[Tutorial] Needle felt – No-face

Hihi,

Just thought I’d post a short tutorial on No-Face from Spirited Away.
He was one of the first things I made when I was just starting out with needle felting because of how basic he would be.

Set of creations

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Materials

Materials

  • Polyfill or some other material to form a base shape
  • White wool
  • Black wool
  • Purple wool

Wrapping base shape

  • I made a base shape out of polyfill, but you can do it with wool if you want
  • You can see in the second image I kind of outlined where his mask would go
  • Wrap with black felt

Completed wrapping

  • You can still vaguely see the outline of where I plan to place the mask

Face details

  • Take the white wool and put it where the mask would go
  • Take black wool and create two dots for his eyes

Completed

  • Take the purple wool and add the remaining details on his mask

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And that’s about it.

Really easy right?
Since he’s made of such basic shapes, I didn’t feel the need to go into too much detail with my explanations.

Set of creations

I hope to post up a tutorial for that bear and koala up as well.

Thanks for reading as usual,

-Cyn

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Totoro + Animals

Hello hello,

This is just something I made for a birthday a couple of months ago and didn’t get around to posting until now. Totoro was requested so … yup.

I had these boxes I bought from Daiso which are for displaying figurines, so I thought I’d make something inside them.

end result

Each animal represented someone, so yep.

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Since I can’t actually bake the plastic, I lined the sides that I would work on with grease proof paper and taped it on with masking tape.

I make that part that Totoro would sleep in on the paper so I can get the form right when I baked it.

prepping box

another angle of beginning clay

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This is what the inside would look like before I baked everything

Pre bake progress

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It took several layers of paint on the sides of the container before it reached an opaque stage.

Adding paint

And then as usual I manage to mess up right before I complete it.
You can see the fingerprints I left on the container in the top image, and I basically did the worst job of trying to clean it off.

I ruined the plastic and had to move the whole scenery into another container (which is the completed image).

ruined plastic

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This container had a lot more height to it.

To be honest, I didn’t want to paint the inside of it because I liked how “roomy” it looked like this.
But because I needed to blend in that green piece of clay, I had to paint a portion of it.
I also had to trim the the clay that sat on the base of the container.

new container

I used masking tape and created a guideline. I decided to go diagonal outwards from the centre.

Painted background

To blend in the edges of the green piece even more, I added texture using the acrylic paint.

At this point, I also started making the little animals. Each one is about 1cm in length and I went for the “realistic” take on the animals instead of the usual cartoon take.

Adding animals

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Here are all the animals.
I did a pretty bad job on the paint, and I probably should have glazed it.

animals

animals

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Aaand that’s about it.

end result

[Tutorial] Needle Felt – Totoro

So Hi,

As usual, it has been quite a long time since my last post.
I’m on break again, and I’ve actually taken up on needle felting.

I think needle felting is quite interesting because it’s almost like a mixture of the normal felting work I do, and also the clay work I do.

Basically, you take wool fibres (that may have been dyed), and you just stab at it with a barbed needle. What the barbed needle does is that it tangles the individual fibres together so you end up with a kind of solid piece of wool.

How “solid” or “hard” you want the wool to be just depends on how much you stab at it. You’re basically compressing the wool into a shape.

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At the moment, I don’t actually have all the tools that people use for needle felting, I only have one needle and a box of fibres.
I looked online for some needle felting wool and decided it was easier to just order it locally because overseas shipping would have taken wayyyyy too long.

FibreSampleBox

So this is the box of felting wool that I ordered. ($60NZD + $10NZD shipping $70NZD )
Since I’m only just a beginner, I bought a sample box of pre-dyed wool. (From this site here)

This box is the “Lights” collection of the samples. I thought that this colour range will suit my projects best.

FeltingWool

And this is what it looks like in the box.
Each bundle weighs about 40grams each. Even though it doesn’t sound like much, it will last a long time since you don’t need a lot at one time.

CloseupofWool

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So let’s start with the tutorial.
As with most things, I’ll make my favourite character Totoro from Studio Ghibli’s : My Neighbour Totoro.

Materials

Materaisl

CloseUpOfWool

  • Polyester stuffing
  • Dark, light grey wool grey wool
  • White wool
  • Black wool
  • Dark, Light, Green wool (optional for Leaf Umbrella)
  • Wire (optional for Leaf Umbrella)

CreatingBaseShape

  • Just like my clay tutorials, I like to conserve materials so I’m creating a base shape with the polyester fibre. This is up to you, but I’m doing it to save wool.
  • Stab at the wool to create a kind of egg shape

WrappingBaseShape

  • Take the dark grey wool

WrappingBaseShape

  • Take out some wool and cover the base shape fully

CreatingTail

  • Using the same dark grey wool, take a small bunch and start stabbing it to create Totoro’s tail.
  • Leave some loose fibres on the end so you can attach it to the body easier. This is similar to clay where I squish out the clay so it’s easier for blending.

StomachDetails

  • Take the white clay and create a white patch for Totoro’s stomach
  • Then take the light grey wool and start creating those details.
  • It’s not shown here, but essentially I roll up some fibres, place it where I want it to go and stab it to the body piece. If there is excess I just cut it off. (There will be an image showing this later)

AddingEars

  • Again with the Dark grey wool, take out some fibres
  • Stab at one end to create the ear shape
  • Place it on Totoro and attach it onto the body
  • In the last image you can see that I leave those loose fibres for easier blending. I trim off excess once I’ve blended a piece.

AddingEyes

  • Take the white wool and make two circles for the eyes
  • Take the black wool and add his pupil. (Actually this is more of a dark/deep red/brown since I don’t have black)
  • Using the take wool, create his nose

AddingArms

  • To create a the arms, take some dark grey again and kind of roll it up into a ball shape
  • Start stabbing at one end to create his arms, leaving loose fibres on the other for easy blending
  • Attach to the body

ArmsAttached

  • Repeat for both sides

Leaf

  • If you want, take your green and create a leaf life shape so it can go on Totoro’s head

CompletedTotoro

And this is what the end product looks like !

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Next, I thought it would be fun to make a leaf umbrella for him.

LeafMaterials

  • Wire
  • Dark green
  • Light green
  • Middle green
  • Polyester stuffing (optional, depends if you want to save materials)

To be honest, I wanted a more vibrant kind of green for his umbrella, but I didn’t get that in the sample box.

  • LeafUmbrellaSo take the polyester stuffing again, and stab at it enough to create a solid enough sheet
  • Then using scissors cut out a leaf shape, the size and shape is up to you. I think this lily pad shape is quite cute so I went with this.
  • Take the middle green wool and wrap it.
  • It’s not very clear in the image, but I took the wire and put it through the middle of the leaf. I also have two other wires in the sides of the leaf so I could give it more shape.

AddingDetails

  • Take the lighter green and kind of roll up the fibres (this is the technique I used for Totoro’s stomach details)
  • Place it on the leaf and hold the fibre in place and start stabbing at it
  • Cut off excess
  • Do the same for the other side except using dark green wool
  • Cover the wire (which is the stem) with dark green wool also

CompletedUmbrella

  • And this is what it looks like !
  • The shape is slightly strange because I was adjusting the wires to make it more “leafy”

Completed

And here it is all completed !

I’m trying to find a way to make the umbrella stand on it’s own, but for now this is what it all looks like.

All in all, this didn’t make me too long to make. I was absentmindedly stabbing while I was watching some movies hahaha.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I plan to make some more little projects and I’ll post them up as I make them.

Thanks for reading as usual,

-Cyn

[Bottle Art] Update

Hello Readers,

Just a small post updating you on what I’ve made.

Posts are getting much more infrequent, and inspiration / time is at a low right now.

One thing I have been learning towards is making something from scratch that I’ve drawn, so maybe there will be a post for that in the future.

Totoro waiting by the bus stop

Both bottles measuring 4cm in height with the cork, and 2cm in diameter.

Sorry for being so inactive, I imagine that it’ll continue this way for a while.

Thanks for reading as usual ! I’ll try my best !

-Cyn

[Big Hero 6 ] Baymax

Baymax

Baymax is approximately 1.3cm tall sitting in his own glass bottle.
Height of bottle is 4cm including the cork, and 2cm in diameter.

I thought the combination of colours were a bland, so I wrapped some red twine around the neck of the bottle.

Just something I quickly made for the sake of an update heh.

Thanks for reading !

-Cyn

(Requests are always open btw.. it seems like I’m just not inspired by anything to make craft lately)

Whoa there

Longgg time no post right ?

Apparently, my last post was about March.. so over 6 months ago…

So much for posting every one or so right ?

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Actually looking back through my older entries, I feel like I should mass edit them all.
Just cringing at my usage of ” ^^” ” TT___TT” and the sort..

Mm.

But whatever.

Anyways, just a little post about me finally being on holiday !!
It’s finally here, from now till about… March 2015 ?
I’m on holiday… ahh yisss..

And also, I have actually been crafting here and there – just largely unfinished things.
I still have a whole lot of sculptures I haven’t gotten around to properly paint / glaze.
To be honest though, I’m not sure I want to finish those..

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But what I DID finish, was a new portal gun !
As usual , it was for a friends’ birthday, and as usual, I just winged my way through the sculpting process so yep.
Didn’t even manage to take a whole bunch of images of it either.

Can I add though, out of all the Portal Guns I’ve made, (about 3-4), this one is the most accurate.
Since it was a gift, I actually had to think carefully the order I would make/bake/paint the pieces in, and how each part will be made.

Also, as usual, I rushed it till the last moment, almost screwed it up several times AND was late to the party because I was so desperate to finish it off… Hmm..

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But without any further ado, here are some TERRIBLE images I took right before I left.
I wish I had some better lighting, and area to take the photos in – but really, there wasn’t time.
There are the ones that didn’t suck too much as well haha, enjoy.

Final

Here is what it looks like completed.
I bought a case that is specifically for those little models / figurines and placed the portal gun in it.
I also quickly made a stand last minute for it.

Apparently a “Portal Gun stand” exists…. I can’t believe I didn’t google it earlier because I had so much time when I was waiting for paint to dry.
The stand I made here was a mixture of that stand and some improvisation.

If I remember correctly, the gun measures about 7cm across.
Made with :

  • Super sculpey
  • Acrylic paint
  • Glaze
  • Wire
  • Hot glue
  • Clear plastic

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Okay, now that that’s out of the way, here’s the general outline of how I made the gun.

  • Make two tubes out of clay, cut the middles out of both of them, and place one in the other
  • Make the front part which is for the shooting by stacking different sized circle clays
  • Roll out blue clay into a log and place it into the body of the gun
  • Bake
  • Sculpt the back part of the gun
  • Bake separately
  • Make the front white bit of the gun
  • Bake separately
  • Paint the main body of the gun black
  • Paint the insides of the white bits
  • Get some clear plastic, glue it over the main body of the gun where the middle was cut out of
  • Attach both the white bits onto the body of the gun with hot glue
  • Shape some wire
  • Glue onto the white bits of the gun, and just according to what it looks like
  • Paint several smooth coats of paint over the white bits
  • Shape some wire and glue them at the front of the gun
  • Paint over the hot glue
  • Glaze

As for the stand, I just made the basic structure, and used black felt and hot glued it on.

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And that’s about it.
It’s not too difficult, but …quite tedious.
Baking the parts separately was so that I could paint the overall piece better, and give off a cleaner finish.
Sometimes I underbaked the pieces, and adding too much pressure meant that I broke them.
Painting is always a pain since my acrylic paint likes to try kinda… sticky ? It attracts dust quite easily and it’s so painful to get a smooth coat without mixing it with water first…

Ah..

Anywho, maybe if it ever gets requested for my etsy, I’ll make another one and post up the process for that.

As for the next sculpture I’m working on, it’s Baby Groot !!
I have finished making him, and moving onto the painting process.

Hope to post those results soon.

Thanks for reading as usual,

-Cyn

What I’ve been doing lately

Hello hello,

Just a brief update on what I’ve been making,,

Also, I’m open for custom requests as of today ^^
Just send me a message if you want one.

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New tools

Lately, I’ve been so in love with crafting sculptures with super sculpey that I’ve been feeling reluctant to work with all my normal clay. I think it’s because I can’t be bothered to working with such soft clay from studio sculpey and sculpey III. I still find that Fimo is okay to work with, but mostly just been crafting sculptures.

Above is wire that I bought from Daiso so I can incorporate more sturdy interiors for my sculptures. Up until now I’ve only been using foil – and occasionally  a small part of an eyepin for arms and such but now these wires can really help me stabilize my creations.

Also, I’ve started to watermark my images… can’t tell if I should create another one or just stick with this… what do you think ?

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Adventure Time

Gunter and penguins

Gunter and his penguins

Unfinished Tv

Jake’s baby: T.V

Mid painting

Lord Monochromicorn + Lady Rainicorn
Unfinished painting of all these sculptures

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Animal Crossing

Animal crossing isabelle

Isabelle that still needs to be painted + pen and clipboard still need to be attached

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Pokemon : Starter pokemon series

Juju lip charmander

Charmander: I thought this was hilarious. I was mid sculpt and adding on Charmanders mouth…. look those lovely juju lips.. mm mm ahahahahah

Bulbasaur and Charmander

Bulbasaur + Charmander completed. Just need their coats of paint and glaze

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So there we go ^^
That’s what I’ve been up to lately. I still need to make Squirtle and possibly the rest of the starter pokemons from other generations.

Hope you like this post ^^

Thanks for reading !

-Cyn