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« on: March 31, 2011 11:34:32 AM »

Don't Blink!

greetings craftsters!
an aside to the mods, i never know where to put these altered dolls that aren't playthings, so this one's going here :/

i confess it.  i'm a geek. and a proud one at that. i'm also a longtime doctor who fan. i grew up watching the 4th doctor (tom baker) and was never very satisfied with the ones that came after, until the series was revamped in 2005. i've successfully indoctrinated my husband into the whoniverse (we are also huge torchwood fans) and decided to decorate our bathroom with the scariest themes of the whoniverse. the bathroom is a work in progress, but i'll get to posting more about it later, i promise. it occurred to me that one of the most obvious monsters for me to make in particular was a weeping angel barbie. for those not in the know, weeping angels are creatures that appear to be statues of angels with their hands over their eyes (hence the name), but whenever someone (or something) is not looking at them they can move-fast. even blinking can allow them to get you. so here's the "why," now i'll show you the "how."

i cut a wing shape out of craft foam and added details with hot glue.

i discovered that even jointed armed barbies' arms are not in a proper position to cover their eyes so i had to cut and reattach the arms at the elbow. more hot glue.... a high temp gun makes all the difference here. her arms aren't going anywhere.

i also took the time to glue all of her joints so they are solid and attach her to a base- yes, with wooden skewers.

a simple gauze dress was added. the gauze allows for the proper folding and drape (once paint and glue are added) to be indicative of the romanesque statues the weeping angels disguise themselves as. also in the picture below you can see peeking out from behind one of her wings my rendition of the bottle of tears from the torchwood episode "from out of the rain"

then came the problem of her hair. despite barbie's fashion sense, styling her hair any more than ponytail or down is next to impossible. in order to create the carved waves seen in statuary i needed to rely on my trusty glue gun again.

i next used craft glue to settle her dress more, and prepare the piece for priming.

and somehow i didn't get a pic of the piece primed, but just imagine the entire piece white Wink
instead of trying to fake the stone texture myself i decided to use a textured spraypaint. i am quite pleased with the results!

and here she is in her proper place. i am quite pleased with how well she fits with the small shelf i had lying around. ....and do not worry for me who fans, i am placing a mirror directly opposite her so she will be trapped Wink

as always questions, comments and criticisms are all welcome Smiley

thanks for looking!
« Last Edit: March 31, 2011 11:35:06 AM by fayeven » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2011 11:49:59 AM »

Even without the story she's gorgeous.

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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2011 11:58:47 AM »

DUDE!!! wisted! I'm so glad I saw this on the 'new projects' box on the front page because I  never would have seen it otherwise... I'm in love!!

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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2011 12:05:59 PM »

Fabulous!  Really well done Smiley I like how the progress pictures make her go from coquette to creapy.  Perfect!

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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2011 12:10:02 PM »

This is so cool! What a cool way to do this! This rocks!

« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2011 12:13:10 PM »

Amazing!  This Rocks!

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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2011 12:14:59 PM »

I had to click "this rocks" before I had even finished reading it! Thanks for sharing the photos- this is so cool!  Grin

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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2011 12:16:00 PM »

I saw just tumbnail and was like OMG that look just like a weeping angel from doctor who -- then I hover my mouse over it and it said don't blink I was in awe. This is sooo great I love it! this is the greatest use of a old barbie I have ever seen.
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2011 12:16:34 PM »

WOW thank you all so much!  this was a really fun and fast project to do once i got around to it  Roll Eyes

« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2011 12:42:22 PM »

She is gorgeous, great job!
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