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Topic: How to make a doll-size set of bagpipes???  (Read 4906 times)
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« on: January 31, 2010 07:47:15 AM »

I know it sounds a little bit weird but I'm making a Scottish Piper doll for my sister as she loves all things Scottish and has nothing to put on the top of her xmas tree (or so she reckons).

The problem isn't the bag itself, it's the pipes. I have NO idea what I can make them out of. I've put a pic or two up here but I was thinking maybe a paintbrush handle with clay round it. Only problem would then be the weight of them... 

Any ideas, O Crafty Peeps? Huh


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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2010 09:03:37 AM »

Balsa wood is very light and easy to shape, although pieces this size can be a little fragile.

Whatever you do, trimming with polyclay could work well.

or for a much simplified version, what about coloured drinking straws? We have some black ones which would work wells
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2010 09:07:03 AM »

do they make pvc piping small enough? or tubing?
plain wooden dowels could be dressed up, too.
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2010 09:45:07 AM »

The doll itself will probably end up being about 12 inches tall so it doesn't have to be eeny-meeny teeny-tiny bagpipes. That makes it a little bit easier, I guess.

Wooden dowelling might work, and I can always "add" the detail to it using bits of balsa wood then paint them...hmm...

I think it might be a bit of a "try it and see" time. Luckily I've only just started stitching the doll so I have enough time to figure it all out.

Thanks for the help, guys, very much appreciated. Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2010 12:30:24 PM »

best wold be to make a sac, and fill with rice, then use poly clay or air dry clay  to mould the pipes then add little loops or rings at the bottom to attach to sac
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2010 04:37:51 PM »

go to a chinese buffet and gank (take) some chopsticks lol, lots of places have the round ones that aren't meant to be broken apart at the top... if you can't find any i can post pix or even send you a few sets, they are light weight, all you'd have to do is sharpie them darker...

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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2010 06:31:59 AM »

I've had a good look at the doll itself and I think it's going to end up being about 14 inches tall - at least! 0_o

Maybe too big for the xmas tree lol

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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2010 03:39:52 PM »

Depending on the scale you are working with, I would use either thin dowels, pencils or skewers, and wrap them with coils of old magazine paper so you can get the definition of the different parts. glue lightly, paint as needed, and the coat with a good layer of glossy mod podge.

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