Hey guys I'm new here and I thought I'd post my latest project. In July I made this eight foot tall Wilt doll for a friend of mine who co-admins my Foster's Home fan forum. I took him with me to the San Diego Comic-Con and had the bottom of one shoe signed by show creator Craig McCracken and his wife Lauren Faust.
Me with Craig and Lauren.
He's mostly made of fine plush fabric - his shoes, smile, and good eye are broadcloth, his socks are t-shirt material, and his number 1, wristband, and the stripes on his socks are fleece. His wonky eye is made from a clear plastic ornament with the hanger trimmed off with my Dremel and a painted wooden ball dropped inside. There is a pouch of polybeads (or "beanies") inside each shoe and his rump to weight them, and a PVC pipe runs through his body for stability.
The hardest part of the whole thing (because to be honest, he was incredibly easy to design) was his eyestalks. I figured I would just use some doll armature I had ordered from the dollmaking company years before and hadn't used - now this was the BIGGEST diameter the company made, and it's pretty hefty. I also had some three-way connectors I was going to use to make the zigzag in his wonky eyestalk (I cut the extra side off with my Dremel). So I popped apart the lengths I would need - one for his good stalk and three short ones for the bad one) and went to put together the wonky one. OMG. They would NOT freaking pop back together!!! (Think of ball-and-socket joints.) They just wouldn't! My brother tried helping me, I tried using bricks like a vice to hold them still, I tried pliers - I tried everything, they would NOT pop together. -_- Know what I had to do? I had to put a sanding attachment on my Dremel and SAND the balls down until I *could* get them together. It was INSANE. If I ever do anything like that again I am ordering smaller freaking doll armature. Anyways. Thank God for my Dremel, eh?
Everyone go buy one right now. It comes in handy in the oddest of places.