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Hi all....<br><br>
I'm a serious lurker around these parts, and once in a while post a question. The last time I posted a question my computer went weird and I couldn't respond.... didn't mean to be rude! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
So this time: Has anyone made Bendy dolls that stand? I have the wee folk book checked out from the library, and I am so ready to go! But, I know me dd is gonna throw a fit unless they stand on their own! Any ideas???<br><br>
TIA <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I have only made a couple bendies from the Wee Folk Book and they didn't stand at all. Maybe try those doll rope forms with the wooden flat feet? They are bendy but not made from pipe cleaners. But you can dress them up.<br><br><br><a href="http://beardancecrafts.com/dollmaking_supplies.htm" target="_blank">http://beardancecrafts.com/dollmaking_supplies.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.achildsdream.com/handwork...g_supplies.htm" target="_blank">http://www.achildsdream.com/handwork...g_supplies.htm</a><br><br>
There is a co-op for them at amitymama in the crafty forum. I don't know if it is full or not.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">There is a co-op for them at amitymama in the crafty forum. I don't know if it is full or not.<br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I just saent a PM saying the same thing.
 

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Yeah, I've seen those little wooden feet folks. But there's something I like about being able to do the whole thing from scratch! I'll probably end up doing both... and then making lots of lil felt ponies for the non-standing ones to perch on! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Tonight in the wee hours when everyone's asleep I'll check out those links! Thanks for your help!
 

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We've made bendy dolls using just wooden doll feet bases (they are from Europe and are a bit tricky to find), they can stand on their own and look better than the half wooden eggs, and have the holes predrilled in them!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We've made bendy dolls using just wooden doll feet bases (they are from Europe and are a bit tricky to find), they can stand on their own and look better than the half wooden eggs, and have the holes predrilled in them!</div>
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Yes, those wooden feet look like a lot of FUN. I have never seen them for sale before, anywhere. I did see some wonderful plaid and stripe chenille sticks (pipecleaners) at the Michaels, that would work great with those feet and some felt shapes. It could could be a whole toy line!!<br>
JenniferC- I know you leave your wooden pieces natural, but I thought I'd ask: What would you recommend to paint those feet with? (something non-toxic and semi permanent?)TIA
 

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You could make stands for them- a wooden circle maybe- and either permanently attach them to the stands or put wire/ staples partway into the stands so the feet cold slip into them or be removed. (Does that make sense?)
 

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Hi E.V. We have those feet in stock <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">. Yes, when we do our feet we oil and wax them, but depending on the effect you want, we sometimes use a nice wood stain for coloured pieces (like nature table trees) that is non-toxic coloured tung oil called Wood Burst, and it comes in quite a few colours and is easy to mix. The tung oil stain is great because you just rub it on then rub it off, and it still shows the grain of the wood.<br><br>
Then there's always the old fall-back non-toxic acrylic craft paint, which gives an opaque finish, I'm not big into the painting myself, but for solid colours it works <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.
 

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Thanks everyone!<br><br>
I also wondered about clay or sculpti feet... I have a wet-felting book that talks about getting a clay that can be baked at low temperatures and then baking it right onto the legs. Anyone tried this?<br><br>
I love those little wooden feet...... glad I found your site!
 

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Yes, I have tried sculpy and fimo. Both are toxic while baking and give a similar result. The instuctions even recommend having a dedicated oven for baking of the pieces. Lots of art doll use this, but are not intended as toys<br>
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My felting book said nothing about the sculpti stuff being toxic! I should just assume these things.... but it's lame that the book didn't give any warning about it and children.<br><br>
Looks like those wooden feet are the way to go! Also, using a stand would be a fine idea if I could make it inobstrusive enough.... My goal is to have a few of these done for my dd's easter basket! I'll attach a photo if it indeed happens!!!<br><br>
Thanks everyone...
 

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I'm glad to hear there is a continental place to buy feet!<br><br>
I was just about to buy half eggs (and still might for trial and comparison purposes). I don't think drilling would be too hard.
 

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I'd still use the Sculpey - I think the "toxic" bit is only when they're baking, as the volatiles get burned off in the heat. If it were me, I'd bend 'em up, get 'em wrapped, then mold on some little flat-bottomed sculpey feet & bake them before putting the clothes or heads on.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm glad to hear there is a continental place to buy feet!<br><br>
I was just about to buy half eggs (and still might for trial and comparison purposes). I don't think drilling would be too hard.</div>
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any tips on where to get half eggs? thanks!
 

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I've never done it, but I've thought of using lead weights for fishing in the feet of dolls. I'm not quite sure how it would work, or if you can get them with one flat side, but then you could bend the pipe cleaner around the edges and thread the embroidery thread through the hole and it would give them a bit of weight to balance. Sounds like the wooden feet would be a better option though...<br><br>
PS Your daughter sounds like my kind of girl--that she would freak out if they didn't stand. I like it.
 

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I was looking through my doll patterns, and came across a dollhouse doll pattern from Magic Cabin. They have you use modelling beeswax to mold feet out of, so the dolls can stand! So there's your no-bake, non-toxic option, right there - Modelling Beeswax! Available from any Waldorf toy/supply place!
 

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Is modeling beeswax any different than just boring old beeswax? I've never seen the modeling stuff, but I have pounds and pounds of the regular...
 

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I find that the modeling beeswax (from Stockmar) is a bit softer that regular beeswax, and just a little tacky or sticky. This makes it better for modeling, and also for running your sewing and embroidery threads through before use, for ease in handling. The regular beeswax is alleged to be good for this purpose, but isn't really.
 

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If I use the dool base instead of the Wee Felt folk chennile stem pattern where can I find clothing patterns?<br><br>
What size doll do the little wooden feet fit?
 
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