[2017]Short Update

Hello there,

With university finally over and the break in between my work, I’ve picked up on embroidery. So far, it seems like I’m just colouring with thread and I thought I’d show you guys some of the pieces I’ve worked on so far.

As usual, I start off any new craft with Totoro.

Totoro

And then I thought I’d craft some Neko Atsume. As you can see, I was experimenting with the textures that different stitches would create.

NekoAtsume Butt

Now something new, a character called Pocha Peng. I discovered this character through a sticker set on a chatting app. This was actually the first thing I made when I started to embroider. You can see my stitches are kind of messy.

Pocha peng dinosaur

And finally, this is my current work in progress. These images are all from the instagram account of the creator. You can see my pencil marks and outline, I think I’ll be finishing this piece sometime today

4PochaPengCat

I’m thinking of buying a smaller embroidery hoop and potentially turning these pieces into patches. So far I kind of just have all these pieces of cloth with a character in the middle and it really seems like I’m wasting 90% of the fabric.

I was also thinking about buying a small fabric button maker/different types of fabric so I can create smaller pieces that are actually wearable – who knows!

On a side note, now that I’m finished being a student I’m admiring those who can actually make a living out of what they create. These days, creating things from clay isn’t the same as what it used to be. I constantly feel like I need to spend my time on honing on my skills so I can find a job in my degree…

I also find that I’m not as inspired as I used be – but I really hope to start making things as a hobby and potentially starting up my etsy again. We will see what happens hehe.

For now, let’s just see if I can post more updates on my blog hahaha

As usual, thanks for reading!

-Cyn

[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

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

2animals

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Aaand that’s about it.

end result

[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)

[Tutorial] GotG: Baby Groot

Hello hello,,

So here is something I’ve been working on ever since the movie: Guardians of the Galaxy came out.

Groot was such an adorable character, and his baby form even more so :)

Since it was released during the semester, he’s been something I’ve been working on, on and off for a long time.
I finally finished making him about a month ago, and haven’t really been bothered to take photos – until today.

The weather has been pretty terrible in NZ lately, but today seems to be one of those nice cloudless days – which is a nice break from the dark clouds.

As for the process of making him, I admit I’ve been lazy lately in documenting my progress.
Since I do work on-and-off, most of the times, I just don’t bother taking images.

Although, the process isn’t too complicated, so I hope you’ll be able to get the general idea of how I made him.

As usual, remember to have HEAPS of reference images to help you make him as accurate as possible.

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Final Baby Groot

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Materials

Paints

Acrylic Paints in:

  • Black
  • White
  • Yellow (Lemon yellow)
  • Green (Sap green)
  • Yellow Ochre (Pebeo, Studio Acrylics #27)
  • Raw Sienna (Pebeo Studio Acrylics #36)

Materials

  • Wire
  • Aluminium foil
  • Super sculpey
  • Small pot plant
  • Airdry clay of choice
  • Glaze (Ideally, Matte)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Black half pearls (for the eyes)

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Creating Base

  • Create an oval shape with the foil
  • Take wire and fold it over itself, stab the bottom ends (assuming the “rounded part” is at the top) through the middle of the foil
  • Take each end of the wires and bend it down and around the foil to hold the “head” in place
  • Twist the ends around the middle of the wire (you can kind of see it in the first image)
  • Take the clay and wrap it around the foil and bake
  • As you can see, I burnt it… but no matter. To make his head more angular, I added more clay and shaped it as seen above.

Base shape of head

  • Made his head more round
  • Added a strip down the middle as his “nose”
  • Placed the two half pearls in, as reference for his eyes

Adding head details

  • Added a bit more clay to the top of his head
  • Rolled out pieces of clay, and “squished” the ends down (this is to help me blend it into his head easier, so I don’t apply to much pressures and alter his head shape)
  • Add as many of those branches as you want
  • I started using my needle tool to add those details on his face

More or less completed head

  • Here is his head almost completed

Completed head

  • Added more cheek bones
  • Brow bones
  • and more clay down the middle

Different angle of his head

  • Here is his head about completed at this point.
  • Just added some “vines” to the branches at the top
  • Bake without the eyes

So at this point is where I skipped a whole bunch of steps in the images.
I’ll list here what I did in between the top and bottom image:

  • Took some more wire and positioned across the body
  • Added some foil to the body
  • Covered whole body in clay

Remember: You’ll be adding the “root” details after, so the base of the body should be smaller than what you intend the final body size to look like.

Adding roots to body

  • At this point, you just roll out bits of clay and place it on the body. The pattern is entirely up to you
  • I tried to add some variation by changing the width of the “roots”, and also changing the direction of how they grew. I also tried to “layer” them a bit, so it looks like some are coming from underneath others.
  • I also followed the direction of the arms

Most completed body

  • Here he is baked

With eyes

  • And here is what he looks like once his eyes are placed back in.

At this point, I was almost going to just leave him with no hands…. but then.. I added them in anyways.

There was some difficulty, because in the actual movie, his hands are like thin tiny branches, and that was just too hard for me, so I made them bigger.

And another skip in the the whole image process:

  • Added arms
  • Painted him
  • Hot glued his eyes on
  • Painted the pot plant to black and white
  • Filled the pot plant with airdry clay and placed Baby Groot inside.
  • Once the airdry clay fully dried, I got glued Groot into the indent I made earlier, and then poured in a whole layer of Triple Thick glaze, to really seal him in.

Completed

As for the paint:

  • Mix: Brown + Black and use a thin brush to paint inside the grooves in Groots’ face + in between the roots on his body . This is for definition
  • Darker brown where his eyes are for some “shading”
  • Mix: Green + Ochre + yellow and use this dull green to paint the tips of his fingers and tops of his head + dab some on the roots on his body
  • Groot’s body was a mix of the Ochre + Sienna + Black + White

But to be honest, since I don’t really know how to paint things and shade or whatever, I just did anything ahahahah.

It really is up to you how you decide to paint him.

BabyGroot

BabyGroot

And there you are.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and I’m working on some more crafts so I hope I can post a little bit more.

Thanks for reading,

-Cyn

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