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1  Satan's little helpers (Pic heavy!) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lunke13 on: December 06, 2019 05:46:20 AM
Hi everybody! I have a treat for you today Smiley

A few years ago I stumbled across some cute elf dolls in a bag of donated plushies. As it was just before Christmas I decided to give them a makeover in my own particular way (BIG grins with lots of shiny resin teeth of course!)



First I take the plushie, open up a new mouth hole and sew in some felt. (With Zelly my little helper at the end there  Grin


Then I sculpt the mouth hole by sewing through the cheeks and add my signature resin teeth


When I shared them on Facebook they were an instant hit. I'd created my own version of the Elf on the Shelf craze and my followers loved watching the elves get up to mischief.


Helping with deliveries



Caught them in bed with Tiffany, don't tell Chucky!


The first two I created were a part of a giveaway I was running on Facebook and they found a home in Salem Massachusetts of all places! I was thrilled that my creations were headed to a place with such rich history!

Then the commissions started coming in, everyone wanted an elf of their own. Luckily the brand of elf I worked with is quite popular in stores here in the UK around Christmas time. I try to find pre-owned elf dolls where possible to stick to the core values of what I do, but I have had to buy the odd new one here and there to meet demand. I try to make up for it by using recycled trinkets to decorate them.

The infection begins...



It's an epidemic!




I didn't know they could read...



One elf with his bestie, Yellow Snow





They've now become a Green Devil Christmas tradition with people waiting to see them on the Facebook page again. This year I've tried to make them all a little different and give them each a personality of their own.



Oh no, this one's a trainee!





My first female elf. She started life as the same base model as the rest, but I gave her some pigtails and a new skirt Smiley



Now I have this big guy to work on! Watch this space. He's going to be fuuuuun  Grin


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2  Tragedy and Comedy - Conjoined twin bears in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lunke13 on: October 29, 2019 09:09:15 AM
Hey everyone  Grin

It's been a while since my last post as we've been busy moving house, but my new studio is all up and running now and I've been working on some more of my Abandoned Toys! I found 2 different bears, that were of pretty much the same size (LARGE!), at the charity shop. The moment I saw them sat side by side, I knew they were destined to become conjoined twins.

I used latex Halloween masks for their faces and to give them both their own unique personality.

Ladies and gentlemen, roll up, roll up and meet.... Tragedy and Comedy  Cry Cheesy













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3  Dexter the Dexterous in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lunke13 on: February 10, 2019 06:47:18 AM
I recently won a competion to win a van load of mannequin parts and I am so excited to use them in my artwork  Grin

They instantly made an appearance in my Abandoned Toys. Meet Dexter (so named for his now found dexterity  Wink )


Here I am in front of the huge pile of mannequin parts we got to pick through when we won the competition from a local mannequin recycling center.

The van when we had loaded up. Eeek that's alot of mannequins  Shocked

The hands and arms down in my basement  Cheesy


So naturally, the first thing I thought to do was to put them on a teddy bear... I had the perfect one in mind

They were the perfect size!



So here he is in all his glory. Isn't he adorable  Grin His mouth is the bottom half of a latex pumpkin halloween mask Smiley

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4  Adyah the Destructor in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lunke13 on: February 04, 2019 06:44:03 AM
Hey everybody  Grin I have a new Abandoned Toy for you. Something a little different this time. Meet Adya, the Destructor.


She has 4 arms and I wanted her to look post-apocalypic so there was a lot of distressing involved. I'm thrilled with how she turned out, and she found a new home very quickly  Grin









She's a big girl too!
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5  Super shabby Dressing Table in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by lunke13 on: September 18, 2018 03:28:05 AM
Hey guys, I've been working on something a little different lately.


It's been a while since I worked on some furniture and I found this sweet little dressing table by the side of the road with a big FREE sign and it's been sat in my storage for the best part of a year! Finally, it's day came and I decided to give it a makeover.

Here she is, without the mirrors when I found her. (The mirrors were inside one of the drawers, but I had never checked how they looked as a whole with the rest of the piece.


I started by chalk painting the piece all over. I had some beautiful wallpaper that looked like palet wood to give it a super shabby look. I learned the trick to decoupaging with wallpaper is to soak it and remove the backing first. This leaves you with a really nice napkin thin print that you can really fuse to the wood with PVA. Hey, maybe I can now wallpaper my art dolls too....hmmmm  Cheesy


Next I decided to distress paint the drawers to match the feel of the wood on the paper. I did this by painting several layers in different shades and not allowing the paint to completely dry before wiping some away.


So now all that was left was to reattach the mirrors, I was thrilled by how well they suited the rest of the piece Smiley It only took a few days before she was snapped up to live with a hairdresser in London to sit her clients in front of  Shocked

Here are the rest of the pics, hope you like it Cheesy







Hasta la proxima  Grin
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6  Re: Fenrir the Werebear in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lunke13 on: August 28, 2018 05:54:23 AM
Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley

Amazing. Thanks everyone. Fenrir is making new friends  Grin
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7  Lambchop - NOT for the fainthearted! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lunke13 on: August 20, 2018 11:17:37 AM
Hey hey,

So my latest creation took a dark turn. I'd like to introduce you to Lambchop  Cheesy


After the fun I had working on Fenrir the Werebear:https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=455680.0, I bought a job lot of used masks off eBay to see what else I could make.


 I was instantly drawn to the severed face mask and I had a perfect lamb plush to use.


Perfect fit (I pinched and sewed the face to make the eyes line up with the eyeholes in the mask)


Next came some kids clothes I found at the charity shop. I've been wanting to use the monster jumper for a while


Then all that was left to do was to distress the clothes and give it a creepy paint job.




Sweet dreams Smiley
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8  Fenrir the Werebear in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lunke13 on: August 14, 2018 03:31:14 AM
Hey guys, I have a new Abandoned Toy for you Smiley Meet Fenrir the Werebear.

 

I saw a Wolfman costume going cheap at the boot sale so I had to snap it up. I had the perfect bear at home ready for a transformation.  Grin


I started by cutting up the mask and glueing/sewing sections onto the bear's face. I love hand sewing fur because it hides all your messy stitches so there is no need to be neat Smiley


Next came the hands (gloves from the costume)


Then I sewed on more fur to give him a mid-transformation look and gave him a nice distressed paint job.

Et voila! He's finished. I had soooo much fun working on him. I've started looking for more Halloween masks to use in my projects, so watch this space for more monstrosities coming soon.








Chilling with his mate, My Pet Monster  Cool
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9  Re: Bubbles the organ grinder's monkey in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lunke13 on: June 11, 2018 07:30:38 AM
Bubbles and Creepy the Clown need to get together and form an act. Bubbles is awesome and creepy and awesomely creepy!

Funny you should say that. They are both off to a new home together this week Smiley

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10  Bubbles the organ grinder's monkey in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lunke13 on: June 11, 2018 06:15:36 AM
Hey everybody, time to share my latest Abandoned Toy.  Grin

For those of you unfamiliar with my work, what I do is take abandoned or preowned toys and make them ugly to represent our throwaway society. I'm on my own personal mission to save as many toys from landfill as I can!

Introducing Bubbles, the organ grinder's monkey.

Bubbles' waistcoat and hat are made using leather stripped from an old sofa. His teeth are made from resin.

I'm sure I have a before picture somewhere. If I do, I'll come back later and edit my post. Smiley








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