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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Integra Wingates Hellsing doll on: February 18, 2010 10:49:34 AM

This is a doll of Integra from the manga/anime Hellsing. I made her for a swap.

Integra scrutinizes.

She's a ragdoll sort of doll, meaning that she isn't jointed or really posable since she has no armature or anything, but she is soft like a plushie. Her hands, however, do have some pipecleaners in the fingers so she can hold things. I drafted her as a more feminine version of my regular ragdoll pattern. I drafted the head as well, though it was basically a variation on the head from ghilie's poppet pattern. Her skin is alova and her features are painted/drawn on.


I made her glasses using some of the clear plastic that they make packages and boxes out of for kids toys and things like that. I cut them into little circles and punctured them with an upholstery needle and then threaded some wire in to connect them and make the little ear parts. They actually wrap around her ears so that they don't fall off.

As for her clothes, they are all removable. Her shoes are felt loafer sort of things, her suit is made of a linen that really looks like tweed or suiting of some kind. Her gloves are made of white knit jersey, and yes, they are removable, too!

Her jacket is double-breasted (though only the outside set of buttons has actual buttonholes, so I guess it's sort of mock double-breasted). Her blouse is made of some shiny shirting I had lying around and her tie is just a bit of hemmed broadcloth, though I did make the little wrap with the cross with a hook and eye closure in the back so that it would be the right shape and not too hard to take off.

From the back.

Just some of her outerwear Smiley

Le gasp! In her shirtsleeves!

I even put the little crease down the front of her pant legs, though you can only sort of see it in this picture

Her hair I did by using one of those plastic net bag thingies that are sometimes around candy or cheese and I latch-hooked an enormous amount of very light blonde yarn onto it and sewed it down on her head. She looked at me disapprovingly the entire time, but hey, now she has hair. I painted her eyes and used fabric marker for her mouth. Her eyebrows are light so I just penciled them on, haha.

I just like that picture.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Anime/Manga Swap Round 5 Gallery! on: February 08, 2010 09:55:39 AM
Show me what you got!

Sent and Received
Late with Communication
Contact Organizer Immediately!
Feedback Given

Atellix <-------> devilxkat
shdwstrm <------> Usagi-chan
Proxima <------> RevolutionaryGirl
angelcallie <------> TPauSilver
puffy <------> TwistedTruth
RikaHeart <-------> grapeicepop
Chrislea <-------> sushiluvzombie

Deseree RevolutionaryGirl to angel ------> deadbathducky -------> Hika-chan ------> Deseree

BunnieBard -------> angelcallie -------> darkladymajesta ------> BunnieBard
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Utena Cosplay ^_^ on: January 07, 2010 03:06:46 PM
For a friend's birthday, I made her an Utena cosplay to wear to the geeky awesome conventions we go to together. Utena is her favorite anime, so I thought it would be appropriate.

Here she is attacking me with a kitchen knife Grin

The main part of it is the jacket. It's the base of the costume.

The back

The jacket itself is made of navy twill with red bias tape.

But the really fun part of the jacket is that it is convertible. Utena wears this jacket as her school uniform but then when she goes to duel, it transforms slightly into this:

I made the epaulettes, chain, ruffle, and cuffs removable so that the jacket could be worn both ways.

Removable stuff removed:

I attached the "chain" to the top button of the jacket with a felt button cover hot-gued onto the back of the charm at the top of the chain.

The ruffle attaches to the inside of the jacket with snap buttons above each of the vents and the cuffs attach with velcro on the inside of the jacket sleeves.

But I am particularly proud of the epaulets. I made them using half-sphere foam pieces used for flower arranging and a thin layer of paper mache on there to make it smooth. Then I pulled some shiny red stretch fabric over it to make it, well, shiny and red. After that, I hot glued the gold lame on there and then all the little tasselly bits, then a circular piece of felt to cover all the glue. Sewed to the circular piece of felt is a little sleeve so that the epaulet can fit over the little band on the shoulder of the jacket.

Jacket shoulder

With epaulet

But possibly my favorite thing about the jacket are the four buttons on the front. I decoupaged the Rose Crest from the show onto them and I really like the way they came out. It's the little things, you know?

4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Anime/Manga Swap 5!! - sign-ups end Jan 5 - send outs Feb 10 on: December 22, 2009 10:58:07 AM
Swap name: Anime/Manga Swap 5
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: angelcallie
Sign-up date range: Dec 22 Jan 5
Date to send item by: Feb 10

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO no
If so, which country?

Age requirement? Just 16

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO no, or yes Im not
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Hello and welcome to Anime/Manga swap 5!! This is going to be a six point swap (meaning youll be asked to make one small, one medium, and one large item, or something equivalent{such as three mediums, a large and three smalls, and so on}).

Helpful Size Key:

Large= 3 points
Medium=2 points
Small=1 point

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Ill also ask, if you are participating in this swap, that you either post to this thread or pm me or my co-organizer RevolutionaryGirl at least once a week so we know you havent disappeared.

Sign-ups will be from December 22, 2009 to Jan 5, 2010, so theres plenty of time, and send outs will be February 10 so that we have a nice long crafting period. Thatll be useful especially since sometimes this swap requires research because the category is so broad. Smiley

On to the questions!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap Anime/ Manga swap 5!
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old (yes/no)

What are your favorite anime series?
What are your favorite manga?
Any Favorite Characters?
Do you like Asian dramas?
Anything youre currently watching/not quite finished with/dont want to be spoiled?
Favorite colors?
Least Favorite Colors?
Shirt Size?
What kinds of crafts do you do?
What kind of crafts would you be interested in receiving?
Is there anything you would rather not receive?
Do you have any allergies that your partner should know about?
Do you have any known allergens that might end up in your crafting?
Anything else you want the organizer or your partner to know?


Round 1 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=168599.0
Round 2 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=198471
Round 3 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257531
Round 4 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=311504

List of Participants:
1. angelcallie
2. RevolutionaryGirl
3. sushiluvzombie
4. TPauSilver - first time swapper Smiley
5. devilxkat
6. Proxima
7. darkladymajesta
8. RikaHeart
9. deadbathducky
10. BunnieBard - first time swapper Smiley
11. Hika-chan
12. Chrislea
13. Usagi-chan
14. shdwstrm
15. TwistedTruth
16. puffy
17. Atellix
18. grapeicepop
19. Deseree
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Giant Squid plushie! on: December 22, 2009 12:02:38 AM
As a Christmas present for my good, deep-sea-creature loving friend, I made a giant squid!

He is huge! His body is about 2' and his tentacles are just as long again, so he's about four feet in total. Huge I tell you!

With tentacles all neat.

And crazy tentacles.

Inside all those tentacles, he has a little squid beak

His body and tentacles are made of off-white fleece. The tentacles have some beans in the end and a little bit of fluff to hold them down there so that they have a bit of floppy weight. The beak is made of black corduroy. And, the best part:

He's eating my arm! There is a belly beyond that beak!

It's a pouch made of red fleece.

Inside his squidy gullet are some of the things he has eaten.

A sperm whale, the Yellow Submarine, and a yeti.

But even after that meal, he's still hungry (he didn't get to be a giant squid by doing nothing, you know), so he decided to make a meal of a nearby corgi!

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Black Hayate Bag on: November 25, 2009 11:35:53 PM
Yes, I read of the manga. I especially love Fullmetal Alchemist and one of my favorite characters is Hawkeye's dog, Black Hayate. He's so cute I wanted to make a bag with him all over.

It's a smallish messenger bag, big enough for a book, my wallet, and some odds and ends.

I'm pretty proud of it. I made collages of the manga pages in photo shop and cut and treated several 8.5x11 sheets of twill with bubble jet set so that I could print the collages directly onto the fabric. Then I dyed the fabric with coffee (it was a little too white before I did that). And I just put together a simple messenger bag pattern that fit the pieces.

It was the first time I used those awesome magnetic closures. I LOVE those.

The full back collage with the flap.

One side . . .

And the other.

Oooh, there's a zipper pocket inside! I did use the zipper tutorial on the tutes list for that.

I decided not to coffee dye the little applique piece with just puppy Hayate on it so that he would stand out a little bit more. I like this bag so much, I'll probably end of making more in this style. Though, if I do do this again, I will remember to do the coffee dye on the fabric before I treat it for printing because, even after the solution is washed out the treated fabric soaks in color crazy much. So the bag is a little browner than I had originally intended and I had some issues getting the bottom and the strap (the only untreated pieces in the finished bag) to come close to matching the other bits. Also, the strap is a little wide, though I think I might just go back and fix that.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A pod of plushie narwhals! - pattern/instructions on page 3!! on: November 17, 2009 12:18:52 AM
Originally I was just going to make one, but I guess they're sort of like potato chips. I was making on to give to a friend for his birthday, then my sister saw it and decided she had to have one, too. And of course, I needed one after all that.


From above

The pod!

I had so much fun making them! They are made of fleece. I flicked black paint on the gray parts to give them the dappled look sort of like what real narwhals have. The horns are white broadcloth covered in iridescent lamee so they're shiny. The eyes are made of felt. I made up the pattern myself on the fly.

You can sort of see how shiny the horn is in this picture.

Anyway, thanks for looking!

TUTORIAL LINK: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=328302.msg3794425#msg3794425
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Link poppet - image obese on: November 16, 2009 09:37:13 PM
Well, he's been about six months in the making (on and off, of course, and allowing for the time my sewing machine was broken) but he's finally finished. He was a commission from a friend.

Link, he come to town, come to save the Princess Zelda . . .

He's very stern.

From the back you can see his sword sheath and shield hung on his back as well as the pouches on the back of his belt. The pouches have snap buttons to close them and both of the belts have snap buttons hidden on them as well so they are fully removable, as is his tunic, leggings, gauntlets, arm . . . lings, and boots.

Close-up of gauntlets and boots.

He has pipe cleaners in his fingers so he can hold on to both his sword and shield.

Another angle.

The back of the shield, showing the arm straps and the little strap that holds onto the hilt of the sword when he's wearing them on his back.

Holding onto the sword. His fingers are so cute! The sword is made of foam with a popsicle stick core. The yellow is painted on there and the triangle symbol is carved into the foam itself on both sides.

The shield is made of foamcore board and painted with acrylics, then finished with woodfinish to make it shiny.

He also has an ocarina.

It's made of sculpey. The yellow tri-force is painted on and it's coated in woodfinish as well.

I was really please with the way he came out and he was a little bit hard to give up, but my friend really likes him, so that made me happy. Still, there is an empty place on my shelf now Cry Haha, but he was really fun to make. I love all the little details the character has and I had fun plushifying them. I used ghilie's poppet pattern as a starting point, but resized and altered most of the pieces to make him look more masculine and whatnot. Anyway, hope you like and thanks for looking!
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Gameboy costume on: November 02, 2009 12:33:24 PM
Bahaha. I'm not really sure where I got the idea to be a gameboy for Halloween.

I used a cardboard box and covered it with gray broadcloth. The buttons are made of several layers of felt so that they are raised from the surface. The other details are painted. The screen is made of a layer of semi see through green fabric, the name of which escapes me at the moment . . . I made a second scrim out of the fabric as well, so that I could play Tetris.

There are ties inside the box so that the Tetris screen can be attached so that it sits right behind the regular screen. There are also a second set of ties below the screen so as to provide a storage space for the second screen because it is kinda hard to see through when wandering around in the dark.

It didn't photograph terribly well, but here it is. You can just about see the tetris screen in this picture.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ensign Tamaki doll on: September 11, 2009 02:23:47 PM
This post is heavy with geekdom! Consider yourself warned . . .

I went to dragon*con this past week and Vic Mignogna (the voice of Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist and Tamaki Suoh from Ouran High School Host Club in the english dubs) was going to be there. So, as a craftster and fan, I wanted to make him something to show my love and appreciation for his work. There was a commentary on one of the Ouran episodes where Vic (who is a big star trek fan) makes a joke about Tamaki being a red shirt on the original series, so I thought it would be cute to make that.

Tamaki in his Ouran uniform jacket, looking like a normal student.

What's that under your jacket, Tamaki?

Ahahaha! He's a red shirt!

Vic loved him! He even showed him off at the beginning of his next panel, which made my geeky little heart squeal.

Vic, me and RevolutionaryGirl with little Ensign Tamaki.

Vic is so adorable.

I used my own pattern for this, though it was derived from the babylondonstar pattern. And yes, I know it doesn't look all that much like Tamaki. It's the hair, I tell you! Anime hair defies physics. But I was pretty happy with him, anyway.
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