Hi friends, once again I’m dropping in to show off my latest work before I attempt to pick up more stuff after WF lol. I realized that I forgot to upload my previous work Kyunoko but now it’s too late so whatever. More pictures of this Miku are available on my website Plum Workshop or my Facebook page (lower quality ver.). I am also considering selling this piece so please contact me if you are interested, thanks!
This is the fabulous and strange Miku Hatsune (Jizou ver.) from the circle Kind of Magic, sculpted and sold in 2014-2015. I acquired her as part of a bulk auction with a bunch of other small chibi Miku kits but for whatever reason this one stuck out to me. Probably because I’m weird too? Idk. Anyway, I lovingly nicknamed her “Buddha Miku” but she has an intriguing inspiration. This version of Miku is based off a prominent Japanese Bodhisattva named Jizou, known as a guardian of the earth and a protector of lost souls, the unborn, children and travelers.
This kit is very small (only 4.3 cm or 1.75” fully built) and doesn’t look complete on her own. Thus, after some convincing from friends I decided to build her a mini altar complete with LED lighting. I also sewed a small cushion and purchased some miniature altar offerings. Fully built, the diorama is about 4” L x 4” W x 6” H. In other words, everything here is custom made except for the raw materials, kit, and miniatures.
Miku undergoing hair repair
Figure building in various stages
Face paint before sealer + final details
Miku was a straightforward build although there were some minor nuisances. When I received this kit, she had a fair number of air bubbles including large bubbles that erupted at the tips of her hair. I ended up resculpting the hair tips with Tamiya Smooth Type Epoxy. Other than that she was easy and followed my usual pattern of enamel + lacquer paint. I did have the opportunity to add a pearl tint to her hair thanks to some new lacquer from SMS paints :) For some reason, she also comes with shorter pigtails so I left them unglued so they can be switched out easily.
The base was the first time I attempted woodworking other than a REALLY old attempt for Len’s base back in 2013. It was certainly an experience but I don’t know if I’ll attempt anything else like this anytime soon since the whole process was pretty time consuming. Building popsicle stick furniture and smaller boxes is much easier LOL. Detailed photos are available on my FB page but I’ve summarized a few key photos below:
Every piece of wood was pre-measured according to my design and cut out with a fine-toothed saw
Pieces were initially stained but I switched this during assembly with white spray paint
After final assembly, black cardstock was added to the floor for contrast. I also added a hinge to the top so it can be displayed with or without a cover.
LEDs were rigged in with a secret compartment in the bottom of the box
I have also never used LED lights before so it was a fun experience. If you are interested in custom lighting, I’ve detailed my experiences and created a tutorial over at my Facebook page or my website. LEDs are a really easy thing to add to a figure to make it pop.The lights I installed are also crazy bright and basically light up an entire room which can be a little spooky if you look at Miku at night…
Thank you for reading and may Buddha Miku bless you with easy prep and smooth paint jobs.