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21  Re: The Ongoing Poppet and Punkin-Along in Craftalongs by averyg on: March 01, 2011 05:31:35 PM

Here is my most recent poppet: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=374465.0
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22  (Another) Sweeney Todd Poppet! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by averyg on: March 01, 2011 05:29:36 PM
I recently had a commission to make a Sweeney Todd Poppet. Now let me tell you this was quite a daunting task because a) I have never seen Sweeney Todd before and really have no knowledge of him/ the film/ play (?) b) Lanikins already made a fantabulous Sweeney Todd poppet and c) his clothes. I literally just learned how to make boys clothes with my Jace (from the "Mortal Instruments") poppet and his clothes were pretty basic, just jeans and a sweater whereas Sweeney would need a collared shirt and whatnot.

Luckily last week I had spring break so I had lots of time to work on him- a good solid 3 days/ 8+ hours a day. I (thankfully) only ran into a few problems when making him (mainly the placement of his head- that always trips me up with poppet making, I always have the heads crooked, lack of chin, and whatnot. I ended up beheading him 3 times until I ended up with this). All in all, I am super proud of how he turned out and I had a really hard time boxing him up and shipping him out.

Here he is in all of his clothing:

And here is a detailed pic of his underclothing. I drafted the pattern for his collared shirt myself (which I never thought in a million years I would do- yay me!):

Another collared shirt picture (can you tell that I am excited about that collared shirt? Wink )...

And a close-up:

And a hair-pic, just because it was epic... Seriously the yarn my mom bought? I fell in love with it:

As always thanks to ghilie for the poppet pattern and craftewoman for the clothing patterns!
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23  Re: The Ongoing Poppet and Punkin-Along in Craftalongs by averyg on: February 19, 2011 05:16:47 PM
Here is a teaser of my newest poppet(s)!

And the link:
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24  Jace and Clary From Cassie Clare's "Mortal Instruments" Series Poppets in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by averyg on: February 19, 2011 05:15:12 PM
When I first came across poppets about two years ago I knew that I had to make poppets of characters from one of my most favourite book series ever, Cassie Clare's "Mortal Instruments" series. Well two years later/ countless poppets later I was finally starting to feel comfortable in my poppet making abilities to attempt making Jace and Clary.

These poppets were lots of firsts for me. Jace was the first boy poppet I have made. This was the first time that I have made individual fingers and put pipecleaners in them (which may look intimidating but isn't as hard as you think it would be), my first time making actual clothes (SQUEE! I have only ever made easy peasy dresses before- and pants? Yeah, I was so afraid to make them for so long but they are actually extremely easy), my first time making humanoid poppets, and my first time painting a poppet (I used acrylic paint and a BBQ skewer to paint the runes on), oh! And my first time using eyelashes.

Here are some reference photos:

Here is Jace and Clary together:

And here is their clothing in more detail:

And a close-up of Clary:

And all of Jace's Runes:

And as always I have to thank ghilie for sharing her fantabulous pattern with us! And I have to thank craftewoman for her wonderful clothing patterns!

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25  Halloweeny witches! (slightly picture heavy) in Halloween Decor and Parties by averyg on: September 27, 2010 01:52:06 PM
I made these gals a few weeks back when I got inspired by the Halloween decorating we started doing at work. They are almost entirely made out of painted canvas (save for their hair which is mohair). I had never tried to sculpt painted canvas before and I really liked the end result because the paint will hold the fabric almost entirely in place (for example their hats). After taking these pictures I ended up attaching some hooks to them to make them little hanging ornaments.

And her witchy nose:

This purple gal is def. my favourite:

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26  Another Rose Tudor Purse! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by averyg on: September 27, 2010 01:21:53 PM
So I was inspired by Pretty Little Rainbow's recent Tudor Rose Purse post to make my own purse (BTW: you can find the pattern for the purse HERE).

When I first started the purse and had all of the pieces cut out within an hour and both of the flowers assembled within another couple of hours I thought to myself, "wow, this is super easy"... But all of a sudden I hit a brick wall. I found it to be quite difficult to actually assemble the purse portion of the bag and attach the flower to the purse. Because I used felt to interface the entire purse (it took about 15-20 of full size pieces), my purse was really, really thick and consisted of about 20+ layers. I didn't feel comfortable sticking all of that through my sewing machine so I hand stitched the majority of the purse part together and handstitched the flower onto the purse (I should mention that I made the centre of the flower a lot smaller than the pattern called for, maybe 1/2-2/3 of the actual size, I figured that I didn't want all of the hardwork of making the petals/ leaves to be covered up by the centre Cheesy ). The strap (though being a pretty simple part of the bag itself) was another (mini) fiasco just because the fabric that I used frayed majorly and there was hanging bits everywhere (which I tried to burn off to no success), so I attached a piece of black webbing to the strap to hide all of the shoddiness and to prevent the strap from stretching. The pattern called for the centre of the flower to be done using Canadian smocking, but because I was way too intimidated to try that, I just cut and sewed some strips of the fabric up and wove them together, attached them to a circle of the fabric and hand-sewed it onto the purse (at this point the tension in my sewing machine is all messed up and she needs a couple of days to recuperate before I start my next project Wink ).

Anyways, though it did take a bit longer than expected/ the hiccup of my sewing machine throwing a tension tantrum Wink, it all turned out though and I really love it...

This picture shows the colour more realistically than the following picture (think royal purple)...

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27  Re: The Ongoing Art Doll Along in Craftalongs by averyg on: September 10, 2010 06:46:25 AM
Okie dokie! SoI have been doing quite a bit of crafting lately, but I just haven't gotten around the posting anything... Darn real life getting in the way Wink I have made a couple more polymer clay heads... But unfortunately they are just laying around the house. I for the life of me cannot figure out how to attach their heads to their material bodies...  Undecided But I think that if I actually sit down for a bit of time and think it through, it'll all work out (unless of course, I stumble across a tutorial for doing so between now and then Wink). If anyone has any suggestions as to how to do so, I would love to hear from you!

Also, I have recently been inspired by a bunch of vintagey Halloween dolls we sell at work to make my own, hence the creation of these witches (I also have a few more as WIPs).I have attached some jump rings on them to make them hanging ornaments. They are entirely made out of painted canvas and different yarns for hair. While the purple one is my favourite, the green one seems to be the most favourite in my household. I think that their hats are def. my most favourite parts of them and I think that I am going to make a bnch of just hat ornaments:

Her hair is made out of an awesome mohair that I received in a swap, I def. need to get my hands on yarn similar to this:

And now to finish those pesky unfinished ones Wink
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28  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2010 in The Swap Gallery by averyg on: August 11, 2010 05:30:48 PM
I received the most fantabulous package from puamelia  yesterday! She sent me the most beautiful poppet ever in my opinion Cheesy. She is a demi sea goddess and her name is Ursula, she traveled all the way from Hawaii to Canada with her bestest monkey friend (nameless as of yet).

Her entire outfit is beautifully crafted (I wish it came in my size!):

And a close-up of her monkey:

Unfortunately my camera died halfway during taking pictures of the package  Roll Eyes, so I will post the remaining pictures later.

puamelia also sent me some awesome Hawaiian treats, a bubble tree of life pendant inspired by one on my wist (http://www.wists.com/averyg/41544ce414181ecf10b1fef4d5225d3e?offset=120), she also sent me a few additional beachy inspired pendants and earrings... And a ton of poppet eyes for me to handpaint (alongside some of her gorgeous handpainted poppet eyes).

This is seriously one of the best packages I have ever received and puamelia is honest to goodness one of the bestest poppeters I have ever see/ had the pleasure of working with...
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29  Re: The Ongoing Art Doll Along in Craftalongs by averyg on: July 24, 2010 06:52:35 AM
So all that being said, the other day when I woke up I just knew that I had to do something crafty for the day (do you ever get those feelings randomly?), so I had my parents take me to Hobby Lobby and I grabbed some polymer clay. I knew that I wanted to (attempt) to make an art doll, as I have been super inspired by Art Dolls Only lately. Anyways, I started sculpting when I got home and this is what I have come up with:

I think that he is a goblin-like fantasy creature. I really love how his head has turned out, but now I have no idea what to do for his body! I know it is either going to be clay or fabric (duh  Roll Eyes). I am either going to sculpt his body like Dobby the house-elf from Harry Potter or making the body similar to this doll's body: http://www.flickr.com/photos/whymsicallotus/580522851/in/set-72157600417995481/. Also, I think he is going to be a light greenish colour.

My goblin guy also inspired another character and last night when I was super exhausted (and all ideas seem like a good idea). I decided to attempt to sculpt the new character, I am not sure if I am happy with how he came out yet. I want him to be kinda old looking/ grumpy. His body is going to be made out of fun fur. He also has horns, but I have yet to properly attach them.

(sorry it is hard to see his detail/ don't mind the shake and bake box Wink):

I think also that I want to make a whole 'series' of my fantastical characters, also when exhausted, I was thinking of all the different roles they could fulfill, the wise-man, the damsel in distress, the trickster, the shy one, the brute and whatnot.

Anyways, off to crafting!
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30  Re: The Ongoing Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by averyg on: July 08, 2010 06:20:40 AM
Here is the link to my latest poppet, Alice in Wonderland...

And a sneak peak:

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