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While I’m prone to going off on odd little tangents all on my own,

Bacon crown

Bacon crown

sometimes I get pushed down the path of strange. A while ago I’d made a mask that looked like it was covered in strips of bacon. It has been up in the Etsy store, but I can’t say that I had high expectations of it finding a home. However, it seemed a good way to help show the range of oddities I’m capable of making. So it was a bit of a surprise when it was sold a while ago. The gentleman who bought it asked if I was interested in making a matching crown. Was I, of course I was! We talked a bit about some possible styles and I ended up making it with graduated vertical strips. Both the strips and the band are salvaged leather that has been painted. Wire supports keep the high, centre strips vertical, while felt and ribbon lining on the inside protect the wearer. I’m really hoping to get some pictures of the complete outfit since the mask and crown will be the finishing touches on a bacon suit and cape for Mardi Gras. (and I also have to say what a joy it was to work with someone who was so organized about their planning and got this underway with plenty of time for both the creation and shipping)

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While making the Demonic bears is fun, a few of the stuffies seemed better suited

small pink fairy bear, altered stuffed bear

small pink fairy bear, altered stuffed bear

to becoming fairy bears. They were just too sweet to become little demons so they’ve been given the cuter, butterfly wings. This was a case where I didn’t end up putting the wires in his wings. The tiny scale of the bear and the wings meant that the wires might have distorted his body. Besides they didn’t seem to need it since they are able to keep their shape all on their own. He is one of the smallest altered bears I’ve done so far and was so tiny that sewing him was more of a challenge then I expected, but it was worth it to get to the final cuteness.

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It’s been a while since I made a new batch of the Greenmen masks.  It’s been hard for me to find a good sized batch of oak leaves, so I’ve tended to use ivy for most of them. When I got lucky and came into a large number of realistic oak a while ago, it was finally time to to work on a batch using them. This was also the first time I used the new “eyeglasses” forms for a Greenman. (It’s one of the more common styles that people ask me for that can be worn over glasses) For this one, I went with the gold gilding and then painted the leaves in fall tones. (the other two Oak Kings are green/gold and copper/fall) It being my first time with this form, I ended up with it being a bit less symmetrical than I typically go for. I also think I’ll probably make the next one a bit bigger but it should still cover most styles of glasses. The fall tones work well with the gold, but I find they go best with the pure copper leaf.

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This is another of the altered stuffies.

conjoined stuffed animal monkey twins

There have been a few matched pairs that I’ve found and when that happens they get made into conjoined twins of various styles. I didn’t expect to get a matched pair of the monkeys, but was pleased enough when the second one turned up. The faces are really cute and I like the hands so opted to join them at the hips, so both their heads and fronts would be kept. They joined together well and I was impressed with how photogenic they also turned out to be. (it can be hard to figure out how to shoot them so they show well) I’ve put a few of the more interesting mutants up in the etsy shop and these guys are among them. We’ll see if anyone is prepared to deal with the shipping!

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As soon as I got started with the Demonic bears I had the idea of making

Spider bear. altered stuffed animal

myself a spider as well. The problem was finding a suitable matched pair of bears. Because I’m working with found stuffies, it’s not often I’ll find two of the same, in similar conditions, especially with the bears. That was why I was so pleased to find a perfect pair of identical white ones. They were part of a line called “Brass Button Bears” and this one was named “Opal”. Someone must have been a collector since they are from the eighties or nineties but were in pristine condition. I had first thought to just use the arms and legs but realized that I could also bell out the abdomen a bit, to enhance the spidery look. It was a bit fiddly, splicing on the additional limbs and remaking the torso, but I’m happy with the look. By the time I was done, all that was left of the donor bear was her head. It was also lucky that the stash included a range of eyes so I could get the needed eight. When I get the ideas for these sorts of little challenges, I can’t keep myself from doing them, but I can hope that they’ll stop being other types of spiders because I end up creeping myself out.

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This is another of the new altered stuffies. I call this style the Demonic Bears.

Demonic Bear with red wings and horns

They got started when I ended up with a few high-end bears who were jointed. The movable joints mean that they don’t come apart very well so I choose to go with altering them more than combining with other stuffies. Part of that choice also was that most of the bears are more cute than realistic and I think that some of what makes the merged critters so much fun is the mad scientist element of the animal combinations. So what I’ve been doing with them is attaching assorted batish wings and some of them get horns. (the other way I’ve been dealing with them is making Fairy Bears with what butterfly wings I can find) A couple even got tails. The wings are wired so they are fully posable and it surprised me how much personality can be expressed by wing position! This guy has a pair of red bat wings and the most dramatic horns I’ve done so far. He’s a bit bigger than most of the mutants and I have listed him in the Etsy shop.

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Sometimes I have to think on some of the supply finds for a while,  to figure out what I want to do with them. A little over a year ago, Mother brought me a bag of vintage architects models. It included a few buildings and things like streetlights, but the bulk of the batch were assorted cars. The styles made it clear that they were from the late sixties or early seventies. In fact, one of the car types is a “fastback” which was the car we had when I was very young. (We had a Fairlane) They are so tiny that I had always had the idea of using them in some sort of jewellery design from the start but it took me a while to figure how I wanted to do it. Eventually I realized I could make a little road for them to be travelling on. I used reclaimed wooden tiles, painted the road on them and then mounted them on a ring base. (I spent way too much time making some miniature rubber stamps for super authenticity on the road markings, but they didn’t work as well as hand-painting them) I’m calling them “Open Road” and people can choose what car/colour combos they want.

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