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« Reply #12780 on: August 21, 2014 08:13:18 PM »

I think there is a small tutorial, or at least a description on how to do eyelids around here somewhere.

Also, depending on where you attach the leg to the body can make the poppet more hippy.
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« Reply #12781 on: September 24, 2014 03:39:53 PM »

Also, you really have to pull tight when you joint. Part of what I think makes mine stand (aside from the bottom of the feet not being too curvy) is that after dry-fitting and making sure you are in the right place, make the jointing is super tight so the legs go straight not in. I'll try and find a pic.
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« Reply #12782 on: September 24, 2014 04:15:24 PM »

If you joint high, it will be hip-py. If you joint lower it will not be as much... but don't go too low or clothes won't fit.

Also, legs are weight bearing, and the doll is top heavy. Everything should be stuffed evenly and firm, not overstuffed, not soft and squishy.  Like making sausages. Your first pic - stuffing looks ok, jointing looks loose. Also, I "cover" my button with batting, then safety-pin my button in the leg before stuffing then I stuff a little more on the outside of the leg and not too much on the inside. The safety-pin being in the way helps remind me not to stuff too much. So you could reduce the stuffing as Sharalee said.

Joint tightly, so when it's standing the body and head won't swing loosely backward and forward.  I notice your first pic there is a big space between the legs, the bottom of your body seems wide, and jointing seems loose. I believe someone once squished it under their knee in order to joint tight enough. Wink I used to do that until I realized if everything is stuffed tight and feet are relatively flat, you just need to be snug.

In this pic, this one stands but it could've been done a little higher. I try to pick a spot on the body, put the leg up to it and swivel it around as if attached, to see if it looks good.



Here is a sample of dry fitting.  Use pins to hold in place. This one needed to move more to the doll's back before it will stand. If you have a Barbie doll, take a look at placement.

Hope this helps. :-)

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« Reply #12783 on: June 16, 2015 04:43:04 PM »

Hi Poppetteers! I am willing to organize a "Mini Poppet Swap" and was wondering if there was any extra interest here?
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« Reply #12784 on: June 17, 2015 06:03:42 PM »




A Poppet Swap is up if anyone is interested in making/swapping
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439668.msg5319209#msg5319209
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« Reply #12785 on: March 24, 2016 10:38:00 PM »

I know this thread hasn't been posted in since last year but I thought I might as well try. I might have posted this previously but I cannot find it. I have tried to make poppets, a couple times now and they always end up hippy and weird looking in the legs. How on earth do you get your legs to fit so nicely? Links are of the "hippy" dolls I attempted to do. I used button joints and used buttons the same size as the top of the legs on one of the dolls (the beige one) but that didn't make a difference. Any help would be awesome.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/Family_Matters2010/Dolls/DSC00455.jpg (the first one with to small of button joints)

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/Family_Matters2010/Dolls/DSC00454.jpg (the 2nd one that is bow-legged, and twisted and just funny looking legs)

I really want to be able to make these dolls but it is so hard to get the legs right. Thanks for the help in advance
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« Reply #12786 on: March 25, 2016 01:39:28 AM »

Not sure if it makes a difference, but on the first one, it looks as if you made the curved hollow where the leg should fit straight instead of curved. That might have something to do with it.
As for the second, it looks as if you're not pulling the thread tightly enough when you joint it: that's usually what causes the legs to turn inward a bit like that. Or, at least that's my experience with it. I made a poppet once but I never got around to making his clothes so he's in a closet at my parents' house, naked on a shelf.
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« Reply #12787 on: March 25, 2016 04:03:32 PM »

A lot of it has to do with the placement of the legs. If you place them up too high, it will be more hippy. And I'm not positive, but on the bottom picture it looks like you may have had the legs too far forward. It can be tricky to get the legs where you want them. Mine don't always turn out perfect either.
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« Reply #12788 on: April 05, 2016 05:43:10 AM »

I've found it helps to have the pelvis area really defined in that kind of flat V shape, so that there is sufficient contour for the legs to nest in.  The legs in the second picture look like they could be a little under stuffed, too.  Having the stuffing right is tricky, but it's useful to be fiddly because it provides the tension so the legs sit and stay where you want them.  Make sure your button is centered in your leg before you thread it.  And, if it's sewn pretty neatly/straight, you can use the stitches on the side of the body as a marker for your needle to thread the legs through, and get them fairly even.  I don't go right through the stitches, but just offset, either in front of or behind, depending on what looks best for that doll.  That way if the button on the leg is centered, and the stitching is straight, the legs should end up positioned pretty evenly.  Are you using freezer paper for the pattern?  That, hands down, is probably the most helpful thing!  If the pieces are sewn as closely to the pattern as possible, they're more likely line up well.
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« Reply #12789 on: April 20, 2016 04:57:56 PM »

Hey y'all! Meet Zendaya! Smiley More pictures are to come once I get her hair done and some clothes made. She was eager to meet everyone. Tongue

Whoops, picture is kind of big!



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