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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / We are.. The Walking Dead on: February 27, 2015 06:28:11 PM
It's me, again. With Walking Dead crafts, again. ^__^

(Right Click > View Image to see larger).

Meet my lil Cuddle Buddies!~ Glenn, Maggie, Michonne, Rick, Daryl and Carol!~  All my ((surviving)) favourites from The Walking Dead.

Made of all soft fabrics (fleece/minky/etc). I really wanted to make some simplified, cuddle-friendly plushies instead of the usual 'primarily for display' dolls I make. I have to come to love their clean lines and cutesy button eyes, it's a nice change of pace, and a complementary addition to the more detailed dolls. ..and I've got to say, I made myself a little Rick and he's fabulous to hug the ~feels~ into while trying to survive the episodes. Wink

I'm not going to upload individual shots of them because the pics aren't brilliant. I dropped & broke my camera so I'm having to rely on my iPod until I get another. :/

Thanks for looking!~
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Fili (and a friend) on: February 09, 2015 01:35:14 AM
These wee ones were a gift for a friend. Her absolute favourite character is Fili and after I made the set of Daryl and Carol dolls (and had such fun posing them) I decided I would make her a little mini-me to go with him.

They're a little different from my usual fare, but I was trying to tailor the dolls to suit her tastes; super simple with button eyes. I'm not sure I succeeded on the super simple front, however they are fairly simple for me. Wink

They're about 12" (though Fili is a smidge taller) and have the internal upper body armature for posey fun times. They have faux fur hair - which, side note, is a pain to braid. Tongue  

I used a TAP (Transfer Artist Paper) sheet to create her shirt based on the one she wore to the movie. It ... didn't really work out.  Huh Not sure if it was an old package or if it wasn't compatible with the fabric I used or what, but it didn't come out transparent like it was supposed to (not on either of my attempts). So.. eh.  It gets the point across, so I just had to go with it.  She also has removable craft foam glasses.









Thanks for reading!~
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Daryl and Carol dolls on: January 31, 2015 04:19:14 PM
I have been wanting to make a Carol doll, from The Walking Dead, for the longest time, and I finally got around to making her. I decided I needed to make a little Daryl so I could make some shippy "Caryl" photographs.

I downsized and altered my sitting pattern, and gave them an upper body armature so their arms and neck/head can move. They're just a touch over 12 inches / 30 cm, so rather "small" compared to what I usually make, but I much prefer this size; they don't take up a massive amount of room but still are substantial enough to play with (as evidence of the pictures Wink).

Daryl's vest is laced together, like the real thing, and has real snaps so it can be removed, left undone or done up. The wings on the back of his faux leatherette vest were done with machine embroidered applique.  He has a little stylized crossbow that he can, with a little coaxing, hold thanks to the armature.

Carol's jacket is removable, she has decorative stitching on her tshirt sleeves, and she has her little knuckle-topped-knife, though it's just for decoration and it's not actually removable.

And I snapped this pic because I thought it was just adorable. When I was weighing to dolls to calculate postage, I thought I'd test to see if two could fit in the one box -- turns out they could, but only if they were top-to-tail, which made them do the cute upside down Spider-man style kiss. Wink

Thanks for looking, hope you like the little ones. Smiley
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sherlock Plush on: September 27, 2014 09:29:20 PM
Sorry about 'spamming' the board with projects but I forgot to post these guys here.  And now, to go with the spam, I give you much rambling and a super picture-heavy post!  Wink
(Note, to see any of the pictures larger, Right Click and choose View Image).

I have made quite a few Sherlock dolls in my time but I think this will be my last because I don't honestly think I could do any better than this guy. 

Sherlock's suit is made of black minky, with a white microfleece shirt for textural contrast.

His coat is removable; made of tshirt material with a layer of fleece sandwiched between for weight and bulk.
For someone with zero experience in making or patterning 'real clothes', his coat was a bit of a puzzle, but I think I got there in the end. The back pleats fan out wonderfully when he sits, and I even added the little 'hidden triangle' like the real coat.

Faux-leather for his shoes, which I think are my first 'proper' shoes on a sitting doll. Initially I was going to leave the shoes plain, but they seemed out of place with the rest of his detailing, so I gave them an upgrade, and so glad I did! Stangely, I think shoes are one of my favourite things to make for a doll. Cheesy

His buttonholes were a pain in the butt; my machine didn't want to stitch them through the thickness of the three layers, so I ended up satin stitching them on myself. His coat buttons are a wee bit big, but they are meant to be statement pieces afterall, and since those were the only buttons remotely akin to those on the real coat that I could find (and even then I had to paint them black) I decided to go with it.

His scarf was made from a soft flannelette fabric, which allowed me to fray the ends.

He has polypellets in his butt which gives him a really nice weight when held, and also makes sure he will sit properly when told to. However, this also means that he needs to be supported by a doll stand to stand properly -- something I didn't have on hand when photographing him -- thus in the standing pictures he's a little wonky, pictching backward or forward. It's also why his coat seems quite a bit longer than it actually is when standing.

Eyes are hand painted with acrylic paint in light green and light blues, with embroidered eyebrows. He was given a smirk and brown hair (rather than my previous use of black) by request. I hand curled the faux fur after getting a few remarks that my previous Sherlock didn't have curly enough hair. Wink

Hope you like him!~
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Green Arrow / Oliver Queen Plush on: September 27, 2014 09:04:46 PM

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This guy was a gift for a friend. He's a bit different than my usual sitting dolls; first, he's dressed almost entirely in faux-leather, which.. ugh, never again.  Undecided I had to hand paint the fabric green because I could only find it in white. I discovered that faux-leather (or any non-soft, stretchy fabric) doesn't work well with this pattern, but alas, I didn't know that at the time and didn't think fleece would look Arrow-y enough.

I also tried a new embroidery technique with his facial hair & eyebrows and I (mostly) really like how it turned out; the scruff especially.

His hooded vest is removable (because when he's not wearing the hood it kinda looks ridiculous hanging down his back - that hood is HUUUUGEE... mostly because his head is HUUUGEEE, haha. His face was actually too big for my 4x4 embroidery hoop and I had to do the dreaded re-hooping to get it done, but once I figured out the alignment problems (which only elicited minimal swearing) it was all good.

Different fur for his hair, too!~ When you cut long pile fur down too much it becomes this thick fuzzy mess which wasn't the right look for Mr. Queen. Luckily I found some really soft 'stranded' look fur in my stash which worked pretty well.

His leg holster thingie /technical term/ and quiver of arrows are removable, too. I so, so wanted to make him his bow but I was working with a deadline which coincided with my new job and ultimately I just ran out of time, unfortunately.

My friend took the doll to meet Mr. Amell (photo below) and he seemed to get a huge kick out of him. He even signed his hood with gold sharpie which I thought was neat. ^__^

Hope you like him!~
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Castle Plush on: September 27, 2014 08:53:19 PM
May I introduce you to the plushified Mr. Richard Castle.  He's made with my usual standing doll pattern, but I scaled it down a bit, so he was only about 12 inches tall.

 His little writers vest was made from the 'wrong side' of one of those velvety fabric sheets supplied with lightboxes for a backdrop (so glad I kept those instead of tossing them!), and the little WRITER was stencilled on the front and the back.

He has real little pockets in his jeans, and I gave him tiny little doll buttons on his shirt, too. I decided to give him a more anime-ish look rather than my usual more realistic shaped eyes, since it seemed to better suit his personality.

Hope you like him!~
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mini Thranduil art doll on: July 28, 2014 06:47:26 AM
This guy was..a challenge.  The only fabric I could find that even remotely resembled the real thing (at this scale) was this weird loosely woven tinsel-like stuff which was hell to sew, even after giving it a lining. I almost gave up so many times but I'm glad I didn't in the end; I adore this little dork.

To be completely honest, he's not entirely finished. I need to make him his blingy necklace at some point, but I seem to have lost a bit of motivation with him. Maybe when the last movie comes out....? We'll see.

He is 9 inches tall and is completely poseable. His hair is from a wig and his crown was made from super sculpey ultralight (quite possibly THE hardest thing in the world to sculpt with -- which makes sense since it's not actually designed for sculpting) and a hacked up aquarium plant.   His eyebrows are embroidered, his eyes are handpainted, and I decided to omit a mouth because I really like how the lack of one seemed to add to his expression.

Unfortunately one of the tips broke off his crown during my recent move. Sad I'll fix that once I find where I packed my clay supplies.

A close up of his crown;

Annndd...just for fun, and show a little of his poseability, here's one of Thrandy, before his haircut, on my little baby Pegasus pony I put together.

Hope you like him. Smiley
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Winter Soldier on: July 18, 2014 02:04:55 AM
I haven't seen the new Captain America movie yet, but a friend is absolutely obsessed with Bucky which piqued my interest and got me googling. And, well.. this happened. Wink

This is the first time I have used fleece for a doll's body, and to be honest, I only did so because I was out of deersuede and my package of supplies hadn't arrived (international mail - why you take so long?). In hindsight, I should have perhaps picked a different test subject - I have discoverd that is super hard to 'colour' on fleece properly, so Bucky's scruff and.... ~dramatic eye makeup~ was kind of a pain in the butt to do.

In the end though, I think he came out super cute.

His little face mask is removable, as is his glove. The mask messes up his hair a little bit but it's worth it. Wink

He can stand when he's propped against something (and they look so much bigger standing than sitting). He's 19inches in total length..

His clothing is made out of various types of fleece and minky. His arm is minky painted with metallic silver (and red) fabric paint.

Thanks for taking a look!~
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Final Fantasy 'Lightning' doll... on: April 19, 2014 02:35:33 PM
She took me a lot longer than I had initially planned for, but she was mostly cooperative and I love the end result so I'm good with it. I think she takes the prize for my most elaborate plush to date. which, good news, I'm no longer daunted by Loki's outfit now. Tongue

She's 17.5inches, and even with the new proportions, I had to leave a few elements off her costume because... not gonna lie, I totally ran out of room. ^^;

Her hair was originally white fur that I hand dyed a light pink, her zippers are all real zippers (except the one on her bag because I couldn't find one that small), most her buckles are real metal buckles, two are painted craft foam and one is a jewelery finding.

She has lotssss of faux-leather - some of which, like the blue for her gloves, yellow for her belt and pink for her boots was handpainted because I couldn't source the right colours.
Craft foam for her shoulder armour, boot straps and the random circles on the bottom of her jacket.  Her little gold thingies on her hands are made from draping fabric over cake-pop sticks and stiffening it. I think I used about a dozen silver metal studs on her, too.
Her face is my signature style of embroidery & handpainting - although I did have to alter the face just a little; the wide-eyed look I give most my dolls now just wasn't cutting it for Lightning, she looked a lot more like Serah.. not nearly surly/wounded/battle-hardened (whatever you want to call her Tongue) enough, so I lowered the top eyeline just a tad.

Amazingly enough, she still stands on her own, although all that weight does make her want to lean forward a little. Wink

(Click on the image to see it bigger)
Thanks for taking a look!~
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / It's everybody's favourite Captain -- in miniature. on: April 05, 2014 11:48:46 PM
I just realised that I never posted this little guy here. And by little, I mean tiny by my usual standards. Wink

This is Killian Jones, aka Captain Hook, from Once Upon A Time. He's a mere 8.5 inches, of which almost half is his head, hee. But it's a lovely head so I can't complain, really. He is fully poseable, although his many layers do limit that somewhat; fabric on a plush this small becomes bulky incredibly fast.

He has his black undershirt complete with silver 'buttons' (beads) and loops, his little red patterned vest, and his signature coat made from real vintage leather with gold buttons made of polymer clay. And of course he has his hook with all the little studs around the base and his necklace, also made from polymer clay.

I rarely keep dolls I make for myself, but I couldn't bear to part with this one. Aside from my bordering-on-obsessive adoration of the pretty Captain in question, this little guy just turned out so cute, I couldn't think of parting with him.

And this is the part where I spam you with pictures. Apologies, but I am rarely ever able to choose just one photo from the truly epic photoshoots I do with my dolls.  Wink

Thanks for looking!~
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