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« Reply #10910 on: May 04, 2010 05:17:31 PM »

Lol, mine resulted in bloody fingers, and I never did quite get the hang of it.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #10911 on: May 04, 2010 05:28:51 PM »

Walmart has just started carrying "peach skin" which I've read is popular among doll makers. I keep meaning to buy some but I don't need more fabric for poppets in my stash that I will never use! lol
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« Reply #10912 on: May 04, 2010 05:46:27 PM »

My first set of fingers resulted in tears, cussing, an arm being thrown in the garbage, a new arm sewn, more cussing, tears, and six hours later I had a hand! Cheesy

you've just discribed my day.  AND, I burned the inside of my arm on the iron which added to my frustrations (four inch long iron shaped, steam marks included Cry), tears and cussing. Oh and to make matters even worse the first arm I made I could get the middle finger part out and nothing else so what did it look like..like it was flippin me off, trashed the little creep...yeah...good day.

I'll keep trying I just can't see how this can be as hard as I'm making it.
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« Reply #10913 on: May 04, 2010 06:37:27 PM »

I've never made an Eleanor, but when I do, I fully intend to just give her boobies and be satisfied with paws for hands. Smiley  At least for the first one.
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« Reply #10914 on: May 04, 2010 09:11:04 PM »

I made an Elenor poppet with paws, cat ears, and a tail.  She turned out really cute.  I never had too much trouble with the human hands, that's what my mermaid poppets have.  But I do prefer to make paws.

As far as fabrics go, everyone has tried so many different things that I really don't think there's a wrong fabric.  My first poppet was made of faux suede.  A lot of people have used felt, some have even used crush velvet.
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« Reply #10915 on: May 05, 2010 01:58:57 AM »

MY main thing when making fingers, is i can not have the stretch of the fabric going along the arm, it makes the fingers stretch instead of turn, can even rip too. I have to have the stretch of the fabric going along the width, so then all that can happen is the fingers stretch wider, if you get what i mean.

Hope this can help  Undecided
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« Reply #10916 on: May 05, 2010 05:55:12 AM »

Last time I made fingers, I turned them with a straw (pushed inside the right side) & a coffee stirrer(used to push the finger through the Straw)


 Also-think I'm gonna make a mini poppet today.
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« Reply #10917 on: May 05, 2010 06:40:20 AM »

I had a diffucult time with the fingers but I use a hard straw inside the finger and a small crochet hook (blunt end) and turn thing that way.  I have also gone to doing the fingers as a whole and stitching them like you do for the paws.
I am also take any freezer paper off the middle piece of the bust and the sides. I put them together. I find if I start at the bottom and put the piece in working from the bottom sew each side on and then I sew down the middle and then to the sides. And then cut any excess off the neck. Hope this helps.
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« Reply #10918 on: May 05, 2010 06:42:52 AM »

Walmart has just started carrying "peach skin" which I've read is popular among doll makers. I keep meaning to buy some but I don't need more fabric for poppets in my stash that I will never use! lol
Also I am jealous your Walmart still carries fabric. Mine did away with it when they remodeled and the others in the area are doing it as well. So if you want that peach skin you should stock up now.


Mummynat Got her poppet I am so happy. The suspense was killing me.
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« Reply #10919 on: May 05, 2010 08:15:40 AM »

ClonedBravo- I have the little mini that you sent me for a swap long ago proudly displaid where I see it all the time.  Smiley I love that little thing Wink Smiley ClonedBravo has mad poppeting skills!

Thank you all for the helpful tips. I'm thinking that the material I got isn't alova suede, it has little to no stretch at all. I think if it had some stretch it may be easier.

 I'm thinking my printer is making the pattern smaller than it's intended to be. About turning with a straw?(awesome idea!)  the fingers I made I wouldn't be able to get a straw in them Undecided

beth8144 your fingers look great! That's the way I'm used to making fingers on the dolls I have made. I've NEVER been able to get the hang of separated fingers.

I'm going to try again today and hopefully I'll be able to post her later.
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