Custom Digivice – Season 1

It’s Odaiba Day! As well as the 17th anniversary of Digimon Adventure, so I thought it was about time I posted about my season 1 digivice makeover. I FINALLY got it finished after a lot of frustration but I am so happy with the results. Let’s get to it.

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So, here is my original season 1 Taichi digivice, a lovely orange color, but I wanted to make it look like it does normally when one of the digimon isn’t evolving, just because.

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I mentioned in my last digivice post how difficult it is to get these things apart, but this time the digivice won. I was able to get the back off and the “antenna” out, but no matter what I did or how many internet hacks I used, there was ONE little screw holding the electronics in place that would not budge. I had to put it back together and use some rather elaborate masking to protect the buttons and holes during painting.

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This is when the REAL headaches started. I spray painted the back of the main body and the clip no problem. It came out smooth and beautiful. When I started to paint the front, however, I got this awful crackling reaction in the paint.

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I went back to the internet for answers and decided that the surface had been too hot from sitting in the sun when I started painting. So I sanded away the wrinkles, let the paint that was already on there cure for 24 hours and tried a second time. It happened again! ARGH. I could not figure out what was happening.

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The internet seemed to think that I hadn’t let the first layer of paint cure long enough before painting again, even though on the back of the can it says you can paint again within 4 hours or after 24. So I let it sit for a full TWO WEEKS before I even looked at it again.

While I waited, I finished up painting the belt clip and in the process figured out that I apparently wasn’t shaking the paint can well/long enough before doing my second coat. This is why you follow directions, kids. If you use Krylon Maxx Ultimate Coverage spray paint, shake it longer than the recommended 2 minutes on the back of the can to save yourself the grief. Once I figured that out everything was fine. lol

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I really love the way it looks! I spent 20 minutes in the paint aisle picking out the perfect color (I used Peekaboo Blue), and while I wish it was just slightly more grey, all in all I think its dang near perfect.

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Toothless Plush

Toothless is finished!! I’m so happy!

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He was actually finished quite a while ago but I have been putting this post off for some reason. I started Toothless over a year ago and he went through many changes during the process. Normally a project doesn’t take me quite so long, but there were many experimental phases, time when I was stalled while looking for certain materials, and frustration periods where I didn’t work on him for weeks at a time. But I was determined to complete him and make him as unique and close to my vision as possible. I am unbelievably pleased with how he came out, so it was all worth it.

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Body and Legs

I’d never made a plush toy prior to deciding to make Toothless so I wanted a pattern as a jumping off point. I purchased this pattern from Etsy and made tweaks and changes as I went but patterned my own tail and wings because the originals weren’t working for me scale wise. During the initial process of getting the proportions and shapes down he went through two bodies, three tails, two and half sets of wings, six legs, and two heads. I think the only pieces that ended up being unchanged were the fins on his tail.

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His body is made out of very fuzzy fleece/fur fabric and his wings and fins are fleece. He’s very cuddly and soft! The furry fabric was pretty difficult to work with, though, because it stretched in odd ways and had a mind of it’s own (and left little black fuzzies EVERYWHERE. I’m still finding them!) It was also really difficult to see what I was doing around all the fluff, but I really liked the way it looked and felt so I had to experiment with a few construction methods to get it to work. I ended up adding a cotton lining to the entire thing to give it more stability and stop the thread from pulling out. It helped SO MUCH.

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I filled his feet and the end of his tail with plastic seeds just to give them a bit of weight and help him stand up on his own, and there is wire in his wings that make them fully posable! I considered leaving the wings soft for maximum cuddle factor, but I decided to mock them up with wire just to see what it would look like and I ended up liking it better.

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Claws and Eyes

Closely tied with his red tail fin, which I’ll discuss in a minute, Toothless’ claws are my FAVORITE part. This was one of the additions I made that wasn’t included in the original pattern and they looked even cooler than I imagined. I purchased some claw beads from a wonderful seller on Etsy and simply sewed them to the ends of his toes. They can be moved around like how Toothless uses his claws in the movie which makes me happy, but they do have to be adjusted sometimes otherwise they are just all over the place haha.

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The eyes took a while for me to be satisfied with. I bought a green 17mm set at the local craft store, but after a while I decided they were too small and the color was too flat. I took to the internet once more to find larger, slit pupil plastic safety eyes, which was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. I ended up buying some clear 24mm eyes from this shop that I was able to paint to a more accurate Toothless eye color. I used acrylic paint and they’re still not as bright as I wanted them to be, but I decided to let that one go. I even toyed around with the idea of rigging LEDs in his head to illuminate his eyes, but that will have to be a later addition. I made three different versions with various paint layering and I believe I ended up using option 2.

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Tail Fin

Runner up for favorite part of Toothless is his badass red tail fin. This is the only thing that I completely flew by the seat of my pants while I was making it. I didn’t make a mock up and just went right for it. I used some red outdoor vinyl to make the fin and drew the design on by hand with a paint pen. I had this random tiny leather belt laying around that I wanted to use, but when I began working with it the leather started to crack and disintegrate, so I picked up some flat, suede cord from JoAnn’s to replace it with.

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The metal “rods” are headpins for jewelry making and I also picked up a small riveting kit. The entire thing is put together with rivets and hot glue. I considered using my fancy vinyl/leather/plastic/metal/everything ever highly toxic and flammable glue, but I didn’t have time to mess with that! I was on a roll! I was able to put the whole thing together in about three hours total. The buckle is fully functional and the fin can be taken off.

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Head

The head was both the first and last thing I worked on. His original head was where I started this project and his second and final head was what I did last. The consequence of that was that I had a headless dragon hanging around the house for a few months lol.

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The first head was made without the cotton lining and when I would add the polyfill it stretched in all sorts of bizarre and lumpy directions, which is what lead me to the decisions to use the cotton for the body as well. Hand sewing the head took around 26 hours and all the movie soundtracks I posses. Shout out to all the classic Disney movies for getting me through the majority of it. The changes I made to the head were larger side ear fins and a slight tuck in the chin to make the shape flatter and less ball like. I also added some eyelids so he wouldn’t look so bugeyed.

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Let me know what you guys think and thanks for sticking with me through this long post!

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Custom Digivice

Hello hello!

I am a huge, HUGE Digimon fan. Yes, you read that right. It was on television when I was but a wee lass and it holds a very special place in my heart along side Pokemon and Sailor Moon. 2014 was the 15th Anniversary of the first season, Digimon Adventure. There have been a lot of things happening in celebration, one of which was the announcement of a BRAND NEW series based on the high school days of the original characters, Digimon Adventure Tri.

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My nine year old self is screaming! SCREAMING!

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With all the renewed hype about Digimon I dug out all my old Digivices for nostalgia’s sake. Most of them still work too! Kari/Hikari has always been my favorite character, probably because of her digimon Gatomon/Tailmon (she’s a cat), and I always wanted her digivice when I was a kid. I searched high and low for a pink digivice and my mother even joined the hunt but to no avail. I’m not even sure that a Kari digivice existed then, or even now. When I was nine it never occurred to me to take apart the one I already owned and paint it myself (I probably would have ruined it anyway) so now that I’m grown I decided to just do it!

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The one I have was purple, which if I remember wasn’t even a color in the show, so I didn’t feel bad about painting over it. It’s from the second season Digimon Adventure 02.

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Getting this thing apart was no easy task. It really fought me! I stripped two screws and accidentally disconnected the sound wires in the process (oops), but eventually got it to a place where it could be spray painted.

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I used Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2x spray paint in Candy Pink and Gloss Black. It worked pretty well, though I didn’t let it cure long enough the first time around and had to do a touch up coat on the back piece after letting it sit on a table for a few hours. I tend to get over excited when things are going well and proceed too quickly haha. You can’t see it very well in this picture but the two buttons that I painted black are on either side of the antenna. They are stuck to piece of masking tape so they wouldn’t blow away while I was painting them.

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There were a few scratches on the screen that I tried to buff out some with a little toothpaste (thanks internet.) It didn’t get rid of them completely but it definitely helped. You can really only see the scratches if you angle it in the light in a certain way and I was afraid to use anything more abrasive and make it worse, so I took what I could get with the toothpaste. I figure Kari’s digivice would be a little beat up after adventuring all over the Digital World anyway.

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I let all the pieces cure for about 5 days (lesson learned!) before I reassembled the entire thing.

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Overall I’m one very pleased digidestined! And I didn’t ruin it! It still works! My nine year old dreams have come true at last! I’ll have to get back in there someday and fix the sound wires but at the moment I don’t own a soldering iron or conductive glue. I used some electrical tape to protect the wires for now.

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I’m also painting my season 1 digivice but it is giving me A LOT more trouble than this one did so its taking a bit more time. Stay tuned for a post about that one too!

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Flower Tea Lights

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Spring is here! And I have no shortage of spring inspired projects on the way. First up, Flower tea lights! I ran across this idea on Pinterest recently and I loved the whimsical look. I didn’t have any idea where I would put them, but I had to make them! I was a bit skeptical going in because I’ve tried things off of Pinterest in the past that were just miserable failures, but these were surprisingly simple. The only thing I did differently was I used transparent plastic spoons instead of white. I think it turned out better because more light can pass through the clear spoon.

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I just want to make 80 of them and put them in my yard and pretend I’m in an enchanted fairy forest!

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Tea Lights Tutorial

-Kitri