Friday, February 08, 2008

If you follow this blog regularly, you might have noticed I missed Monday this week, which I don't think I've done in quite some time. I think. I could look it up, but the streak is broken. Where was I? Blame Blog@Newsarama and Paper Robots 1999; I was downstairs from my computer having arts and crafts time.

Actually, I started it at work. Shh!

Usually, I have a set of colored pencils in my backpack for exactly this sort of thing, but I'm not sure where they got to. Instead, I had to use pens, which does make for that seventh-grade study hall dicking off aesthetic. I put the template on the thin cardboard of a Fed Ex envelope, which gave it a little more weight. I should've poked bigger holes in it, though.

After folding and gluing it, I started stringing the pieces together. I had some rubber bands from work, but they were the long, thick ones: too big. I ended up using fishing line, which I have in my toolbox for some reason, but it dawned on me what would've been perfect: twist ties. The twist ties I get with just about every action figure purchase. If I had started this before the trash had gone, I would've had more than enough from my purchases this weekend. Heck, the Jack Sparrow figure alone would've done it. I used to have a ball of twisties that I added to every time I bought another toy, and it was about the size of a softball. Had to get rid of it when I moved in with my future Wife. This is the second time in recent memory that the damn thing would've come in handy: a while ago, I needed to jury-rig Sugarpie's cage together since the door was falling off. (Spoiler: I'm not very handy.)

This took me frickin' ever. Admittedly, my evening was broken up a lot by dinner, playing with the kids, letting the dogs in and out, and watching TV; but I think my vague idea of trying to make, oh, say a couple dozen A.I.M. beekeepers to fight Captain America and the Thing; is an impossible dream. But the Oldest and I might try the Black Spider-Man one later: he was trying to make a Wolverine, then accidentally cut the chest piece in half and got frustrated, which I can hardly blame him for. We'll save up our twisties for it.


SallyP said...

My dear, you have some unexpected talents.

Stephen said...

i've never made on of these gotta try it out