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21  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by FabledStitches on: June 10, 2013 12:52:35 AM
Fabulous projects guys! I'm a bit behind with commenting Undecided 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 Cheesy), but it's a fun change from sewing dolls. Wink

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 Wink) and I think I might stick to flat surfaces for awhile longer before I attempt it again.
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22  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by FabledStitches on: May 31, 2013 08:47:07 PM
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.. Tongue

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.  Cheesy Wink
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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!
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23  In a land of myth and a time of magic [pic heavy-ish] in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by FabledStitches on: May 31, 2013 01:13:16 AM
I recently had a little give-away on my tumblr as a sort of Thank You to the internet (and those that inhabit it Wink) at large for all the warm & fuzzies that are sent my way in regards to my crafting stuff. The winner requested a Merlin plushie and I was more than happy to oblige -- that hair! those ears! I mean, how could I resist? Wink



He is made from all the usual suspects; faux fur, deer suede and fleece.



His eyes and eyebrows are needlefelted, though now I'm painting the mouths on because I find it a lot less mess and better end results.



He sits unaided quite easily -that's how I designed the pattern- but he will also stand once he's propped against something (Merlin is a bit lazy you see Wink).



I made the buckles out of craft foam (and then painted it silver) because I didn't want anything remotely scratchy to take away the soft & huggable-ness of him.



His jacket is removable and his blue tunic is long-sleeved under it. His neckerchief is also removable, just tying up behind his head.



The picture I was using as reference had him with this little drawstring pouch attached to his belt. I'm not sure what it's for (it's been a long time since I've seen an episode) but I figured it must be important, so I gave plush!Merlin his own fully functional version. Cheesy



I think he turned out quite well, and I'm rather glad the winner liked Merlin more than Arthur -- I'm not sure how I would have coped with having to make chainmail. Wink
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24  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by FabledStitches on: May 20, 2013 06:49:33 PM
So many neat projects so far, you guys are quick!!  Cheesy

Challenge: Multimedia
Team: Commercial Free All-Stars
Project Geekdom: TV - Doctor Who
Bonus Points:  Nerdy / Super Bonus
Project Name: River Song's Diary Necklace
Brief Description: I knew straight away that my choice would be blue, I mean, TARDIS, hello? Wink I decided to try my hand at making a mini version of River Song's diary for a necklace. It didn't come out quite as neat as I'd have liked (it's hard working in miniature, I'm used to working on a large scale :/) so I may have to have another go somewhere down the road.  But each page has been stained with acrylic paints and there are two signatures in the book -- although I still need to leave it under a heavy book for a day or two to flatten it better, it wants to burst open and reveal all it's spoilers. Wink
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I know the pages aren't blue, but as the focus is meant to be on the cover of the book more than anything else, which is totally blue, I'm hoping it fits the requirements. Smiley
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25  The Girl Who Waited in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by FabledStitches on: May 18, 2013 03:19:57 AM
Amelia 'Amy' Pond is one of my favourite companions from Doctor Who and I knew, after I made a little 11th Doctor plush, I needed to make her, too.  



Oh! And her hair is NOT that fluro/eye-blinding orange colour. :/ I have photographed her twice but whenever I put any kind of lighting on her, I can't get a good picture. I may have to have yet another go tomorrow. It is actually a really nice orange like this (work in progress pic):



I've been working to try and add in more details to my plushies -- since most of my plushies are one of a kind dolls, I figure I might as well make them the very best, with as many details, as I can. Wink  I used silver metallic thread for her 'zipper' which I loveeeee. And bonus, I even got to use some of those "fancy" stitches on my machine that I never thought I'd use. Cheesy



And while I had both Amy and the Doctor, I knew I had to get a "permission to hug' photo.


Thanks for looking! (And if anyone has any tips on photographing orange, feel free to leave them! Wink)
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26  Geronimo! The 11th Doctor plush in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by FabledStitches on: May 06, 2013 03:32:54 AM
I've been making some alterations to my sitting plushie pattern and having just recently started watching --and fallen in love with-- Matt Smith's doctor, I knew he would have to be my first character to try.



He's 18inches(45cm) total length and totally hugabble. I am not-so-secretly in love with his lil suspenders and bow tie. I made him a fez, though it didn't turn out exactly as I imagined it so I am thinking I am going to make him a lil sonic screwdriver instead.



I'm working on Amy Pond as well, because the doctor needs a companion. Smiley  I really hope you guys like him and think he has somewhat of a passing resemblence to the doctor. Wink Feel free to drop me a comment, we loves them preciousss, we loves them. Cheesy
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27  Re: Preparing for the Summer Nerd Games (discussion thread) in Craftalongs by FabledStitches on: April 27, 2013 12:44:41 AM
I wish I knew how to make badges.  Sad  Anyone have any suggestions?  I really have no clue and would love to have a music badge.

I whipped up a quick one if you'd like to use it. Smiley  (Although I can take off/change the little tagline if you'd like, it just popped in my head so I added it, Cheesy Cheesy)

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28  Paranorman Plushie in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by FabledStitches on: March 26, 2013 03:23:05 AM
Oooh, look! Something unrelated to The Walking Dead or Doctor Who! Wink Cheesy

This little dude was my first attempt at an animated character. His hair was certainly a challenge and took a bit of creative thinking and more than a couple of haircuts, but I'm super stoked with how he turned out. Smiley

Also a first for me, I made removable clothing! *does a little dance* I am no longer afraid of zippers. Wink



These little sitting plushies are my new favourite thing to make; they're so soft and squishy and they come together relatively quickly.

Oh! And for those who aren't familiar with the character, this is what he's supposed to look like:


I do hope I'm not spamming the board; my new sewing machine has me finishing projects a lot faster than I used to. ^__~
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29  Daryl Dixon. Again. :P in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by FabledStitches on: March 24, 2013 05:38:36 AM
I know, I know, I just keep making the same character over and over again.  Grin But this little dude completes the trilogy; I am just rather smitten with the character show.  Cheesy I am working on Rick and Michonne plushies so I can have a little trio of cute, zombie a$$-kickers around. Which you know, could come in handy when the plush zombies attack. Wink



Normally once I'm finished a plushie I'll see little things that I wish I'd done a bit differently (I'm sure some of you other perfectionists know exactly what I'm talking about Wink) but I am (strangely) completely happy with this little guy.



He is made mostly from deersuede and fleece with faux fur hair.



He sits by himself quite well both with his arms out and in "kitty" style. Wink



And of course he wouldn't be Daryl without his little winged vest.



As always, if you're reading this, thank you for taking the time to stop in and have a look-see. Feel free to leave me comments letting me know what you think! (I'm totally a robot from the future, powered by feedback.  Cheesy)

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30  Assassin's Creed plush in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by FabledStitches on: March 21, 2013 05:33:18 PM
I was asked to make Connor Kenway (I think! I am bad with names of characters I don't really know. Cheesy) from the video game Assassin's Creed, in his spiffy 'Captain of the Aquila' outfit.


(right click> view image to see them larger/more detail).

SO. MANY. DETAILS.  Shocked Cheesy

I love making plushies, but the best part is when I get to play mad scientist and have crafty experiments.. and this guy had so many things I'd never made before, it was like one big crafty experiment!   ...although his hat drove me to the edge of insanity. Wink



Overall, he is one of my favourite plushies I've made to date and I thank you for stopping by to take a look. ^__^
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