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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Winter Soldier on: July 18, 2014 02:04:55 AM
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. Wink



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. Wink



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.



Thanks for taking a look!~
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Final Fantasy 'Lightning' doll... on: April 19, 2014 02:35:33 PM
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. Tongue

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 Tongue) 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. Wink



(Click on the image to see it bigger)
Thanks for taking a look!~
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / It's everybody's favourite Captain -- in miniature. on: April 05, 2014 11:48:46 PM
I just realised that I never posted this little guy here. And by little, I mean tiny by my usual standards. Wink

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.  Wink

















Thanks for looking!~
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / ParaNorman plushie on: March 27, 2014 07:30:05 PM
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 Wink) 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. Smiley
~Meli
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ichabod Crane Plushie on: March 22, 2014 02:53:52 AM
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? Wink) 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 Wink).

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.

Hope you guys like him as much as I do!~







6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Allons-y!~ The Tenth Doctor doll on: March 19, 2014 03:50:15 PM
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.. Wink

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. Wink















Thanks for looking!~
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Walking Dead 'Daryl Dixon' doll. Yes, again. on: March 19, 2014 03:40:53 PM
Long time no see, crafty craftster peeps!

A lot has changed in the months I've been away - not least of all my username Wink - 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. Wink

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 Tongue) them to match his sweet little face.













Thanks for stopping by to take a look!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Study In Plush on: November 30, 2013 01:09:28 AM
I feel kind of weird posting this guy when so many of my projects are currently taking up space on the board but... I'm going to anyway.  Wink

My new 'Chibi' doll pattern is short and a lil chubby, so the tall and lanky Sherlock seemed like the perfect character to make. Totally logical, right? Tongue



He is approx. 13inches tall and stands by himself with a little coaxing.



His fingers are needle sculpted - another new thing for me.  Can you tell I like new things? Cheesy



Because of his weird(ly cute!) proportions, I had to omit some details, but had to add the little cute do-dad (technical term Wink) on the back of his coat.



I decided to give him shiny shoes to break up the matte black of the rest of his clothes. That's also new, and I like it! Probably a lot of shiny shoes in my future.



His coat and scarf are removable - and you can better see his proportions without them.  He has cute little doll buttons on his shirt which is unbuttoned in true Holmes style.



And that's it! Thanks for taking a look, and sorry for clogging up the board! Wink
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Set phasers to plushify! on: November 24, 2013 09:46:45 PM
I come bearing pics of a plush that is neither Doctor Who nor Walking Dead! --Don't faint. Wink

I have been wanting to make a Spock doll since I made Merlin -- the haircut did it, I think. But I recently decided to tweak my 'pocket plush' pattern and decided Spock was the perfect test subject -- err, I mean character to make. Wink

I *had* to do the lens flares -- Star Trek fans will understand. Wink



He stands 12 inches tall, although thanks to my love of giving dolls over-sized heads, he doesn't actually stand on his own, but he has a handy little doll stand to help him.



I knew I had to give him individual, poseable fingers -- because he needs to be able to do the Live long and prosper salute, right? Right!



I think my favourite part of him may actually be his adorable little ears... I suddenly have an inexplicable desire to make an army of elf plushies. Wink



His face, rank sleeve stripes and his badge are all machine embroidered. I was worried about trying to embroider that tiny little badge with the holes in the design, especially on fleece, but my machine managed it pretty well. I was pleasantly surprised!



And there you have it! Mr. Spock! Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at my little guy, hope you like him. Smiley
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Oops I did it again.. on: November 04, 2013 12:05:33 AM
If anyone has seen the dolls I've made, they would know, straight away, that I am a mad Walking Dead fan. A while ago, I just so happened to meet another amazing (and yes, mad) Walking Dead fan who wanted a Daryl Dixon doll and I was more than happy to oblige -- I mean, getting to stare at pictures of Norman Reedus for -ahem- research, how could I say no? Wink



This is only the second time I've used my poseable plush pattern, and I made some more tweaks (because my brain never lets me leave well enough alone) and I'm super happy with the result.  The new armature has a few limitations but overall holds poses better and provides more stability. He can even look up and down, and tilt his head to the side (a feature which will come in handy when I get around to making that Castiel doll I've had on my To Plush list since forever).



He's a smidgeon over 17inches tall (about 44cm I think). I made his poncho removable with velcro because it wouldn't fit over his over=sized adorably large head. Wink



His crossbow is made of felt and three coats of paint, oh and a pipe-cleaner. I even gave it a little trigger so he can actually put his finger on it.  Cheesy




Of course he has his angel wings, looking a bit dirtier than usual this season. Tongue And that red fabric in his pocket is Carol's headscarf he found in the tombs and never gave back. Wink It was a special request. I couldn't find any good pictures of what the scarf actually looked like; all I could see is that it was red with a lot of white and some brown so I had to wing it.



He is completely self-standing, and even has little poseable fingers which can be used to, ahh, point at things? Wink His red shirt and jeans were painted to be the right colour when my searching for similar coloured fabric proved futile.



And this is the first time I've used my newly acquired embroidery machine to make a doll's face. It was a weird experience, sewing his head, turning it right side out already with a face.  It gives the doll a different feel to the felting I used to use but I really like it. It seems more polished somehow and a lot easier to clean!



His jeans are the most detailed I've made to date, with functioning pockets, belt loops and even those little stud things near the pockets (I don't know what they're called or what they're for, but they're there! Tongue). He also has his knife -which was made from Apoxie Sculpt- in it's (fake)leather holder.



Annndd bonus shot! This was me, after watching tonight's Walking Dead episode..



Looking at him, it strikes me that he's not really dirty enough to have been hanging around in a zombie apocalypse for a few years, so I guess he's been doing his laundry regularly. Wink  ......And I have been rambling, as usual, haven't I? So this is where I shall thank you, lovely viewer, if you clicked on my link and read all my crafty rambles! I do hope you like this little Daryl -- he was almost as fun to make as he is to play with! Smiley
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