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I’ve got a number of shows I’ll be attending this fall Quetzalcoatl and have been working on some new stuffed creations. One I’d wanted to do for a while is a version of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent. When we found this lovely, large snake, I knew it was a perfect base and got started right away. He’s all done and is ready to be shown for the first time this weekend! We’ll both be at the Royal Medieval Faire in Waterloo on Saturday, the 20th, so stop by and say “Hi!”, if you’re there. The gallery will still be open, if you’re coming through Shakespeare, but I won’t be there to do framing consultations.

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It’s taken a while but the stuffed toy dog collection dogipide has gotten large enough that I’ve been able to keep up a slow trickle of Cerberus. Making the three-headed dogs means that I end with two extra bodies. In a few, very rare cases, I’ve also been able to find a fourth one of the same species as a completed Cerberus and make a dogipede. Splicing them together was a bit complected, but I do think the overall effect is a success. It also turned out to be a very good shape for cuddling and this one already has found a home! I’ll keep looking for more fourths to make more of this type of cutie.

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While hunting stuffed animals for the making of mutants, I’ve come across quite a number of

miniature mutant frog stuffed animal

miniature mutant frog stuffed animal

miniature stuffies as well. They are too small for much in the way of cuddling but they are the right scale to be worn as pins. (or in the hair, as was suggested to me) Now that enough have been collecting for me to get properly creative with the mixing and matching, a number have been finished. One of the first to get done was this frog. I was surprised to find out that I’d managed to find three of the same, but the bodies were too small to support a Cerberus-like trio of heads so instead, one two-headed frog was made and the other one got the extra limbs. I’m showing him off today since the finished shape is almost a shamrock. (nothing says “St. Paddy’s Day” like a tiny, green stuffed toy mutant, right? ) The plan with these is to keep the pins, hair clips and ponytail elastics on hand and any can be be attached, depending on how the client wants to wear them, since it only takes a couple of minutes to sew them on. Of course, they can stay as plain mini-mutants, if that’s what’s preferred.

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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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Next Saturday, I’m going to be doing a small show at the the Stratford Library

Kittenfly altered stuffie

as part of Culture Days. In preparation, I’ve been working on more of the mutant stuffies since I got so cleaned out at Fanexpo. Like everything I make, every batch is a bit different and these are no exception. In this round there are a few pieces where the alterations are less a matter of merging two or more animals but more of altering a single piece. This was one of the second type. (although, it’s wings did come off another stuffie) The base is an adorable Gund kitten. I shudder to think what it cost, when first bought, but it was in such pristine condition that it clearly never did more than sit out on display. The pink nose and ears were a perfect match to the pink tones from the butterfly wings so all I ended up doing was grafting the wings to it’s back. (and made sure they had a secure wire support so they would be pose-able) The cuteness factor was pretty high and when I left it in the store, after bringing it over to show some friends, it got snatched up. I don’t normally talk about things that are already sold but This one was too cute not to share. (and I’d already taken and prepped the photo so I’m going to use it!:)

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I knew it was a bad idea for me to get started on modding the stuffed animals.

conjoined rat twins altered stuffed animal

It’s like an addiction, I can’t stop! At least I’ve managed to stick to ones that aren’t very large, (mostly in the Beanie Baby sized range) so at least I can tell myself that they aren’t taking up too much room. The other problem is that I fall in love with each one and am tempted to keep them all for myself, but that won’t end anywhere good. So, I’ve put a few out in the shop. I’m not sure if people will think they’re cute or if they’ll be horrified, but I’ll just have to wait and see. Some are fairly simple, like this little two-headed rat. I never expected to end up with a matched pair of stuffies, but I had already used the body of one rat for another piece when I came across a second one. From there, it was a bit of an automatic decision to go for the conjoined twins. (although, making sure that both heads were centred and sitting properly was a bit more fiddly to do than I had hoped,

oxen-giraffe altered stuffed animal

but it worked out) This one is a mishmash of a bull and a giraffe with a pair of little wings. I actually think this version shows off the cute little oxen’s face quite a bit better than the original. He has a very hopeful expression, hopeful that someone will take him home!

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