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August 19th, 2012
» Posted in crafts
at 9:33 am
And I’m back with some new clay doll wall decor! Hurray! I’m still alive! It’s been a long time hasn’t it?
I had a whole bunch of random frames lying around, so I decided to put them to use! And as you can see, this is what I came up with–lots and lots of clay doll wall decor. Yes, they are now scattered all over the house. Anywhere where there was a blank space on the wall, you can bet that I stuck it there without a second thought.
This one was a combination of a lot of materials. I used polymer clay, fake plastic flowers and leaves, and yarn too. Actually, this was originally not a frame. It was some old blank DVD that was lying around unclaimed…so yep, this is what became of it. I have no idea whether or not the DVD actually had recorded onto it. Oh well! Too bad. The damage is done. Heh heh… Who knows, it could have been something my husband recorded, but who cares? I don’t! hahaha! >]
Oh yeah, and to cover up the whole in the center of the DVD, I just glued on a circular piece of felt.
The clay doll wall decor idea was something that popped into my head when I was cleaning one day. I hate seeing dusty blank/unlabeled CD/DVDs everywhere, so instead of just shoving them in a crack somewhere nearby, I decided to recycle them! Yes, so green…
Making these clay doll wall decor was tiring and hard! Especially since they’re so small. All the little details were a pain to do! The hands were quite the challenge. I had to sit there and model it after my own hand. So after I successfully modeled my own hand to my liking, I came to the realization that I then only had one hand free to do the shaping. Hahaha well, DUH! >[
But it still worked out fine, so I’m happy with my clay doll wall decor projects.
This one was actually the cap of a jam jar. I should stick a magnet on the back too huh? Will do now…haha
Well this concludes my clay doll wall decor post–thanks for looking, hope you liked it!
February 17th, 2012
» Posted in crafts
at 9:54 pm
Not sure if I already posted about these, but I took pictures of them so why not post these Chinese dolls?
These dolls are made from polymer clay. All I needed to do to make these Chinese dolls, was to make a head and a pair of arms. The body portion of the dolls is actually empty! You wouldn’t have known if I didn’t say so right?
The inside of the body is actually made up of just one sturdy chopstick and some foil for extra support and shape. I guess you could see it as a head on a chopstick! Well, that doesn’t sound too nice, but hey it turned out nice!
The entire head was molded from a generic doll’s face and head mold. All that was left for me to do was to color and decorate it however I liked. Ah…how I love crafts that require minimal work .
Of course, the Chinese-styled dress was an entirely different story. That took a bit of work…:( I actually had to sit there and cut out small dresses for these Chinese dolls–sewing them together and styling them too. But in the end, it turned out well! I purposely chose a fabric that was a little stiff so that it would keep its shape better.
I also made the tiny little fans out of….you guessed it, cardboard!! I traced a fan shape on a cardboard piece, cut it out, and decorated it with some nice origami paper.
Gluing on the lining for these Chinese dolls’ dresses was quite a pain! I had to hold it down in place as they were drying so that they wouldn’t pop off somewhere and dry in midair…
The bow on her head is only a small portion of a bigger ribbon. I just cut a small segment of ribbon off, tied it with a string in the middle (so that it’d bunch up in the middle like a real bow), and glued it right onto her hair.
That’s all for now! Thanks for looking at my handmade polymer clay Chinese dolls!!
February 4th, 2012
» Posted in crafts
at 7:11 pm
So here is my last batch of handmade potpourri dolls. Black version!
I couldn’t help myself, I just had to make a few black potpourri dolls to satisfy my craving for things red and black. For this one, I crocheted a small little black hat and glued on a few small crystals on it for some extra sparkle. Doesn’t the red heart shaped crystal really stand out on the black? I just love that little pop of color!
I gave this next potpourri doll a nice light pink headscarf. It used to be a bow of some sort. Again, I don’t remember where it came from, but I’m glad that I hadn’t thrown it away yet!
This one has a pink flower shaped crystal on the side. I found this nice little pack of multicolored heart and flower shaped crystals at the craft store and figured I could use them here. It’s a good accenting piece!
Those crystals are so useful! I stuck them everywhere~
Finally got my hands on some black boa feathers! The sachet underneath the black tulle is actually white. Everything was so covered up in black that even I forgot that the sachet underneath was white! It’s because the craft store I went to ran out of black colored ones, so I had to make do with whatever colors they had left. I went there three times too! And each time I went, they never had the color that I was looking for! Either they’re not stocking up, or someone is always beating me to the punch!!
I gave away all of these potpourri dolls to relatives as Chinese New Year gifts, so no more smelly craft corner! As I was making these dolls, the smell was just getting stronger and stronger as I made more and more of them…honestly, it drove me a little nuts! Ha ha
Well, that’s all of it! Hope you enjoyed looking at my potpourri dolls!!
February 1st, 2012
» Posted in crafts
at 3:35 pm
Continuing on with my previous post, today I bring you some more of my handmade potpourri dolls!!
This time I was going for the Chinese opera look. You know, with lots of makeup and lots of things on their heads. This time I really had a good excuse to just go all out on decorating!
The red and purple flowers in her hair are made from air dry clay. In other words, children’s clay!! Yay! My daughter made a whole bunch of them and just left them sitting around collecting dust, so I figured she probably wouldn’t notice if I took a few of them heh heh… But she caught on soon and made a big fuss about it. So I told her, “…Just make more. Oh and while you’re at it, go find me some smaller ones of these, they’re too big.” She went grumbling off somewhere, but I got what I wanted. Ha ha! >] Crazy girl, just make more!
For my next handmade potpourri doll, I went with a simpler look.
I really like the red and black color combination. Something about the combination of the two just makes the colors pop against each other. I also find myself wearing this color combo quite a bit too!
The last of my colored handmade potpourri dolls…a Chinese New Year themed one! Sort of. :]
I forget where I got the sachet from, but it really came in handy here! Just look at it. Doesn’t the sachet just look very…Chinese? Well anyway that’s certainly what I thought of whenever I looked at it, so the end result became this Chinese potpourri doll!
Thanks for reading/looking or whatever you’re doing on my site! I’ll be showing you the rest of my collection next time so stick around for some more of my handmade potpourri dolls!
January 30th, 2012
» Posted in crafts
at 3:19 pm
Anyone up for some nice smelling potpourri dolls? I just made these a couple of days ago, so they’re freshly made and still smelly!
Basically it’s just a small potpourri sachet topped off with a clay doll’s head that I decorated to my liking. I just used a doll face mold, attached the molded clay face to a chopstick, and tied the sachet just below it.
The skirt/dress portion is actually an extra piece of tulle that I added to make it look more like a dress than just a sachet of potpourri.
What do you think? Does this potpourri doll look like a bride to you?
I was on a bridal spree as I was making these potpourri dolls!
The hair is actually yarn. I crocheted an extra little hairpiece for each doll since the doll face mold didn’t have any hair to begin with! If I just painted on the hair, it would have looked very flat and almost balding! So yarn was my solution to adding more volume and texture to the head.
The pink flower at the neck is actually from a fake plant (again, something randomly sitting around the house). At any rate, I just plucked the thing off the plant and stuffed it here! Such a great use of my old and fake plant!
The fun thing about making these potpourri dolls is you can style and dress them however you want and paint on makeup according to their look. It’s a little like playing dress up through dolls!
This one I made hanging. You can see the potpourri sachet better in these pictures. The hat is also made from polymer clay that I pressed onto a mold. I just painted in the details and attached it onto the head.
Well, that’s all for now. I’ll keep you posted on the next few potpourri dolls so stay tuned!
January 22nd, 2012
» Posted in amigurumi
at 5:12 pm
Was in the mood for some duck hunting, so this time I made duck amigurumi!
No, I don’t really go duck hunting. If I want to eat duck, then I’d just go buy it! Anyway, on to some more duck amigurumi pictures?
Crocheting this duck was actually very easy. I was originally making a cat’s head (in my cat amigurumi post) and found that if I just sewed up the top ends of opening together, it can become a body for other animals! It sounds a little confusing but it works! Could you tell that the body of this duck was the same as the cat’s head in my previous post?
I just added on a head, duck feet, beak, and ended up with this duck amigurumi! Just the duck by itself without any embellishments was very plain, so I had to add a few accessories to liven things up.
Big duck and small duck!
Yes, that little tuft of hair is supposed to be there. I was going for the more baby-like look with the extra tuft of hair on its head.
I also made other duck amigurumis in different colors too!
I guess you can say this is a more manly duck?
I just went to town making these duck amigurumi. There’s so many things you can do with them and they’re really easy to make too.
The bonnet was really fun to crochet too. It’s like another blank canvas for me to decorate on!
For this duck amigurumi, I added a little pink butterfly to match its pink bonnet. The butterfly was something that I found lying around the house. Yes, again something random I found in the house. I just realized that I make myself sound like I have a lot of things in my house! That’s not true though! I clean everyday and keep things in their rightful places!
I actually had more pictures of this last duck but accidentally deleted them! Ha ha oops. Next time when I take pictures, I’ll retake this one and show you more of its bonnet. I spent so much time decorating it too! I crocheted a bunch of little flowers and sewed them on too… Next time, promise! Well that’s it for today, hope you enjoyed my duck amigurumi!
September 10th, 2011
» Posted in amigurumi
at 2:29 pm
It’s time for some more amigurumis–like rabbit amigurumi!!
Making these rabbits was quite easy! They’re small so they don’t require much time to make or sew together. Good on the eyes and good on the hands~.
Instead of just having a plain black line as their eyes, I wanted them to have a more glamorous and ladylike look. So I had my daughter cut some black felt into the shape of eyelashes and also some light blue felt eyeshadow to go with it. It took a long time to cut out the eyelashes. I wanted them to look nice, long, and luscious!
Just the black eyelashes by themselves was a little boring and typical, so that’s why I added in the eyeshadow.
I wanted some variety in my rabbit amigurumi so I made this one lying down instead of sitting straight up. It’s much more sturdy than one that sits up. For the one that’s sitting, I had to make sure that the legs and the tail were placed and sewed onto the proper areas so as to ensure maximum sturdiness/balance. When you sew on the legs and the tail, you have to make sure you sew them on in tripod fashion. Otherwise, it’ll just topple over onto its face. -_-
How do my rabbit amigurumi look? Do they make you feel nice, cozy, warm and fuzzy?
Okay, now it’s time for a change in scenery!
Maybe I should have used this backdrop for the cat amigurumi that I made in the previous post. Haha oh well, too late. Too lazy to go back and retake pictures. I just really wanted to find a way to use this background…
…Rabbits and cats don’t really go well together do they? Note to self: don’t use this background ever again! It’s distracting! >(
Ah…there we go, much better. Well, that’s it for rabbit amigurumi!
August 29th, 2011
» Posted in amigurumi
at 5:23 pm
So instead of crocheting girl amigurumis, this time I decided to make cat amigurumi!
This is the view from the front:
Making cat amigurumi was very easy. I didn’t even bother crocheting ears for them! All I did was crochet a sack-like head, stuffed it, and sewed up the tops of their heads into that particular shape. The ends of it just twist up like that so making ears was not something I had to worry about. Besides, from past experience, making huge ears for cats just never turns out the way I want it to. They always end up looking really scary. They become cat-bats! Making the ears smaller is what really makes it look cuter, in my opinion. Sometimes it’s just best not to make your amigurumi look too much like the real thing. Sometimes it’s just better to simplify them so that they don’t look so scary…or just plain ugly!
And this is the view from the back:
The pink plush heart was sewn by my daughter. She cut the heart shape out of felt, stuffed it with regular stuffing, and sewed it shut. Easy!
As for the tails on my cat amigurumi, I just stuffed in a bendable wire so that I could get that signature cat look with the whole curling tail thing. When you look at a cat, they never move unnecessarily. The only thing that moves as they’re sitting is their tails. A little unsettling to see but hey, that’s what makes them smart…looking?
Hope you liked my cat amigurumi!
August 13th, 2011
» Posted in amigurumi
at 6:51 pm
It’s time for my last post on human amigurumi–dressy girl amigurumi! There’s two!
This time I was going for the formal look and this is how it turned out!
And here are the side views:
The polka dotted portion of her dress is actually a ribbon. I sewed it together with chiffon trimming and came up with this dress. Her pendant was something that I happened to find lying around the house again, so I decided to use it here. Just the dress by itself was not impactful enough so the pendant came in real handy! Now she looks like one fancy, dressy girl amigurumi. Wonder where she’s going? One ridiculously expensive and high-end restaurant?!
The hair was the really fun part in making this girl amigurumi. The lighting in this picture really captured what I had in mind as I was crocheting her. I wanted the somewhat dark and mysterious look for her. Yes, no one can fathom what really goes on in her mind…she’s untouchable…yeah, I like that . But anyway, before I get carried away with my weird ideas, let’s move on to the next dressy girl amigurumi!
Somehow she looks ready to break into a paso doble any second! Haha or not~
I can never stress enough just how useful those decorative adhesive gems were in making all my amigurumi. I still have a whole bunch too. I’m thinking of using the rest of it to make one very shiny and sparkly……….never mind can’t think of anything. What would you cover with sparkly gemstones?
And here we have the two dressy girl amigurumi together!
I think out of all my girl amigurumi, I like these two the best. Even though they don’t have a lot of embellishments on them the simplicity of their dresses is what I really like. In the end, simple is best!
Well that’s all for now! Hope you enjoyed looking at my dressy girl amigurumi !!
August 5th, 2011
» Posted in amigurumi
at 2:40 pm
Anyone want to see a bejeweled girl amigurumi? I do! And here it is!
This one took a very long time to decorate since I had to glue on every jewel strand onto her hat, her dress, and the ends of her skirt. It took lots of patience, but it still came out nicely right?
For some reason when I look at her, I think she looks like a very fancy and decked out cowgirl.
And then I start to think maybe I should have given her a small pistol to pose with!
Look at her eyeing those pearls! Our bejeweled girl amigurumi does love her jewels etc. If I gave her a pistol then she’d start looking like a cowgirl thief! That would have been fun to look at. Too bad I forgot about my little phone charm pistol…it would have worked out nicely too! I’m almost tempted to take another picture….
Don’t worry, she’s not that bad of a person. She loves jewelry but she knows not to steal it! It’s so funny how at a certain angle, her face can look so scary and yet at another, (like the one above) can look so happy and harmless. …Scary girl amigurumi indeed.
And here is her closeup! All nice and happy. The dress came out better than I expected. I didn’t think that the strands of jewels would stick on in such a nice curve but it did!
But of course I couldn’t forget that brilliant idea that flashed through my brain in the middle of this post… This girl is a crazy one I tell you. You’ll never know what kind of commotion she’ll be stirring up out of the middle of nowhere. She looks happy and harmless but who knows what really goes on in that head of hers… Look at that sinister smile…and pistol!!
No…don’t worry, my bejeweled girl amigurumi is actually an undercover sheriff!