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My Mounted Mechtorian Head

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Hey guys!


I'm taking a breather between Dragon Con photo posts, since my eyes may LITERALLY fall out if I look at Photoshop for one more minute. Plus I was feeling a little craftsy-antsy today. (You know that feel? Like, gimme something physical to do or I WILL explode? Only no housework, because, c'mon. Really.)

So, here's what I did for my super-quick craft of the weekend: 


I bought the little robot/Mechtorian head on the right from Doktor A at Dragon Con, knowing that I had JUST the frame for it. I've been saving that mini painting for ages now - it was an $8 find at Big Lots. (CLASSY SHOPPER, RIGHT HERE.)

The Mechtorian head is resin, I think - it's quite heavy - but the finish was a little dull compared to the frame. So I rubbed on a layer of shiny metallic Rub N' Buff, and then also added clear plastic lenses to the eye sockets, cut from a thick report cover.

Next I painted over the froofy grandma painting (love ya, Grandma!) with a stippled black and brown, screwed a screw in, and...


Ta-da!

It's like he's peering down at us!

I thought this idea might inspire some of you vinyl toy collectors out there, since there are all kinds of possibilities here. I could see a whole wall of small frames filled with various blind-box toys  - which would be a really stylish way to show off your collection, too. You could mount the toys with clear fishing line punched through the backer board for a non-permanent option, or glue them with epoxy if you don't mind "ruining" them.

K, that's all for now. Hope you guys are having an awesome weekend!


PS - During my Sabbatical I decided I will TRY to get more comfortable with quick posts like this. It's my blog, right? So if I just want to pop in all quick-like and show off something small or just say hi, that's cool, right? (Don't answer that. I'm just talking here. ;))

Posted by Jen at 5:38 PM Labels: , ,

48 comments:

  1. The one thing I don't like about resin is that it looks plasticky. The Rub n Buff makes that go away! I love it! SO CUTE!

    (we all need short posts from time to time--both for reading and for writing)(Not answering, merely opinionating)

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  2. Love the little frame. Yes, quick posts are great!

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  3. Oh!! My daughter is about to get a room makeover. You're right, these would look amazing as a set with some of her My Little Pony blind bag ponies mounted! Brilliant wee share!

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  4. I love how artsy you are! If I tried something even that easy, I would end up screwing up the little Mechtorian head and spend the rest of the day crying and cursing.

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  5. The best thing is it gives us something to tide us over between the longer posts, and takes some pressure off of you, I assume, less "I haven't posted in (X) days" anxiety while you perfect your next mega post.

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  6. I love how you can see something like the frame and know it would be just perfect for that little Mechtorian head! I just don't think that way. So cool!! :)

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  7. I love, absolutely love your posts Jen. Big ones, small ones, ones about your eyebrows or period or what game John's currently playing. I don't have an RSS feed, so instead I'm constantly checking my bookmark - sometimes several times a day (I get bored).

    Not only that, but I have very limited funds right now - even thrifting is out of the question. To be able to live vicariously through your crafts, your costumes is a highlight of my week.

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  8. I don't know if it's just me but I can't see the reveal picture! I'm anxiously awaiting the result over here! :)

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    1. It's not just you, it's not showing up for me either. It is showing up on her Facebook post though!

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    2. Torture. She's torturing us. Tease us with the ingredients, then hide the treat!

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    3. Heheh, sorry, guys! I don't know why it's not showing up, so I just re-uploaded it. Tell me if that helped, won't you?

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    4. I can see it! :-)

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  9. I like a quickie now and then.

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  10. Anything you post is cool! Size doesn't matter :) I'm just glad you're back!

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  11. Thanks for coming back to us - sometimes even a good one-liner is sufficient (but it has to be good! ;-)). I'm kinda biased as I like short posts. I get to read them before the kids steal my phone to play angry birds.

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  12. I, for one, absolutely adore the little posts. Its nice to just pop in a see what's up. Don't get me wrong, I love those long posts too, but the small ones are like little refreshers. And I am in LOVE with this craft idea. I have a lot of vinylmation and this would be a great way to display them.

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  13. Um. And I didn't mean to add pressure by saying they had to be good. :-(

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    1. Aw, no worries! I put enough pressure on myself for all of us. Promise. ;)

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  14. Can I just pop into the comments to say OF COURSE you can post a little quip about something fun and simple and we'd still LOVE you?! :D Adorable idea with the frame!

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  15. It IS your blog! Do whatever you want!

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  16. Love it! What a fun idea. I can see using something like this to frame some of my kids favorite things... and maybe a few of my own :)

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  17. I think it came out great. I've seen lots of bloggers use mini posts like this and personally I think they're great. You still share something but you don't have to spend hours preparing it. Win-win.

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  18. I love your long posts, but everything you write lights up my day (not that it was gloomy before or anything). So in my opinion, if you just post what ever you want when ever you want to, that's splendid by me.
    I would actually prefer the big posts broken up over a couple of days, because then I'd get entertained for a number of days and I wouldn't need to feel rushed while reading because I was really supposed to be doing something useful, which will justhavetowait because there'saNEWPOSTonEpbot!

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  19. Oh, and that wasn't a reply either, just thinking out loud here.

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  20. "You know that feel? Like, gimme something physical to do or I WILL explode? Only no housework, because, c'mon. Really."

    So glad that there are other people out there that ~get me~. My husband isn't around the house inclined at all, and thinks I am crazy for DIYing anything (Although he generally likes the results). Love your blogs! Keep doing what makes you happy :-)

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  21. Hey if the little posts have you post more often, I'm all for it ;)
    (your current schedule is fine, of course, I just enjoy you so much that anything extra is a nice treat)

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  22. wow just realized that sounded really creepy... sorry! lol

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  23. That is wicked cute!! i have a brain for craftiness but my hand and eyes dont want to catch up lol ( am sure most of it is doubt and fear of failing and i should just DO it but..i am working to it!)

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  24. Jen...it IS your blog and you CAN do whatever you want! That's the beauty of it! We've stayed with you through your vacation....we will stick with you no matter how long/short your posts are or how often/infrequently you post them!

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  25. Don't besmirch Big Lots, woman! I'm going there today!

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  26. Darn right it`s your blog Jen and a fine one it is too. I missed you both when you were away. So doesn`t matter if the posts are small or epic I will be popping in to read them.
    Your blog is my little slice of the USA for me to watch in the UK.
    Glad you`re back.
    Sue L

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  27. I can't help seeing a sort of robotty Mr. Monopoly.

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  28. "Plus I was feeling a little craftsy-antsy today. (You know that feel? Like, gimme something physical to do or I WILL explode? Only no housework, because, c'mon. Really.)"
    THIS IS SOOO ME TOO! :) thanks for putting that feeling into words :)

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  29. You are alarmingly creative to this un-crafty person. I never, ever, ever would have thought to do this.
    I enjoy everything you post, long or short, so keep 'em coming whenever you feel like it.

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  30. Absolutely! Love this cute project. What fun!

    ~Yet Another Jenn

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  31. I like mini-posts! It's like a quick little shot of happiness to get me through my day!

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  32. That is really really cute!
    I'm using your black/copper/green patina how to on a tiny plastic seahorse I found. I'll finish it eventually.
    I frame water pistols. Paint 'n doodad them up to be either steampunky or Buck Rogers-y, with a plaque saying,'In case of airship pirates/space pirates, break glass.'
    http://chicgeekmsw.deviantart.com/
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/StudioLTD?ref=l2-shopheader-name
    Yes, I suck at taking pictures!

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    1. That is too fun! Makes me want to frame up John's ray gun, since we never built a proper stand for it. Hmm... [brainstorming]... Thanks!

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  33. Don't be silly! You don't have to post monster length for us. We're just so doggone happy to have you back. A one liner would tickle us at this point! That said, not one of us here would condemn any length post you feel like making.

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  34. That isbperfect! This would work really well for themed kids toys too. ;-) May have to try it.

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  35. I had just been trying to come up with a way to display my Doctor Who blind box figurines. And now you've given me so many great ideas just with this one post. Thanks so much!!!

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  36. I like these quick and easy posts!

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  37. Please keep up little posts- especially "quickie" DIYs!
    It gives those of us who aren't quite at a 'cosplay a whole outfit' level ideas to play with :-) (That being said- I still pull up your Lady Vadore & White Rabbit posts to drool periodically.)
    I've been playing with an idea like this and was too chicken to actually try it (I'm terified of ruining something I've carefully hoarded for months) I have some Lego Mini-figures I love who're going to get this treatment as soon as I get home!

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  38. I also love the "quickie" DIYs. You are so creative and full of inspiration.

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