First up? The materials:
It took me about a month to pick out hair. Really. Not even kidding.
I did some research and asked around a bit and ended up with a synthetic hair that is heat resistant and flame retardant....that seemed like a good idea. I also grabbed some gorilla super glue and some masking tape.
You may be wondering where I got the idea for how to do this. Well I watched this video forever ago (really most of the things I know I learned from her. Her videos are a great starting point) and while I was struggling to figure out how to make this particular doll's hair I remembered it and thought it could work. I seriously considered flocking his poor head first LMAO!
Moving on, we need one more thing! The doll:
First I used masking tape to map out where I wanted his hair to be:
Now once I had that done the rest was time consuming but easy.
Here is his head a little more than half way through:
And finally I had this:
Now I was going to stop here and do another post introducing my boys but since I'm a jerk and made you guys wait a month for this I won't do that! So I would like you to meet my boys!
Jebediah (Jeb) Guthrie
|In my house it's Jebediah Ross Guthrie. How dare marvel not give him a middle name!|
He does wear glasses (he won't need to when he'd older!) but here is a picture with out them so you can see those big brown eyes:
Of course his favorite glasses glow in the dark.
Like Sam he has a wide responsible streak but like Jay can be a bit of a prankster.
His best friend however is Mel:
And then there is Daken:
Now Daken's real name is technically Akihiro, but that was given to him by his adoptive parents and that's a bit complicated. He doesn't have good feelings towards them in the comics and says that Akihiro isn't his true name. A case could be made for his name being James Howlett III however that was never a name he had in main stream continuity. He uses Daken in the comics and even though it's not a nice name I'm all for letting the guy decide what he wants to be called. So Daken it is!
Why would I make a doll out of basically a really bad guy in the comics? Again he's one of those characters that is REALLY interesting but never really got the chance or focus that he deserved. He's a guy that has done lots of bad things but he'd not necessarily a bad guy. I mean even in the What If issue where his father got to keep him they were basically like LOL he's bad anyway! Rotten apple! Which I think is bull! He's been manipulated since the day he was born into hating his father......I could probably write an essay on this but the bottom line is that I like him, I think he's interesting and wanted him to get a better deal. Plus he has really cool and challenging hair!
My Daken of course is much less angry than his comic counter part!
Laura, Ivy (who time travels at my house and is usually my stand in for Jubilee) and Amiko. He's usually pretty quiet and serious with a very no bull attitude. He's not going to coddle you. However he's very supportive and kind when he wants to be and the situation calls for it. He's one of those still waters run deep guys.
His hair does naturally grow this way :P (his creators wanted him to be visually different from Wolverine *eye roll*)
One more for the road:
Thanks to a tip from one of you awesome people I got in on a couple of good deals for Matilda and so next will be some clothing reviews. I hope you enjoyed this, I know I have enjoyed the heck out of this project! Till next time, which will be much sooner than a month from now I promise!