A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Please remember to SEARCH before asking a question that may have already been answered. Thanks!
Total Members: 303,214
Currently Running With Scissors:
616 Guests and 18 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop

Pages: [1] 2 3  All
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Alice in Wonderland Ace of Spades Mini Action Figure  (Read 5633 times)
Tags for this thread: alice_in_wonderland , disney , paper , toy , action_figure , miniature , playing_cards , featured_project , category_featured_project  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
« on: August 08, 2014 07:07:28 AM »

A playing card soldier that made his first appearance in Disney's 1951 Alice in Wonderland animated film, which was based upon the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass children's books penned by Lewis Carroll. Ace of Spades has the misfortune of serving the Queen of Hearts, which is a dangerous occupation, as the short-tempered matriarch is infamous for ordering her subjects to be decapitated for trivial, or even imagined, infractions on a daily basis.

 Here's a brief look at the construction process of this miniature action figure. I worked from two reference sources, this shot of the four aces from the film:

And the interactive polygon game model found in the Journal of Square-Enix's 2002 Kingdom Hearts Playstation 2 video game (I absolutely adore in-game bestiaries that detail all its' characters and enemies). You may have noticed that said game's version of the Ace of Spades has a flesh-toned face, black nose, and is armed with an axe, rather than a lance, but I stuck with the film image design, as I felt that looked better. The main benefit of the polygon game model is that you can rotate it to get a good look at Ace of Spades from all angles, which is immensely helpful when you're trying to reproduce something 3-dimensionally.

Once I had all the measurements and visual details I needed from the reference material noted above, I proceeded to lay out the front and back of the card body on paper and then modeled the feet.

Next, I made the arms and the spade-tipped lance. If you look closely, you can see the end of a tiny sewing needle sticking out of the bottom of the lance's handle--that's what I wrapped the paper around to create the two halves of the long, hollow shaft of the weapon (said needle was then removed, once the two lance parts were dry, glued together, and could support their own weight).

Finally, here's the fully assembled, and partially painted, Ace of Spades figure. The squiggly lines you can see in the body are the embedded wires that provide the articulation. I probably should have hidden the bulges created by the wires better, but, given how thin his card-shaped body is, that's easier said than done.

The finished figure. Other than the previously mentioned wire bulges, I'm fairly happy with how he turned out.

 Lined white paper, newsprint, white glue, wire twist ties, cardboard, ink, and acrylic paint.

 2.8 cm (1.1") x 4.5 cm (1.8")  [widest point x highest point]
* The numbers given are for a neutral standing pose; the values
will vary depending on how the figure's joints are positioned.

 9 Points: Neck, shoulders x 2, elbows x 2, wrists x 2, and ankles x 2.

 Several hours on July 13, 2014.
Offline Offline

Posts: 582
Joined: 21-Jun-2011

Stay in control, and never panic. -Martha Stewart

View Profile
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2014 07:09:59 AM »

That's adorable!

In Martha we trust

I love swapping altered puzzle pieces! PM ME! Smiley
I Sew Cute
Jewelry and Trinkets Moderator
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

I'm a Fanatic Friend of Craftster!
Offline Offline

Posts: 8413
Joined: 08-Apr-2008

Take me to the kittens!!! >^.^<

View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2014 07:13:57 AM »

This is fantastic...I love that you articulated it to be poseable!

Check out Trinkets & Jewelry! Wink
Offline Offline

Posts: 7387
Joined: 28-Jul-2006

the best things in life aren't things!

View Profile WWW
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2014 07:24:30 AM »

He is ACE! Thanks for sharing he has really brought a smile to my face today  Grin

Use what talent you possess - the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best
50 in '14
50 in '15
Global Moderator
Glass Crafts Moderator
Guest Blogger

Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Oy Vey!
Offline Offline

Posts: 11590
Joined: 18-Aug-2006

He says I color his world

View Profile
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2014 07:32:05 AM »

Very tiny and very cool! Smiley

Ruler of the Roost, Protector of the Progeny, Conqueror of Comestibles, Chieftain of Chores, Consort Extraordinaire, and Crafty to Boot!
Offline Offline

Posts: 5726
Joined: 04-Oct-2011

Best of 2014 Winner! I like my avatar, tho....

View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2014 08:22:48 AM »

This is awesome!  Will you be making any other members of the Queen's brigade?

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 9896
Joined: 28-Mar-2008

My fingers are itchin' to be stitchin'

View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2014 09:02:57 AM »

Turned out fabulous! 

Offline Offline

Posts: 427
Joined: 07-Jul-2010

Even Mini crafts!

View Profile
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2014 02:08:55 PM »

The things you do with paper... Shocked

That is just awesome!

Reclaiming my Crafting heritage one stitch at a time.
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Crafting keeps the madness at bay. Or is it the cause?
Offline Offline

Posts: 7410
Joined: 22-Jul-2006

Willing to personal swap for art of my doggies!

View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2014 04:33:25 PM »


Helena Puck
« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2014 05:31:46 PM »

Freaking cool!!!

Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] 2 3  All Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Jump to:  

only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search

your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
Should You Judge a Man by His Car or Apartment?
Are Separate Bank Accounts Fair for Couples?
3 Hidden Fees to Watch Out For
Suze Orman Says Always Chose A Roth 401(K) When Saving For Retirement
PayPal Study: Splitting Expenses With Friends, Family Can Cost $51 Billion
Latest Blog Articles
Meatless Monday: Stuffed Acorn Squash
@Home This Weekend: Quilted Patchwork Basket
Craftster Quickies: How to Make Spooky Halloween Decorations

Comparison Shopping

Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...

Follow Craftster...

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2015, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.