Sorry I didn’t post the final part yesterday but I had to take care of some paperwork as well as preparing some changes to how I will be doing things here on this website in anticipation for the event. I can’t believe it’s already going to be next week…
Let’s do our best!
As I said before, I won’t be showcasing everything here so as to not make it too long so if you wish to see more photos click on any of the pictures I posted here and it will take you to the flickr gallery containing most of the pictures I take of the process or of my work.
One of the things I noticed when I was done was that I had to rework the Pikachu piñata since it looked strange.
So, let the “surgery” begin. Be warned, graphic images ahead.
I was thinking of combining a lot of layers to make it soft and spongy to give it the feel of chubby cheeks but the glue hardened and didn’t quite give me the effect I wanted. But this is something I want to try on the next batch (if there is one).
Chubby Pikachu is best Pikachu.
Alright, now that that is done. The next step is to make holes for the strings.
Once you have passed the string through the holes you next have to have a stopper so that the string doesn’t get out of the hole by accident. What I do is attach some cardboard make a knot at the ends and then put some hot glue to keep it from separating and passing through the cardboard itself.
This is how it should look once you put the cardboard stoppers inside. The string can also be hidden within the piñatas by putting them inside the hole.
Anyway, finally, here are the finished piñatas.
The ears were a bit tough to make since I didn’t want them to be flat and instead have some volume to them. Although this design is quite simple it did take quite a bit of time to make due to planning and trying out new techniques since this is supposed to be all one piece of cloth or fabric. The eyes and cheeks were colored on separate pieces of paper so as to not ruin the whole piñata forcing me to start over. Luckily it all fit in one try.
There’s a little surprise at the bottom of the paws.
This was the second piñata I made. I really like the way it turned out.
Litten (this was the starter I chose, haven’t evolved him since I really don’t like his other forms).
Probably my favorite among the Pokemon piñata I made along with Mimikyu.
And now with Pokemon out of the way, let’s go towards the only other piñatas that are from other series. Though they both are from Ghibli films. Starting with my first ever Ghibli film.
This one took me a long time and was the most expensive to make. Since I couldn’t find the right color paper at the store I had to make it using my Copic pigments. It guzzled the remaining ink of one of my refill cartridges and even required some more from a new one… But it was worth it since I got just the right color. I used a W5 Copic pigment by the way. Paw pads were C5 I believe, if not then C7.
Maybe I should have made his tail more flexible instead of the stiff one I put on.
And now the final one. In fact from my favorite Ghibli film.
This was the last official piñata I did (though I did rework Pikachu after finishing Jiji).
I do wish you guys get to see the full version to see some details like the whiskers.
The ears were painted with Copics pigments BV04. The whiskers were made from fishing line that I painted with a black Copic marker. The pink paper was also not entirely the color I wanted so I added some pigment on that too with an R83 Copic marker. The bow is nowhere in the movie (from what I remember) and just seems to be from some promotional material or extra artwork. But I really like it so I decided to add it. It can be untied quite easily though in case the customer doesn’t like it.
And that ends the piñata saga (for now). We’ll see how they sell, if they do I will make some more for the next convention. If they don’t sell, well I can always try it at the other convention and try my luck there. Only time will tell.
That will be all for piñatas (well I say that, but I do want to make some promotional material though), next time I want to talk about some updates on what my next plans are.
Hasta la proxima.