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Old 04-08-2013, 10:40 AM   #1
 
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My daughter has to make a Susan B. Anthony figurine out of a Pringle's can and a styrofoam ball head.

Any suggestions on how I can make nice hair? I would like it parted in the middle and pulled back into a low bun.

I bought black yarn.

I also bought a little crocheted doily and a black derby hat (and a feather)...either of which could camouflage glue or bald spots or whatever.

But how can I attach the yarn to the styrofoam ball in an attractive way w/ a center part (to make a 19th century hairdo)?

I was thinking of sewing a long rectange of yarn down the center and then glueing the center part w/ a glue gun?

I also saw at the store there is "doll hair" that's like these little individual clumps of curls you can stick into a doll's bald head? How would you do that on a styrofoam ball?
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Could you cover the ball with a piece of fabric? Essentially, like, a scalp. And you could punch holes in the fabric and thread the yard through for hair, before attaching the fabric to the ball. You could pretty easily secure the yard on the underside of the fabric with tape or glue.

Also, I would maybe "unwind" each strand of yarn if you really have some time on your hands, so it's more like hair then big pieces of yarn.
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Cover the ball w/ fabric! Great idea. I already decided to cover the Pringle's can w/ a white tube sock so the red labelling isn't visible. So maybe I can cover the head w/ the other white tube sock.

I bought the cutest fabric (quilting squares) from Jo-Ann fabric. Bought black lace to trim the bottom of the skirt and and a package tulle circles to puff the skirt up. Little movable eyeball stickers w/ eyelashes. A bigger doilie for a shall with a cameo brooch to close the shawl (the same one being discussed in another thread).

I like sewing but I'm terrible at these little craftsy projects.

Not really sure what, if anything, to do about arms. I bought some thick pipe cleaners butI 'm not sure I wanna get that fancy.
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do we can pictures when its done?
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I'm afraid to say yes!

So far she is wearing a red cape and a hat w/ a long feather, cocked to the side, a black and purple fleur de lis hoop skirt...scared she may ook morelike a pimp than a suffragist. LOL

Also, can I just ask here...honestly, is there anyone here who is not familiar w/ the name Susan B. Anthony?
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For arms, how about make it so her hands are clasped in front of her? You could use the pipe cleaners under the clothing to make the shape of elbows/arms, and then attach a couple hands (maybe cut out felt or something) directly on the body.
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For arms, how about make it so her hands are clasped in front of her? You could use the pipe cleaners under the clothing to make the shape of elbows/arms, and then attach a couple hands (maybe cut out felt or something) directly on the body.
So don't actually make sleeves? Just keep her arms under all fabric and glue little hands on top of the fabric.

Another good idea

This is my daughter's school project but I have the feeling I will be doing most of the work. (I always hated when parents did that!)
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This is my daughter's school project but I have the feeling I will be doing most of the work. (I always hated when parents did that!)
I think there are a lot of ways around actually "doing all the work" as a parent, if you play it right. Like, sit down with your daughter and brainstorm about what she looks like and what she wears. And then brainstorm about how you are going to do it. You can guide her in the "right" direction to the thing's you've come up with, or maybe she'll have a totally different idea that'll also work. And then make her do most of the gluing, etc.!

So in the end, even if it's all your idea, at least she'll feel like it's all her idea, and feel like she make it. :-)
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Also, can I just ask here...honestly, is there anyone here who is not familiar w/ the name Susan B. Anthony?
Oh boy...really? LOL
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Instead of glueing an entire scalp on a round ball, which might be difficult, just cut a narrow strip of fabric the will be the "part". Place your yarn perpendicularly across it and sew down the part. Then glue the part to the ball where ever you want it. Then put the yarn/hair back and form into a small bun and put glue on the back of it and pin in place. Bobby pins will stick into the ball.


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Instead of glueing an entire scalp on a round ball, which might be difficult, just cut a narrow strip of fabric the will be the "part". Place your yarn perpendicularly across it and sew down the part. Then glue the part to the ball where ever you want it. Then put the yarn/hair back and form into a small bun and put glue on the back of it and pin in place. Bobby pins will stick into the ball.


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This, too, is a great idea. That was kinda more what I was thinking initially.

I'm buying the tube socks tonight; either way, I will need one for her body. So I can see if she looks crazy w/ a sock for skin on her face and head.

I was going to paint on ips w/ light pink nail polish...and that would def be easier to do in the styro, rather than the socks.

It helps so much to talk these difficult decisions thru!

I'm using "Harriet Oleson" from Little House on the Prairie as my inspiration.
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^^^you *so* better post a pic of the finished product!

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I will say that these school projects take forever and sometimes I'm not sure how we fit it all in! My five year old needs to make a replication of a Guyanese house. We have done half of the work so far (last night) and the remainder will be done tonight as it's due tomorrow morning and will be on display tomorrow night.

Good thing she didn't have Girl Scouts last night or we'd be stuck doing it all in one day!

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BK's so far.

We still have to work on adding more greenery and details to the house (door/shutters). The entire project is about 3x2 feet. It may be a little more extensive than what they expected...

We will be making a lot of palm trees tonight!
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So I did a combination of both WhoMe and goldencurly's ideas. I lay down 60 strands of black yarn (30 pieces folded) on top of a thin piece of white fusible interfacing that was maybe 5" long. I ironed the yarn onto the interfacing and it held pretty well. Then i ran a seam of black thread down he middle of the interfacing so it looked like parted hair. (I also cut the folded loops of yarn on the one side so there were 60 strands of flowing hair.)

Then i hot-glued the strip of interfacing onto the top of a white tube sock that i pulled over a styrofoam ball.

Because Susan B Anthony wore a low bun, i glued the strands of hair onto her scalp in the way hair would lie if you were wearing your hair parted in the middle and a low bun (and had no ears).

So fun. Now I want to join Pinterest and start making cloth dolls! (And I thought I hated crafts.)





She's not finished yet but here are some quick pics. I scaled back my conceptualization of it so my daughter really could help and it would look like she helped.

Thanks for the suggestions!
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Awesome!
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Looks great!!!
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