FAQ if you haven't already).
not sure if many of you experience this. I probably am in a minority, but i figure, most people who bother to even read my drivel would have the mental capacity or empathy to understand that it takes ALOT for me to get anything done. I like to work in what I can consider an efficient manner, with minimal wastage and this often takes more time than if I just GET IT DONE.
Don't know what I'm talking about? yeah me neither. Basically I didn't know where this post was going. I started it as an update cos I'm extremely pleased (though still very critical of the results here, mostly symmetry and detailing, which can't really be adjusted since it's already dry but AHHHH NEVERMIND) at how it turned out, and wanted to show it off to the INTARWEBS like some little girl seeking approval.
I know what it is I have to do, but am not going to talk about it because....well. sometimes, things are what they are, and we do stuff just to survive. you know, needs vs wants.
and right now, i think i need to get back to work.
don't mind me. gonna file this away under "rambly nonsense" or "how to tidy my brain so my body will co-operate".
*trails off into a sweaty stupor*
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Heya :) Here's another of my customer's order, for 1:4 scaled foods. I think they're for a medieval kitchen (minus the strawberry milk of course XD) and I think they look so cute together ^ ^ Hope my customer likes them!!!
All made from polymer clay (milk and honey with epoxy resin) by me :)
Clover has been a little neglected lately, but I did knit some berets/beanies for her, and made her a new messy hairdo/wig too. a friend mentioned that she's beginning to look like a Mori Girl, and it was the first time I'd ever heard of the term, and yanno what, I think that's exactly what she is! so why not get her to pose with a little basket of fruits and mushrooms, freshly picked eh!
EDIT: Eyyy I just checked again, and i think she's more of a Yama girl XD
Weather's turning here, and that means my moods and health is again acting up. I hope to finish up my other orders and find some time over the weekend to re-do her eyelashes. > < maybe even make some new hairstyles for her ;) Will blog about that a little more when I get some time to play~~
Friday, March 29, 2013
I also made a few extras because, as you know, it's difficult just to make ONE item as there's usually lots of leftover materials :( Can't let them go to waste! But I've got a bunch of orders waiting to be cleared, and that has been further delayed by my inability to get more materials, someone has been buying up the resin from art friend ::mad:: don't they know it's cheaper to buy in bulk directly from the supplier DUHHH. Leave some for hobbyists like us!!! ::mega sulk::
Clover also has her 'real' eyes now, and i absolutely adore adore adore her even more, though I haven't had much time to play with her. While I was in bed the last few days (curse of being a woman) I knitted a coupla caps for her. nyaaaa i wanna make more contemporary outfits for her!~!!~
k. 'nuff griping. For those who don't already know, I've been posting quite a number of photos on my instagram......
now, to find an easier way to blog using my new phone :E huuhuhu. pity the camera on the ipad2 that i 'inherited' from my brother doesn't work, or i'd definitely blog more frequently. OFF TO PICK UP MORE SUPPLIES ADVENTURE TIME omg dying to get out of the house this cabin fever is driving me insane.
Friday, March 8, 2013
cross-posted from snowfern-clover.blogspot.com, I MISS PLAYING WITH CLOVER T-T
Commission slots for March are closed (thank you!), April and May slots will be limited as I try to catch up on some larger (literally and figuratively) orders. I have been busy with the largest order I've ever received, all for 1:3 BJDs. I know I said I'd post the larger stuff over on the other blog, but I feel bad for neglecting this one, so......:S DOUBLE POST ON BOTH!!!!!! YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
think i'd better grab more rest. i'm scaring myself. BUHBYE FOR NOW
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Clover is in her coffin :P
There was a gathering yesterday for doll owners in a facebook group I'm in, but I had no proper bag nor face protector for Clover :( Since I'm always broke and not that many readily available items catch my fancy (especially if it's something i -think- i can make :X ), I told myself that if I could make a bag/protector for Clover in time for the dollmeet, I'd go :)
Many helpful owners chipped in with suggestions of using a clean towel, bubble wrap, shoe bag etc, and although I didn't own the latter and am not short of clean towels & bubble wrap, having no face protector meant I risked crushing her eyelashes :( 'sides. i was itching to stitch, having held back due to time constraints and the fact that my new machine will be arriving on MONDAY OMG OMGOMGOMG
it's been a long time since i exercised any sort of 'planning muscle' in my brain. first 2 drafts of how i wanted to construct the holder didn't seem to work, and after fiddling about with some ideas, went with the simplest. decided to modify as i went along :)
Top considerations for me were:
- compact, and fit in most of my bags
- sturdy so she doesn't flop around
- protect her face, especially her eyelashes
- waterproof if possible, but that was dependent on materials on hand
- easy to store/remove doll
- machine washable
here're the materials i planned to use for this project, clockwise from top left:
- Daiso material, it feels sleek and possibly waterproof, think it is nylon. has been part of my stash for at least 2 years, loved the print, am SO GLAD it finally got put to use
- white lightweight fabric purchased on the cheap for drafting prototypes, might be polyester
- batting for quilts, with interfacing for stiffness
- 1.5mm thick plastic (polypropylene?) sheets (Daiso)
- green ribbon was some random remnant i had kept and it seemed to work with my fabric choices, but did not wind up using -_-"
although these are the measurements i started out with, i modified along the way i.e. shortened the length. used a pair of gardening shears to cut through the plastic as it's pretty stiff, and from past experience, hell to cut through with a penknife. that and i really didn't want another piece of flesh missing from me :S
(not that it's a far removed possibility with the shears, but i digress)
test fit the pieces, yay they work~
looks too small?
newp! it's all about perspective :P
size is good for use with my favourite grocery bag!
test fit again~ didn't feel like doing too much math and measuring
fabric marker works great on the batting
added about an inch around all sides, cut out my printed fabric, then did the same for the white (lining) fabric. do take note which direction you'd like your prints to be in by test wrapping again if need be.
totally forgot to take pics of how I layered the fabrics as I was rushing this project.
printed fabric (print facing up)
at this point, it might be a good idea to attach any ribbons or whatever else you might choose to tie up the bundle if you so wish, in between the lining and printed fabric. I opted out of this as the idea of fiddling with ribbons just seemed like too much work each time i use the 'pouch'.
folded in the side where i would be slotting the plastic pieces in. at this point i hadn't yet decided if i wanted to stitch over the edge yet, and since i had deliberately aligned the material such that it wouldn't need to be hemmed (no fear of fraying) i figured i could leave that decision till the end.
for neater results, i always iron my fabrics and rough hand-hem (don't know the actual term?) rather than use pins. i think this extra effort is especially important when sewing smaller pieces, since
a) crappy machine,
b) n00b at miniature sewing,
c) rusty sewing skills :(
for the two sides, i stitched on top of the batting to secure it in place
and because i wanted a less puffy sides, the top (bottom?) edge was simply stitched across the 2 fabrics, as closely to the batting and using the edge as a guide
my corners looked something like this (yeah i ran over the last few stitches again out of habit)
turned it out to reveal..............that i had spent 2 hrs to sew a stupid puffy rectangle.
forgot to mention, i snipped the corners at a 45deg angle to the edge of the fabric(as close to the stitches, but take care not to snip away the stitching) so that the corners would be sharper after it got turned out. more experienced uhm seamstresses (??) probably know this already.
at this point i had already ironed and stitched over all edges (including the slot edge, though that was done like you would stitch around the mouth of an opening etc hope you understand what i mean
rough stitching with contrasting thread for easy detection for removal later
PEDAL TO THE.....ceramic tile floor? XD
(man my jokes are lame, not that it matters if nobody understands me.)
OKAY! time to insert the plastic pieces! i snipped off the corners so it wouldn't snag(oh yeah remove the rough stitches before you insert mmkay, as usual forgot to take pics in sequence sigh)
taran taran~! almost done! the plastic rests pretty firmly against her forehead, protecting her faceup and eyelashes ^ ^ (though i really should remove that clip lest it scratches her face :X)
cos i started losing steam at this point (was close to the 4 hr mark at 1pm -LUNCHTIME- and I had woken up at 5 that morning), i decided to just make 2 elastic bands to hold everything together. simply measure around the bundle + doll, lighter seal the frayed edge, overlap by approx 1 inch (btw i used a 1" elastic waistband) and stitch.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO STITCH ON THE THICKER PARTS/EDGE OF THE ELASTIC LIKE I DID my needle snapped into 3 pieces :O gave me a rude shock it did.
(speaking of which, i'm also losing steam on this post, took almost 1.5 hrs to do it sans breakfast zzzz)
This tutorial could probably apply to any sized doll, provided you can find sturdy enough material, or maybe cut 2 pcs of the inserts instead of 1 whole piece, etc etc. Cardboard could be used in place, since it's constructed to be removeable before wash.
Apologies if you thought it was going to be more comprehensive or precise with measurements and such, but as you know, i'm all for adaptibility and would rather pick up techniques than measurements :P
Hope this will be useful to some of you, do share with your friends (I have some buttons greyed out below this post, you can use those! wonder if it ever gets noticed) etc etc if you have found this interesting :) Would appreciate credits and a linkback if you ever decide to make one of your own!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Additional suggestions from friends from the dollmeet:
- add handles (would be handy, and could even add a handlewrap thingy to hold it together!)
- velcro (i hate the sound of velcro ripping and avoid it like the plague)
- make many and stack up like a honeycomb (LOL how many dolls do they own OMFG!>?!? but LOVE this idea!!!! can you imagine?!?!? how amazing that would be!!!)
- add elastic strap to base to secure doll before wrapping up
- lace trim to sides
- possibly push buttons to secure top flap, but elastic band might be better depending on how fluffily clothed doll is
- since plastic boards were used, could simple sew across the edge to secure in permanently, but i prefer to have an option to remove it for versatility. wonder how the batting would hold up with constant removal.
- re: above, try for more fabric layers to protect batting layer?!?!?! thicker is okay too for added protection!
- man i remember i had so many other fabulous ideas but right now i think i need breakfast
Friday, February 15, 2013
Here's what I used:
- 8.5" x 8.5" Ferrero Rocher box (or any other plastic candy box)
- 5" x 6 1/8" x 2 1/4" clear display boxes (from Daiso) X 2 pcs
- fabric as tablecloths or placemats
This is the empty Ferrero Rocher box :D I forgot to take a pic of the insert (in the pic on the right) which can be easily flipped over and re-used as sort of a matte gold table covering if you prefer.
I used the base portion as it is flat and has no decal.
These are the clear display units purchased from Daiso ^ ^ Flip them the other way for a taller table :D
Place Ferrero Rocher box cover on top of clear plastic displays, TADAH! there's even storage for books or ornaments :D
There's a print at the base, indicating the manufacture/expiry date, which can be easily cleaned with Rubbing Alcohol (any pharmacy should carry it). I've not tried other removers, perhaps nail polish remover might work, or even some brands of baby wipes, but i'd test it first on perhaps the top cover of the box in case it 'eats/clouds' the clear plastic.
TADAH! quick and simple coffee table for your BJDs :)
oh btw, i didn't get any fancy photography thingy. it's just a plain white translucent umbrella from Daiso to help diffuse the light! I RUVS IT.
Lamp is a work lamp from IKEA.
What's the difference you ask? Left (top?) is through the brolly, right (bottom?!) is sans brolly. I prefer the softer effect ^ ^
(any bluriness is caused by shaky hands from a tired 'photographer')
for the 'bench', i was rushing through Daiso to pick up some teriyaki sauce, and came across this! I think it comes in pink and green too, but I like white :D it matches everything! Flipped the mesh part over and pushed the 'legs' in through the back to get an instant seat for 1:4 teen/1:4 child (YoSD)!
Forgot to take a proper pic of her on the bench, and i'm tired, so here's an instagram photo of how she looks with the table in her room :) Lighting is a cheap, battery operated bookshelf lamp (OLEBY) from IKEA :D
I've also made a 1:3 crushed ice drink, am slow with listing the drinks as I'm quite allergic to the resin, and can only make about 2 drinks before I start breaking out in rash on my face and arms. Will be making some slushees, and more iced sodas when my 'ice' stocks arrive ^ ^
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Hope you enjoyed this post, and show me if you made one too!
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