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Fenrir the Werebear

Hey guys, I have a new Abandoned Toy for you Smiley Meet Fenrir the Werebear.

I saw a Wolfman costume going cheap at the boot sale so I had to snap it up. I had the perfect bear at home ready for a transformation.  Grin

I started by cutting up the mask and glueing/sewing sections onto the bear’s face. I love hand sewing fur because it hides all your messy stitches so there is no need to be neat Smiley

Next came the hands (gloves from the costume)

Then I sewed on more fur to give him a mid-transformation look and gave him a nice distressed paint job.

Et voila! He’s finished. I had soooo much fun working on him. I’ve started looking for more Halloween masks to use in my projects, so watch this space for more monstrosities coming soon.

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Green Devil: Now on Youtube!

After many years of deliberation I finally got my backside in gear and started a YouTube channel! The first video is now live, go check it out to see a good summary of the work I have done over the years and plans for the future.

The channel will have tutorials on different sustainable crafts I’ve learnt over the years along with tips and tricks. It will also serve as my vlog to keep you all upto date with the projects I’m currently working on.

You can watch the first video below:

If you like what you see, please like and subscribe! I’m hoping to get a new video out each week, so if there is anything you would like to see, let me know in the comments.

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One of a kind Pennywise doll now up for auction!

OOAK Pennywise doll

Followers of my Facebook Page  will know that I have been working on my own version of Pennywise the Dancing Clown from the 2017 Version of Stephen King’s IT since I watched the movie for the first time last year.

He is now ready, and up for auction!  You can place your bids here: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/183134309171

Pennywise started life as a run of the mill clown doll until I gave him my signature twist of my Abandoned Toys.

 

He now has a latex face and a hand-stitched outfit. He is truly one of a kind and I’m going to find it hard to let go!

IT dollPennywise dollStephen King ITPennywise doll

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Rant: E-Waste recycling, or the lack of it

My 9 to 5 day job is in HR for a large company. Now, said company are upgrading some of their systems.
Me being me, I saw an opportunity to buy some older PCs for next to nothing, which I would salvage for parts and cases for later projects. So off I go to speak to the person in charge about the PCs.

To my absolute shock I was told no, the PCs are off to be destroyed because of Data Protection!!
Now obviously within my role I understand the key importance of the Data Protection Act, however, what I don’t understand is why companies feel that the whole PC needs to be scrapped…How Wasteful!

Nearly 99% of the PC can be reused without infringing upon data protection (literally remove the old hard drive and take a hammer and chisel to it!). Now don’t get me wrong, I am not annoyed that I was told no to buying the PCs, what annoys me is that perfectly good components are being sent to landfill for no reason.

Anyways enough of my rants for this week I can hear Luke calling me from the workshop!!

Keep your eye out for the next project soon to be posted!!

Take care little devils

Green Jnr
(Harry)

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Voodoo dolls

Evening all  I went a bit mad this weekend and used up some of my scrap fabrics to make these little Voodoo doll guys 💀
What do you think?
I had so much fun making them, and it saves on waste too! Can’t wait to make some more! They’re for sale on my Etsy page for £13 each

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DeadCoupage

I was pointed towards a new page this week by a work colleague. There’s a local guy that takes animal skulls and applies decoupage to them to create beautiful works of art. Some of them look like they are made from porcelain, it gives a whole new meaning to bone china. Beautiful. Check out his facebook page here: facebook.com/DeadCoupage

 

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#ThriftFest 2016

This weekend we popped along to check out the Festival of Thrift in Redcar. What an amazing event! Over 120 stalls, entertainment, workshops & events running all day. I’d highly recommend it.

It was fantastic to see so many people there, all with an appreciation of upcycling and sustainability. Harry and I spoke to many of the stall holders, all lovely people with great individual styles. We saw reinvented furniture, altered clothes, cigarbox guitars (yes, Harry had to have one of those!) and even some great art installations. Kudos to the organisers, we were walking round like kiddies at Disneyland!

And to top it all off I got to meet one of my idols, Mr Max McMurdo of Reestore. What a lovely guy he was, I could have chewed his ear off with upcycle talk but the poor guy was hungry so I let him go for lunch. Not before getting a signed copy of his #Upcycling book though (give it a read, it’s great!)

We were so impressed, I’ve enquired about having a stall there ourselves next year. Come and find us! I’ll post an update nearer the time.

Festival of Thrift

Max McMurdo – Reestore

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Chair with seat woven from upcycled belts

Here’s a new technique I tried out. I found a chair that was missing a seat and I was considering making a wooden seat with upholstered cushion. Then I had the idea to weave a seat instead.

Belts made a perfect medium for this project. Not only are they strong and durable, they’re the perfect size to weave around a chair seat. I made this without cutting one belt. All of the belts are also woven underneath the seat and buckled together. This way, if any of the belts need replacing over time, it’s really easy to do so, without any tools at all!