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Topic: Scary Toys for Girls and Boys (lots o'pics!)  (Read 14069 times)
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« on: January 19, 2014 07:42:25 AM »

Between using wood for artist trading blocks and Mr. 'Coo's current woodworking project, we have lots of little leftover scraps of wood. I've been having the best time the last few days, making "windup toys" from the tiny blocks, none of which are bigger than 2" on any given side. A few years ago, I bought a bunch of old wooden blocks and other toy parts, and I dug through them to find bits and pieces to help construct the these rather bizarre toys. Some rusty bottle caps and some creepy eye charms to add to the fun.


At first I was just fiddling around, and came up with this. Once it was done, though, I thought of all the things it could have been, and thought it would be fun to make an entire collection of toys.


I like the first one, but as toys go, it doesn't look like too much fun. Since they all have windup keys, I thought they should look like they do something, so I decided to make the rest more mobile, and add wheels.

For the circus wagon below, the block at the top was conveniently already broken in half. I added some painted accents and some wheels made out of spools. The hand is a vintage charm with some sequins at the cuff.


Here's the third one I made. I really love the look of one wheel in the middle, but of course that won't balance on its own, so I added some doll hands to help keep it upright. I used Apoxie Sculpt to make the sleeves and attach the hands to the sides of the block.


Its windup key is in the back.


This metal propeller for this one was also in that box of old toys, as were the red metal wheels. I added a kickstand on the back of this vehicle to keep it upright.


Here's how it sits with its windup key:


Here's the final toy in the set (although I can't promise I won't make more!). I think it looks like a little weird animal.


One more shot of them, all lined up:


That was a lot of photos! Thanks for taking a look. Smiley

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One last one. I had one more eyecharm left, and lots of wooden blocks, so I added one more toy to the collection. This one has a big ole honkin' nose!


That's all for now. I've got an order in for more eyeballs, but word has it that my next Alpha Stamps package is on its way. I'll be busy with that for a while.
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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2014 08:00:56 AM »

Wow!  Those are creepy awesome!
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2014 08:21:19 AM »

Brilliant!! I love how they turned out. The eyes you added give them an awesomely-creepy human quality. I hope that I can see your stash of odds-and-ends some day. It must be epic. You found so many good parts for these!
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2014 08:23:30 AM »

These are so freaking cool!  I can't even pick a favourite, eyeballs/arms/propeller....there is just too much awesome here Grin
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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2014 10:21:18 AM »

I love these more than I can possibly express!   Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2014 10:33:56 AM »

Genius, racky! Each one is a treasure in itself. Smiley Got to say the propeller one is my favorite.

After the ATBS have to say wood block are a new canvas for me, too.
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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2014 10:45:42 AM »

Definitely creepy cute - love the attention to little details.  I am betting suereal for one would love these.
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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2014 11:05:09 AM »

Hey!  How did you get into the toy box in my head??  These are so fab, i just wish I had thought of them first Grin
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Think they are all Great!!! Wink
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« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2014 11:30:04 AM »

Amazing what can be made when inspired by something else!  I love that the ATB inspired you to use up little bits of wood and fun found object...my favorite creepiness is the one with doll arms......
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