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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to keep a big-headed plushie's head from tipping over? on: September 02, 2013 09:35:31 PM
I read that one of the Poppet makers on here gives her dolls a popsicle stick spine. Maybe this would help your plush?
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Schneien a Winter Elf on: August 29, 2013 09:26:27 PM
I too really love the write-up you made for him. I can't wait to see more elves!! He's great.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Playing Possum on: July 27, 2013 11:48:07 AM
He's really cute! I love possums because I think they look like giant rats (taxonomy aside) and I'm a rat fanatic. Great job on the plushie.  Smiley
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Lego on: July 23, 2013 08:52:32 PM
Those would be great accent pillows for a kids room.  I love it!

Kids room!?! How about for my living room! My couch could be so much cooler...
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need Help With Poppet Eye's Please on: July 19, 2013 10:03:51 PM
I was really unsure about this at first too! I knew I wanted to do safety eyes, but wasn't sure the way to make them look really good, or even what size to buy. I do like jungrrl says, but I'm going to elaborate a bit because I do a few additional things...

First, I make dots on the face where I want the eyes, measuring to be equally distant from the seam, then I make the tiniest clip possible on the dots.
Next, I load "eyeliner" (identical cut pieces of ultrasuede) onto the shank of a safety eye, if I'm doing make-up. I cut the eyeliner pieces how I want them before the next step.
Then I push the shank of the safety eye through the tiny hole in the Poppet head, which widens it to fit perfectly.
After the eye is in, I use a tip I found on an amigurumi site. I add a piece of cushy fabric to the inside. I basically cut a small hole in the cushy fabric and add it to the shank on the inside of the Poppet's head. As I understand it, this is supposed to smooth the appearance of the safety eye shank. I don't know if it's necessary, but it is easy.
Finally, I add the shank (press it on hard!).

BUT, I'm not done, because after that I stuff the head very firmly, and then thread a needle. I try to use the needle catch up the cushy fabric on the inside of the head and anchor it to the neck hole. It takes a couple of strokes. I do this totally optional step to try to sink the eyes in a little because I want my Poppets to look more realistic.

Then, as for what safety eyes to buy, I got 12mm to use on my Poppets, but 15mm for my house elves (but, for the elves I followed the eyeball tutorial that jungrrl recommended above). I liked the 12mm size especially because I didn't have any stretch to my fabric.

Here is a link to my first Poppet, where I wasn't very successful with getting any depth to the eye, but it shows the eyeliner I made, which I would be happy to explain more.

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=592039&ppuser=320939#axzz2ZYWynDHZ

Really I ought to just get ambitious and whip up a Poppet head then give it some eyes for tutorial fodder.
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Garrus Vakarian bust on: June 28, 2013 10:07:05 PM
What!? This is amazing!!! I gave it a "this rocks". Just, wow.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: First Poppet on: June 23, 2013 09:07:33 PM
I looked that show up. Seems interesting, but I had never heard of it. Anyway, I can't really take credit for her being blue because all Chiss are blue: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Chiss

Maybe you should try to make your white-haired lady poppet. You could always try the Eleanor pattern to make her an adult. Or maybe try a swap? I'd offer, but I don't know that I'm ready for swaps.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Michonne and her pet. [Warning: Srsly image heavy & plushie gore ahead] on: June 19, 2013 09:22:24 PM
These are great! I thought I would leave a comment to offer my favorite zipper seller for little doll zippers: it's Mimiwoo on eBay. Although she doesn't have any of the style that you used, but hers have super tiny pulls. Well, anyway, I love Michonne's hair! I also saw your Merlin before I signed up to Craftster and I thought he was delightful.
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help needed--Poppet fingers on: June 17, 2013 08:14:15 PM
That's great! I've been tempted to free-hand it, but that would only end in heartbreak. I'm going to try your way instead, so thanks! You're amazing.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Help needed--Poppet fingers on: June 16, 2013 09:35:55 PM
I see so many poppets with cute, individual fingers! How do I make those? Does anyone have a tutorial that they could share with me?
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