Friday, January 21, 2011
A Pooch Tut for You!
POODLE: One stem is coiled around pen or pencil. The circumference of object determines how large your puppy will be.
A second stem is inserted through coils made. Bend stem at right angle to form tail at one end, neck at the other end. A poodle has a long neck. A backwards "4" is made to create triangle shape base for head coil. Snip cleaner.
"U" shaped lengths of stem are inserted between body coils. Trim legs to desired height. A third stem will be needed.
A pen or pencil is used to form head. Wrap six coils towards point creating shape to taper. Insert "4" triangle inside coils from larger opening.
Ouch! Stem inserted between head coil to form ears. Trim to desired length.
Using small pointed scissors trim away cleaner from metal center at tip of each exposed stem. Insert stems into centers of med. poms for legs, smaller for ears and tail. Trim poms.
Tacky glue is used to place eyes and trims. I usually use seed beads for the eyes. How cute are these canine companions!
By changing small details, you can create different types of dogs. I have bent a second stem and twisted it to create a thicker tail. A shorter neck, a backwards "4".
Flattening the head coils creates a different shape for this puppy.
Thicker legs created by twisting bent stem first.
Or by coiling around leg another stem. I use a candy stick to create these small coils.
Short dogs with long legs, wide dogs with short legs. Ears up, ears down, whiskers or pug nosed. I promise once you make one, you will make another. I now have used my entire supply of pink pipe cleaners making Valentine Pooches!
Speaking of Valentines and pooches, my Twirly Swirly Girl had her First Anniversary dinner table beautifully set waiting Joes return from work. A vase of flowers, petals on the table and floor, candles lit to create a scene. Nahla and Joe's puppy Elan ate all of the petals! Not to worry. Joe arrived with a bouquet of roses and bag full of petals of his own!
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