[Tutorial] Gaming series : Wii Remote

Hi there,

I’m not even going to comment on how long it’s been hahaha.

But as you guys know, even though I’m not “active” in posting anything, I still do check emails on the daily. I definitely do read comments that get posted on my blog.

Today’s one is actually something I made four years ago. Has it been THAT long already?
I didn’t actually put this tutorial together until JUST now. Luckily I still had the images lying in my harddrive somewhere.

So here we go, it’s fairly short

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Materials

white clay

  • White clay
  • Translucent clay
  • Blue clay (Optional)
  • Red clay (Optional)
  • Blue paint (Optional)
  • Red paint (Optional)

So the reason why I say that some of these are optional is because it depends on your own preference. Since the remote was so small, I got lazy and just painted the whole buttons red and blue. If you are lazy too, you can either paint or use red/blue clay.

rectangle shape

  • Roll out the clay into a log shape and flatten
  • Take your razor blade and trim into a rectangle

details

  • Round off the edges
  • Roll out a thin sheet of clay and cut the arrow pad out from it.
  • Roll out however many buttons that are on the remote and arrange accordingly.
  • Use translucent clay for the button under the arrow pad.
  • Paint on the details on each button

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Consoles

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Aaand that’s it.

Super easy and short right ?
Anyway, forgive me for such a lazy tutorial, there’s not much I can write about how to make it ahahaha. It’s only some small circles on top of a rectangle.

Hope you enjoy !

Thanks for reading as usual, I am definitely still alive.

-Cyn

 

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[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

[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

Tutorial : [Animal Crossing] Tom Nook

So Hoi

Finally I have a tutorial for you guys ! ^^
And in celebration of the new Nintendo 3DS Animal Crossing : New Leaf release this year, I made Tom Nook!

So who is Tom Nook? He is a “Raccoon Dog”, also known as “Tanuki” in the Japanese version (also a real animal btw, its related to dogs even though they look like raccoons lolol).  He’s basically who you go to to make money and lose money TT..

He buys the stuff you sell, and he also sells you furniture, equipment and the like – and also responsible for the expansion of your house.

So the new change in New Leaf is that you get to have more freedom in choosing what to expand, what rooms to add and WHEN you want to add them. In previous versions of animal crossing, after each expansion, he’d push you to expand more, which kinda made you hate him..
It doesn’t help that it was harder to make money in previous versions than it is in this version.

SO in celebration of Tom Nook’s character being more likeable, I made him ^^

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Also, just a note, I have recently purchased “Super Sculpey” in beige. This clay is specifically for sculpting models and I really like it. If you have ever used Du-kit (which is a NZ brand polymer clay), the texture is surprisingly similar. I’ve always had this thing against Du-kit because it was never ‘crumbly’ like  sculpey and fimo in that you couldn’t create those realistic textures, but after using super sculpey, I’d say du-kit  would be suitable for model making too.

Fully Completed

Let’s begin!

Please enlarge the images! WordPress automatically resizes mine ><

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Materials (Sorry for lack of images)

  • Super Sculpey (colour doesn’t matter)
  • Foil
  • TLS
  • Eyepin
  • Any sculpting tools you have (although, you’ll mostly be using your fingers)
  • Sand paper
  • Eyepins

Acrylic paint:

  • Dark Brown
  • Terracotta brown
  • White
  • Dark blue
  • Light blue
  • Green
  • Pink

Or you can make those colours with

  • Red
  • Blue
  • White
  • Green

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CreatingBase

 

  • So taking the foil, create a round base in which Tom Nook will stand on
  • Roll out some super sculpey , and wrap it around the foil, blending the edges.
  • Take some more foil and create Tom Nooks base body shape – kind of like an egg
  • Roll out sculpey and wrap + blend
  • To create a bigger belly, cut a strip of clay and place it across the middle + blend well

Adding Legs

  • (First two images are the wrapping part of this body)
  • Roll out a small log which will be his legs
  • Cut them , place and blend

3Legs

 

  • Look at that bellay Lolol
  • Okay, so that’s what he looks like standing so far. Please remember to have reference image with you at all times ^^
  • To make him more pudgy, Add more clay on the sides of his legs

More pudginess

 

  • Once he’s got more fat on his two legs, time to even out the front
  • Take a small piece of clay, flatten it out  and place on the front part
  • where the clay meets the gap between his legs, just cut it the clay and blend it out behind his legs

View so far

 

  • What he looks like so far

Making the head

 

  • Take some foil and shape it into his head – kind of like an egg with a turned up tip
  • Wrap with clay and blend
  • Keep adding clay to areas which need it. His head : body ratio is kinda of like 1:1 …. I didn’t expect to add so much clay to his head

Completed parts

 

  • Notice their similarity. I almost freaked out because I mistook the head for his body… I was wondering why his legs suddenly blended together.. TT
  • Place head on the top, if you wish you can use an eyepin to help keep this part extra stable
  • I pushed the head downwards and blended away that excess because Tom Nook doesn’t have that big of a gap between his head and body

Neck

 

  • To even out the neck, roll out a strip of clay, and always when blending, make the edges thinner than the middle. This way, blending is much more easier and you won’t have to push hard on the clay to get it to flatten down
  • You can tell I added more clay to the top of his head
  • He’s so top heavy he cant event stand by himself anymore….
  • Adding the earsHere are some different angles
  • Then roll our two circles and attach them as his ears.
  • Use the end of something round to make the indents for his ears

Cheeks

 

  • He still didn’t look right and that was because his head wasn’t big enough still…
  • Add in them cheeks and blend

Adding arms and tail

 

  • Just like the legs, roll out a small log and attach them onto the body as arms. You can use whatever pose you want
  •  Make a small tear drop shape and attach to his butt (lolol). I used an eyepin to help reinforce his tail

Last minute details

 

  • Roll out some clay and cut into a rectangle – this is his apron
  • Add some eyepins in his legs and make two small impressions onto the base of where you want to place him
  • Then use a needle tool and make these indents into holes
  • Add some TLS and place Tom Nook in place
  • He cant stand by himself so he is leaning on the TLS bottle
  • Also , if you want, use a rounded tool to add texture to the base – as you know , this is my usual technique

Foil reinforcement

 

  • Since he couldn’t stand, had to make reinforcement with foil
  • Made the stupid mistake of baking him without the foil all around him and only the back…

As he was baking in the oven, the clay softened and he got a lot weaker. Because I didn’t have the foil on all four sides he actually fell off his base. I quickly took him out, placed him back on and reinforced all the sides as show in the first two images

More problems

Burnt tail

 

  • Due to my small oven, the top of his head that was closest to the heating bar got burnt
  • Also, as the clay softened and the placement of the foil, his tail also dropped down and baked too low…

Arms

 

  • Removed his previous tail and while working on it, his arm fell off
  • … Please use eyepins to attach them on

Burnt

 

  • After attaching a new arm, I baked him on his back.
  • Made the stupid mistake of changing the heat to top and bottom – ended up with burnt flattened edges on the ears, tail and base
  • Refixed the flattened parts
  • Baked
  • Sanded everything down

Base colour coat

 

  • Adding white base coat.
  • This is to help the actual paint show up in its true colours. Also means that you’ll need less layers to get the same effect

Brown

 

  • Made brown from my primary colours
  •  Dark brown : Red + Blue + Yellow until satisfied
  • Lighter brown : Red + yellow to get a light kind of orange  then + green to get that shade

brown paint

 

  • Panting his main colours

Completed

 

  • Adding the remainging colours
  • He’s on his side because I’m drying the green on the base

 

Fully Completed

 

And here he is fully completed !

Glaze if you wish

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For acrylic paint, I recommend that you dilute it with some water so that it becomes much more thin and smooth. This way, you’ll get less streaks and more even paint layers.

Also, sand down your figurine after baking. I’m not too experienced with sanding so I just took random sandpaper I had. I think you should go for a finer one so that it doesn’t leave those uneven indents from the texture.

Having a smooth base gives you better end product, so please try to do that. Blend well and sand well – my Tom Nook would have turned out better if I sanded him properly.

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-phew- Long tutorial right?
Just letting you know I’ll be back blogging regularly until school starts again!

Thanks for reading!

-Cyn

 

[Felt Crafts] #11 – Bear Card Holder

Hello Hello,,

Today is a felt craft , from a the title you can see it’s a Card Holder in the form of a bear?

Anyways, its fairly simple and you can customize it to any shape, animal – whatever you want ^^

So here we go !

9Completed

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Materials

Materials

  • Orange felt
  • White felt
  • Brown felt
  • Orange thread
  • Brown Thread
  • Red thread
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Ball chain (optional)

Template: The main rectangle is basically the size of a normal card (e.g. Library Card) + 0.5 cm around all the edges (9 cm x 6.5 cm). Everything else is up to whatever shape or design you want.

2 x Main Rectangle
2 x Main Rectagle + centre cut out ( the size of this depends on you)
4 x Ears
2 x Ear details (the brown bit)
2 x Eyes
1 x Snout
1 x nose

2SewingEars

  • On each ear sew the brown part onto the middle of it 
  • Then take the other piece of the ear and sew together using blanket stitch

Sewing Face

  • Then on one rectangle, arrange how you want the face to be
  • Sew the face details on + blush marks. I drew it on at the end because I forgot..
  • Then on the main rectangle with the cut out, take both pieces and sew the inside part together

Sew edges

  • Take the main rectangle and the face rectangle and sew one edge + Ear
  • Take the two  rectangles with the cut out, and sew one edge as well
  • These edges will be the opening of where the card will be placed

5SewingEtogether

  • Place the main rectangle and the one with the cut out together 
  • Start sewing them together, avoiding the edges you just sewed ( so you will be sewing 4 layers of felt, and only three sides because you don’t need to sew the edges from before)
  • Place the other ear as you move along
  • Once you get to the corner or top of the card holder, you can place your ribbon and sew it in place

6Completed

  • And it’s completed !
  • Here it is with my bus card ( I stuck a Rilakkuma card sticker on it)

7Completed

  • Here is what I mean with the edges. 
  • They become the opening of where you place your card and the other end is sealed

8Completed

Here it is attached to my phone

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9Completed

10Completed

11Completed

You can see it’s about 0.5cm larger on all sides of the card

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And there you go !

It’s fairly simple once you get all the cutting of the felt out of the way ^^
I might even have some pre-cut out pieces of different designs on sale in my etsy…

MaybeMaybe..

Hope you liked this post !

Thanks for viewing !

-Cyn

[Felt Crafts] # 10 – Cream around the fruit

Hi dere C: !

So this is exactly what the title says. You know that cream that goes ‘around’ the fruit that is put on top of cakes ?

Yesyes, we are making that today

gogo !

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Materials

materials

  • Strip of felt
    The longer the strip, the larger the diameter will be. The  thicker the strip, the more ‘volume’ the cream will have…. kind of…
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun or thread + needle

arranging

  • Fold in half vertically
  • Make cuts down the half
  • Unfold
  • Twist twist twist !
  • Join the edges together with glue or needle thread it

completed

  • And thats it… yeah I know.. so easy right ?

All that’s missing now is the fruit hurhur

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There you go !

This ends the Cream variation for now – always remember to play around with the templates a little, that way you can customize to any shape and size to suit all creations :D

Thanks for reading !

-Cyn

[Felt Crafts] # 9 – More variations of ‘cream’ !

Hello Hello,

Here are the next tutorials, each is very short and simple.

gogogo !

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Small piped dollop

Materials

1Materials

  • Felt colour of your choice
  • Needle + corresponding thread colour

Template : Super simple, just heart shape.

sewing together

  • Cut out 4 pieces of the heart shapes
  • Stack together and sew down the middle

completed

  • Twist it, arrange it and its done !

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Yesyes, easy right ?

Next tutorial :  “Shell’ piped cream

Materials

materials

  • Felt colour of choice
  • Needle + corresponding thread colour
  • Hot glue gun or superglue + peg

Template : A fat leaf shape

constructing

  • Cut out three pieces
  • Stack together and sew down the middle longways
  • Glue the top parts (where the middle is ) together (optional )

completed

  • Twist twist twist !
  • You don’t have to glue to middle, but since it showed too much , I just stuck them together ahaha

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Okayokay, I’ll leave the last one for the next post hurhur,

Hope you liked this, thank for reading !

-Cyn