More dolls! I thought I'd just combine both sets in one thread, rather than taking up two more spots on the board. This time, yes, I'm afraid there's more Doctor Who (can we say obsessed? ) but also something new! Sherlock dolls!
First up, A Study In Pink Plush! Sherlock dolls!
It is always super fun to try new characters, and a little nerve-wracking too, but I was super happy with how these guys turned out. They're probably some of my favourite sitting style dolls I've made (but shh! don't tell the others that! )
John was one of the easiest dolls I've ever put together - he didn't make a fuss about anything! Just like John, right?
Sherlock was a little more challenge, as was to be expected. First, he wears way too many layers of clothing. The coat caused me fits to try and tailor right, and his hair had to be custom curled because I couldn't find curly fake fur anywhere that didn't look like it had come from a poodle.
The Doctor Who Dolls are dressed in their outfits from "The Idiot's Lantern" and it was a bugger to dress them up like that, too.
The suiting fabric for Ten is from Spoonflower and let's just say - I'm not a fan. But it may be my favourite 10!hair I've done to date, so that's something!
Rose's dress was made from some weird slightly fuzzy pink fabric that sort of shed/disintegrated when you cut it - I got it everywhere! >.< I had fun making her little pink accessories; hair band, shoe bows, little flower for her jacket. Quite possibly my girliest plush, ever.
Thanks for taking a peek at the results of my crafty adventures --and, if you're reading this -- for reading my crafty rambles, too! <3
I think I'm the last to receive (about 8 months later.. ) but I have to say it was so worth the wait!
After my partner flaked on me, our lovely organizer Babalina angel-ed for me, but that package was lost somewhere between her continent and mine , so I was given another angel; the wonderful DeadBathDucky! This package turned up today and I've gotta say, it rocks so hard I may have gone a little overboard with the pics, as I'm want to do.
Everything was wrapped up with adorable little zombie themed stickers. ^_^ The first thing I saw were the extras; gorgeous Japanese papers, a folding fan and DOCTOR WHO stickers and Calendar pages which are going to be decoupaged onto...something! I shall find something!
The next thing I found was this adorable glass jar (so well wrapped it arrived in one piece!) with a "Caution: Zombies" sticker. Inside were cute little beads and spooky eyeballs, a Walking Dead key chain (which my keys are now proudly attached to), zombie stickers, a brilliant etched tooth-look necklace, sweet-spooky skull earrings and the most adorable little felt squirrel!
Next I found the most adorable little fellow, a little Zombie named Johnson, who I was assured wouldn't try and bite as long as he was allowed to keep his balloon. From what I can see, he's made almost completely out of pipe-cleaners and even has little bits of bone and blood and intestines hanging out -- he's brilliant!
And then -- yes, there's more! -- I found the most brilliant diary. Seriously, this thing is SO FLIPPIN' COOL. ^__^ DBD said she wasn't going to send it because it seemed "off" but umm, no, no, no, I'm so glad she did, it's perfection! The most iconic scene from the show, the 'Don't Open, Dead Inside' door complete with barred door and zombie fingers! Hee. The zipper opens so you can access the diary. How neat is that? Yes, very.
And then, the most amazing, phenomenal, mind-bending thing I have EVER seen. The miniature zombie terrarium. I mean, this thing is TIIIIINY and the figures inside are just miniscule. I don't even know what they're made of - toothpicks would be too big! And how DBD managed to make them actually LOOK like people (well..zombies ) and paint them - I just, I have no words for how awe-inspiring this is. I had to use extreme-macro mode to get the images.
How on earth did you make that?! I just... I'm speechless.
Thank you so, so much DBD, you are an amazing crafter and a total sweetheart and you spoiled me rotten! Thank you for being such an angel.
Ever since I saw Rise of the Guardians I have been wanting to make Jack Frost and Pitch Black dolls. I just fell in love with the movie and it seems the way I express my adoration for things these days is to plushify them.
I made Jack and Pitch with my new 'pocket plush' design. They were a lot more work than I was anticipating, so they're definitely one of a kind dolls. Jack has his staff that he can 'hold' with the help of magnets. Pitch is 13inches, Jack is 11.5inches and the little Nightmare plushie - my first ever attempt at making a pony - is a wee 4.5inches. He's been "glittered-up" to make it look like he's made of Pitch's nightmare dust.
And now I shall try to refrain from my usual super-picture-overload.
So.. I made another thing! ..Another Doctor Who thing. *hides* I can't help it, it's an addiction. I am addicted to making small, stuffed versions of Doctor Who - particularly David Tennant, probably because he is adorable, and since I cannot have my own real version, I make mini stuffed versions.
I have made a few more sitting versions that I haven't posted here because, well, it feels like the same ol' thing, but this guy, he was a total experiment and a labour of love (and a lesson in frustration!) but I am so pleased with him. He may just be my favourite thing I've made to date.
I am obsessed with altering old patterns and creating new ones, and this was definitely a combination of the two. I made a whole new body pattern and tweaked the existing head pattern, rigged up an armature system (or two) and then the real fun/frustration started. This pattern isn't all that much smaller in total height than my usual dolls, but it is a lot smaller in general size. The proportions are completely different which made making clothes for him a real challenge.
I went through two yards of fabric doing test clothing pieces for him before my inner perfectionist quality control checker was satisfied. I also made seven different shoe prototypes until I was happy - in fact, the only 'first attempt' that made it to the final product was his Sonic Screwdriver (even his head and socks were second versions )
He is 17inches tall and can sit and stand by himself, without aid, fairly easily.. which makes putting him in cute, random poses ridiculous amounts of fun... which will explain the following bajillion photos.
His outer coat is removable...
But personally, I prefer it on.
(The seam/vent on his coat is straight, I swear, I just didn't notice I hadn't straightened it out until after I took photos. :/)
He can sit as easily as he stands..
And I made his little Sonic out of Apoxie Sculpt and then painted and glazed it.
And then of course, come the doctor-y (and random!) poses, just because..
And here's a random one because I thought it would be fun to make him pretend to be a Weeping Angel.
Thanks for reading - I hope I didn't maim anyone's internet connection, trying to load the bucketload (TARDISload?) of pictures!
These games move super fast, I feel bad for not coming in to comment as often as I'd like/I should, but I have been oohing and ahhing on this side of the computer screen, for sure! I am kind of glad I let my pintrest slide or I would have serious RSI going from all the pinning.
And now.. the project dump!
Challenge/Battle/Alert: August Randomizer: Alternate Reality Team/Ninja: Commercial Free All-Stars Project Geekdom (if any): Kingdom Hearts/Video Games Bonus Points: Nerdy, Discovery (so many new things; patterns, ways of styling hair, working with foam, using pencils on fabric..etc) Project Name: Halloween Town Sora Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=425980.0#axzz2bejyoSZE Brief Description: I am a complete video game geek, and Kingdom Hearts is one of my favourites, so when my nephew asked me to make him a Halloween Town version of Sora to give his bf for his birthday, I naturally jumped at the chance. He was a bit more involved than I first thought and required new patterns for pretty much everything, but I love the way he turned out. Project Picture:
Challenge/Battle/Alert: May Wordy: Haiku Team/Ninja: Commercial Free All-Stars Project Geekdom (if any): Bonus Points: Discovery? (never tried to make a hat before!) Project Name: Norman Reedus Plush Project Page Link: Brief Description: I'm a little nervous about the Haiku thing, but I'll give it a shot - please do tell me if I butcher it completely. I made a plush of Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on the Walking Dead (to which I am completely addicted) because it seemed like a good idea at the time. Little fingers are harder to make than I thought but so fun to pose
Challenge/Battle/Alert: June Randomizer: Zombies ate my brains! Team/Ninja: Commercial Free All-Stars Project Geekdom (if any): Adventure Time/Tv Bonus Points: Super/Nerdy Project Name: BMO plush Brief Description: My nephew asked me to make him a BMO. I had no idea what that was, but once he showed me a pic, it was pretty much a no-brainer. Make a boxy rectangle out of fleece -talk about a no-brainer; even a zombie could do it. I had him finished in a day (fastest plush, ever!) and all in all, aside from not knowing a thing about what I made, I think he/she/it turned out pretty cute. Project Picture:
When my nephew asked me to make a plushie of Sora from Kingdom Hearts in his Halloween Town get-up for him to give as a birthday gift, I said sure, no problem, I'd have it done on time. ...Small problem, I didn't realize how crazy detailed this guy was. Pretty much everything required custom patterns which requires testing and altering and testing again...
Needless to say I didn't get him done on time, but I did make a little heartless plushie to go along with him as a sort of "sorry it's late!" gift.
I made his fingers poseable, his little wings can be posed as well, and for once, his hair stays (mostly) in place! He does have another eye under that little pumpkin maskinator (half mask, half fascinator?) but I forgot to get a pic of it.
Halfway through making him I got a bit "bleh" with him because he just wasn't coming together how I wanted. But there is a wonderful point in making something where it just starts to look how it's supposed to and it seems to get its personality, and I just fell in love with the little guy by the end. ...as you can probably tell from the thousand or so pictures I'm about to throw at you.
So I shall stop prattling on now and get with the picspam.
Oh and the pattern for the heartless plush is not mine, I used a pattern by "Risachantag" on Deviantart.com if you'd like to make your own.
The amazing Poppet-making Goddess Lanikins graciously agreed to do a swap with lil ol' me, and this was what I came up with for her. We gave each other a list of characters we love and would like to see plushified/poppetfied and on her list two things caught my eye; Michonne (from The Walking Dead) and ZOMBIES. A perfect combination!
For this plushie I actually tweaked the proportions and added 2.5inches to my standing pattern so I could add in some more details.
Oh, I know her ears look a lil lopsided in the pics -I only noticed that after I'd gotten snap happy, but I unpicked one and re-attached it (hopefully) in the right place.
Her sword holder thing (technical term) is removable - those little clips are fiddly to open but they do open.
And her sword (is it a katana? I'm so not a weapons person) is also removable. It's made from craft foam, which in hindsight was not the sturdiest material to go with but I wanted it thin enough to be semi-authentic and light enough that she could hold it, and wouldn't make her fall backwards when it was in its sheath.
I know she is supposed to have two walkers but.... I'm pretending Daryl used one for target practice.
Oh! And I gave her fingers! I wired them because I wanted her to be able to hold not only her sword/katana/whatever, but also the zombie's chain.
Her hair is yarn and took foreverrrr to arrive, but it was worth the wait, I think. Each strand has been individually sewn into her head, and I kind of cheated and her bandana is sewn into her head, too.
Her zip is uh, a little on the OMGHUGE side, but I cannot find doll-sized zips anywhere here, which makes me sad face. But the zipper is functional, so at least there's that!
I tried to give her Michonne's signature "I can and will slice your face off if you annoy me" look. The features are all needle felted as usual.
Her little walker friend... hee, he was a swap "extra" so I let myself have a little fun gore-ing him up a bit.
But to be fair, if you'd been turned into an undead type person, had both arms and half your face hacked off, you're going to be a bit messy, you know? I even got to put some "dirt" (in the form of paint) on his pants! \o/
His face. O__O I had no idea on how I was going to pull off the "no lower jaw" look. I did some test with trying to make a plush with half a face, which all turned out as truly spectacular fails, haha. I ended up painting it to (hopefully) give some kind of illusion of him missing his jaw.
While making these guys I developed a new and overwhelming adoration of eyelets. I use them on everything I can now.
And look, more eyelets.
Her gloves were a last minute addition that I can't picture her without now. I think they turned out super cute, although I hadn't noticed I'd used her "skin" fabric for the straps until I'd put them on. Derp. -.-
I didn't realize until I was checking out reference pics how blinged out Michonne is. I mean, her belt is pretty sparkly (but I'm sure that's a strategic move to try and blind walkers or something. )
...and would you look at that, I seem to have run out of pictures. If you got this far, reading all my crafty rambles, I salute you! And if you feel like dropping me a comment, I adore you.
Fabulous projects guys! I'm a bit behind with commenting but I'm lovin' everything!
Challenge/Battle/Alert: JUNE Wordy Team: Commercial Free All-Stars Project Geekdom (if any): The Hobbit/Fantasy Bonus Points: Nerdy, Discovery Project Name: The Hobbit Bangle Brief Description: Since being introduced to The Hobbit in primary school, it quickly became my favourite book and one I still read at least once every year. I'm trying to get back into the swing of working with polymer clay -- I'm a bit rusty (I think it shows ), but it's a fun change from sewing dolls.
It was my first time working on a round form, and also my first time using all black clay and then colouring it with mica powder. I tried to add in a few iconic things from the Hobbit; an eagle feather, the burgular symbol from Bilbo's door, the one ring, Sting, Bilbo's contract, the Lonely mountain and of course Smaug. It was a lot of fun, though I found working on a round form challenging at times (hence some of the sides aren't quite even ) and I think I might stick to flat surfaces for awhile longer before I attempt it again. Project Picture:
I think this is in time... I hope! I may have added an additional "nerdy games time" clock to my computer taskbar so I can leave all the battles to the last minute ---er, I mean get them in on time..
Battle: PIRATE! Team: Commercial Free All-Stars Project Geekdom: Once Upon A Time Bonus Points: Super Nerdy Project Name: Hook's Necklace Brief Description: I've been wanting to make a necklace like Hook wears in Once Upon A Time for awhile, I thought it would be a good Pirate-y idea for the battle. After trying desperately to find good high-res pics of the necklace for days, I gave up a few days ago and started just "winging it" for the Pirate challenge with what odd-angled, low-quality pics I could find. I used a pin & darning needle to sculpt the blade (which is one and a half inches long) and to alter the skull (the skull itself was a bead that I made a mould of and then made a clay copy). As it happened, I was painting them up (boo for not having silver premo on hand!) when I got an email from a friend who knew I'd been looking, with better pictures of Hook's necklace (one of which is included in the pic for reference). I can see now a lot of places where I went wrong, so there will probably be a Hook's Necklace: Revisited project sometime in the future, but for now I suppose given what I was working with while sculpting it, my inner perfectionist can't complain too loudly. Project Picture:
Eta; So many awesome projects.. and such truly fantastic, clever ideas! I am kind of in love with the little Draco and the stencilled Pirate Potter shirt and noodle-bug, I LOVED your Ninja submission! SO GREAT!