Friday, 26 April 2013

Never too old to learn!

I've been playing with needle felting faces and heads. While I was about it, I decided it was time I learnt to make a full wire armature.  Say hello to Gerry Antimony, superannuated and unsuccessful rock star. He is stuck in a time warp and even holds on to what remains of his "mullet"!

I didn't give him enough chin, I'm getting better. I struggled with making the armature and frankly his insides are a bit of a mess, but The Boss bought me a bigger set of pliers and wire cutters and showed me how to do it using a workshop vice. The next one should be much better!

This strange fellow will be the next one off the workbench:

I don't know who he is yet, but he will be wearing quite regal robes in earth colours.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Still iterating, or perhaps irritating!!!

The first two tries. I should have mentioned, these are the size of a 2 and 3 year old child. I made the tallest one first. It was too thin. So I made another. I decided to try using the grain and stretch of the fabric horizontally instead of vertically to see what happened. The shape was better but the doll was shorter. I had made the heads too small on both of them too.
This is closer to what I had in mind. I put cardboard soles on the feet and he stands on his own, but he is very light and easily knocked over.

Happier with this version. Still a lot of work to do on it, but progress has been made!

Monday, 1 April 2013

A process of iteration!

Still not quite what I was after.

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This one is too short and the head is too small. Also the legs are not shapely enough. Never mind, another pixie or a goblin. Nearly there!!!!!!!!!!!!