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« on: May 03, 2010 09:13:32 AM »

Are you addicted to making and receiving dotees?  Do you want to learn new techniques or share your tips?  Do you have tons of little bits of fabric, yarn, clay, metal, or other interesting things that need to be used up?

Then this craftalong is for you!! Hone your skills or try out new things--get inspiration and confidence to join the wonderful dotee swaps!

We will have monthly themes and challenges that you can join in if you want...

It looks like for the month of May, we are going to learn and practice making sculpted faces from pantyhose!

We hope to have plenty of progress pics, instructions, and of course, dotees!!!
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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2010 09:40:30 AM »

oh yay!!!  I'm working on my face today!
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2010 10:10:25 AM »

I'm starting a face tomorrow. Thanks for organizing, Always!
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2010 10:15:51 AM »

I'm not sure if I'll be participating in this, but I certain;ly will be following it to see how creative everyone is.
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2010 11:05:12 AM »

alternawidget--can you post your face sculpting here? I won't count it as double-posting! Cheesy

oh--one question--I wonder if you have any tips for darker stockings...do you also embroider to make the features stand out?
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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2010 11:38:10 AM »

Hi! I'll just post this one old one (and replace it with a better shot later), and then on to my new work. This one shows eyebrows stitched on the surface with white floss.
Yes, I do embroider the surface of all my sculpted faces, regardless of the flesh tone.  To achieve a certain shade of skin, build up 2, 3, or more layers of nylon as needed to overcome the whiteness of the fibrefill.
I also use watercolors for additional color because they sit on the surface until I "pop" them in with a cotton swab.


Someone once described this process as making a "cara de pasa", or "raisin face". Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2010 12:49:18 PM »

It turned out great--I can see the details and can't wait to get started on one!
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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2010 02:00:18 PM »

You can also use different shades of hose.  There are shades from nude to beige, tan and so on.  I once made a "chalah" (Jewish bread like the soft twist rolls) out of knee-highs.  I bought the nude color without realizing that the stuffing would make it whiter looking.  I knotted the ends of 3 knee-highs together and stuffed each one.  Then I braided them and used a rubber band at the end to secure them and tucked them in somehow.  It was such a pale looking chalah so I took out my craft paints and a sponge brush and started painting away.  The stuffing started soaking up the paint so I kept applying more paint.  When it dried up it almost looked like a real chalah.

I don't know how this works with a sculpted face like Alterna makes, but I imagine that you could start out with a tan shade as opposed to nude and experiment with your faces that way also. 
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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2010 02:27:05 PM »

ok..I made my first sculpted pantyhose dotee! That's really fun!  I used watercolor like AlternaWidget..took awhile to get that down but I'm pretty pleased. I love the embroidery with it and I made her have long eyelashes Grin
 
I'm putting a body on her so I'll post Lady Nylonness is just a bit.

I've a lot to learn but it's really fun and pretty forgiving. Alterna's looks way cuter though Wink
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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2010 05:00:28 PM »

ok so here is my first attempt  meet Lady Nylonness
needle sculpted face before embroidery

embroidered

here she is done...sorry for the over exposure really cruddy lighting today. Undecided

this was really fun! I think I'll not needle sculpt and then embroider I think I'll sculpt with embroidery thread like AlternaWidget did next time.

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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2010 05:58:17 PM »

Oh wow!  For some reason I thought the sculpted faces would all look kinda old!  I can see how you can create cheekbones, chins, etc. now--it turned out great!

Love the hair and the buttons, too!
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« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2010 06:29:05 PM »

Oh, Sunflower! What a beautiful face!! Perfect for the hair and body! She's full of character. Nice job!!
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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2010 06:33:05 PM »

Oh wow!  For some reason I thought the sculpted faces would all look kinda old! 
That's me, I think! I gravitate to the applehead/old folks features, but these faces take their own directions. Smiley
Maybe I'll try a baby face, or an alien face, just to stretch me a bit.  Grin

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« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2010 06:35:34 PM »

ahhhh thanx ladies!  I really liked making that face, there's so much you can do with it. I did her nose twice though. Once I got the eyes in I molded the nose a bit more.  I was able to use a needle and move fluff around to make it look the way I wanted. I'd like to get the head a bit smaller.

Next I'm going to try the clay with fabric over it.

AlternaWidget- I found out that you can use fabric medium over the clay to fix the fabric on the mold. I'm really excited to try that.


 
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« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2010 06:50:22 PM »

Awesome! Can't wait to see how it turns out!
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« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2010 07:22:00 PM »

Id like to give this a try  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: May 18, 2010 06:56:41 AM »

Over the weekend, I baked my little clay faces...let's just change that to BURNT my little clay faces!!  I have such a problem focusing that I forgot about them in the oven until I smelled them!

All is not lost, however, because the browned faces kind of look like I aged them!!  I won't be able to use them for dotees, but I can use them to make my altered Christmas ornaments, which sort of look like dottees, but I make them out of paper...oh well...

I will try again maybe over Memorial Weekend...I really want to make a certain dotee that I have in my head but I need a clay face! Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2010 11:36:33 PM »

I have never made a dotee before, though I've always drooled over the swap galleries! Is a dotee just a hanging art doll? Or is there a different definition?
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« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2010 06:04:10 AM »

Pixieval--if you go to the swap discussion thread, smmarrt always gives a link to the origin of the dotee...I think in the swap we have strayed a bit from the original "dotee"...it is suppose to be 4-6 inches, with a face and a tail, generally no arms and legs...embellished however you like...

But, as you can see from all the galleries, some dotees have sprouted arms and legs, some have no tails, and some have no "faces"...

I prefer the original dotee style myself because I consider other small "dolls" art dolls and not dotees...

If you have never made a dotee, you should and post it here!  I am making a day of the dead set for a friend and this would be the place for me to post!

I won't be able to do anything, however, until after Christmas... Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: November 11, 2010 04:34:09 PM »

Thanks always. I am going to add dotee to my list to do after the holiday rush! Cheesy
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« Reply #20 on: December 17, 2010 11:43:48 AM »

I want to share some dotee faces I made using acrylic paint and watercolor pencils Smiley





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« Reply #21 on: December 17, 2010 12:43:19 PM »

Those are very nice!!  I think the faces are the best part of a dotee...so much expression in such a tiny space!

I really like the last one on the top row--she looks like she forgot to include something in a swap package! Grin
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