Mr. Franklin Forge, Steampunk Elf

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Hi, I am Claudia, owner and designer by CB’s Creations. I live in the Netherlands, near Rotterdam. I am married and have two sons and I work part-time at a shipyard. Let me tell you a little bit about my creations! Thank you, Sheri, for allowing me to contribute to your blog!

Frequently I hear the question: How do you do it?
How do I turn the ideas in my head into real creations? It is always something different that inspires me. So, almost each creation will be designed in a different way than the other.
Without inspiration I cannot make a creation. Inspiration can come in many different ways. The idea to start CB’s Creations came to me through modelling with clay. Crocheting and modelling with clay? Yes!

As long as I can remember, I have always been busy with some kind of arts and crafts: drawing and colouring, crocheting, embroidery, mosaics, stained glass, tiffany, making wreaths with different materials, making teddy bears, decoupage. I even tried to paint for a little while. I also made dolls and other creations with clay. When you create a face with clay it is usually done in a fixed order of steps, every time with a different outcome. I had a lot of fun crocheting patterns from others (and I still do that from time to time), but I wanted to come up with something of my own.

Would it be possible to use the clay modelling techniques to create a face while crocheting? Yes it can be done! That is how my Mr. Franklin Forge came into my world. I started to build his face. From there on I figured out how he would look like. He would become an elf wearing clothes, but barefoot.

My creations don’t have to be toys, to be played with, so I made a frame for the body of electricity wire (supplied by my dear husband). This way the elf can stand on his own. I crocheted him with cotton yarn, from different brands, but all matching (about the same thickness of the yarn) and I used crochet hook 2.5mm (C).

My oldest son suggested a steampunk theme and I created matching clothes. Together we looked on the Internet for an appropriate name, which wasn’t used by someone else: Mr. Franklin Forge, Steampunk Elf.

At the Design Contest of Amigurumi Patterns in 2017 he got hold of a nice 99th place. Not bad, if you know that there were more than 700 participants!

Just by looking at Franklin Forge, you can see that I got my inspiration, for different elements, from different sources.

Do you want to see more of my creations? Take a look at my Facebook page

You could find me on Etsy and Ravelry as well!

Thank you, Claudia, for your amazing contribution! Sheri


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