As promised, I am finally uploading one of the projects I completed while home for the holidays. This one was also a gift, but I’m thinking I might make myself one or two when I’m home this summer. I found the tutorial here, and although I did change up a few steps to accommodate the materials I had on hand and the final look I wanted, the basic principle is pretty much the same. I found the linked tutorial to be incredibly clear, useful, and instructive. I’ve only included my own step-by-step process here to record exactly what worked for me, and I mean no infringement on the absolute creative genius of the person behind the linked tutorial. Also, as the original post says, the Weeping Angel is a copyrighted character. In order to avoid copyright infringement, please don’t make these to sell in any way shape or form.
hot glue gun (hi temp)
hot glue sticks
styrofoam (2 pieces) or craft foam (2 pieces)
Barbie dress (or material to make a dress)
2 popsicle sticks or doll stand
terra-cotta pot coaster (medium)
wire cutters or strong scissors
Xacto knife or serrated blade
stone textured spray paint
Step 1: Draw or trace two wing shapes on your styrofoam pieces. I found an image online that I liked by google searching “gothic angel statue wing” or something along those lines, and traced it out on a sheet of white computer paper. Then, I cut it out, glued it to my styrofoam, and cut out around the shape. Cutting the styrofoam was a bit difficult (and messy) for me (I was recycling some old coolers I had lying around), but if you use craft foam (found at any craft store), you’ll probably save yourself a lot of aggravation and a huge mess. I used a serrated blade to cut my styrofoam because it was pretty thick and dense, but an Xacto knife will probably do the trick with craft foam. I also cut out a small circle to help stabilize my Barbie.
Step 2: Trace the details on the front of your wings with hot glue. This will add texture under the spray paint and help make it look like the wings have actually been carved from stone.
Step 3: Once you’ve finished your wings, chop off your Barbie’s arms at the elbows. I used my dad’s heavy-duty wire cutters, and the arms snapped right off no problem.
Step 4: My Barbie came with a short dress, so I added a little length to be sure her outfit matched the long, robe-esque clothing gothic angel statues – and, more importantly, the angels on Doctor Who – wear. I simply cut a strip from an old pillowcase, stitched into a tube, and used some fabric adhesive to attach the tube to the dress my Barbie was already wearing.
Step 5: Hot glue the popsicle sticks together, so they are about the length from your Barbie’s shoulders to an inch or two past her toes. Glue the popsicle stick to your Barbie’s back. Then, shove the extra inches of popsicle stick into your small styrofoam circle. This should help stabilize your Barbie. Mine didn’t stand entirely on her own yet though. I didn’t get a picture of this step, but imagine you are crafting a doll stand from the popsicle sticks. In fact, I’m sure one of those metal doll stands would work wonderfully here if you’d rather just buy one than fashion your own makeshift one.
Here’s one for sale on Amazon. Click the picture to buy.
Step 6: Dress your Barbie in her new dress. Then, use the hot glue gun to re-attach her forearms in the proper Weeping Angel position. I loaded up the elbow joints with glue and covered her eyes (where the fingers attach) with glue as well. Those arms aren’t going anywhere.
**Styrofoam Only** If you used Styrofoam for your wings, you’ll need to wrap them completely in masking tape. If you don’t your spray paint will eat right through all your hard work in the final steps. The craft foam should hold up to the spray paint on its own, but I did actually like the texture the masking tape created on the back of the wings (You should be able to see this in the next few pictures.
Step 7: Cut two slits in your Barbie’s dress where you want to attach the wings. Again, load up the wings and your Barbie’s back with glue and attach.
I told you I loaded her up. Those wings are also not going anywhere.
Step 8: Put your Barbie’s hair in a ponytail on the very top of her head. I used a regular rubber band to secure it. See the pictures above for placement. Then, chop all the hair off as close to your elastic as possible. Next, using your hot glue gun, layer glue in strips across the top of her head until you are satisfied with the look. There really isn’t a right or wrong way to do this, just start pumping the glue and go with the flow.
Step 9: Hot glue the bottom of your small styrofoam circle to the bottom of the terra-cotta coaster. I don’t have a picture of this step either, but just flip the coaster upside from how it would sit under a pot. It should make a little pedestal shape kind of like this: /—-\
Step 10: Take your nearly-complete Angel to a well-ventilated area and blast it with your primer. I think I ended up using about 3 coats of primer total (waiting about 10 minutes between coats for it to dry) to be satisfied. Your Angel should be all white and looking pretty awesome by now.
Step 11: Once your primer is dry, blast your Angel with the stone textured spray paint until you are satisfied with the coverage.
My apologies for the terrible camera glare.
And, drumroll, you’re done! Find a nice place for your new Weeping Angel, wrap it up and give it as a gift, or run in terror as fast as you can. Whatever you do, don’t blink.
And here’s mine all finished and gifted with a nice new home in my friend’s apartment.