May 27, 2013

3D Quilling: Toy Story's Mr Potato Head and Alien

"The claw is our master. The claw chooses who will go and who will stay..."
(Classic scene from Toy Story as Buzz Lightyear tries to figure out who's in charge)

The original Toy Story...what a down-right FunTastic flick!  So here are two of my favorite characters from the movie, who need nothing by way of introduction: Mr. Potato Head and one of the 'chosen' Aliens (ooooooohhhh!)

3D paper quilling Toy Story characters Mr Potato Head and Alien

The making of Mr Potato Head was pretty straight forward- even with the loads of little bits that needed to go together. There were a lot of laugh-out-loud moments as body parts were stuck and fell off, swapped and rearranged just like his character in the movies... cheeky!

The alien was a little bit more challenging... no wait, down right difficult! His shapes aren't quite round, so loads of molding and scolding went into getting this little guy just right.

A combination of strips were used for both characters- 3mm and 6mm (1/8" and  1/4") I've found that when making larger shapes (eg. Mr Potato Head's body) 6mm (1/4") strips work better- and are waaay more forgiving. The details however, work better with the thinner strip, although can be more tricky getting the shape to work right.

Both these characters stand at around 5cm (2in) tall. 

So... Let me know: Who's YOUR favourite Toy Story Character? 

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May 17, 2013

3D Quilling: Space Dude

In celebration of Canadian Astronaut, Col. Chris Hadfield's epic journey and safe return to planet Earth...and to stop the pestering of my uber space enthused sister to make something spacey; Kurlikins proudly presents: Space Dude! 

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Space dude looked a little lonesome standing on his own, so I made a little scene to go with him- a first for Kurlikins!

As far as 3D quilling goes, he was pretty straight forward for me to put him together, although there was a little coaxing to get his helmet looking right. Most of the work in this piece went into the detail and the moon. 

Making the moon was a little paper feat all to itself. A whopping 3 meters (almost 10 feet) of paper strips were used.... and that was only to make a moon with a diameter of around 8 cm (3.1 in)

A massive shout out and thanks to Col. Chris Hadfield for sharing his inspiring 'out-of-this-world' adventure with us earthlings! 

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