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1  Sackgirl Coraline in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by causticmuse on: May 06, 2009 04:35:46 PM
I took a break from detailed male Sackboys to make this Coraline Sackgirl for my friend Emily's birthday.

Her head and hands were crocheted from Red Heart Super Saver Buff, her jeans and hair were RHSS Windsor Blue, and her yellow coat and boots were Pigsbah Peaches & Creme in Yellow. Her hair is rooted directly to her scalp with two strands of blue yarn folded in half, drawn under a stitch in the head, and the loose ends pulled through the resulting loop. One of these days I will have to try the lace loom method, because this much hair takes a while to do!

I may actually change her shank button eyes to the creepy traditional ones with the holes punched in them before I mail her off to her new owner.

What do you all think?  Cheesy

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2  Azkaban - Level 80 SackElf Warlock from WOW in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by causticmuse on: May 06, 2009 12:40:09 PM
So this little guy had one of the most involved outfits I've ever crocheted. His name is Azkaban, a level 80 Blood Elf warlock character from Blizzard's World of Warcraft. He was bespoken by my co-worker Brendan who patiently waited for several weeks while I fiddled with the details on his custom Sackboy.

Azkaban wears a full-length A-line robe with gold crochet thread chain trim, an olive cloak with silver border, gold and blue removable gauntlets, and burgundy shoulder pads with black tentacles and gold and red crochet thread epaulettes. I don't think I've ever used so many colors in a single project before in my life.

His epic grade Frostscythe weapon was sculpted out of Sculpey II and painted with silver acrylic paint. It was finished off with a layer of Dutch blue acrylic paint diluted with clear varnish to make a transparent blue wash.

Oh, and I made him cute pointy ears, too. Cheesy

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3  Sackboy Lobo (from DC Comics) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by causticmuse on: May 06, 2009 12:32:16 PM
Good Sackboy dolls are the ones based on characters with very distinctive markings and costumes. The BEST ones are those that have a recognizable look AND also happen to be the baddest mofos around, like Kratos, Hellboy, and now, Lobo from DC Comics.

Lobo's facial hair and facial markings were crocheted from black mercerized cotton crochet thread using a size C hook. He wears a removable vest, silver crocheted shin guards, a black belt with skull belt buckle, and black skull knee pads. His weapon is a silver hook on a long chain.

I hand sculpted the hook, silver skull belt buckle, and black skull knee pads in FIMO polymer clay. The chain is from the jewelry findings aisle at Michaels.

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4  The Nameless Sack (Planescape: Torment) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by causticmuse on: May 06, 2009 12:25:24 PM
Bioware's Planescape: Torment is one of my favorite PC roleplaying games of all time, so imagine my glee when someone actually wanted me to make them a Nameless One doll! (For those who aren't familiar with the game, The Nameless One is the amnesiac main character.)

While working on this fellow, I noticed a lot of similarities to the Kratos (God of War) doll that I made earlier this year. Both characters have greyish white skin, sport some swirly tattoos, and wear red and gold man-skirts. Wink The Nameless One came first, though, so maybe the designers of God of War are fans, too.

The Nameless One has dreads decorated with pony beads, asymmetrical buff-colored blocks on his limbs to mimic the bandages worn by the character in game, and crocheted front and back skirt panels. His right leg has three polymer clay "bones" wedged into his sandal straps, and a spiked knee pad protects his left leg. More polymer clay was used to sculpt his animal skull belt buckle, to make the bone spikes in his belt and shoulder harness, and to construct his axe.

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5  Sack Invader Gir in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by causticmuse on: May 06, 2009 12:19:07 PM
I know, I know...he isn't exactly a Sackboy, but to be fair, Gir, the robot from Invader Zim who disguises himself in a zip up dog costume, has been around a bit longer. He is a surprise anniversary present for my co-worker Tom's wife.

The best part about Gir is his removable drawstring mask. His robot eye stalks fit right inside the bulging eyes of the dog mask. The whole shebang is tied with a drawstring on the lower edge at the back of the neck.

I used my Sackboy base for the body, but improvised Gir's head and the mask as I went along. The top of Gir's head is stabilized with a 4" plastic canvas round.

More photos are up in my Gir gallery
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6  Kai from Heavenly Sword - 13.5" Crochet Sackgirl in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by causticmuse on: April 16, 2009 08:22:12 AM
Check out my latest custom doll commission: an oversized Kai Sackgirl from Heavenly Sword.

When I say oversized, I mean it. Kai stands 13.5" tall not counting the ears on her hat, and weighs over a pound, most of it head weight. Because of the larger scale, she took a bit longer to than usual to make, but it's kind of nifty to see a huggable Sack doll.

I used sport weight yarn in an aqua color for the dress, part of the fingerless gloves, and the boots. To keep the same gauge as the rest of the leg, I used a double strand of the aqua yarn for the boot portion.

I also used double strands (and a size I hook) with the worsted weight berry/magenta yarn in the hat to give it more stability and stiffness. Her non-removable hat is trimmed with polymer clay discs.

I stuffed the head and body firmly enough that I didnt feel the need to put in a rod to stabilize the neck. The head is whipstitched to the body in a ~2 diameter circle. I DID have to add some stability for the open mouth, though. I found some 4 diameter plastic canvas rounds at Michaels, cut one of them in half, and tacked each half to the back of the open mouth.

There are smaller plastic canvas rounds tacked to the inside of the dolls soles to keep them flat as well. Smiley

More photos are up in my Picasa album!
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7  Final FantaSackboy: Reno from FF7 in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by causticmuse on: April 02, 2009 10:00:56 AM
You knew it was just a matter of time before a Final Fantasy Sackboy was made, right?

No, I didn't start with Cloud or Sephiroth. It turns out that my co-worker Michael D. prefers Reno, one of the Turks from Final Fantasy VII.

Reno's goggles are removable, and he will eventually have a black and silver staff to complete his outfit.

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8  More Wolfy Crochet Action: Teen Wolf Sackboy in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by causticmuse on: April 02, 2009 09:54:18 AM
March has been a very wolfy month for me. No sooner had I finished the Fruit Brute mask Sackboy then yet another wolf-themed doll order came in from a co-worker. He wanted a Sackboy doll based on the Teen Wolf character played by Michael J. Fox in the 1980's. He even provided some nifty screen shots of Teen Wolf in his basketball outfit for reference.

The base head and body were crocheted as usual from Red Heart Soft and Bernat Satin yarns, but once the main doll was finished, stuffed and assembled, I crocheted some furry overlay pieces using Lion Brand Fun Fur in Chocolate using a large size K hook and big, loose stitches. The overlays went on the legs, outer surfaces of the arms, and the head and chin. I finished the head by adding an extra row of regular yarn around the edge of his face. The uniform was crocheted with yellow Peaches & Creme cotton yarn with numbers made from chains of black crochet thread. The basketball was also made from Peaches & Creme cotton.

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9  Little Big Bad Wolf: Fruit Brute Masked Sackboy in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by causticmuse on: April 02, 2009 09:47:03 AM
What do you get when you mash up a regular classic Sackboy and an obscure kid's cereal from the 70's?

Fruit Brute Sackboy!

The Fruit Brute mask is completely removable via a slit in the bottom of the mask. Due to the relatively large size of the Sackboy's head, the mask is removed by pulling the doll's head through the mouth and the body through the bottom of the mask vs. the other way around. The Sackboy uses my regular Sackboy base while the mask was completely improvised from a reference image of the cereal mascot I obtained from the Interwebs.

Fruit Brute Sackboy was commissioned as a gift for Gaygamer.net regular Fruit Brute, who posted about it here. Wink

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10  Ulala Space Channel 5 Sackgirl in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by causticmuse on: April 02, 2009 09:38:10 AM
It's rare that I get an order for a female Sackperson since most people seem to want male characters turned into custom dolls, so when Game-Boy from Gaygamer.net asked if I could make Miss Ulala from the Sega Dreamcast game Space Channel 5, I agreed immediately.

She's about 9.5" tall thanks to her platform boots and big pink pigtails, and wears an orange and white miniskirt and matching crop top, huge headphones with hands-free mic, and (not pictured but there!) red undies. And she has a huge microphone, too.

Ooh la la indeed!
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