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1  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: November 06, 2018 08:50:53 PM
MistressT, those zombie teeth dentition art pieces are awesome Shocked I really love the one in the bell jar.

CLM, I love those ATCs. My fave has to be the acorn one. It's cute and funny.

I totally forgot to share a pic here of my little guy in his Halloween costume:

It has a thread in the challenge board, too, and has more pics of him being cute.
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2  Cute little Pikachu kigurumi (pic heavy) in CHALLENGE 125 ENTRIES by RedheadWithThread on: November 02, 2018 08:03:14 PM
My 2.5 year old is enamored with the most famous Pokemon of all time: Pikachu, the little yellow electric mouse who is the franchise's official mascot. He has 7 different plushies and a plushie backpack harness of his beloved "Chu".
So of course for Halloween I decided I'd dress him up as Pikachu. I used Simplicity 8527 as the base and created the ear, tail, and stripe patterns from scratch using one of my son's many plushies as reference. The shoe covers were made by tracing an outline of the shoes he would be wearing with the costume. It's a bit big because I went a size up so that he could have it as a dress up outfit after Halloween.
It wasn't the most complicated project because I used a commercial pattern for most of it, but I think it turned out really well and my toddler adores it. He loves it so much that he has worn it a couple hours everyday since I finished it; he takes it off when he's tired of wearing it.
The yellow parts of the tail were separate pieces from the brown pieces and sewn together with the brown overlapping slightly. The ears were made in a similar manner, with the yellow and black being separate. The tail has some Shapeflex interfacing in it to help it keep its shape, as do the ears. The ears are also lightly stuffed to help them to keep the round/conical shape of Pikachu's ears.



After these photos, I improved the position of the tail and made new shoe covers (these were accidentally made of the wrong shade of yellow fleece) and sewed a couple of pieces of elastic to the bottom of them to keep them in place.

At the mall for trick-or-treating because of rain (these shoe covers are the proper color):

Costume without the toddler in it, front:

Costume without toddler, back:

Tail and ears WIP:

Tail by itself because I'm so proud of it:

Bonus pic of him being cute in his costume before I re-tacked the tail:

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3  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2018: September 1 - November 30, 2018 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: November 02, 2018 10:09:59 AM
Sorry I've been absent for so long! My husband came home in September and I didn't do much crafting for that month because he didn't go back to work until a week ago and I wanted to spend lots of time with him.

Prompt: Big Time #1
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: Community
Project Name: Golden Dragon Princess
Project Link: Here
This lovely lady was made for a doll artist collaboration on Instagram. She took somewhere around 8 hours, give or take an hour or two (her hair alone took about 4 hours!) She needs a new dress and some better photos, but I'm in love with her face.

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4  Golden dragon princess in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by RedheadWithThread on: November 02, 2018 09:49:03 AM
I joined a mythical creatures themed doll collab on Instagram and decided to make an Asian dragon woman, ultimately choosing to go with Chinese dragon so I could make her a lovely red Qi Pao (I love those dresses). This lovely lady is the end result:

She's a princess since in Chinese mythology golden dragons are symbol of the emperor and the imperial family. (She needs a name and I'm open to suggestions!)

To make this doll, I used Gilda Goldstag's head since she has horns (as Chinese and other dragons are often depicted with) and Jinafire Long's body for the scaled texture and the tail.
Originally, she was just going to have an off-colored head but another doll artist on Instagram had made a dragon using the same hybrid of dolls and told me to use a few layers of Pan Pastels in Rich Gold.
Here is a comparison of my princess next to Gilda so that you can see the difference (I need to get a photo of her alongside Jinafire, too):

Her eyes, lips, and eyebrows were all "painted" with Pan Pastels using the tip of a silicone tool. Here's a closer shot:

I used the Pan Pastels instead of pencils because I didn't want to scratch the layers of Pan Pastel that I had used to color the head. And I didn't use paints because I'm terrible at painting tiny details unless I have penciled guidelines.
Her tail hair was also painted with Rich Gold Pan Pastels but I first painted over the bright green tail hairs with a metallic gold paint to make it easier and so it would require less layers of Pan Pastel (these pastels aren't cheap!)
Her lovely claws were "painted" red with Red Pan Pastels but I'm not sure if it's actually visible or if I just "see" the nail color because I know it's there.

I'll try to get better pics soon and update this.
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5  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: November 02, 2018 09:23:42 AM
I'm finally able to show off my finished dragon lady (she was for an Instagram collab)

She needs a new dress because this one is sewn on and has a few issues in back. Also, I have considered making a dress in green to complement the color of her shoes and make her look less like a Christmas doll. But the red looks really good on her so I might just paint the shoes. I don't know yet Roll Eyes
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6  Re: 2018 Annual DeStashAlong Thread in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: November 02, 2018 09:11:28 AM
Been working on some collab dolls that I can't post until the wrap-up dates. This lady's wrap up date was yesterday so here's a pic:

She's a Chinese dragon princess (in Chinese mythology a golden dragon is the symbol of the emperor and the imperial family). I need to get better photos of her and remake her dress. I'm either going to redo it in a different shade of red or a green that complements her shoes. The red/green combo makes me think of Christmas and she's not a Christmas dragon. I kinda wanna style her hair, but I also really like it loose. I still haven't got a name for her yet so I'm open to suggestions.

ETA: Stash used was the fabric, doll, and shoes (I count my doll hoard as stash as they are part of my craft Smiley)
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7  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: September 06, 2018 01:07:35 AM
This is the coolest WIP I have:

It's going to be Mortal Kombat's Sheeva. She's one of my favorite female fighting game characters of all time. She still needs quite a bit of work but I'm working on some collab dolls right now.

The second coolest WIP would have to be my dragon lady (who is also a collab doll).

Other cool WIP I have:

I recolored a DC Superhero Girls Supergirl doll's head to match Deuce Gorgon's body. It's going to eventually become Vega, a villain from the Street Fighter franchise.
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8  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: September 02, 2018 12:21:19 AM
Wryly, you are amazing for beading those tiny shoes Shocked

Chaos, your dolls' new faces are beautiful! I can't wait to see them finished *eager dance*

CLM, your embroidered greenery is nice! I need to do something to liven up my living room. The walls are still bare Tongue

My dragon lady has a face now:

I have got to save up for a proper set of Derwent color pencils because her beautiful green eyes are only ONE layer! Sadly, the set of Derwent pencils I want is expensive so it will be a long wait Tongue For her eye whites and the outline of her eyes, I used Pan Pastel. To get the precise lines, I used the silicone end of a sculpting tool and dabbed a small amount of pastel on it then drew on the doll's face. It was a challenge to keep the lines neat, but it looks great and took less layers than watercolor pencils alone would have taken! Her eyebrows need another layer (and maybe a touch of brown pencil) but other than that and her eyelashes, her face is complete. She even has red "polish" on her claws (it's barely visible on her hand there). Next up is her dress, which will be a vibrant red qi pao.
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9  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: August 28, 2018 11:11:02 PM
Gilda is definitely a cutie. I wish she had gotten more than one doll because she's hard to find Tongue
Here is a side-by-side of a factory Gilda and my golden dragon Gilda:

I also painted the green hair on Jinafire's tail to match the gold of her hair but it's drying from where I sprayed the last layer of MSC on it. The gold hair I used here is Midas Touch from The Doll Planet on Etsy.
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10  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: August 28, 2018 04:59:42 AM
Eventually I hope to post some complete projects but for now, have this lovely lady and her new head of hair:

I'm not sure how many hours it took to reroot her hair but I know it was at least 5. Rerooting takes a long time but it's so satisfying to do. If I can find one of her "sisters" I can show you her original hair color, skin tone, and horn color: I gave her a makeover to match a different doll's skin tone.

EDIT: I found one of my other Gilda dolls and took a pic to show a side-by-side comparison:

Dragon Gilda (I haven't got a proper name for her yet) has 3 layers of Rich Gold Pan Pastel on her head to make her a closer match to Jinafire Long's body. She also has a layer of Bronze and Light Gold Pan Pastels on her horns to make them lighter and more shimmery. I also painted the green hair on Jinafire's tail gold to match the hair (Midas Touch from The Doll Planet on Etsy) but it's not pictured because it's currently drying.
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