Thursday, July 14, 2016

San Diego Comic Con 2016 Preview!

A few of the items that will be available at my booth, BB-22 in Artist Alley! Stop by and say hello!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

New Items in my Shop!

Apparently this is the season for puppies! Custom orders recently have led me to add an adorable puppy hat, booties and diaper cover set, as well as adorable baby puppies.

Also new this week is this darling little romper!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Win a BB-8 Making Kit!

Win a BB-8 supply kit! Includes 120mm joint for the turning head, a sound box pre-recorded with BB-8 sounds, a 30mm safety eye and an 18mm safety eye! The free BB-8 pattern is here.

I will draw a winner on February 1st! Contest runs January 20-31st.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Double-layered Braided Cowl

This free pattern has been shared on my wall a number of times this week, so I finally found the time to whip up my own!

Available in my Etsy shop now!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

BB-8 Droid in Action

My daughter and I made a demo video of our BB-8 droid with sounds!

Enjoy! Free BB-8 pattern is available here.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Installing the BB-8 Soundbox

Someone asked if they could remove the sound box in order to change the batteries, so I engineered an opening so you can access your sound box.

First, here is what the unit I ordered looks like. Next time I think I will get the box with the button on a long wire, so you don't need to pull it all the way out. The Etsy shop I ordered it from is here.

I googled BB-8 sounds and found someone had uploaded the sound files for people to use as ringtones for phones. I downloaded their files dropped them onto the sound box using the software provided! It was surprisingly easy.

So, after row 32 in the BB-8 body, chain 12, skip 6, and proceed to round 33.

When you get back around to the chain, sc in the first 3 chains, then skip 6 chains, and sc in the last 3 chains. This will create a loop that will go around your button.

Make sure your sound unit fits through this hole you have made! The fabric is pretty stretchy, so I was able to get both the unit and a long sock through the hole.

I then maneuvered the box to about halfway up on one side of the BB-8 body, and marked its position from the outside. Test your button to make sure he makes his noises before closing him up! As I said, if I had gotten the other model, instead of putting it in a sock I could have just positioned the button in place, and kept the box right by the opening.

Invisible decrease until the bottom is closed up, and use the ending yarn to close the hole and then sew on the button.

And now you have a neat button on the bottom, that gives you access to your sound box, if you need to change the batteries or replace the sounds! The sound box also has an on/off switch, so you could also turn the unit on or off as needed.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Do It Yourself 5 inch Doll Joints

So, the most frequent question I have gotten since posting my BB-8 Pattern the other day, is "where do you get 5 inch doll joints?"  I had no idea they would prove to be so hard to find, since I bought mine about 7 years ago.

Anyway, fear not! You can make your own with things you probably already have in your house.

All you need are two disks of some sort, a thingy to keep your wire from pulling through the hole, and wire.

CDs are 4.75 inches, which is close enough to five inches for me! The orange thing in the photo is a giant button, but if you don't happen to have a giant button in your craft stash, I am sure you can find something that will work.

The wire I cut from an old wire hanger, using a pair of needle nose pliers. I could have gone to the hardware store and bought a cotter pin, but what is the fun in that? :P  If you have thick pipe cleaners they might also work, the ones I have bend too easily.

So anyway, the only thing left to do would be to install it in your BB-8 and bend the wires down.

I hope this helps you in constructing your very own BB-8!