really like how the lack of one seemed to add to his expression.
Unfortunately one of the tips broke off his crown during my recent move. I'll fix that once I find where I packed my clay supplies.
A close up of his crown;
Annndd...just for fun, and show a little of his poseability, here's one of Thrandy, before his haircut, on my little baby Pegasus pony I put together.
I haven't seen the new Captain America movie yet, but a friend is absolutely obsessed with Bucky which piqued my interest and got me googling. And, well.. this happened.
This is the first time I have used fleece for a doll's body, and to be honest, I only did so because I was out of deersuede and my package of supplies hadn't arrived (international mail - why you take so long?). In hindsight, I should have perhaps picked a different test subject - I have discoverd that is super hard to 'colour' on fleece properly, so Bucky's scruff and.... ~dramatic eye makeup~ was kind of a pain in the butt to do.
In the end though, I think he came out super cute.
His little face mask is removable, as is his glove. The mask messes up his hair a little bit but it's worth it.
He can stand when he's propped against something (and they look so much bigger standing than sitting). He's 19inches in total length..
His clothing is made out of various types of fleece and minky. His arm is minky painted with metallic silver (and red) fabric paint.
She took me a lot longer than I had initially planned for, but she was mostly cooperative and I love the end result so I'm good with it. I think she takes the prize for my most elaborate plush to date. which, good news, I'm no longer daunted by Loki's outfit now.
She's 17.5inches, and even with the new proportions, I had to leave a few elements off her costume because... not gonna lie, I totally ran out of room. ^^;
Her hair was originally white fur that I hand dyed a light pink, her zippers are all real zippers (except the one on her bag because I couldn't find one that small), most her buckles are real metal buckles, two are painted craft foam and one is a jewelery finding.
She has lotssss of faux-leather - some of which, like the blue for her gloves, yellow for her belt and pink for her boots was handpainted because I couldn't source the right colours. Craft foam for her shoulder armour, boot straps and the random circles on the bottom of her jacket. Her little gold thingies on her hands are made from draping fabric over cake-pop sticks and stiffening it. I think I used about a dozen silver metal studs on her, too. Her face is my signature style of embroidery & handpainting - although I did have to alter the face just a little; the wide-eyed look I give most my dolls now just wasn't cutting it for Lightning, she looked a lot more like Serah.. not nearly surly/wounded/battle-hardened (whatever you want to call her ) enough, so I lowered the top eyeline just a tad.
Amazingly enough, she still stands on her own, although all that weight does make her want to lean forward a little.
(Click on the image to see it bigger) Thanks for taking a look!~
I just realised that I never posted this little guy here. And by little, I mean tiny by my usual standards.
This is Killian Jones, aka Captain Hook, from Once Upon A Time. He's a mere 8.5 inches, of which almost half is his head, hee. But it's a lovely head so I can't complain, really. He is fully poseable, although his many layers do limit that somewhat; fabric on a plush this small becomes bulky incredibly fast.
He has his black undershirt complete with silver 'buttons' (beads) and loops, his little red patterned vest, and his signature coat made from real vintage leather with gold buttons made of polymer clay. And of course he has his hook with all the little studs around the base and his necklace, also made from polymer clay.
I rarely keep dolls I make for myself, but I couldn't bear to part with this one. Aside from my bordering-on-obsessive adoration of the pretty Captain in question, this little guy just turned out so cute, I couldn't think of parting with him.
And this is the part where I spam you with pictures. Apologies, but I am rarely ever able to choose just one photo from the truly epic photoshoots I do with my dolls.
Me, again!~ I thought I'd drop in and share my latest creation, Norman from the movie ParaNorman. I just finished this guy yesterday. He's 19 inches tall -- and barely fit in my lightbox so I could take pictures!
His hoodie was a lot of fun to make (I'm getting better at working with zippers ) with a working zip, and functional pockets, though the hood is a wee bit small to go over his adorably oversized head. ^_^
I am so happy with how he turned out, I hope you guys like him, too. ~Meli
Today I finished this little guy, after a bit of stressing, I'm really pleased with how he came out.
This is Ichabod Crane from the new-ish tv series Sleepy Hollow. I adore the character and his fish-out-of-water (fish-out-of-time? ) adorableness. He's made out of all the usual things; deersuede, fleece, faux fur, faux leather, and some evil fraying cotton fabric, and features machine embroidery, hand painting and needle felting (basically ALL the things ).
And his hair.. ahh, Ichabod has such lovely hair. ~dreamy look~ I did my best to capture the look of his lovely locks, adding in the ponytail and styling it was a lot of fun.
So many techniques in this doll; machine embroidery, hand painting, needle felting, general sewing.. he was fun to put together and turned out even cuter than I was hoping. But then, I've always been partial to this particular doctor..
He is dressed in his blue suit because the thought of pinstriping fabric myself is more than a little daunting, besides - he gets his rad red & white converse shoes with the blue suit, so it's not all bad!
He sits by himself easily, but won't stand unless propped against something. His coat is removable, but I think it looks a lot better on -- like he's about to dash off and go on an adventure somewhere.... or somewhen.
A lot has changed in the months I've been away - not least of all my username - but I figured what better way to get back into the swing of things than with two of my favourite characters (Ten is getting his own thread in just a minute). Hopefully you aren't sick of seeing these guys just yet.
I've changed up the way I create my doll faces, which I think gives the doll a whole new look. They're now done with a combination of machine embroidery and hand painting. And for this little guy, he wouldn't be complete without his winged vest, so I cutesified (which is totally a real word ) them to match his sweet little face.
I received from WeeFreeRhie today and I am in love! She made me a lovely hand-embroidered scarf with some of my favourite Lord of the Rings quotes; "Speak friend and Enter" (I burst out laughing when I read that one! It is where I got my username, afterall. ), "A wizard is never late" and the ever inspiring "If you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."
My pics aren't the best, sorry, I couldn't find my camera and had to use my ipod camera. WeeFreeRhie, if you have better pics, please post them. Couldn't get it all in frame, either, it's super long! It is backed with really pretty swirly~star fabric. I don't think I'll be using it as a scarf-- I couldn't bare to get it dirty! I'll be hanging it in my craft room instead.
Thank you so much, again, WeeFreeRhie, I adore it!