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moobaa
« on: February 16, 2004 10:45:38 PM »

 Cheesy Just wanted to share my bugz with you guyz.  Cheesy
These are my dragon fly x mosquito bugz (whatever you like to call them is fine).
I made one for my daughter last year and showed it to a few people, well, I got orders for xmas didn't I and the total bugz count to date that I've made is somewhere between 30-40.  Roll Eyes
They look heaps better in real life, the colours are not so washy.



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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2004 10:50:46 PM »

those are so wonderfully awesome!!!   Shocked

I love them!!!   Grin

want to share how you made them???   Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2004 10:55:25 PM »

Those are so amazing!  Shocked

I can tell the body is stuffed... Is the head a covered styrofoam ball?
What are the wings and how did you attach them so perfectly???

hehe... No, I'm not trying to rip you off, I'm just getting into soft sculpture and looking for some new techniques!
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2004 11:48:46 PM »

OK here goes........

First make the HEAD
Styrofoam Ball covered in stretchy crushed velvet. Just stretch the material over the ball and tie with strong string. Don't worry about the eyes, we'll do that later.

Then make the BODY
Get some satin and your trusty sewing machine. Sew a cone about 3-4 times longer than the head, (eg. the head measures 5cm across make the body about 20cm long) whateva looks right. Don't forget to leave a few cm at the end to tie the cone up.
I don't know what the rest of the world uses to put their shopping in but here in aus we use plastic bags, that generally tend to break while i'm trying to carry them full of stuff in 1 hand and a wriggling child in the other, but anyway. Stuff your bugz body with plastic shopping bags or garbage bags, pref. white, cause sometimes you can see the darker ones trough the material.
So, sew, stuff and tie, you should end up with something that looks like a huge carrot.

Now glue the head to the body. Tied bit to tied bit of course.

Now for the WINGS.
Go get some wire, I use 1.25mm Galvanized tie wire, any thicker and you can't get the beads on. Find something round, a tuppaware container works good. Leaving the wire on its coil, don't cut it yet, Wrap the wire around the container and twist to make a loop. Still don't cut the wire yet, you gotta make another loop. So you should end up with two loops joined together with about 2-3in of wire between the loops, should look like a big pair of spectacles.
Bend the wire to the shape you want for your wings.
Get some sheer material, some glue that dries clear, some metalic thread. Cut the material into rectangles and glue to wire (makes it so much easier to sew the material onto the wire) When the glue has dried trim the material so that you have about an 1-1 1/2in overhang from the wire. Now you just gotta roll the edges of the material into the wire and sew. (This is a perfected art and may take some practice.)
The fun thing about the wings is that you hav to do all that stuff i already told you again! Smiley You need 2 sets of wings.

OK have I confused you yet? Hope not.

Putting the bug together.
Bend the wings so they form a V and glue to the join between the head and body. Sit the join of the head and body in the V part of the wings. You now have a carrot with a head and wings.

Cut 3 lengths of wire for the legs, fold the wire lengths in half(6legs). Stick the wire over the join  between the head and body and twist to secure, do this with all 3 lengths. This will help hold the wings if your glue is not so strong.

Then get some fluffy boa stuff and wrap it around the join part to hide the wire and mess. Glue onto the body.

Put some nice beads on the legs and a pulled apart fake flower for the feet and bend them into shape.

The eyes are those wonderful flatbacked glass marbles glued to the head with wire spirals glued over the top.
The Stinger, mouthy bit whateva you wanna call it is a star sequin and some beads on a bit of wire jammed into the ball.

Sew a string to the body in the fluffy stuff somewhere to hang the bug up.

Thats pretty much it. I hope it doesn't sound too complicated. The longest part to make is the wings. I really suggest glueing the material to the wire before you sew it, saves a loooooooooooot of swearing!

Pheeeeeeeeeewwwwww I hope that makes sense!
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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2004 11:51:45 PM »

VERY cool! It's so original! I love the eyes!
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2004 12:00:06 AM »

Thanks for the instructions!! The ones you made are waaaay cute!  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2004 02:23:10 AM »

WOW those are so sweet.
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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2004 06:17:15 AM »

THOSE ARE AMAZING!
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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2004 07:44:47 AM »

Super cool!  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2004 07:57:33 AM »

oh my heavens!!!! Shocked Shocked
i want them!!!!!!!!!!!those are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2004 11:19:05 AM »

They sre so cute!
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« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2004 12:25:30 PM »

Those are so great!!!!!!
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« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2004 12:26:46 PM »

Hey! i HAVE NO CLUE what you were talking about because I was too busy ddrooling over your profile picture!!!!! Kiss
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« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2004 12:27:46 PM »

I'm not a big fan of bugs in general, but those are great! (also digging the Orlando picture, he's oh so hot!!!  Wink)
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« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2004 01:55:38 PM »

Hey! i HAVE NO CLUE what you were talking about because I was too busy ddrooling over your profile picture!!!!! Kiss

you thought that pic was sexy too?! strange, i've seen him in movies recently (that is the same guy, right?) and thought he was attractive, but wasn't overly impressed. but something about that picture...
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« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2004 03:16:26 PM »

BBBUUUGGGZZZZZZZZZ are awesome!!!
Now I know what to make my neices for Easter! =)


So as cute as the buggzzzz are Olrando Bloom,
be-still my beating heard... He is
ON MY LIST !! !!   Shocked
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« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2004 04:54:07 PM »

Check out this site for more lovely Orlando pics.

 HUBBA HUBBA
http://www.theorlandobloomfiles.com/images.html





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« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2004 05:19:32 PM »

those are so cool. they would make great decorations for a childs room.
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« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2004 05:31:20 PM »

Ok, moobaa-- Your instructions would be much easier to understand if you didn't have that PIC of Orlando Bloom up there! Oh, my... that boy is something else...  Remember that part in "Pirates" where the bad guys gag him... ROAR...

But seriously, the only part you lost me on was sewing the wings, but I think I'll try it out anyway! (Maybe just get some sparkly panty-hose to stretch over the loops.)
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« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2004 01:09:29 AM »

totally, amazingly cute those rock, completely
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« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2004 09:18:17 AM »

those are so super cute, I love them
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« Reply #21 on: February 21, 2004 01:32:38 AM »

 Cool  Grin  Cheesy
Hey you guyz hows the bugz goin?
if anybody makes a bug you gotta post a pic! See if my directions were followable or not Grin
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« Reply #22 on: March 09, 2004 10:07:51 PM »

Hey has anybody made my bugz yet?
Post a pic if you have.
If you havent YOU BETTER  Grin
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« Reply #23 on: March 10, 2004 04:22:12 AM »

oh, I just stumbled across this, how fantastical! I shall endeavor to make one for my sisters birthday.
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« Reply #24 on: March 10, 2004 06:35:28 AM »

Those are so fun!!!  They remind me Miss (Mrs) Spider !  She is one of our favorite characters Smiley The colors are wonderful. I am going to attempt these but I think I might cheat on some of the wings...i have some old fairy wings from some costumes that are small enough I think.  

I'm gonna try to hang them outside and see how they hold up. Smiley  

( oooooooo...orlando )
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« Reply #25 on: March 10, 2004 08:39:30 AM »

I just love these.  The color possibilities are endless.  I think I shall make one for my little sister's b-day.  

The orlando pics are awesome too.  *DROOL*  I'm a Johnny Depp girl myself but Orlando is working his way in there slowly.  :-)  
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« Reply #26 on: March 10, 2004 09:29:12 AM »

Too cute!!!  Did you come up with that all on your own?  That is very creative.  I know you must've been extremely busy at Christmas.  How much do you sell them for?  Do you ship them, or just sell locally?
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« Reply #27 on: March 13, 2004 08:42:53 AM »

::gasp:: I WANT ONE! heheh... those are so cute. I have things sort of like those that you stick in the garden, but they're made of metal.
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« Reply #28 on: March 30, 2004 07:39:01 PM »

 Cheesy COME ON GUYS WHERES YOUR PICS OF YOUR BUGZ?!  Grin

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« Reply #29 on: April 03, 2004 06:07:53 AM »

o.k. this project rocks.  i'm stating publicly that i will make one of these.  there.  i said it.  feel free to hassle me if i don't follow through.

i made something vaguely similar last year (i'll take pics later today)...10 foot tall flowers made of my husband's leftover electrical parts.  pvc pipe, copper wire, green tape, plus that colored tulle netting and nerf balls.  they would go perfectly with these giant bugz!
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« Reply #30 on: April 11, 2004 12:06:40 PM »

here it is, as promised...






i used stockings for the wings, but the wire really needs to be a thicker gauge to hold the shape.  and next time i'd do the eyes differently, but i'm pretty pleased with it overall.  
thanks, moobaa, for a great tutorial!
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« Reply #31 on: April 12, 2004 12:07:03 AM »

THAT LOOKS COOL!
 Looks rather like marble magnet thingies for the eyes  Cheesy

Kinda like a tropical blowie!  Grin I like the antennas and the flowers. great bug!
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« Reply #32 on: April 12, 2004 02:41:17 AM »

holy crap look how cute your bugs are! damn, I really need to make one of these
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« Reply #33 on: April 13, 2004 05:45:43 PM »

i love ur little buggies!!
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« Reply #34 on: April 13, 2004 09:20:57 PM »

*LOVES* Shocked
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« Reply #35 on: June 01, 2005 07:17:09 PM »

These are too cute.  I have bug theme in my classroom.  These would look awesome above every table. Thanks for the great tutorial.
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« Reply #36 on: June 01, 2005 09:12:41 PM »

wow!  i know there are 4 page worth of compliments, but those little bugies deserve some more praise. i love them, how freaking cute!  i am by the way not typically a gal who is into a cute, but this i like a lot.  i must take some time this summer to make a few or a bunch. 
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« Reply #37 on: June 01, 2005 09:49:44 PM »

Those are Great!!!
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« Reply #38 on: June 02, 2005 07:23:09 AM »

ARGH! I can see the potential for cuteness but I have an extreme phobia of moths and those bugs look like moths to me. Bleurgh.

Apart from that, hurrah, they're great... But can you make bunny rabbits next time...?
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« Reply #39 on: June 02, 2005 07:49:14 AM »

If you haven't yet you need to shop these around to your local boutiques, craft stores, etc. I think they would 'fly' off the shelves (groan)...but seriously I just thought of at least five people I know that would love these for their patios, offices, kid's rooms. All I'm sayin' is think about it....   Grin
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