June 26, 2012

Doraemon

This cute Japanese icon and hero, Doraemon, is the earless robotic cat from the future- and perfect for 3D Quilling.

Doraemon was very staright forward to make. He is made using simple tight coils and then cones for his arms, nose and bell.  The only real hiccup I had was at first making his head too small for this body- an easy fix. Proportions are something I'm still getting the hang of. 

I used the same technique for his feet as I did when making Tinky fairy's shoes. One side of the tight coil is pushed up to give the impression of toes underneath. 

Doraemon is made from 3mm strips and stands at 5cm (2in) tall. 


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June 19, 2012

Angry Birds

The characters from the addictive strategic puzzle video game- Angry Birds -with their fun colours, expressive eyes and interesting rounded shapes were of course on my must make list.

Angry Birds

On the whole, the Angry Birds and pigs were very straight forward to make, with no special 3D Quilling techniques used. Most of the effort went into the planning and molding of the shapes, and making sure the colour proportions of the red and yellow bird were correct. The backs of the pigs were molded then flattened so they wouldn't roll sideways when set into the scene. 

Getting the blue bird to sit snuggly in the the sling-shot took a little fiddling. In the end I glued the sling to the bird, and moved the sling to to get the balance.

All the birds and pigs are around 2.5-3cm (1-1.2in) tall, and only 3mm strips  used. The sling-shot and logs were made with varying lengths cut to what I needed.


Ok, fess up- how addicted are you to playing this game?


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June 13, 2012

Hello Kitty

I am pretty sure that whatever you can possibly think of- you'd be able to get it with Hello Kitty on it... so now, here is a 3D Quilled Kurlikin!


This cute little apple pie loving Kitty turned out to be more difficult to make  then I expected. Actually, this one here is my second attempt. 

It took me a little while to figure out the correct proportions, and then I had  squash her head a little to get the right shape- which also took a few attempts.
 

With her legs the way they are, she didn't want to stand up on her own, so she now has a cute little fringed flower to keep her nicely balanced. 

Hello Kitty stands at 4cm (1.6in) and was made from 3mm strips. 


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June 7, 2012

Star Wars

Ok, so time for a full disclosure: I have never watched a complete Star Wars movie, from start to finish... There, I have said it. Phew! Glad to get that off my chest. I am however familiar with the story line, and of course I love how crazy different, and incredibly cool the characters are.


These guys were super fun to make with each character giving me its own set of challenges. 

By far Princess Leia (4cm/ 1.6in) was the most straight forward and simple to make. Her body and head followed all the basic 3D quilling techniques. I layered up the paper a little to give a more textured look to her fringe (bangs). 


Chewbacca (6cm/2.4in), as you can imagine took a little longer due to the large amount of fringing that needed to be done. I made the basic body shape before wrapping him in his 'fur'. As he has quite a big head (in comparison to his body) he took a little persuasion to get standing on his own. Flaying out the fringing around his feet helped in stabilizing him.


Darth Vader (5.5cm/ 2.2in), although seeming straight forward, gave me a few little difficulties. Getting his helmet to sit up and not cover his face took some patience. I ended up propping his helmet on a little tight coil, with the patience needed for it to dry securly before releasing it. 


Then there is Yoda (3.5cm/1.4in). How incredibly cute is he?! I tried out a few new techniques with him, 
particularly in making his eyes. Although it is a little difficult to see in the picture, I have layered up his eye lids (similar to what I did to Princess Leia's hair) to give them a wrinkly look. Figuring out how to get his hooded robe fitting perfectly took a number of tries. Although it doesn't show up in the photo- he has a hood behind his head.
All of the characters were made with a mixture of 6mm and 3mm strips. 

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