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« on: October 26, 2013 06:02:43 AM »

This is quite a step-up from the previous project I posted on this board!  I recently participated in the Creepy Cute Stuffie Swap, and my partner said she liked creepy mermaids, so I decided to craft her a zombie mermaid.



Initially, I tried to draft a pattern for the entire thing by hand, but having never even made a doll before, that was a bit beyond my skill set.  Thankfully, I found a $3 blank stuffed doll form at Joanns, which even had the bonus of being that perfect zombie un-dead gray!  So I chopped off the legs, and used that for the upper body.  With a good base for the torso, I was then able to draft a decently-shaped pattern for the tail.



Two pieces of black felt, machine-sewn together and stuffed with poly fill from the bottom up as I went along.  I intentionally cut the top of the tail a little wider than the waist of the doll, and after the torso was glued into the tail, I hot glued the over-wide edges of the tail to the backside to create the effect of her wider hips and narrower waist.  The tailbones were all painted on with white fabric paint -- which I did not realize had a velveteen effect, so when I used a blow dryer on the paint to speed up the drying, the paint actually started to bubble up.  It was a happy accident, though, as I think it adds some interesting texture.



I figured that crafting her chest would be difficult, so I went with the requisite mermaid shell-bra, hot-glued on.  My friends and I had a good laugh over her Madonna-esque cones.  The face and scratches were all painted on using black and white fabric paint, and a Tim Holtz brand red distress paint for paper crafting (which I figured would be more subtle, and I think it was.  It actually comes in a dauber, so I had to daub it onto a paper plate to be able to get some on my brush).  I wish I had taken a little more care into how I had applied the scratches (they look more like pus sores than wounds to me, but I guess that works too).  Her little cameo was purchased at Joann -- I was hoping to make a skull one, but based on the time I had and supplies I was able to find, this ended up being the best option.  So, it is the mermaid's treasure, recovered from a shipwreck at the bottom of the ocean.



My absolute favorite part of the doll, however, is her ridiculously-long hair.  I had already figured I would end up using yarn for the hair, but when I saw this one at the craft store, I knew it would be perfect.  The black, white and gray colors say "zombie" to me, and it was all knotted in weird places, which really helped to add a lot of volume.  Originally, I was just going to start gluing long strands of yarn to the top of her head, but my best friend wisely advised me to create a base for a wig, using a teardrop-shaped piece of black felt.  That way, I could more easily create a part, instead of having hair hanging down in the doll's face, and it worked really well.  I still managed to almost permanently lose the use of a couple fingers to the hot glue gun... but, y'know.  Crafting problems.



She is even a little bit blinged-out, with a jeweled fishbone stuck in her hair.  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2013 07:20:10 AM »

Love this, you did amazing. The hair is the best part.
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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2013 08:51:15 AM »

This is just so great!  Wonderful details all around.
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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2013 10:46:27 AM »

This is so awesome! Great work!
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2013 11:18:06 AM »

I love this! Great job!!
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2013 12:38:51 PM »

Oh, she is perfect! Perfectly undead! Does she float shells up like dead fish? Cheesy Cheesy

I love the detail and yes, her hair is amazing. I've used those pre-made dolls for doll bodies...chopping off the head. I find it oddly satisfying to chop up a doll.

I love her bony tail and all the wounds! Fantastic job.
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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2013 02:40:52 PM »

She is amazing! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2013 11:45:28 PM »

She's wonderful! Love the bones in her tail!
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This is super cute!  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2013 02:55:14 PM »

Of the crafts I have seen from you, I think this is your best! She is awesome! What a clever combo. Everything about it rocks. Lots of wonderful details. Bet your partner is thrilled to pieces!!
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