Sewing Tips: 2-D Plush BasicsHey ya’ll,Sewing Tips: 2-D Plush Basics3 months ago in Other More Like This
As promised I’m continuing to give some tips as to how I do my plush works. This time we are covering the basic process I use for 2-D plush making. It’s a quick guide to my process from beginning to end. Let’s jump into it.
Q: I want to make a plush from a drawing but where do I start with the pattern?
A: Simplify, stylize, and sketch.
I always start with a completed drawing of what I want the item to look like. I’ll break it into pattern pieces from that but let’s focus first on the drawing.
I like to minimize my work but still keep the piece looking just how I want it to. Take a moment to consider how many different colors you would need then the order of the layers. Most of my plush work has anywhere from just one to four layers per side. The more layers and colors the longer the piece will take. Play with the image a little and stylize it so there are still enough details without overwhelming yourself. It’s also a g
Sewing Tips: Picture Perfect ProjectsHey guys,Sewing Tips: Picture Perfect Projects3 months ago in Other More Like This
So I get a lot of questions about my sewing so I thought I would throw together some of the most frequently asked questions about how I make my products look so clean. We’ll take it like a Q&A that way it’s not too complex.
Q: I can’t make mine look like yours! What do you do to make them like that?
A: Planning and time spent making them.
Before you start any project it’s really important to take some time to plan ahead. Make sure you have your pattern and materials ready before you start. This just makes everything much easier. Keeping focus really helps in the long run even if, at the time, it doesn’t seem important.
Also, taking your time really helps. If you are doing them for fun just do exactly that. Relax and have fun making them. If you want to give them as a gift, make sure you have plenty of time to complete them as needed. Just like any other art form the time you spend on the item will show in your wo
Toughening a PapercraftToughening a Papercraft2 years ago in Artisan Crafts More Like This
Someone asked me how I made my FF7 SOLDIER swords---constructed from a papercraft template---strong enough for use as cosplay weapons. So, I divulged my favorite techniques. This can work for all kinds of swords and armor, of course, not just Final Fantasy. Even original designs! Though always beginning with a shell contrived from polygons (papercraft templates) is recommended.
To make my SOLDIER swords, I flattened out several breakfast cereal boxes and traced each of the template pieces onto the brown side. (Because the waxed side is just too hard to write on, or see amongst the cartoons.) After I cut the cardboard out, first I assembled the sword in two major parts: the blade above where it will connect to the hand guard; and then the hand guard, handle, & pommel. Then I took a lightweight hollow steel rod (could use wood or any other strong light material) just slightly less in diameter than the handle, and about 2.5ft long, and inserted it into the handle through two round holes I