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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So... I made something yesterday, and I finally drew this baby who belongs to @shokujin-shot , I hope you'll like it 👉👈
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Shokujin all characters standalone
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I hope you don’t mind, but Ethan is super cute and I wanted to draw them with my oc! @shokujin-shot
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"how bad do you want me?” with Roach and Newman 👀
So I apparently did start writing this one when you sent it to me, and then forgot about it. And couldn’t remember where I was going with it soN/S/F/W
At least you thinkthat’s what you might be doing. You’re the one in charge here.
At least.. you thinkyou are.
Either way for onceRoach is the one being held on the edge.
You have them bentover your bed. Stripped down to their underwear whilst you for nowremained clothed although you can feel the strain against your jeans.
“Scout,”They manage with a shudder, “Scout,” it sounded like thesecond attempt was going to be drawn out but they don’t manage.
“What’s thematter?” You manage with a smirk, pressing yourself againstRoach, pinning them further to the bed, holding them, “Can dishit out but can’t take it?”Roach laughs, but it’s a littlestrained, “Oh you have no idea pet,”
You catch Roach’sear, “Pretty bold for someone whose pinned down?”
“I’m a slipperysort, you know that,” Roach pushes back against you and you bitedown on your lip, and your response is to push further, and you heara muffled chuckle from the mattress.
“Not tonightyou aren’t,”
You’re not usuallythis bold, Roach always seems to have a way of leading things. And…weirdly you don’t seem to mind.
“Mhmm,”You get a grip on their hair and pull, and hear a muffled moan,“Seems you want me to do this though? Since you’reletting me?”
It almost throws youoff for a moment, your grip slackens, then you remember briefly lastweeks film choice at Hellbenders “Roach what the fuck?”
You also brieflyquestion your taste that somehow this isn’t a mood killer.
Roach laughs againand you splay your fingers and run your hand down Roach’s bare back.For a moment you’re caught up in how much essence is seemingly tiedinto such a small frame.
“Would it helpif I said please?” Roach raises their head and for a moment youthink about pushing them back down, “Please?”
Their voice isalmost as honeyed as their eyes. Far too syrupy. “Scoutplease?”
You catch your lipand give out a huff, and then pull, you pull roach flush to you,pinning them between you and the bed, arms behind their back. Nailsrake over their bare chest and you feel Roach shudder against you asthey try to press back against you.
Your lips find theirneck, licking, kissing and then biting.
“Hey,”Roach lets out a strained huff, “Copycat,”
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Chibi of Twitter Artists, Shokujin_Art Obey Me MC Ethan
wanted to draw him for a while and whilst im doodleing chibi gifts for random artists, why not do one of this guy?
Oc (c) Shokujin_Art
Art (c) Nightmaretheif
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Omen thought hiding eggs and fake bunnies was kind of an odd holiday tradition... then he found out they were all made of chocolate. BEST DAY EVER!!
Hope everyone who sees this is having a great weekend, whether you celebrate or not. ❤🐰❤
Omen belongs to @shokujin-shot and @whenthenightcomesgame, thanks for sharing such a cutie with the world!
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drew a pic of @shokujin-shot‘s OC, Ethan!
i love him so much
(apologies for any mistakes)
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💫 - I want to be friends with you!
💘 - I think you’re cute!
🎼 - I think you’re talented!
💙 - I think you’re cool!
(●♡∀♡)✧ Yes, please!! I’ve enjoyed it so much every time we’ve talked and I practically adore everything on your blog, your art, your characters, your aesthetic~ I’d certainly love to try and be friends!
There’s my brand, cute™️, thank you! And to be told I’m talented/cool by an artist I love, oh boi! (ง •̀ω•́)ง✧ Made my day, thanks Shok!
↠ Yet another emoji meme
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I would lift Sal and carry him everywhere —
i think sal would rather do that >:)
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Happy Birthday Omen!
Just a little quick something ,D Happy Birthday Omen! I hope you like cake~ Lina and Luca both went out to give you a little something please don’t mind the puppy drool on the bone
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I made myself a magic tarot card for my monthly challenge and with my character from a D&D rp
Might do some others with my friends’ magic
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Guess who just got the skin !!! o(*≧□≦)o finally !
He’s proud of his sausage.
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I just wanna say this to everyone...
Thank you so much for 900 followers! This is amazing... honestly.
I decided to draw a piece of fanart of my favorite creators who helped and inspired me throughout this time... There are more people who want to thank as well who I didn’t draw.
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Ang ganda ng mga labi mo. Pwede ba kitang halikan? ❤️❤️
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The Lecherous Monk
I swore I wouldn’t do it. I said I had to resist. I failed.
After making my Kagome doll from Inuyasha to go with my 12″ collector’s edition doll, and since I had two of the dolls I used for Kagome’s head and my husband easily made Sango’s weapon and I have a friend who specializes in doll kimonos and is a big fan of Inuyasha, I knew I had to keep going. I should have known better LOL.
So now, the latest member of the group has joined my Inuyasha doll collection - none other than the lecherous monk Miroku!
I wasn’t sure I’d even be able to pull this off because anime male dolls seem to be few and far between, but somehow I did it! With some customization and a few artistic liberties, I was able to bring Miroku to life!
Here he is, standing proudly in front of Mushin’s temple!
Kimono made by FabHat
Staff made by 3DDeluxe (painted by me - I also added the top and rings)
Face paint by me
Prayer beads by me
Earrings by me
Sandals customized by me
Ring by me
Hair extension/styling by me
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