Making Miroku Part 2: The Props
WARNING: VERY LONG POST AHEAD!
After I managed to get my Miroku doll sorted out, next was the hardest part besides the doll itself... That aforementioned staff. I went to several craft stores and bought all kinds of materials to make that staff. Key rings, round beads in various sizes, jump rings, wooden dowels/bamboo skewers, even any tiny earrings or charms of crescent moons I could find. I had to be able to conjure something up, right?
Well, as with most of my crafting projects, I buy materials, have ideas in my head, but then my perfectionism kicks in along with my impatience and butter fingers, and I wind up looking for something to buy. LOL
My husband couldn’t use his Glow Forge to make the staff because it would be flat and not 3D. That wouldn’t look right at all. But then I thought, hey, what about a 3D printer... I don’t own one, but surely someone on Etsy does, right? Yep, and there are several people on Etsy who take 3D print commissions! And I was even able to find a free 3D print file for Miroku’s staff! Granted, it was in life-size because it was meant for cosplay, but I took some measurements and gave them to an Etsy shop owner (3DDeluxe) and asked if he could scale the file down. And yes, he could! That was a big relief!
All I had to do was paint the staff and add jump rings to it! Or so I thought. The file for the staff didn’t include the top part for some reason:
Well, that looks like a simple enough design... enter Crayola Model Magic! Form the shape, let it dry for a few days (to make sure it’s completely hardened), and then glue to the staff and paint! YES!
Scratch that - NO! Looking closer at the staff in the photos, plus with figures I have, the top design seems to be more long/tall rather than wide. So I broke out some of the small crescent moon charms I’d purchased and stuck one of those on top of the staff. Before doing that, however, I had to remove the ring holding the jump ring in place that allowed the charm to be added to a bracelet or necklace. Using some side cutters took care of that, and my eyes glanced at the small half-hoop that came off the charm, and my brain saw tiny earrings! So I removed the earrings I’d previously had in the doll’s ears (and by “in” the ears, I mean glued on LOL) and, after much of the glue wound up in my fingers, I had earrings closer in scale to what they should be! Yay!
First earrings (4mm jump rings):
Current earrings (half-hoops from charms):
Now, back to that staff top. I’d purchased some porcelain air dry clay previously, so I broke that out and started sculpting with it. My counter was a complete mess with all sorts of attempts at creating what looks like a simple design... but all mine seemed to come out resembling the Assassin’s Creed symbol. So I tried a different approach and rolled little pieces separately until my counter looked like it was full of grains of rice. But doing that helped, because I was then able to take some clay that wasn’t yet dry and attach it to that said grain of rice to create the desired effect. I made several and finally picked a suitable candidate. Still may not be perfect, but I’m happy with it!
Oh, and those jump rings? I’d purchased a few different sizes so I could see which ones looked best in terms of scale, and finally settled on the 12mm ones. Of course, the only ones I could find were silver, not gold. But that’s okay, since I wanted to make sure they were the same color as the staff itself, so I just painted them. That was fun, let me tell you! LOL
Next up: Prayer beads! After making lots of mini necklaces of the sacred jewel (some with clasps, some without for photos, one based on what’s seen in the anime vs. the one you can actually buy, etc.), I was sure I could make some beads that didn’t even need a clasp.
Big surprise - it turned into a chore as well. I thought the beads consisted of a strand of beads held together by one larger bead. Well, no, there are smaller beads tailing that large bead with tassels on the ends. This meant I had to have three different bead sizes (and finding the perfect color was fun LOL, so many shades of blue/turquoise/light blue) in the same color (can’t always find the same brand/color in different sizes) plus make teeny tiny tassels.
I managed to find lots of miniature tassel charms, but even they were too large in comparison to the beads. So I tried some embroidery floss. It worked for making tassels, but looking closer, these tassels are mostly just the tails sticking out of the beads. So I didn’t need the top part. So I achieved that effect by tying a knot in a piece of embroidery floss and cutting off one end.
My first instinct was to try to push a needle through this tassel to secure it to the string holding the beads together. Well, that wouldn’t work because the tassel’s knot kept coming out and the white bead string was visible through the purple tassel. So I tried one final tactic - stringing the beads through the same embroidery floss as the tassel, then tying a knot after the beads to secure them in place, followed by tying a separate strand of embroidery floss around the knot securing the beads to create a tassel effect. That worked! At least, it did, until I went to wrap it around the doll’s arm and the knots came out, sending beads flying.
Apparently the string didn’t leave enough room to allow me to wrap the beads around the arm. I’d tried removing the doll’s hand and arm wrap, then putting the beads on the arm and draping them over the arm wrap, but no go. So I had to redo the entire thing... a few times because of knots and various other issues. Glad I have plenty of beads! I finally finished the strand, though! Fingers crossed that it doesn’t come undone LOL.
They’re a tad loose compared to what they should be, but that does allow me to help “shape” them and remove them if I want to without them getting snagged on the fingers.
I wasn’t going to give Miroku his ring because the tops of his fingers are primarily covered by his arm wrap (it’s just the design, can’t be helped). But then I decided to go ahead and do so because of the pictures I took of him using the Wind Tunnel. To make the ring, I looked up some tutorials on YouTube and they were all pretty consistent - use jewelry/bead wire, place it on a doll’s finger, and bend and cut. DONE! That was the easiest prop of the entire bunch, and yet the one I almost didn’t even make LOL
The ring was the final prop! Miroku is now complete! I’m very pleased with him overall. He definitely had less props than Kagome did - I may even make him some sacred soutras down the road if I can figure out what some of them say. Because, again, I’m nothing if not accurate! hehehehehe Stay tuned for my next custom doll - Sango!
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Needlefelted Veth Brenatto!
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Moth Plush Dolls from SemechkaWorkshop
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OOAK Art doll
More of my work on instagram
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The Owl House Eda fanart.
Doll OOAK Eda The Owl House. Based from Monster High Doll.
Buy on etsy.com/shop/DollsCastle
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NEW DOLL JUST DROPPED
It's ENA from Joel G's ENA series on YouTube! If you haven't watched it yet, you should🔷🟡
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Pumpkin inspector's here, and they're not happy about finding fakes in my pile.
Any guesses what kinda birb this guy's based on?
(Y'all were so fast, yep the colour inspo was kākāpō!)
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Patch is a friendly little bud, all set for Halloween. He’ll keep you safe from spooks with his handy third eye.
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sza good days inspired custom bratz commission!
on insta @dollgbt
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My my my, welcome to my little home. Ahuhuhu
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Finished my jack o’ lantern doll just in time for October! Despite her being a jack o’ lantern I wanted to make her more cute and friendly than outright creepy. I used a dcshg starfire doll as a base, with her orange skin and firey hair being the inspiration for making a jack o’ lantern.
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How To Make Your Own Clown Doll ! (A Guide)
Hello good people !!
I have made a few clown dolls before, and someone submitted a question asking if I followed any guide for them or had a guide myself. I sorta made it up as I went for the first doll, but I have learned better methods of doing things since then!
Here is my guide on how to make some dudes for yourself!
You will need:
Fabric for the body - I used an off-white fleece for the torso and limbs for this one, but have previously used a thin off-white sorta cotton fabric, which works better if you want floppier/thinner limbs!
Fabric for the clothes - Use whatever you want, honestly! I used some cool stretchy silver-metallic fabric for mine but have previously used cotton and polyester patterned fabrics !
Polymer clay - I used Sculpey III for this one, but for my previous two I used some other kind of Sculpey that was very very light and airy, which made it hard to sculpt properly without squishing it! If you want to add any detail to the face shape, use some firm polymer clay !
Posca pens (optional) and acrylic paints - Acrylics are used for the base coat on the head. I used the paints for the details too previously, but used posca pens on this one which was much easier to do the face details with! Either works just fine, though : )
Faux fur - for hair! If you want a bald clown or one with just a hat without hair, you don't need this!
Decorative trims and such - I used some pink frilly elastic trim, blue dotted non-elastic trim, white elastic frilly mesh, buttons, a silver bell and some blue velvet ribbon for this guy! You can literally use whatever you want (ribbons, bows, pom-poms, lace, etc) to make your clown look cute!!
Varnish - Use spray varnish if you can! It'll help prevent the face paint from smudging (all 3 of mine have had this happen using varnish with a brush). It is possible to use varnish with a brush on them but be careful with it! I used sculpey gloss varnish.
Basic sewing supplies (needles, thread, pins, scissors)
1. Make a ball out of the foil, a little smaller than the size you want the finished head.
2. Cover it in a layer of Sculpey and sculpt the face shape you want. Include a pretty thick neck with the base at the bottom WIDER than the rest of the neck. This will be how the head is anchored to the body!
3. Bake the clay, let it cool, and sand it down so that it is nice and even without any finger-prints!
4. Paint a base coat on it with acrylic paints!
5. Paint/draw on whatever face details you want using acrylics or posca pens! Let your creativity flow!!
6. Varnish it!
7. Draw out the body pieces (torso and limbs) on your body fabric. You'll need two torso pieces, four leg pieces and four arm pieces. Honestly there's no method to what shape to draw, just draw what shapes you want them to be! (Remember to reverse each second piece though so that they match up when sewing them together). I used a rounded rectangle for the torso, and chose to make the legs on mine very long!
8. Cut out all the pieces and sew them together with the CORRECT sides facing INWARDS and the WRONG sides facing outwards. Once sewn, flip them inside out. MAKE SURE TO LEAVE THE TOP SIDE OF THE TORSO UN-SEWN TO INSERT THE HEAD!
9. Almost fully fill the body with plastic pellets, and only partially fill the limbs (I filled them about 1/4 full)! If you don't have those, use dry rice like I did (or dry lentils) or sand! If you use sand, ensure sure you make your stitches REALLY close together so sand doesn't come out of any gaps! If you want the limbs to be chunkier, fill them with more pellets OR stuff the rest of them with poly-fill or cotton wool!
10. Insert the neck into the torso and sew the opening tight around it, like this! The wide base of the neck stops the head from coming out : )
11. Sew on the limbs! The stitching doesn't have to be perfect here since the clothes will hide it!
12. Make the clothes! You can make whatever kind of clothing you like; I just made a baggy little jumpsuit sorta thing for my guy! To do this, I laid the clown out on the fabric and roughly drew the shape for clothes around him based on what I wanted! Flip it, lay it down in the fabric again and then trace this to get the second jumpsuit piece!
13. Use the same method of sewing the pieces together with the CORRECT sides facing each other so the WRONG sides are facing outwards. Then turn the clothes inside-out so that the right sides are now facing outwards! MAKE SURE TO LEAVE OPENINGS FOR THE HEAD AND LIMBS TO COME OUT THROUGH!
14. Put the clothes on the clown!!
15. (Optional) Glue fake fur on the top of the head in the style you want it! I used hot glue because I didn't have anything else, but fabric glues and all-purpose glues would be good too! If you don't want hair, just skip this step!
16. (Optional) Hat!! Cut out a wide triangle shape, sew the opposite sides together and then sew a circle to the base if you want a pointy hat like my dude's one (I don't have photos of this sadly but I'm sure there's a tutorial out there of how to sew a cone)! Then glue the base to the top of the head.
16. And finally, add all the trims and extra bits you want to make them look super cute !!! I just sewed on some ribbon to the base of the hat and around the ankles, sewed some frilly elastic trims around the neck, added a little silver bell to the hat, sewed frilly trim around the wrists and ankles and then sewed two buttons onto the front of his clothes!
And then, your little clown is done !!!
I hope this comes in handy to anyone wanting to make their own clown dude!
I would appreciate any reblogs and such of this to help spread the clown joy !!
Have fun !!!
(Small note! I would appreciate if you didn't copy any of my clowns directly! Please use this as more of a guide than an exact tutorial to make this specific clown! Being creative with yours is much more fun!! :•D)
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Made a cat clown doll!
procrastinated way to much making this 👀
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Finally finished my Ermes doll!
It took a while to complete due stuff like finding the right body for her, getting yarn and accessories for her hair, etc
Anyway now she's done and the Stone Ocean girl gang is complete 💖💖💖
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She’s meeting all my standards,,
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Today: Wei Ying is getting an alphabet lesson :3
Srsly, this silly thing’s been stuck in my head for days. Glad it’s finally “on paper” XD
A-Yuan: So then what happens?
Wei Ying: Then Bunny Red tells Bunny Blue “I’ve always loved you too” and they live happily ever after.
A-Yuan: Brother Rich is here!
Wei Ying: A-Yuan, what did I tell you about calling him that?
A-Yuan: Brother Rich, did you bring me presents?
Lan Zhan: Mn.
Wei Ying: Ah, Lan Zhan, I’m going to get jealous at this rate. Why does A-Yuan get all the presents? What about me?
Lan Zhan: A-Yuan gets the ABC. Wei Ying gets the D.
Wei Ying: Lan Zhan, you know you’re killing me, right?
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Lily’s Birthday Collection II - Bloodborne Doll
Following the previous post, I wanted to show other details from my OOAK doll. I used the body of the tall asian Barbie BMR 1959, and the head is from the Florence Nightingale Barbie, from the Inspiring Women collection. Lily is tall and has very fair skin, so I thought these would be the best choices. She also has a long, wavy brown hair; however, I picked the Florence head (that has short hair) because it would fit better under the hat, while still showing the curly locks at the front.
I spent between 3-4 hours to paint the doll’s face, it wasn’t easy. I needed magnifying glass goggles and very small brushes (not small enough, I need to buy more), but it was quite fun to do. Though it is not so realistic, I think it gives off a “Mona Lisa” vibe, a very peculiar trait of Lily’s overall expression.
The miniature cat was gray dull one, bought on Aliexpress. I repainted it to look like Lily’s cat, Bigby.
I also wanted to showcase the gift box. I found it on Winners months ago, and it was just perfect. I found a way to tie the furniture and the doll to a carton support and fit it inside the box. The result almost looks professional at the end, I’m proud of it - and most important, Lily liked it too!
Next post will be a deep look at the furniture!
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The most recent Ooak art doll that I’ve made.
More work on instagram @lena.grandiflora
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