I made my first foray into the world of making automata for my partner in the Be AWESOME (Redux) Swap!
Step right up, ladies and gentleman! Turn your frown upside down with MS. CRANKY PANTS
This sign on the front, leads you to a drawer on the right side:
Get it? "Turn
The "grins" all have a hole or tube on them somewhere that slides over the wires that come out of the waist of Ms. Cranky Pants!
She has a crank (get it?) on her left side, well on her right side, but the user's left side that moves the wires when turned. You see, my partner is left-handed.
Here is a little video of the action: http://vid181.photobucket.com/albums/x256/TheMistressTLF/MCP-Video_zpsqytf1lpp.mp4
Ff you're not interested in all the macro shots of all the little details that made me giggle and made me send on the very last day, something I have never done for a swap, then stop now
. It's about to get detailed up in these pants!
The fly and belt buckle, an old button from my recently-"inherited" 4-generation button box.
The belt and belt loops. It just cracked me up to add all the little stitches!
And the cuffs
Some details on the base:
The inside of the empty drawer:
And because I just can't stop posting detail shots, the other end of the crank mechanism:
And some of the "grins"
You can see the clear tube on the giraffe's belly that fits over the wires on the waist of Ms. Cranky Pants.
Some wee scissors on top of a stack of various papers... the scissors move!
I also included some of my partner's family photos that I was able to get by contacting her daughters who are also craftsters! But I didn't want to photograph and put those on the internet w/o permission and I was running out of time to ask, so I actually didn't even get photos of them.
What fun I had! It was fun to have some obvious word play in the project and then I even had some denim-patterned wrapping paper, so I wrapped it in that! I have also personally committed to working as much from stash as I can and was able to do mostly that here. I bought the tubing for the "grins," one of the "grins," and the boxes that make up the base and I think that's it!
A few years ago I started tracking the materials and tools I used to make projects, just for funsies. Yes, that's my kind of funsies. But I didn't keep up with it and let it go for the most part, but this project was so all-over-the-shop that I did it again and thought I'd share:
Wood: beads and dowels; paper: scrapbook, paperboard, TP tube, paper mache, tissue; metal: wire, grommets, eyelets, vintage button; plastic beads; fabric: duck, ticking, vinyl; thread and twine; adhesives: decoupage (MS), hot glue, Quick Grip; ink: sharpie, stamp (x3); embossing powder, paint: red and silver; glaze; coffee and tea, tape: gaffer and painter; 3 kinds of scissors, 2 kinds of "knives," rubber stamps, hand drill and drill bits, punches (and hammer), metal file, leather punch, brushes: paint and adhesive; craft sticks and toothpicks; heat gun and cold air drying rack.
In conclusion, I can't help but make the joke that "This project was pants!"