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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Moshi & Jake (pic heavy) on: June 27, 2011 12:42:51 PM
Wow!  You're right, your son is very talented.  Beautiful job on that doll (although I'm not familiar with the character).

I also love Jake the giant poppet.  One of these days I'll make me a poppet...

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Tokyo Subway Map on: June 27, 2011 12:25:33 PM
This is gorgeous!  Absolutely stunning. 

Is the quilting an allover meander?  It's hard to tell from the pics.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Most Awesome Save-the-Date Ever! on: August 25, 2008 06:34:42 AM
So I wrote up a tutorial, but since so many people wanted to do it for something other than a wedding, I put it under toys (I have friends whose kids are still playing with them on a regular basis, so I figured it doesn't have to be any kind of invitation).

Find the tutorial here.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tutorial: Projectile Dolls on: August 25, 2008 06:31:44 AM
Remember the old snake-in-a-can gag?  Well these are brides-in-a-can!



I posted these originally under wedding stuff, since I made them as the Save-the-Dates for my wedding, but since a lot of people expressed interest in making them as something other than wedding crafts, I figured I'd post the tutorial here.  Also, my friends with children report that the kids are still playing with them (I made sure to send them the sturdiest ones).

You can find the original thread here.

First, I got these snake-in-can gags from Zymetrical online for a good price (especially since I bought a ton).
Innocent mixed nuts:
To a rather phallic looking snake:

Since these were Save-the-Dates for my wedding, I spray-painted the cans, but you could leave them brown, or even leave the nut label on if you wanted to.

So first gut your snake to get at the spring, but you may want to do it neatly so you can use the "skin" as a pattern.


Next, trace around the outside of the end of the spring to get a circle to support your doll. You want it to be slightly larger than the spring.  Hot glue that to the end of the spring.

Now we want to prepare the doll.  You only want the top half, so chop off the bottom (a real razor blade works much better than an exacto knife here).  The cupcake dolls are nice, since they already have a flat bottom, and you just have to chop off the pick.  If your using other dolls that are hollow on the inside, fill up the inside with hot glue (it took me forever to come up with that solution).

Now I had naked half-dolls (well, the mermaids had a seashell bra on), so I got out the paint (I tried a bunch of things before I stumbled on the paint they use for model cars-- perfect!), and painted tops on them.

Glue the doll to the cardboard on top of the spring:

The cupcake dolls had heads and arms that could come off and could go back on again.  The dollar-store dolls I left everything on (or tried to-- the arms liked to come off on their own).
It doesnt have to look neat.

Now for the dress.  Take your snake skin from earlier, and make your pattern a little bit wider, and as long as you want-- the longer the tube, the more boing there will be in the doll's spring.  You may want to taper one end of the tube-- it will depend on your doll how much (it needs to go over her head at least).  You dont have to, but it makes for a better fitting dress. 




Slide the tube over the doll on the spring, and get out the hot glue again.  Glue the dress to the body (well cover that up later). 


Then sew the end of the tube closed.  You can use a safety pin higher up on the tube to keep the spring out of the way. (I didnt bother making the seam look particularly nice.)

Now the doll is complete, except for having an ugly gluey waist, so tie a piece of ribbon around the waist to hide that.  Since mine were brides, I glued little veils to their head.  I had a lot of fun making them all look different. (I did a few at a time, spaced out over several weeks.)


I hope this is clear enough!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Most Awesome Save-the-Date Ever! on: July 30, 2008 11:50:02 AM
In response to the questions about the wedding: it was fantastic, and perfect in every way.  The fact that I accidentally deleted all our wedding playlists in iTunes half an hour before the wedding didn't even matter.  (I always want to say that everything went perfectly, but the truth is we were so blissfully happy that very little else mattered.)

In response to everyone who wants to copy my projectile invitations: Hooray!  I love being a trendsetter.  I recommend lots of hot glue.  Sew the tube, glue it to a cardboard circle on top of the spring, use a safety pin to keep the spring compressed and sew the end of the tube shut.  This means that the end isn't all that pretty, but that didn't matter to me. The longer the tube is, the more force your spring will have.  (I can write a tut if people are interested.) I also recommend Zymetrical as a snake-in-a-can source.  The "snakes" are kind of cheapy, but all you want are the springs, which have plenty of sprong to them, and the cans, which I spray painted a prettier color.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Amoeba Pillowcases II: Electric Bluegaloo on: July 30, 2008 10:22:17 AM
Sweet!  Those are beyond awesome!

(And I love the dorktastic subject line).
I also agree about the best spore-- he obviously has the most personality!  Wink
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Most Awesome Save-the-Date Ever! on: July 30, 2008 09:31:19 AM
Thanks, everybody! I was pretty pleased with myself.

How many people called you to yell at you for scaring them?

I only had one person call and yell at me (she didn't see hers until she was leaving for work the next morning, and said it really woke her up), but several people waited until the next time they saw us to say how fantastic they thought it was. 

The funniest thing that happened was we had one friend who threw it away, because she thought it might be a bomb (because bombs so often come with a calligraphy label, and should be disposed of in the regular trash pick up).  When we showed up for our pool league that week everyone started saying how great the save-the-date was, and that friend thought she wasn't going to be invited until someone mentioned that it had been left on the doorknob, and then she told us all that she had thrown it away.  She wanted one so badly that I took one that the arm had fallen off of (the downside of using dollar-store dolls that come four to a pack) and sent her that, after I added a speech bubble that said "Arrgghh! A bomb blew my arm off!"

Another friend (my mentor, really) that got his in the mail "yelled" at me because he opened his at his community mailbox, where he "screamed like a little girl" (his words) in front of several of his neighbors.

All-in-all, I was very pleased with my ability to surprise people at last.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / The Most Awesome Save-the-Date Ever! Now with tutorial! on: July 29, 2008 12:20:03 PM
So I've been meaning to post these here on Craftster for a long time (seriously, more than a year), but now let me present: The Most Awesome STD ever: The Bride-in-a-Can!



To paraphrase the snake-in-a-can description: When the unsuspecting invitees opened their innocent-looking plastic can, a spring-loaded bride shoots out!

Inspired by the project in The Artful Bride: Invitations, I was disappointed that absolutely no one was surprised when we announced our engagement, and I was determined to surprise them all somehow.  The project in the book (which looks way classier than mine, but not nearly as cool) would cost around $15 per STD to do it their way--  and that's before postage, which would not be insignificant.

So I fiddled around with the idea, and came up with my version, which cost just over $1 each.  I bought a bunch of Snakes-in-a-Can online for 45 cents each, and then used the spring from the snake, and some dollar-store mermaid dolls and cupcake doll-bodies, along with a tiny bit of tulle, ribbon and fabric, to make projectile brides.  And they do erupt from the can with impressive force!  I wish I could get a midair action shot, but we never did get a good one of those.  Also, since the vast majority of our guests live in town, we attached a loop of ribbon to each one, and drove around one day, hanging them on people's doorknobs. 

Here is my army of tiny plastic brides, before they made their way out into the world:


And here is the written part of the STD, printed on my home printer:



My sister wrote the limerick for us-- isnt it fantastic!

Let me know what you think!

Edited to add:
I posted the tutorial under toys, since it doesn't have to be used as any kind of invitation.

You can find the tutorial here.
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Pimped Water Bottle Baby Rattle on: May 31, 2008 10:38:45 AM
Did anyone else follow the link to the site - it seemed to bring up some kind of virus on my computer? Wondering if its just me?
Didn't seem to do anything to mine...
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Science IS Art! swap gallery on: May 30, 2008 01:11:15 PM
Ooh-- I love the slippers and the giant plant cell!
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