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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Winter inchie-houses on: November 15, 2013 11:56:02 PM
Oh, this looks like it would be so much fun! That gallery you linked to is absolutely inspiring.
12  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Cute Rilakkuma Bear Ghost. with tutorial link on: September 24, 2013 05:17:56 PM
I DO recognize the reference for these guys, and they are GENIUS! I'm going to have to send this to my mom, she's a huge Rilakkuma fan. Grin
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Jacket on: September 24, 2013 05:14:12 PM
Oh my god, I am having such jacket envy. And I made my own dream-jacket! Yet still, the envy! Seriously, this coat design is one of the most gorgeous I've ever seen, and you executed it flawlessly.
14  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Teto the squirrel-fox! (Any Miyazaki fans out there?) on: August 16, 2013 12:49:24 PM
Yaay! Another Teto lover!  Wink  Oh my gosh, that was the first thing I had to try - finding the best position for perching him on my shoulder. I'll have to upload a picture. I must say, he also sits admirably on my head. Or on other people's, when they're least expecting it and I sneak up behind them.
15  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Teto the squirrel-fox! (Any Miyazaki fans out there?) on: August 14, 2013 11:59:17 PM
Thank you so much! =D I'm glad you guys like him!
16  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Teto the squirrel-fox! (Any Miyazaki fans out there?) on: August 14, 2013 07:15:55 PM
As soon as I'd finished my Nausica cosplay, I realized I had a golden opportunity: the perfect excuse to have a Teto of my very own! For those of you not familiar with the manga, Teto is a fox squirrel - a notoriously untamable creature, but one who develops a strong friendship with the heroine. (Some reference pics: http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130417170846/studioghibli/images/7/76/Nausicaa_and_Teto.jpg and http://media.animevice.com/uploads/0/3695/406348-6264_large.jpg)

Bottom line: I love Teto. If I were a genetic engineer, a fox squirrel would be my top priority. But I'm a crafter, so I turned to needle felting in order to bring him to life. (And THANK YOU, fiber arts community of Craftster - you're the ones who introduced me to needle felting and made me realize it would be the ideal medium!) This is my first attempt at the craft, and I'm totally hooked on it now.

Okay, enough rambling. Here are some pics!

If anyone is interested in the process I used, I can post some progress pictures as well. He's got a soldered armature, making him very poseable. Also, rather than completely felting his outside layer of fur, I chose to felt it on in wefts, like one does for a long-haired critter; I thought it gave him a more lifelike appearance and texture. Oh, and speaking of texture - his white fur is alpaca, making him oh-so-very-cuddleable!! I can't stop petting him!

I just can't believe how cool needle felting is! I'm so grateful to you Craftster geniuses for opening my eyes to this awesome medium.
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Chibi Disney Villains on: July 04, 2013 12:55:04 PM
Gaw, so cute. =D
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTHPT4 Gallery of Tiny Wonders on: June 29, 2013 11:27:46 AM
Oh, my gosh. Not part of this swap, but I have to butt in and say how much I LOVE those owls! I can't believe how adorable and well done they are! =D =D
19  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (author: Hayao Miyazaki) on: June 01, 2013 08:07:16 PM
Thank you so much! Glad you like it, guys. =]
20  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (author: Hayao Miyazaki) on: May 29, 2013 11:27:57 PM
So, I just finished rereading Hayao Miyazaki's manga, "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind." And it is beyond good. It is beyond profound. It is
--- EDITOR'S NOTE: lengthy rhapsode about Nausicaa removed from this post for the sake of everyone's sanity ---
so naturally, I had to whip together a Nausicaa costume for Fanime! Here are the pics.

I'm actually pretty proud of how I didn't panic about the two-week time limit, for once. I got to play around with a lot of fun new techniques, and I really learned a lot!

A couple highlights of the process:
- I sharpie-dyed the wig blue, believe it or not; the original color was just a shade too orange. *

- This led me to use the same method for the entire tunic, hat, and spats, as well! I really wanted to use microfleece as my fabric, but 100% polyester doesn't bode well for dyeing. Sharpies, however, worked great. **

- Thanks to this costume, I finally got around to making my own sloper! As long as I was drafting the tunic, I figured I might as well do it at the same time. I'm so glad I did; it's going to be a fantastic time-saver.

- I also drafted the cap, which was a really interesting / mind-bending challenge.

- The bodice emblem is my first attempt at reverse applique. I'm thrilled with the results, and it was more straight-forward than I had feared! I also used the same technique, with clear packaging tape instead of white fabric, for the goggle lenses.

Perhaps the best thing about this costume? It's so. Freaking. Comfortable. It's like being wrapped in a fuzzy blanket, with a nice warm hat to cover my ears. (Oddly enough, cons are WAY more easy to enjoy when you're not in pain.)
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the results! Feel free to ask if you have any questions about anything. And seriously, READ NAUSICAA if you haven't already.

*For the record: when sharpie dyeing, DO IT OUTSIDE. Just... seriously, don't be an idiot like me. And don't wear your favorite shirt.
** This is a qualified great. After a day of wear, my skin had definitely picked up a lot of blue. I think, however, that this is more because I was too impatient when rinsing the excess dye out; I probably stopped too soon.
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