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« on: August 06, 2019 04:12:59 AM »

So, last week was Gish (ridiculous international scavenger hunt game/charity event), and it finally got me crafting again!

One of the (over 200) items to fulfill was #52: Create MAILWHES, The Most Amazing, Intimidating Letterbox The World Has Ever Seen: a mailbox so amazing, so intimidating, so horrifying that your mail carrier will never dare leave you another piece of junk mail again. There must be teeth around the mail slot or opening.

It took me hours and hours (of desperately cutting corners and trying to work sloppy, because I am usually a veeerrrrryyy slow crafter and I simply didn't have time to be!), but after a few days of very little sleep I finally came up with this!


There it is on the mail slot on my door, spitting out unwanted junk mail! ;P

I decided I wanted it to be styled a bit like a Japanese oni (ogre or demon), but I didn't really have an exact image in mind; I just kinda kept adding features and figuring it out as I went along.

First I just threw together some red fabric (which would NOT iron flat, darnit!) and fleece from my stash, figuring the layer of fleece would give it a little texture and help it hold its form, and cut out a hole measured to fit the mail slot:


Then, since the part that seemed the most important was the teeth, I worked more on the mouth:



Next came eyes. The irises are made from a dragon patterned fabric leftover from a costume project some years back.


And the finished product.  I figure monsters are allowed to be a bit wrinkly. ;P  Full disclosure: I was totally running out of time at the very end of the week, so the horns are just pinned on to the back and not sewn closed at all.  Shh!  


Almost everything in this entire project is from my stash; the only new material is the faux leather I used for the nose, which I picked up in a packet of five colors for 100 yen (~$1) while shopping for various props for the scavenger hunt.

A lot of the stuff I've made for Gish in the past has just been recycled afterwards, but I love this guy so much I wanna keep him! I can't decide exactly what to do with him yet though.  I didn't measure at all when I started so I have no idea if he's a good shape or size for a pillow case (doubt there's a form he would fit, and not sure how I'd sew the edges together), so maybe just a wall hanging?  And should I put something in the back of the mouth?  Things to ponder.

In the meantime, more junk mail, you say? P-tooey!
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2019 05:23:28 AM »

What fun! Sounds like you really nailed the requirements for #52, as well! I gotta say though, he might be slightly more jovial than terrifying.  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2019 07:50:24 AM »

I love him! Sometimes cobbled projects turn out brilliantly, and this is one of them. When I saw the first picture, I instantly thought "oni," so you did a great job channeling the concept even if you weren't trying to replicate a particular mask or piece of art. Grin His nose is particularly well done! Definitely keep him around. Wink
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2019 08:27:45 AM »

That is SO awesome!
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2019 08:37:08 AM »

He is awesome! I love his teeth!!
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2019 09:26:50 AM »

This is fantastic!
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2019 09:28:51 AM »

So fun! He is amazing. I would totally want to keep this around.

Will you share your other Gish items here too? I wanna see!
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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2019 10:32:38 AM »

Wow!  This is so cool.  Reminds me of an oni!
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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2019 11:07:49 AM »

Please share all your GISHES!

I love this one. And can see your distinct styling. The finishimg around the mouth, eyes, and nose make the piece.

If it's on the inside, is there a reason you couldn't leave it up? I would!  But a wall art piece is still equally wonderful.

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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2019 06:30:22 AM »

Thanks everyone for the kind words!  I'm so glad it's recognizable as an oni!  And yeah, "scary" was never my strong point... I definitely tend to lean towards "cute." ;P

He was up on the outside of my apartment door, and since I don't want to ACTUALLY scare my mailman away, I've got him up on the inside for now, higher up where I can see him better.

I'm planning to put up one more Gish thing later.  I didn't do as many crafty things for it this year.  Can't remember if I put up my huldufolk nightclub and bird prison last year or not!
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