Also known as Zodiac Eclipse on the forums, Joanna is your friendly neighborhood MOMerator and former co-forum admin. Having done a fair share of community badassery Joanna now enjoys actually having time to play games and interact with her family, henceforth referred to as 'Husband' and 'Kiddo', respectively.
Welcome friends once again to my little corner of the cblogs where I create custom plushies for members of the community. Today's very special custom is brought to you by the forum's personal rape genie Nihil.
Today, not only am I going to share cool pictures of my latest creation, I'm also going to walk you through the process of how I go about making a custom plush for someone. Ready? Let's do this thing.
Usually it starts with an inquiry, people send me a photo and ask "hey can you make this?" My answer usually depends on how complex the shapes are and if I think the material I use would hold the form well enough. Contrary to popular belief, I can't make everything and I have a certain way I go about doing the stuff I can make so if you're hoping for a L4D Boomer Plush that looks just like the one Valve sells, well you're gonna be disappointed.
Nihil wanted a plush of his old avatar the Grin Reaper, and cool guy that he is he even provided the reference photos without me having to ask.
From that I made a sketch up of what my version might look like with little notes about size and construction/materials so that I can remember what I thought I was doing later. Be forewarned, I'm not a super artist, go easy on me.
This was my first idea, incorporating the clock as an accessory the reaper would hold and giving him a wide enough base to stand on his own. I sent this to for approval and got shot down (hold your pitchforks folks, it happens). We discussed the changes and I went back to the drawing board for round two, changing the construction and design to better suit his ideas.
The new version would have the clock as a stand alone piece with some Velcro to hold the reaper on top of it. This meant the reaper would have to be thin enough to bend at the waist to allow him to sit. I was worried he wouldn't hold the bend very well so I added pipe cleaners inside his body to give him some form to hold.
As soon as the sketch got approved, and I had the time to work on it, I started cutting and shaping the fabric. Like usual I was working with fleece and felt. In retrospect the clock might have been a little bigger, but the overall look seems to work.
Sadly the pipe cleaners aren't super at holding him in a bent shape so he has to be really propped up against a wall to adequately sit on the clock. If I could do it over I would have made him in a sitting pose from the get go instead of trying to make him able to stand on his own. It would have been more difficult, but I think the end result would have worked better.
To order your own special custom plush contact me via the message system here, in the forums or on my site Story Builder Toys. Thanks for reading!