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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 6 Graphite Portraits, David Bowie and Debbie Harry. on: April 17, 2009 10:57:45 AM
attempts to not forget how to draw. ^_^

Some Ziggy-era Bowies

1975 Bowie

Black Tie White Noise Bowie

Debbie Harry, from a photo in the Mick Rock photography book Blood and Glitter. Hand/arm is a bit flat. Oh well.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Paw-shaped Christmas stockings for the dog + pattern on: December 21, 2008 01:35:33 PM
I'm the crazy dog lady, I suppose, that doesn't just get gifts for friends and relatives, but also gifts for their dogs... so this time I made dog stockings to stuff the gifts into. I had a bunch of black and white plush scraps lying around, so that's the main part of it, the foot pads are scraps of black alpine fleece and the back is also fleece. I rarely use my embroidery machine so I decided this would be a good way to personalize, I just embroidered the names onto thick gabardine and hand-sewed these on (actually the whole thing is hand sewn, except the embroidery).

Amy is my dog and Erin is my cousin's dog, both happen to be black and white so that worked well with the scraps I had. I added a loop of metallic gold ribbon for hanging. I'll put some sort of dog treats or bones in here I suppose, kind of narrow but I'm sure rawhide or something would work well as a stuffer. I saw something similar at a store once but didn't buy the pattern (it being fairly non-complicated, anyway) and figured I'd make a few of these, just drew up a pattern on some paper and sewed it together. Now my mom wants me to make one for her boss, too (well, his dog). =0P
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / metalocalypse teddy bear on: March 29, 2008 12:26:40 PM
Toki's teddy bear from Metalocalypse. Still working on the pattern, sort of a prototype. Made of fleece because that's all the store had in the right colors.

the head is not quite that off center anymore. ^_^

never mind the thread hanging out everywhere.

reference pics from cartoon here: picture and in my avatar.

I need to sew stuff down better on the face and made the head more in the center also.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / PVC viperfish with sequins. =0P on: February 10, 2008 04:38:51 AM
I should've used PVC for the whole body because the spandexy stuff is too porous (stuffing fibres leak out) and too stretchy (makes him look fat), but oh well. maybe next time. Clear vinyl for the teeth because viperfish have transparent teeth. Multicolor sequin photophores on the sides because I thought he needed some color, was going to use black or silver sequins originally. He should have a lure like the anglergish sort of I think, but I was too lazy to add one and wasn't sure what to make it out of.

closeup of head, pvc and vinyl teeth

side view before sequin photophores were added

the viperfish and anglerfish love to pal around... =0P

top view. he's a bit pudgey.

sequin photophores with threads not cut off yet because i'm lazy...
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / a couple of dogs on: February 06, 2008 11:27:33 PM
This first was my first attempt to make a clay dog. I made it in cold weather out of regular Fimo and had trouble getting it soft enough to work well, but I guess the likeness could be worse (my cousin's dog, Erin, also pictured). I did like how the paws turned out. I used real pearls for the eyes and bits of black feather for eyelashes and whiskers. Note: you can't see it in the real-life pic, but her tail really does curl like a pig's tail, so I wanted to make sure the clay dog's did.

click for bigger. the ears fell off in the oven! I had to rebuilt them with glue and black paint.

Sorry about the blurriness, but it's the only picture I have. I made this one for my mom, it's a Christmas ornament of her dog, a border collie. I made one of Erin, too, to put on the package with their other Christmas presents. The Erin ornament turned out much nicer than the Erin above I think, and better than my mom's dog, but I don't have picture right now. For these ones I used the soft Fimo clay, which I like a lot better. I rolled it out flat and used an exacto knife to cut flat shapes, and then stuck them together so it's semi-3d. This also has feather eyelashes/whiskers that aren't visible in the picture.
Also, here is my mom's dog wearing a silly sweater in almost the same position as the ornament:
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hideous stuffed PVC anglerfish! + pattern on: February 05, 2008 11:57:40 AM
I'm on a deep-sea creatures kick lately, I blame my oceanography course.

Presenting: Amy the Anglerfish, probably the most hideous thing you've seen all day.  Cheesy

Hand-sewn PVC except for the parts around the mouth, which I hand-basted and then machine-sewed to anchor the teeth in more firmly. The teeth are bit of scrap white satin ribbon which I painted over with fabric paint to ward off fraying, hopefully. Inside of mouth is crushed velvet (more scraps! yay). Fins are scraps of some meshy fabric with black fabric paint details. Eyes are sequins. The lure thing is a large fake pearl on a guitar low-E string wrapped in black tape, then curled up to allow it to be sewn in. The jaws have sew-through corset boning and the mouth opens and closes.

I think I might replace the white sequins with either bigger white sequins or just white round bits of fabric, I think they need to be bigger, though I do like the blue eyes on her. ^_^ Maybe some false eyelashes would make her more feminine, also. This thing is sitting on my desk and probably gives my roommate nightmares.  Tongue

7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / tiny guitar, game system and dvd player on: January 01, 2008 01:09:42 AM
just some tiny stuff for my dollhouse, painted polymer clay except for the string, guitar frets, which is a bit of wired  gold ribbon, the amplifier, which is foam, PVC, the sae gold ribbon and straight pins. guitar frets are a bit wonky but I wanted some instruments and electronics. ^_^

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pink plush bunny + pattern on: December 28, 2007 04:04:32 PM
I made a fairly basic bunny pattern based somewhat on the bunny toys in the souvenir shop in the beginning part of the video game Silent Hill 3 (there is also a similar pink bunny mascot costume in the game, Robbie the Rabbit, but it looks even less like my doll...) and somewhat on various teddy bear patterns.

this one is almost how i want it to look, but i'll still make another. ^_^

toy without its clothing (warning: nude rabbit!  Roll Eyes )

please forgive the poor lighting in this photo, but I didn't feel like struggling to get him into the overalls again.

I like him better without the overalls, I think I'll leave them off and then make another based on the bunny from the game. It's actually fuschia but my camera killed the colors, it's some poly stuff that feels like those microfiber blankets, the stuff slides all over when you're trying to pin or sew it, and then the lighter color is polar fleece with fabric-painted details. i tried embroidering the face but decided I'm terrible at it and just sewed fleece stuff on over my horrid embroidery. He's very soft and cuddly but I'm not totally happy with him, especially the face, but I have a lot more of the pink furry stuff so I'm going to try again and do some things slightly differently. I want to change the ears a bit too, and give him more humanoid, mitten-like hands and puffier cheeks. I think the next could benefit from a light pink tummy too, and maybe I'll do the bottoms of the feet fuschia too and then sew on light pink footpads, I think that would be cuter.

see below for more pics, and here is my pattern so far:

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