Sunday, July 2, 2017

Jen's Gems: Doll-Making Videos, Sarah's Ballgown From Labyrinth, & Jawa Mickey Ears!

Some of my favorites from around the interwebz this week:

Over on Bored Panda, these pics of a Dad taking pics with his baby daughter are the funniest/cutest things ever:

Her face! Hee! I also love the garden gnome one. Go see the rest here.

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This will probably only interest fellow cosplayers and/or extreme Labyrinth geeks, but Sarah's original, screen-used ball gown has resurfaced at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, and for those of us who can't get there in person, Aria Couture just posted ALL the photos:


Reference shots for this dress have been surprisingly hard to come by before now, so Aria's write-up is a goldmine of close-ups and detailed breakdowns of every stitch and seam. (The skirt alone is 6 separate layers of various fabrics. WOW.) There's even video! Go bookmark the page if you ever plan to make this dress - or just go to drool, like me. :)

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Remember how I said I watch crafty Youtube videos to help me fall asleep each night? Well this week I discovered the Japanese equivalent of How It's Made, and this episode on "Hina Dolls" is so fascinating it actually kept me awake:


You can turn the sound off; it's just music.

Anyone else go wide-eyed over the chalk-mixed-with-gelatin? (Say WHA?) And the way they make the hands is so. cool.

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 Recycl EARS - who I featured here ages ago - has a new Star Wars design I'm crushing on for obvious reasons:

 HOW AMAZING IS THIS??
The eyes even light up!

Hit that link up there to follow her on Facebook, she has so many goodies.

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And finally, John's contribution this week is a lesson in conflict management:


Just sit on the offending party.

"Help! Help! I'm being repressed!"


Happy Sunday! Hope you guys are having a great weekend!

13 comments:

  1. OMGosh! Thank you for the link to the costume study! I'm fascinated by film and stage costumes, and learning more about this one was so cool.

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  2. The doll video was fascinating. I've seen dolls like that before but didn't know much about them, and now I want to learn more.

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  3. That dress spawned a thousand daydreams.

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  4. I was a teenager when Labyrinth came out and I dreamed of getting married in a dress like that with the giant hair and ribbons, etc. It didn't happen that way...not one single time out of the three. Maybe #4 although I'll look more like "Old Rose" in Titanic by the time THAT happens.

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  5. In love with ShinyJuly 3, 2017 at 1:02 AM

    ...is that an otter?

    I am absolutely distracted by that gif.

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  6. Thanks for the doll making video! My hubby is 1/2 Japanese and we have been gifted two Hakata dolls by his Japanese relatives. One is a boy and one is a girl. Now I'm gonna have to see if I can find a like-minded video on how the Hakata dolls are made.

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  7. I loved recycleears so much. I got a custom pair for my mother one year, they were amazing as all heck. We ended up getting a football display case for it :-)

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  8. Love the dad and baby pics. They made me smile! So, what/who is the lion sitting on? All I can see is some black fur, I think. Enquiring minds wanna know!

    Edited to add: Never mind! It didn't show up as a GIF on my computer -- just as a still photo. When I refreshed it became the GIF. Cute otter!

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  9. It's Japan season on BBC4 at the moment; we watched two programmes last night in the making of Samurai swords and then of traditional silk kimonos. So beautiful, definitely recommend if you're able to get the shows.

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  10. The lion and otter are hilarious! Needed that today. I can see you and John making Jawa ears.

    Have a happy 4th! Hopefully, it will be quiet for the kitties.
    -Zippy

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  11. Wow, thanks for posting that video for the making of the Hina dolls. I have some and never could find out this info. Pleased to learn something new.

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  12. I have fallen down the rabbit hole of the Japanese videos explaining how things are made. And I'm delighted!

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  13. MoPop also has a Jim Henson exhibit going right now...even more reason to go! We've been trying for a while now, but the summer gets so busy so quickly...

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