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my-plastic-life · 2 days ago
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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!
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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:
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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!
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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):
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Current earrings (half-hoops from charms):
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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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aspiritualwarrior · 8 months ago
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Chanting is no more holy than listening to the murmur of a stream, counting prayer beads no more sacred than simply breathing… . If you wish to attain oneness with the Tao, don’t get caught up in spiritual superficialities.
Lao Tzu
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adoniaofearth · 5 months ago
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I restocked my Hades and Persephone prayer beads. The Persephone prayer beads has a slightly new design.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/AdoniaofEarth?ref=profile_header
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memoryslandscape · a year ago
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his finger follows / ridges along her spine … prayer / beads for memory
Greg Sellers, haiku journal entry, 25 September 2020
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hermaeum · 8 months ago
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Divine Dealings
My girlfriend and I (very) recently opened an Etsy shop where we sell prayer beads! We have a few listings at the moment, and we’re hoping to expand our current stock to encompass even more Gods If we don’t have prayer beads related to the God you’re looking for, you’re more than welcome to commission a custom set. Either message the store or DM me here for more information.
In the future, we hope to also offer tarot readings from the store’s page. Until then, if you’re interested in hearing about our prices and potentially purchasing a reading, let me know and we’ll see what we can do.
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leavesofyggdrasilco · 3 months ago
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Sigyn Prayer Beads
Honor Sigyn with these beautiful prayer beads. Crafted by hand with beads of lavender and dusty rose, these prayer beads include a silver charm of a butterfly to represent Loki’s beloved. These beads are perfect for an altar and are also able to be carried in a pocket or a bag. 
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Come find them at Leaves of Yggdrasil Co!
( @theowlandfox​ )
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prodigal-faith · 3 months ago
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i love seeing pictures of rosaries so if you want to, reblog with a picture of your rosary or other type of prayer beads! any type welcome: full rosaries, one decade rosaries, anglican prayer beads, etc etc. show me your prayer beads! 📿
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danskjavlarna · 8 months ago
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“The old man’s chaplet."  From The Century, 1874.  See Strange Prayers for Strange Times.
Here’s a collection of vintage prayers and praying imagery.
Wondering about this post?  Wait for the dissertation (TBA). For now:  Weblog ◆ Books ◆ Videos ◆ Music ◆ Etsy
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from-the-ship-island · 2 months ago
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Petoskey stone rosary with St. Michael the Archangel centerpiece.
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theridgebeyond · 8 months ago
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I am cackling with absolute delight! I just received a Lenten memento mori rosary made by the one and only @biblically-deficient and it is so emo and beautiful! Incredible work my friend!
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mariannashrine · 4 months ago
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Hail Mari, our Heavenly Mother, and hail Her divine Daughter, Anna.
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virtuouslibertines69 · 3 months ago
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"Never trust girls who let themselves be touched right away. But even less those who need a priest for approval." - Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind Painting by Fabian Perez
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adoniaofearth · 6 months ago
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Here are the prayer beads! In order they are Aphrodite (Sea Theme), Aphrodite (Love Theme), Hecate, Amphitrite, Hera, and Poseidon. They’re $20 each and they’re listed on my Etsy. I’ve only made a couple of each, and depending on demand I will make more. I will be charging them before I ship them as well. Here is my shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AdoniaofEarth
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stellawitchcraft · 7 months ago
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been busing making some more prayer beads; just put these up on my etsy
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manynamedshe · 4 months ago
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Matrix Offerings Imminent!
In the spirit of the New Moon - and the fact that we're now in the latter half of 2021 - here's a head's up about what will become available via the Matrix throughout the next few months:
Seasonal, limited-release Matrix salts (aka bath salts and other bath items with a 9D twist)
Dice divination readings (coming really soon)
Protective workings for purchase
And a few other releases, which I'm choosing to keep hush for now. I’m seriously looking forward to sharing all this with y’all!
-Ashley M.N.
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dude-im-a-witch · 8 months ago
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Soooo I stayed up tonight, and for some reason, I was like “I think I’ll make prayer beads for Odin!” And that’s what I did.
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Here’s the beads and the pendant (hey, I’m a closeted Pagan, and all I had for resources was Hobby Lobby. I used what I had), but I’m most proud of the ending. Instead of tying it, since it didn’t work, I thread the string back through the beads and put the loops together. It’s hard to explain, so here’s a picture:
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That’s the original wire, just thread backwards! I was so happy when I figured it out.
Anyways, here are my beads!! I had a lot of fun making them :) I hope everyone has a blessed Ostara!!
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from-the-ship-island · 15 days ago
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If anyone would like to check out my rosaries (they'll make fantastic christmas gifts), now is the time because last year I sold out of a few different kinds (especially the petoskey stone ones). Just wanted to share with you guys here before I push it on my instagram. Link in reblog
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