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So I tried my hand at sewing…

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My sister loves Narwhals. Now, granted, I could have stayed within my comfort zone and just make her a Narwhal necklace out of clay or something, but I decided to try my hand at making her a mustachioed, monocle wearing, Narwhal PLUSHIE.

The first time I had ever seen these horned whales depicted, I was watching one of my mother’s favorite movies, The Last Unicorn. I thought they were fascinating, and have since learned that infamous horn is actually an extremely large tooth, much like an elephant tusk.

Anyhow, enough of marine life lessons.

For this plushie, I followed a tutorial and used a pattern I found online, and dressed him up like a little Sir, because, well, my sister just loves mustaches and monocles as well. I had some blue, plush fabric left over from a failed attempt to make a baby blanket for one of my husband’s friends who had just welcomed his first child into the world (I ended up making bow tie onesies and some burp cloths instead. They didn’t mind the blanket being missing, they still seemed very happy).

You can find the tutorial and pattern here on this site called Craftster. I would also recommend visiting her Etsy shop, if you are thinking about adopting a little Narwhal buddy for yourself. She has a lot of other cute and colorful creations, and honestly, I’m thinking about putting an order in for one of those little Corgis, “for my daughter”, of course. 😉

I did a search on Google for mustachioed Narwhals to give me an idea of what I wanted to do, and believe it or not, there are already a lot of cute gentleman Narwhals out there. However, this one here was most like what I had in mind.

It took 4 hours of sewing (did I mention that I don’t know how to sew?) and two days to actually finish with the monocle and all. In the end though, I think my little sister will like it. If not…I might lock myself in my room and cry for a week. No big deal. ;P
Anyhow, say hello to her new whimsical horned whale of the deep blue, yet to be named, of course.
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Tutorial: Monocle Necklace

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I’m going to do a quick tutorial over how to make the Monocle necklace like what my sister is modeling here:
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Here is what you will need:
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Wire cutters
Chain
Jump Rings (5 small, 1 large)
Clasp
Round Nosed Pliers
Polymer Clay Mustache and Monocle (I have a tutorial on making both of these her eon my blog)

First we are just going to make a simple necklace with the Mustache like this:
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Put the jump rings through the holes you made in your mustache:
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Attach the Mustache to the length of chain you prefer. I don’t really measure, just eyeball it:
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Make sure you add your clasp to the other end of this chain:
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Next you want to add another (much) shorter length of chain a couple inches away from your clasp:
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Add the large jump ring to your monocle:
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And then attach the monocle to the other end of the shorter chain and you are done!
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Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and found it useful. 🙂 More to come!

Tutorial: Monocle

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I’m feeling rather full of Sir this month, so, I decided to try my hand at making a very simple monocle and mustache necklace (I have a tutorial on my blog on how to make a simple mustache, if you need). 

Here is what the final product ended up looking like:
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So, if you would like to make one for yourself, here is what you will need:
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Clay in your choice of color.
Exacto (or other type of blade)
Smoothing tool

Start by rolling your clay out into a long snake:
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Cut both ends with your blade to make them even, then attach them and make a circle:
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Roll out a small piece of clay like so:
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Pinch it into a tear drop shape and attach it to your large circle where the two end meet:
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Smooth out all the spots where the clay meets with your blending tool, then bake according to the instructions on your clay’s packaging.

When your done, you can throw together a cute little necklace and have some fun like my little sister did here:
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Enjoy and come back for more tutorials!!!