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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Kid's monster chair! on: August 10, 2012 04:20:30 PM
Our friend's kid turned one recently.  I knew he loves monsters (he growls when he's excited - so cute!) and when I saw this chair, I had a moment of inspiration and knew he would have to get a monster-ified chair.

First, the finished product so this thread has a nice thumbnail. Smiley

Modelled by our friend's cat, who conveniently matches the chair!

And here's what it was when I picked it up from the thrift store:

Modelled by our cat, who doesn't match the chair so much.

I approached this project more or less the same way I do everything crafty - I winged it.  I traced the original cover onto the back of my ridiculously soft fake orange fur, and went to town.  I'm not thrilled with the horns, but I couldn't figure out another way to work them into the seams.  I know they're going to get pulled on a lot, so I wasn't comfortable hand-stitching them.

The little boy was actually scared of the chair the first time he saw it!  I felt kind of bad about it, but he's since learned to love it.  Here's a shot of him lounging:

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first pair of socks... and they're bigger on the inside. on: March 02, 2012 02:02:40 PM
Okay, so maybe they aren't bigger on the inside.  But they are definitely TARDIS socks!  I knit them for my boss because we are Whovian pals.

They are my own pattern.  I started following the classic pattern from Ravelry, but I wound up using different yarn and needles, and I didn't like the top down approach to socks.  So I followed a basic recipe for toe-up socks with short row toe and heel, which was much nicer for me.  I followed the basic idea of the Ravelry pattern for the panels, but instead of using fair isle for the "POLICE BOX" (I was operating on fewer stitches) I just knit a black band and backstitched the words on later.  The windows and sign are duplicate stitch, another first for me.  I'm quite happy with them!
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / An Ood? How Ood! on: May 26, 2011 10:26:58 AM
So, newsflash: my favourite creatures in the Doctor Who universe are the Ood.  I love their squishy tentacled faces! And when my partner for the One Tiny Doctor Who Thing swap mentioned that she liked them too, well... I couldn't resist!
She mentioned that she was interested in jewellery, so I went hunting around the internet to find some ideas.  I wanted to do something a little more understated than a big blue box on a chain.  I found this Etsy post, which was my inspiration! And thus the Ood pendant was born!

This photo courtesy of my partner:

My camera skills (and hands) have been a little shaky, so the detail isn't great in these:

I originally made it out of silver Sculpey, but decided that looked too cheap. So I picked up a tube of shiny silver acrylic paint, mixed a little black in there, and got what I think is a decent metallic-looking colour.

The translator orb (pearl) is a bead I had in my stash, and the eyes are little black gems I salvaged from a pair of earrings I never wear.
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Jar to Dalek - YOUR SNACK CRAVINGS WILL BE EX-TER-MIN-A-TED. on: July 22, 2010 06:58:29 AM
I think I've got this in the right place here... I tend to do more swapping than posting, but I'm really happy with how well this turned out.
For the One Tiny Doctor Who Thing swap, my partner (aethelberga) mentioned that the Daleks are her favourite villains.  And when I saw a small lidded jar at the store, something clicked - and thus the Dalek jar was born!
Here's a pre-baking picture.  Don't mind the messy kitchen.  I was so worried that something was going to go wrong!

Here, you can see that it's a jar on the inside.  I did a thin layer of silver Sculpey around the whole base of the jar so that the insides would be silver.

And here's one last picture, after baking and glaze.

The lights on the top are LEDs scavenged from somewhere or other in my stash, and the metal bits are recycled from the latch-type mechanism that originally held the jar closed.  Oh yeah, and the title is from my swap partner.  She expressed her intentions to fill it with smarties or jelly babies.  I can't think of a better thing to put inside a Dalek! Sugary candy happiness. Maybe they wouldn't be the jerks of the universe if they got a sugar rush on once in a while.
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