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Topic: Amazing Trilobite Beetle...and poseable  (Read 3343 times)
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« on: May 23, 2017 02:17:13 PM »

Aren't stuffies supposed to be cuddly? Well in the recent stuffie swap, my partner had these amazing trilobite beetles pinned. They were so amazing that I fell in love. My partner named him Bruce. He's not exactly cuddly, but he is extremely friendly.

I spent an evening wandering the fabric store for just the right fabric and settled on leather look vinyl. Sewing vinyl is tricky and I finally settled on stitching through paper, just printer paper, with the stitch lines marked. I trimmed about 1/8" outside the stitch lines and painted the edges. Bruce was created in pieces with an opening running through the center. I cut a piece of heavy gauge wire and ran it through the pieces using good old E6000 to secure tabs I had left when I trimmed.

The legs were more heavy guage, with the tips flattened. I wrapped the legs in layers of florist tape and ended up using a marker to color them black. I then cut more vinyl scales and glued them over the legs to the body. I ended up using hot glue to do the final securing. In other words, stuck the nozzle in the leg holes and filled with hot glue!

The lumps on his back are more E6000 just globed on the plates. I used gold and silver stamp ink to give a bit of a shine.

Bruce is poseable and loves to have his tummy rubbed. He also likes to watch DVD's with his new pal. You can see his original photo shoot here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452296.20 along with all the other adorable, soft and fluffy, stuffies.

He loves his belly rubs


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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2017 02:28:51 PM »

Bruce is so unsettlingly wonderful, YIKES! This project ROCKS!

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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2017 02:36:12 PM »

So awesome!

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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2017 02:36:31 PM »

Very impressive and realistic looking critter (I just did a Google image search for the living specimens too and they're mighty neat looking insects).  I love the leathery surface texture you used.  If it were green, you'd never be able to spot your creation hiding in leaves!
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2017 02:49:18 PM »

Tummy rubs!!   Cheesy    Great project!

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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2017 06:40:27 AM »

He IS Amazing!! WOW!

« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2017 01:19:45 PM »

Woo hoo! As Bruce's pal, I can attest to his awesomeness! Wink He is wonderfully constructed and very sturdy. And true, he's not cuddly, but is very friendly. Just look at his little mouth!

Off to rub Bruce's tummy...
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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2017 02:02:46 PM »

Bruce is seriously amazing.  I just keep staring at him.

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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2017 03:46:14 PM »

Great work, I love the vinyl!
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« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2017 07:03:17 AM »

Amazing indeed! He has a great smile.

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