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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: ENORMOUS DOLL HEADS that you can WEAR! With fluttery eyelids!! Cool! on: July 28, 2009 12:28:25 AM
HA HA HA HA You guys crack me up! My boyfriend is very chuffed you like his work. He grins as I read out your comments. Before I was doing this stuff for a real career choice, I was working in stage management in theatre. I liked theatre but I liked doing art much better. One day I was sitting down feeling very depressed about my future, wondering what the hell to do with my life, when I decided to type 'theatre art' into Google. And then up popped the description of the course at my school, for prop making in theatre. I instantly applied right there on the spot, got an interview and then i was accepted. And so it goes.....

22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: ENORMOUS DOLL HEADS that you can WEAR! With fluttery eyelids!! Cool! on: July 26, 2009 08:30:37 PM
Blythe come to life!  Very cool!!  BTW, were there any copyright issues?

I believe there might be some copyright issues which is why I don't like to use the name 'Blythe' in my heading or at all really. The lady who owns them calls them her Poppets. Just to avoid using the word. We'll say we paid homage to Blythe but they're not replicas and we're not mass producing or selling them. It was a private art project.
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: ENORMOUS DOLL HEADS that you can WEAR! With fluttery eyelids!! Cool! on: July 26, 2009 08:25:56 PM
wow, beautiful work!

i am very interested in your process! did you make a mould for these? what was the original sculpt like (and made from!) if you did?

i'm going to take a look at the vid in a second, but my first impressions were very good. are you an art student? or are you in special effects/costuming? i'm curious what other types of work you do

had you considered making them out of a lighter product? or was the weight necessary to support the wigs?

very cool

So many questions!! I'll get around to answering everyone's eventually I hope!! But to start with, i'll try answer these as best as I can!

Yes we made a mould for these. The original sculpt was made from polystyrene. Then we covered the polystyrene in plaster to make a hard shell. The mould was a silicon mould with a fibreglass jacket on the outside to hold all the floppy silicon in place. We had never done anything like this beofre, especially so huge, so we were asking everyone we could think of for advice and stuffed everything up and wasted lots of money but learned many lessons.

I just completed a degree in prop making at a school in Sydney Australia called NIDA. The National Institute of Dramatic Art. My boyfriend and I have a website called www.pinkcactusprops .com We try and make just about anything anyone asks us to.

We don't own the heads, the Jayne Wilde the hairdresser who commissioned them owns them. And adores them. She wants to put them out in the public realm for use at functions and stuff.

Oh, the heads themselves are fibreglass - about 3 layers thick. Fibreglass is strong and really light. The lighter the better for this project otherwise the dancers would never have been able to hold them up.

For those curious about the wigs, she made them all from scratch using fake jumbo hair. And she started each wig with a mesh, much like how you would start a shagpile rug!!

Thank you all so much for your comments, I read them all out to my boyfriend and it made him feel all happy and warm and squishy inside. (He's always wondered why i like to share my crafts on Craftster so much, now he knows.)

24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: ENORMOUS DOLL HEADS that you can WEAR! With fluttery eyelids!! Cool! on: July 25, 2009 08:36:13 PM
After a bit of searching I found a youtube video of the hair show (which I found a bit boring but i think i'm sick of looking at the heads!!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el9m0S_5n40

As for the eyes, they are made from vac form plastic, which is a heatable plastic you can suck around a form to make a shape. We made a solid semi sphere buck by pouring plaster into half a big plastic bubble. I think the bubbles are normally used for xmas decorations, to fill with lollies and stuff. I used the vac form machine at school, thank goodness we had that available, otherwise we would have had to pay a company to do it for us at who knows what cost. The coloured part of the eye is this stuff called mylar, which was scraps left over from a show at school. It's like this mirror paper that you can stretch and staple to things to make your own mirrors. We coloured it with glass paints you can get from an art store. The eyelashes are just fake nylon hair, we used a curling rod to shape them.

There is a mechanism (crude as it may be) inside the eye which we developed so the eyelashes can flutter as the models walk. It was a difficult thing to get right, but we got there in the end.
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: ENORMOUS DOLL HEADS that you can WEAR! With fluttery eyelids!! Cool! on: July 25, 2009 07:46:33 PM
There, title revised, maybe that'll help.  Wink
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: BIG BIG BIG wearable 'Blythe Doll' heads with fluttery eyelids!! Pretty!! on: July 25, 2009 07:43:29 PM
Thanks guys! Maybe I should try a catchier subject heading to make more people look? They are made from fibreglass. They are quite light, they have a stem at the back of the neck that leads down to the waist where there is a back brace so all the weight is on their hips. The wigs are heavier than the heads, especially the geisha style one. They used dancers instead of models cause they thought they might have more strength and balance. If anyone wants to know the process I can go into more detail for them.
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / ENORMOUS DOLL HEADS that you can WEAR! With fluttery eyelids!! Cool! on: July 25, 2009 09:02:15 AM
Okay, this was a joint project between my boyfriend and I but he's not on Craftster so I have to post on his behalf as well.

This was one of the most mammoth, complicated, annoying, crazy things I've ever had to make. And I've made a few strange things. I'll spare you the trials and tribulations and just give you the pretty pictures of the finished products. I learned SO MUCH during the process of of making these....so many mistakes! We were just about in tears sometimes, but I think, in the end, they look great. Phew!

I almost forgot to explain that we made these for a hair show. The hair/wigs was done by a hairdresser. We made the heads. The wigs are AMAZING. There were 6 heads made in total, each had it's own style.























28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: life-sized horse mask, cake, puss n' boots, giraffe. EXTREMELY image heavy! on: July 25, 2009 07:50:14 AM
Hey, these are SO great!! I just finished a degree in prop making for theatre film and television and these would certainly catch the eye of people working in this profession. Well done, I love seeing people push themselves to do stuff that's off the wall and you obviously have found something you enjoy. It's so nice to see how you keep going on and on with it, thinking of more things to do with this particular technique. I can see your excitement with it, it's cool! It'll only get bigger and bigger from here if you let it. Imagine what you could do with more knowledge of products and tools, you could make ANYTHING!!
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cock ring--laser cut & etched wood on: October 16, 2008 10:54:54 PM
This is f***ing awesome! I love it! I WANT ONE!!
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: I made a fountain! A peacock fountain! More pics added out of demand! on: October 07, 2008 04:10:12 AM
that's pretty stunning!
It's such a great idea i can't believe there aren't more of them! It would look so beautiful outdoors   Smiley
Your course sounds really interesting, I'd never thought of doing prop making before, at the moment i'm thinking of theatre driecting but that looks so much fun!
Problem is i live in the uk, not australia!
xx

There are courses in the UK for this type of thing, I've met people who have done things like Special effects courses in the UK and then ended up in Australia doing the same kind of work as me. You should do some research! I'm sure it's more fun than directing!
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