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« on: August 07, 2006 07:05:29 PM »

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. Smiley

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? Wink Everyone go buy one right now. It comes in handy in the oddest of places.
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2006 07:14:48 PM »

wow, he looks great and my kids would love to have him in their room!!
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2006 09:01:27 PM »

thats my favorite show!!!!!!
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2006 09:05:58 PM »

Holy!!!! Thats wicked, especially since the creator signed him! Awesome.
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2006 01:57:19 PM »

great job!!!
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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2006 02:28:16 PM »

woah hes my fave fosters friend, i love him Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2006 11:10:31 PM »

He came out great,I love that show.Next time you need to make a big armature for something sometimes copper tubing from the hardware store works super well,and it's pretty cheap.
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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2006 10:23:44 AM »

OMG - HE ROCKS!!!  What a talent you have
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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2006 10:55:54 AM »

woah! You rule, that took some serious skill.


and I'm totally jealous you got to meet craig, he's my animation nerd idol.
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« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2006 07:23:45 PM »

OMG! That looks sooo much like the real Wilt on the t.v. show! It's really cutee! You did a really good job! Grin
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