I've been addicted to making these little bendy fairies. (A friend showed me how to make them and I think she got the instructions on-line somewhere, but I'm not sure where.)
1. Take a pipe cleaner and bend it in half.
2 & 3. Pinch the top of the bend and fold up the two ends (leaving a little nub where you were holding it.)
4. Bend the two ends down (these will be the arms.)
5. Fold those ends back in towards the center.
6. Follow steps 3 & 4 for the remaining ends forming legs.
7. Tightly wrap 6-strand embroidery floss around the bend on the leg (about 1/4 inch on either side of the bend.
8. Fold the leg up and continue wrapping the floss around and up the leg. (It takes a bit of practice to get the floss wrapped tightly and evenly so that none of the pipe cleaner fuzz pokes through.)
9 & 10. Follow steps 7 & 8 for the two arms and other leg.
11. Wrap the floss around the tops of the legs and base of the arms to form a body.
12. Glue a 10mm bead to the top of the body pushing the small part you pinched in step 2 into the hole of the bead.
Then you can add the hair and clothes! I made clothes for them out of pieces of ribbon or silk flowers and added hair from more embroidery floss.
I made a TON of these little dolls. You can see them here:http://www.geocities.com/annareillyart/AR_Fairy_Dolls.html