Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant

This custom order came from an Etsy customer who is a big fan of Adventure Time. Let me tell you that this crochet creation really pushed me to be creative. When I was initially approached to create the design I hesitated and questioned whether I’d be able to make something like an Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant, APTWE for short. How would I make the body? The shotgun tusks? The trunk? Everything? I almost declined the commission but the artist in me said, “Challenge accepted.”

Crochet Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant

I sketched the design, chose the yarn, and got to work. There were times I didn’t think I’d make it and for a few days I was in a crocheter’s creative block, which is not ideal when a deadline is looming overhead. One day, something clicked. I attached a pink button to the tip of one of the trunks, thinking, “Ugh, this is going to look horrible.” But it wasn’t horrible and feeling the rush of inspiration I burst through the rut and finished the elephant.

I think one of my favorite parts of this war elephant was making the shotgun tusks. I wasn’t sure how to make them but then I experimented with felt, you know, the kind that you find at the craft store in sheets. I used a felting needing to blend and join the two different colors and to create the shotgun ridge in the middle. Super happy with how this turned out!

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