Oh, young_modern, you just made my day! I'm laughing and laughing! Dunny is the name of this character, I don't know why it got that name. There's also a toy named Munny (which I've also beaded). Go to kidrobot.com to see the various characters. They're collectible toys and the shapes are just wonderful, simple and yet somehow very elegant. Toilet! That's rich! xoxo J
The dunny I used is an 8" Gary Baseman. It kind of killed me to cover it up (I spray-painted it black first), but I figured there are plenty of Baseman dunnys and only one beaded one. I showed it to Tristan Easton who designed the dunny shape and he went nuts! He gave me a bunch of other toys to bead including a munny, a blythe and a thundermutt. He's a really sweet guy, but hard to catch, he's always so busy.
You know, this kind of beading is very zen-like, it puts me in a peaceful place. Of course, it's a really slow process and I can only do it on weekends and in my spare time which is sometimes frustrating. That's why I don't sell my stuff, although I do make some pretty fun presents! I've had one piece, my table, exhibited at a museum and my goal this year is to get a piece published in a book or a magazine, that would be so cool. I'm working on a piece right now that includes sculpted figures in a beaded box. AND I just bought a dremel drill today which I've wanted forever! Fun!
Oh and, yup, that was me on Crafters Coast to Coast with the beaded box & kazoo. And to answer another question, the beads are all glued down with Aleens Tacky Glue.
Wow, thanks for all the nice comments! Let's see, I know there were a few questions and I'll try to remember them and answer ...
- Yup, I did the kazoo & box on HGTV, but since then I've started working on bigger, more complicated things. - I glued the beads on an 8" My Little Pony, the tail & mane are dressmaker's pins. - I don't start with any pattern in mind, I just do whatever I feel like. Even I'm kind of amazed at how symetrical it turns out! - I string the beads and then apply glue with a syringe and glue a line at a time. Then I pull out the string. I have to do some beads individually, but mostly I do it by the string. - It does take time and patience, but it's a very zen-like exercise, very relaxing. - It is kind of like the Mexican Huichol technique, except that their beads are done face up (must be one by one) in bee's wax. Gorgeous! I have an egg done that way that I got in Guanajuato and it blows me away.
And finally, I'll post more pics soon, this was fun!!! Oh, and to the poster who uses a Blythe doll image, wait'll you see my beaded Blythe! Woof!
Wow, great tutorial. I took a wet felting class a couple of weeks ago from Gail Crosman Moore and loved it, but I forgot lots of the details just when I finally have a day off to try it at home. Your tutorial helps! If you haven't seen Gail's work, you might want to check it out - http://www.gailcrosmanmoore.com/gcmfelt.html - really beautiful stuff!
I'm new here and hope I'm doing this right! I can't post a picture in my message yet, but here's a link. This is an example of my main craft, I glue beads on stuff. I did a table that was in the NJ Craft Annual and I was on Crafters Coast to Coast on HGTV. But I'm really jazzed about this website, where have you guys been all my life?!