Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited - Kermit Observations

Recently I visited to the MoPop (Museum of Pop Culture) at the Seattle Center for the Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited.  I know my husband could go through that exhibit in 10 minutes.  However my friend Jade of Arctic Phoenix Studio and I spent 3 hours reading through all the inspirational notes, analyzing the materials and sewing techniques, and practicing our puppet interaction skills.  

We were greeted with an original Kermit the frog.  I'd like to share with you my observations that I discovered when circling this creation over and over.

His eyes are not made from PingPong balls and I had assumed they had been all my life.  The black pupils were not painted on, but instead cut black fleece.  

The same flat fleece of the collar is reused as the foot pads of the feet.  I wonder why Jim felt the need to have a different texture for the bottom of the feet?  I can see the edge of the fabric, are they glued on?

His collar is a hand cut flat fleece sheet that was simply sewn on by the top to the body.  It looked very raw up close. 

You can't really see the threads of where the body and the legs connect together, the fluffy fleece seems to hid the seams well, however because of the non-smooth connection points you can still figure out where the joints do collide.  

His fingertips were stiff, and I had a hard time figuring out if the two pieces of fleece were sewn together or glued based on the seam lines. 

Throughout the exhibit I realized, there may be some raw edges to these professional works of art, but it doesn't matter.  The puppetiers put so much life into these creatures that folks don't notice these small details, but instead enjoying the emotional connect we have with the Muppets.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

DIY Custom Worbla LOL Surprise Doll Dress

Let's make new clothes for the LOL Surprise dolls out of Worbla scraps!

This is a craft for grown-ups; it requires the use of a heat gun, plus painting with nail polish.


Worbla scraps
Nail polish

Supplies/Tools needed:

Heat gun
Scissors for Worbla
Permanent Marker

This craft took about 30 minutes to make, plus paint & drying time.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Grab You Craft Foam, it's Craft/Play Time!

Let's make a quick THOR helmet!

Hey everyone, Avalyn here! Let's have some fun with craft foam!

I've made a couple of new videos for you. The first is how to make a simple helm out of craft foam. You can do your own design, or be Thor, Wonder Woman, or even She-Ra, Princess of Power! It's super simple so kids could do it (with parental supervision!).

Are your kids into watching toy vidoes? My girls just discovered them on YouTube and my oldest is obsessed. Now she wants to make her own. It's actually pretty fun and simple to shoot a video with even just a smart phone. Make a scene with some dolls or action figures! Here's another little video to give you an idea of how to make a backdrop for your scene with just a couple of sheets of colorful craft foam.

If you like my videos, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel! Don't miss out on future fun! I'm already working on more craft and toy videos and unboxings!

Speaking of unboxings, you won't want to miss this one.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Cosplay - Colouring your Wig with iDyePoly

So for my Charizard cosplay I was worried about ordering another wig that it would arrive in time for the convention I was attending.  So I decided to experiment with one of my old wigs and try to make my own.  

A few years ago I wrote about how to use Sharpies to color your wig Cosplay - Colouring your Wig
I"m reusing this very same wig to give it a new transformation.

Dyeing fabrics has been very common on use of natural fibers.  I found iDyePoly which claims it can dye synthetic fibers.  

The instructions call for you to boil your fibers in the dye bath for a half hour, it require good ventilation and suggest you do not reuse the heating vessel for cooking food.  I however didn't follow the instructions exactly.  

I boiled water to activate the iDye then mixed it within a ziplog bag and shoved in my wig.  I wanted a seal container since ventilation suggested fumes.  I left it in a tub and let it marinate in my garage overnight.  Hopefully the more time in a hot solution will equal better saturation since I wasn't keeping it at a constant boil for a half hour.  

Nice coloUr results in the morning.  Now to the rinsing ... ~cough~ in the driveway.  FYI rinse many times, to get the excess dye out (if you're bleeding, it just means you need to rinse more).  And then rinse some more, to help get the smell out.

~brush brush brush~

TaDa!  beautifully colored wig, reusing something i never use anymore, and only spent a fraction of the cost instead of buying a new wig.