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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Halloween dolls on: January 05, 2005 08:22:58 AM
No, you're right, it's pretty confusing!

Ok so take a bottle cap (twisty kind works best, but not like a resealable one), throw some hot glue on the bottom half of the 'front', and cover with a semi-circle of green felt, cut to be about 1/2 inch wider all the way around.  This forms the lower part of the face/chin area. 

For the nose, cut a semi-circle that is about 1 inch wider all the way around, hot glue a line from the mid-point of the flat part of the semi-cirlce up about 1 inch, and pinch together. (sort of like, half a fortune cookie).
This will form the nose. You may have to trim a little with your scissors to get it to look right.

Glue that nose part over the top of the bottle cap, and then glue or sew the selvages back for the back of the head.

Also after I made these first few, I thought,  a spoon would work well for the face and then a spine....
I think I'm going to try 'easter bunnies' with this method so I'll post my attempts on those, later in the year.

Good luck!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Marvelous Mermaid Swap! on: October 20, 2004 06:27:47 AM
You betcha I want to do it again!  Not since Sea Wees have I been so excited about mermaids!

BTW Dixie-that purse is just about the coolest thing I've seen on crafster-and the elephant cracks me up!  I once saw film of elephants swimming underwater with their trunks up like snorkles-that's what it reminds me of!  His tail-did you pattern that fabric yourself or did it come like that?

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Marvelous Mermaid Swap! on: October 19, 2004 03:00:39 PM
can we do a round robin-style like the quilt one?
where we make many things and get many things back?

or will that be too much?

This time, i plan on doing jewelry or wearable mermaid art....I was *this* close to making mine into a necklace but you never know....

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Marvelous Mermaid Swap! on: October 19, 2004 02:55:12 PM
Oh hey Kristine-
I'm so glad you were able to post the photo-i couldn't smallerize it on my dayjob computer and i couldn't get over to the ones that have photo software without anyone noticing.... Cheesy

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Marvelous Mermaid Swap! on: October 19, 2004 02:35:52 PM
Oh goodie I'm so glad you like her!
I kind of envision her in a garden or hanging from a tree so that her tail will take on a blue-green patina over time and look like her 'body' beads.....

What an awesome swap! I totally want to do another one!!!!!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Marvelous Mermaid Swap! on: October 15, 2004 11:14:29 AM

I just got my GORGEOUS purse in the mail.....

I LOVE IT!!!!!

I'm not posting a photo here becuz I don't want anyone to break into my hosue and steal it at night it's THAT COOL! (well also it's because my supervisor is back from lunch and i can't sneak over to use the digicam that i used when she was gone! Wink )

Anyway a photo of my mermaid is up over at my website, www.eoinadesigns.com/swap.html and I hope to photograph the purse tomorrow back @ my parent's house. 

Note to my swappee hillary, if you don't want to see her, don't visit the link!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Marvelous Mermaid Swap! on: October 15, 2004 08:13:01 AM
OH Kristine if that's what you threw away, I can't WAIT to see what I'm getting!


A photo of mine will be taken during dayjob's lunch hour and then she will be shipped out.....this was such a fun project!  I LURVE MERMAIDS!

I'm so excited I hope my swappee likes her.....

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Halloween dolls on: October 06, 2004 10:21:34 AM
(Ok, what was I on when I wrote this earlier?  VERY undescriptive!)

Thanks  Grin
They took about 20 minutes each, but the witch took about 40 with the sewing and the wig and whatnot. The hardest part was twisting the pipe cleaners together!

First I made the eyes and teeth in poly clay and baked them.

I made the face, one at a time, and the bodies to go with how the faces turned out.  I used bottle caps and felt glued over, or inside, to give it depth.  The witch's face is a nose-n-cheek piece, and a 'lower part of the face' piece, glued on seperately.  The big black cat is two triangular pieces of fake fur sewn together, stuffed, then a round piece of fur for the bottom, so he sits flat.  Tail stuck into the seam and sewn in. The other ones are just twisted pipe cleaners for bodies, with yarn wrapped around LeTigre. I glued an old sunflower to the inside (back side) of the bottle cap for the Fouler Flower. 

For the witch, I just cut very simple clothes from felt, made her little hands, and glued white felt 'cuffs' over the join of the black pipecleaners and the hands.  Shoes are red pipecleaners wrapped around the 'foot' of the red/white candy cane twisted legs.  Sewed a trapezoidal piece on for the collar, and a cone and circle for the hat! All done!

I made her wig using tassel-skirt tying techniques-maybe I will do a tute on that. It's a great method for making hair!

I'll put up something on my website this weekend that's a little more detailed, if I can find a digicam that works.... my mom and I are going to make some dolls with some friends this weekend so hopefully good photos/instructions will result!

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Halloween dolls on: October 06, 2004 08:43:35 AM
thankyouverymuch everyone! glad you like them!
there's just something SO fun about sitting down at my table with all this STUFF and making fun dolls....wish there was more $$ coming in from them but whatchagonnado?
it's fun just to have them around for me to keep!
am hoping to make some more this weekend, will post a tute if anyone's really interested.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Halloween dolls on: September 21, 2004 09:39:00 AM
Hey peeps-
Made up some pipe cleaner and felt dolls the other day-
Used a simple polymer clay cane for the eyes-glow sculpey over a black core-and poked two holes button-style in the top and bottom of the black part.  Sewed the eyes on to the felt, glued the felt over or in bottle caps, and went crazy from there.  The witches' eyes were the cane over 'white' clay, with holes going side-to-side instead of top-to-bottom.
They were super fun and easy to make-I'd post a tute but you all can figure it out pretty easy!
The cats are holding Poetry Beads from Magnetic Poetry.... I plan on making up a bunch over the next few weeks for presents, etc.  And modifying the idea for the winter holidays, too!
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