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Fortune Teller Machine DIY assembly Tutorial

Hi!

I promised a tutorial for those that own my DIY Fortune Teller Machine paper kit from “Toys For Dolls” series… and finally here it is!

So have fun, and even if it’s not perfect, Good Job! Perfect is overrated (;

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ok, let’s begin!

Your paper kit looks like that photo 1 just below…

So first you need to do is to carefully cut out all the parts – like on photo 2

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CUTTING

 (3) To cut out straight sides really quickly, you can use a ruler and a very sharp cutting knife.. be sure to press the ruler to the surface so that nothing moves while you cut.

(4) Use sharp scissors to cut out curvy lines.

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Cutting out internal shapes is a bit more challenging. For those good with x-acto knife – you can use it to cut the whole shape at once.

(5) But if you preffer scissors, punch a hole in the middle of the area that is to be removed.

(6) Make it bigger – it will allow you to use the scissors to cut the shape from inside.

(7) be sure to cut free the “top” on which the fortuna doll will be glued onto.

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FOLDING

(8) Best tools for folding are those thin blunt ones… like.. pen that is no longer working.. or even scissors with blunt tip.

(9) So turn the front of the Fortuneteller Box around and, using the ruler and one of those tools, push it to the surface and trace a line.

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(10) Gently fold the sides and the parts with sign “glue” so that they are bent outside to create box shape.

(11) on the back part, trace the lines on the front of the design and fold the edges to the inside.

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(12) the “top” folds inside but the part that holds it to the back of the “machine” folds outside.

GLUE

Be sure to use a strong, fast drying glue. I like UHU.

(13 -14) Glue the bottom part of the back to the inside of the bottom part of the front. Be sure to hold glued parts until the connection holds really well.

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(15) now connect the back of the box with the front – glued parts need to go inside as on the photo – hold for a while.

(16) Connect the rest of the parts

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the TOP

This one is a bit tricky… because you need to be careful to not to smudge the glue when you fold this part.

Apply glue on the thin strip that touches the back, and push it to the back of the machine and hold for 20 seconds until it’s dry.

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(20) finish the box with attaching the FORTUNA banner.

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 FORTUNETELLER <:

(21) prepare the shape and trace the front lines with a round tip tool & a ruler (22)

(23) Fold it, put a small amount of glue on the inside end of the little square at the bottom, and glue it so that is  more or less 90% – hold it for 20 seconds.

Now put a bit of glue at the bottom of the figure and press it to the “top” in our Fortune Teller Machine..

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I hope you enjoyed it!

I am aware that this is my first folding kit… for sure it’s not perfect but I hope that, with your help, next ones will be better & easier to assemble.

If something is unclear, please leave a comment and I will try to explain it (:

xo!

Wallpapers

Hello!

I do have a little something for you today and I hope you’ll like it because I’ve spent last two hours on it ^_____^

I’m still not 100% sure it will work as planned, but I converted best of my Borgia photos into desktop and I phone wallpapers.. I just hope it works for you!

I’m sorry I don’t have more phone options to choose… but for example HTC has like millions of different resolutions…. so I just went for the most popular one [:

But if you really badly want resolution for your phone, just leave me a comment what should I add.

Enjoy!

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Sugar treat

so.. after last dollie talk with friends… I made this photo… with greetings for Ka & Al ^___^

It’s also available to download as a wallpaper

Not for sale, just for personal use

Enjoy!

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Win an Original Painting

♥ My Dears! This week I have something special for you… This week you will have a chance to win one of my original paintings:
“Poison” – wereable original cameo pendant
“Sprout” – original wall art on wood
More details here: KarolinFelix on Facebook

Good luck!!!

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“Sprout” was presented in previous blog post.

“Poison” is a hot fresh original neckalce….

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Giveaway for Kenner Blythe

Hello!

I have a giveaway for Kenners today ^____^

Since I’m re-rooting my Golden Goddess (she have brown hair with auburn hints), I’ve decided to not to cut her original hair, but to take them out plug by plug.

I did spent whole day doing that…. but I would hate to destroy something that could help others. I’ve divided the plugs into 12 plug bunches (or more), but since not all plugs were the same thickness, I think we can safely say that you can get 10 thicker and 12-13 a bit thinner plugs out of each bunch….. Hair were originally approx 6″ (15cm) long so if your Kenner has such length or shorter – they will be perfect. Hair are untreated (just washed) with gentle frizz.

So now… giveaway!

I’m giving away 5 bunches for those who write me first (“write me” button)! One bunch per person, and shipping is on me.

The rest of plugs is available on my Etsy, as we need to raise some funds for a new outfit… so I’ve heard…. ^___^

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Candy House articulated paper doll tutorial

Hello!

I have a fun project for you for Christmas <: …. articulated, Candy House Paper Doll in a form of a digital sheet – to print yourself, cut out & assemble.

There is a Colored & Uncolored version – both available in my Etsy shop.

Once you have it, you can  print as many as you like and share with family & friends…  (adding it to a gift seems like fun!)

And to make things easier for you, I made this tutorial. Enjoy!

1-Printing.

If you have a monochrome printer – you should go for a sepia Doll.  With color printer you can choose. In both cases you can use a normal or photographic paper. Normal paper should be a thicker one, and to get a vintage look, choose a cream, greenish or brownish one. They shouldn’t be too dark.

Once you’ve printed it out, you can start making a doll right away, but if you’re going for extra stiff feel, you might want to glue another, maybe decorative paper on the back side. It’s best to use a spray glue to do that.

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2- scissors please

I was waiting impatiently for that part! Choose sharp, small scissors, or use a scalpel. It’s good to leave a ‘safe’ outline – it’s less likely that you will end up cutting off a piece of your paper doll.

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3 – Brads or…..

Normally you would use brads to assemble the doll… you would make a tiny holes with a sharp pointed scissors (picture on left) and connect the paper parts… but what if you can’t buy what you need? You need to use what you have. And there’s usually some loose beads, or “to old to be true” beaded necklace somewhere in the house.. why not to use it? What you need is: beads, needle and a thread.

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4-Sewing

The idea is to have two beads keeping the paper together.

Start with attaching a thread to a bead with a knot – be sure to not to make the knot at the very end, but leave 2″(5cm) of the thread loose instead (see left photo). Than pierce the paper doll base starting from the back side (there are dots on the doll that mark the joints). Do the same with doll leg or arm..

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5-Almost there

As you can see, after I pierced doll base and arm, I need another bead to keep paper in place – picture on left.  And when it’s done I need to pierce the paper again, through the same hole so that I can fasten the knot on the back of a paper doll, using the  2″ end of  the loose thread end. Be sure that the thread and the knot are tight…

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6.. and Voila!

Your doll is ready. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect – you can print it out again and practice!

and one print goes to…

I know you can’t wait for the big prize draw… but in the meantime blog reached 50 subscribers, and so today I will be randomly choosing someone that will receive first 5x7inch giclee art print!

I just want to say one thing about subscribing. It’s easy, just look at the right side of the blog.. it’s under a ‘FOLLOW ME’ thing. Also – subscribing is for people that like my art and want to get updated regularly. It  means that each time I write a new post, you will find it in a mailbox couple of hours later. If, for any reasons you don’t like it, please don’t subscribe.

Time for Lottery! So I had fun today preparing vintage style  tickets for the first 50 curious personaes. <:

You can see it all on pictures. I like lotteries! There’s something magical about it.

I used numbered email nicknames, but for safety reasons deleted last letters & rest of email address. I do  like the idea that despite the change the winner will recognize himself! It’s like finding a gift under a christmas tree. Or…. just finding a gift, yeah <:

so…ready? One, two, three…….

And the winner is… ***42renmeleo*** congratulation! I will be contacting you soon <:

All of the tickets goes back to the hat/bowl and will take part in next lottery, this time with 50 other subscribers.

Thank you everyone!

Paper pendant tutorial part 2

★ Let’s be creative again! . For the first part of the tutorial go  here.

★ 5. At this point you should have your thick paper pendant base smoothed. What now?

You need a paint, preferably acrylic one. The other types, like watercolor or gouache would probably be ok, but they are usually diluted with water and that would need some experimentation with paper, which can warp with too much moisture. The effects might be worth it though!

This time I use  a  cream color . I paint the paper carefully, on the edges too. Than I let it dry and very carefully sand it. When that’s done, and the dust is brushed off, I apply final layer of paint.

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★ 6.  Your ‘little canvas’ are dry? Time for some ornament!

I really like to decorate the back of my pendants with pencil. But again, experiment with other mediums. Just have in mind that the back of jewelry touches the skin, so it shouldn’t be rough.

see! The Bearded Lady moustache are perfect here!

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★ 7. So you’ve decorated the back of the pendant. Now it’s good to seal the image. When acrylic paint is water resistant once dry, the pencil or crayon will smudge. I use decoupage vinyl glue, applying it gently with a brush. Be sure to wash the brush afterwards or you can just throw it to trash.

Decoupage glue dries quickly, but let it sit for two days in a warm place, and it will dry completely, creating water resistant, transparent layer. There are many brands of decoupage glue, and they might be a little different in thickness or curing time.

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★ 8.  THE FRONT!

When someone purchase one of the large prints from my SHOP, I attach a small, pre cut, scalloped picture for making your own pendant/brooch. It’s fun. <:

But.. I’m sure that at home you have something that might work just brilliant!  Search your drawers, find a buried treasure and use it in a creative way to make something for yourself or a friend.. you can also draw your little painting, using pencils or markers .. acrylics will be brilliant too. If you want to use watercolour or gouache, it’s good to glue layer of thick, watercolor paper to the front, and paint on that.

I did used the tiny archival prints here. I also seal front with the decoupage glue, but that’s a bit more tricky to use on photos. So if you’re not sure about the effect, and cutting your image out of the photo, experiment on the scraps you won’t use.

My Bearded Lady and Conjoined Twins are ready and they will be coming together with BEARDED DOLL and CONJOINED DOLL

Your pendant is ready!  Hang  it on a ribbon… or… if you have more experience with wire-work, make loops and attach a chain. yeah! be creative! :*

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Paper pendant tutorial part 1

★ I wanted to make this tutorial since some time now…  Drop what you’re just doing just now and be creative for a while (WARNING – If you’re pure creativity, that won’t have an effect on you).

You don’t need fancy tools .. even though fancy tools can help a lot <: … ok, let’s start <:

★ 1. Imagine a shape you want.  With this technique you can create amazing, unusual forms. All pieces shown on photo are made this way.

I will show you how to make an elipse pendant… but YOU… imagine a SHAPE… DRAW IT on a piece of paper.  This will be your stencil.

★ 2. First of all, what we need is a thin cardboard. This could be probably found in your paper recycling basket. Usually most kind of product packaging is made out of such cardboard… I have an empty tea box on my table…

Now, take your stencil and draw a corresponding shape on the cardboard. Repeat that until there is four identical  shapes drawn and cut them out.

★ 3. You have now four pieces of cardboard in the shape of ellipse. Glue them together, but first make a holes for attaching  a ribbon.  Here I use a fancy tool <: … but you will be fine with sharp ended scissors. I personally prefer to perforate each of the layers separately, but experiment and see what suits you.  You can also glue a ribbon inbetween the layers… but it makes things a bit more difficult later on.

For the top decoration picture you can use a photo, print or a piece from a magazine. A lot of treasures is lurking in your drawer….

As I love to encourage creative spirit, I do attach a ready, cut out brooch/pendant DIY pieces of my work to any large print from my shop. So that you could try and make your own piece of jewelry.

★ 4. ok, so you’ve glued the cardboard pieces together. Grey surfaces should be outside, because you will paint them later. Wait a moment until the glue is dry.

The edges of your pendant are rough, so what you should do now is to carefully sand them. Do it delicately, as applying too much force may damage the edge.

That’s the PART 1.  We’re half way throuh! See you next time! Karolin