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annafauna
« on: October 20, 2004 02:02:47 PM »

Just finished this little guy this morning.  He's my first attempt at a jointed critter -- done just with floss, so nothing too fancy.  Still, I'm quite pleased.

http://www.thingsivemade.com/images/pbear1.jpg
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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2004 02:54:49 PM »

awww.  he's so cute.  he kinda reminds me of the mini beanie babies that McDonalds (or Burger King...whichever) made when Beanie Babies were still so big.
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2004 07:29:44 PM »

that is most adorable thing i've ever seen! if you can do that well with a polar bear, i'd really like to see you take a stab at a rooster...i don't know why, but i think with your talent it would be lovely Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2004 08:43:10 PM »

Aww that is so sweet, and I love his little scarf in the first pic too.  Polar bears rock! I would also like to see you do a rooster, and maybe a pony. 
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annafauna
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2004 05:05:57 AM »

Well, I did do a pony a while ago, but it's about the same size as the sausage dogs -- not as little as the bear.

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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2004 07:19:20 AM »

These are wonderful! You are very inspiring! I need to break out my Mame Wanko books and start making some wee animals...
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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2004 02:52:25 PM »

I LOVE that pony! I need to make one Shocked

Oh dear. I hate it when I'm inspired like this.. it's been happening far too often and I have too many projects!
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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2004 03:25:01 PM »

The polar bear is really cute and the pony is jsut about the coolest thing ever. I'm now inspired to make a stuffed polar bear.
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« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2004 09:55:29 PM »

I love everything you make! You are so gifted. I'm jealous;-)
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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2004 04:46:32 AM »

Those are beautiful!  You did a great job!
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« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2004 08:17:54 AM »

He is adorable. I absolutely adore your work. Polar bears are my favorite animals, too! He's so tiny, it's incredible that you can make something so perfect. your picture is too funny, too. what a brave little guy, battling the bitter cold packing peanuts, and he's got a fabulous scarf. I'm just amazed at his size. wow!
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« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2004 08:50:54 AM »

Thanks for all the kind words, you guys! 

Meow: I really like working on the small scale; I've always found teeny tiny little things more interesting than their bigger counterparts.  I also think that, when making things in the hope that other people will want to bring them home, smaller is better.  Everybody's got a little nook or a corner of a desk that needs a cute critter.
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annafauna
« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2004 01:59:06 PM »

I finished up this cat today, and though she came out differently than I'd planned in almost every way, I think she's a success.  Her limbs are jointed in the same way as the polar bear, and there's wire in her tail to make it posable.

http://www.thingsivemade.com/images/greycat1.jpg
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« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2004 08:37:21 PM »

I love the pony and the cat!  You are very talented.  I completely agree about little things.  I have always been a fan of miniatures and tiny toys.  Thanks so much for sharing!  Your work is very inspiring.
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« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2004 07:44:49 AM »

I agree with you! I usually swing between wanting to make super tiny critters or really really big ones. If I can't carry it in my pocket (not that I would, sometimes), then I should be able to have a hugging contest with it and lose.
I love the cat!
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« Reply #15 on: October 27, 2004 10:06:03 AM »

How -do- you make the joints?  Are they poseable?
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annafauna
« Reply #16 on: October 27, 2004 02:10:00 PM »

Well, I pretty much made up the technique I use -- I'm not sure that anybody in the know would consider it proper. 

I use floss or some other heavy thread and tie a knot at one end.  This get threaded through the inside of one leg, where I want the joint to be.  Then I sew up the leg, so the knot is inside, the thread dangling out.

This loose end goes through the body, again where I want the joint to be.  It comes out the other side of the body, where the mirror-image joint will be. 

I thread that through the second leg (by catching a bit of the fabric on the inside of the leg), which has already been sewn up, and, making sure to pull quite tight, knot the thread around itself a few times.

That's it.  The legs can move 360 degrees, and the taughtness of the string keep the legs positioned where I want.  Probably not the best method for making toys for children or toys that will be heavily used/abused, but it works for me.  The trick is to have the floss coming out of the body at only one point on each side, otherwise I think the legs won't move well.

I've seen other methods using buttons and, of course, doll joints.
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