I will be updating this blog post with the progress of this piece.
Usually I approach "plushes" of my own design in a free form sort of way. I make a pattern and adhere to it loosely, letting any mistakes or snafus become part of the piece itself. Because I am trying to recreate someone else's design as closely as possible, I have approached this project in a more architectural manner.
|Wire Armature (and a claw)|
|"Fleshing Out" the armature|
My favorite thing about documenting my work stage by stage in a blog is that it makes me take a step back and examine what I have done. It helps me see things I may not see when I am sitting twelve inches in front of whatever it is I am working on. For example, in the last photo of the above sequence, I can see that the shape of the arm is not following the reference drawing. The beauty of first building a wire armature is that it can be easily remedied. A couple of small bends and the arm is back in now back in proportion.
|ready to get baked!|
|sanding, then polishing the claws after they have baked|
|the difference between unpolished and polished|
The fabric I chose is a synthetic suede. The feel of it is soft and velvety, and it is pliable.
|the material (color is off. see below photo for accurate color)|
|wrong side (left) and right side of the material|
Instead of having a seam between the coat and tummy colors, I have decided to dye the fabric. Batik, a wax-resist dying technique, is one method of dyeing fabric. In the sample below, the light areas were protected by wax.
|pinning his separate parts|
|moleskin! after being turned out|
|Why, it's a pleasure to meet you to, Mr Mole!|
|My kitchen table doesn't always look like this|
Ta-da! Meet the finished Mr Mole! I was running a bit behind my projected due finish date for this guy, so I stopped documenting as faithfully but really all you missed were some finishing details - hot gluing and getting his belly the right color.