Posts Tagged ‘OOAK’

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Floppy Flo gets a stand…

May 6, 2013

flofinishedbaseflobasesuppliesFloppy Flo is just about done so she needs a base.  I admit I love to decoupage.  I think it adds a little extra something to my doll stands.  The first thing I did was I wanted her to have a pole, since she is a stripper, so found a dowel rod and cut it to the height I wanted and then drilled a hole in the wood base and squirted a little bit of glue around the edges of the hole.  I then used one of those little end pieces that you find at the hobby store with the wood supplies to finish out the top of the pole.  Next thing I did was find the paint I wanted to use for the base and then did a type of marble look for the base.  Once that is done I then pull out the tissue, paper, fabric, whatever I want on the base to decoupage.  For this base I am using different types of tissue paper and some pre-printed art words that I found in the scrapbooking section to add some interest.  I also had the flowers in the same package and used them also.

I first painted the decoupage gluflobasestarte all over the base and pole to add a sealer to the wood.  I then started to build up the layers of tissue as shown in the one picture.  I use little pieces of tissue and then kind of scrub them over the other pieces until I am happy with the design.  Once I have finished all the layering I then put a final layer of glue over the entire piece and let it dry.  I normally let the piece dry overnight before I touch it again.  Unless it is really humid out or the layers are really thick that should be enough time for it to cure.
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For this  base I am using the pole to support the doll, but some of my other dolls I do not want a pole or for people to see how she is attached to the base, so in that case I use what is called an invisible stand.  This is where you shove a hollow tube up the leg of the doll and then attach a solid piece of wire to the base that fits inside the hollow tube.  This makes it to where the doll slides down onto the solid metal and stands on her own, but is attached to the base.  This is good if you want your doll to turn or be removable.  This method will be demonstrated in my series of doll making books I am working on.  Next post I will show you the finished Floppy Flo….till next time…    flowbasetissue

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Floppy Flo is Getting Sexy….She has lion hair…

April 20, 2013

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flohairbrush Flo is starting to come together.  She now has hair.  I like using different types of materials to make doll hair.  Her hair was made by using a yarn-type trim I found in the upholstery section of my local fabric store.  I then cut it into strips that were the length of the circumference of half the scalp.  I then pinned each strip in place and then sewed it in.  I then took the next strip and fit it down the scalp a little further and continued this until the entire head was full of hair.  I used a thicker embroidery thread to sew the hair in.  It was a contrasting color that blended in well, but also added some extra color to the hair.  I then used a small nail brush and brushed the yarn until all the sew lines were covered and the hair had flowfullhaira moreflowfaceandhair wild look.  The great thing about doll making is that you can use all different types of fabrics, yarns, etc. to make hair, clothing, embellishments, etc. so let your imagination go wild.  You will find the longer you make dolls the more you will see items in your everyday world differently.  I love to go to the hobby stores after major holidays and see what type of items I can get for next to nothing and turn into doll stands, doll embellishing, or even dolls.  The fun of doll making is you can turn anything into a doll, simple or exquisite, your choice… till next time….

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Toy guns…small scale weapons…so hard to find…

February 11, 2012

My latest doll is based on the fictional character featured in the Laurell K. Hamilton series that features Anita Blake, vampire hunter/zombie animator, who is known for being very well armed. The problem is have you every tried to find weapons that are 1/3 scale? It is very hard to do. I thought a few years ago you could find all types of toy guns, but I guess toy companies are now scared of them since kids were getting shot by police who thought they were carrying real guns. Problem is I really am not wanting to make my own out of clay, but guess I am not going to have much choice. I don’t mind making her knives and swords, but making a 9mm pistol and a pump action shotgun just doesn’t seem like a very easy thing to do, but we shall see. So, here is my vision for Anita, without her weapons. She is getting close to being done and I really am enjoying making her.  Till next time…