Don’t Blink, Ken… Or The Weeping Barbie Will Get You


That which holds the image of an Angel becomes itself an Angel. Have fun with that.

Barbie dolls have been around since 1959, but never before have they been this terrifying. [anthropolywog] decided to kick the creepy factor up a notch by modifying some poor, defenseless Barbie dolls into weeping angels.

If you aren’t familiar with the weeping angel concept, you probably don’t watch Dr. Who. The weeping angel episode, titled “Blink“, is now considered a classic Dr. Who episode. The basic premise is that some creepy, weeping stone statues can move only when no one is looking at them. Even closing your eyes for a moment to blink is enough to get them to move. It’s actually quite terrifying, but also awesome.

[anthropolywog] started by purchasing several ordinary Barbie dolls. She then cut off all of the arms at the elbow. This is because the Barbie arms do not normally bend at the elbow, and this was required to get that classic weeping angel pose. The hair was glued up into a bun, similar to the weeping angels from the show. The Barbies were then hot glued to wooden stands to make it easier to work on them.

Crinkle cotton fabric was then cut into a simple dress shape and draped over the dolls. The entire doll was then sprayed with a mixture of Elmer’s glue and water. This stiffens up the fabric and makes the whole thing look more statuesque.

The most complicated part was the wings. [anthropolywog] hand-made the wings from cardboard and craft feathers. This process took several hours of work in order to get something that would look right.

The dolls were primed for paint separately from the wings. The wings were then attached, and the whole doll was painted with “natural stone” textured spray paint. The final touch was to re-draw the faded eyes and mouths with a fine tipped permanent marker. You can see in the photo that the result turned out very well.

[via Reddit]


  1. TacticalNinja says:

    Did I miss the hack here? I thought that this was an animatronic doll that would move when you are not looking at it, but I don’t see any electronics in this.

  2. this puts us all at risk being that guy asking, where’s the hack?

  3. ForestNija says:

    wait a minute

    so this hack is he cut the arms off of a barbie and spray painted them grey?

    no actuator or anything? the dolls don’t actually move or do anything? why is this on this site?

  4. DainBramage1991 says:

    Modifying and re-purposing. Yep, it’s a hack. Just one that’s in a different category than we are used to seeing on this site.

    Very nicely done, keep up the good work, [anthropolywog].

  5. vonskippy says:

    Meh, stay tuned tomorrow when HaD shows us how to turn empty soda bottles into clever xmas tree decorations.

  6. Marvin says:

    So… it’s more ‘craft’ than ‘hack’ but who cares? Stop being so cranky…

  7. Levi says:

  8. Kathy Farrey says:

    If she used Monster High dolls, she wouldn’t have to cut the arms.

  9. Dave says:

    How COOL would it be to actually create a statue and have it move when no one is around?! Each day you could look and see how it had changed…

  10. Shannon says:

    anthropolywog, I love it! Great work.
    I wouldn’t be able to have one in my home though, those things terrify me.

  11. What would be really cool if someone could make an embedded gif/video that could access a webcam or front cam on a phone and use open cctv to track eyes. I think you all know where I’m going with this. Would be Scarry as heck.

  12. acomputerdog says:

    Notice the tradis in the background of the image

  13. barry99705 says:

    Yea, I thought it was going to be something like this.

  14. Quote: “Did I miss the hack here? I thought that this was an animatronic doll that would move when you are not looking at it, but I don’t see any electronics in this.”

    Hey, even nerds can have their artistic moments. This is art man. It doesn’t have to move. Just being there makes it marvelous.

    My congratulations to anthropolywog. Her weeping Barbie/angel looks beautiful.

  15. Smorges Borges says:

    Where’s the Arduino?

    This is cool. Animatronics can come later.

  16. Someone missed a perfect opportunity to use a gif as the article image.

  17. DigiGram says:

    I think this is awesome geeky art! Thanx for sharing [anthropolywog]

  18. Tom the Brat says:

    Look to your left.

  19. Ren says:

    Thanks for explaining the Dr. Who part, even though I’ve watched a number of shows, I guess I missed that one…

  20. lunaeros says:

    When did Hackaday get bought buy Instructables?
    What. You guys are accepting arts & crafts now?

    Don’t disillusion us guys. This is about the ONLY site left on the net that’s supposed to be dedicated to hacks ONLY!

    • lunaeros says:

      And I’m not denying that it might be cool looking but it does not belong on Hackaday.
      This is art & crafts it is not a hack. It belongs on a site like Instructables.

  21. jehan60188 says:

    so… hackaday now features arts and crafts? or is it only when it’s got “street credit” with the hipster nerd crowd (you know, the ones that think they’re nerds because they watch one of the most popular television series ever)?

  22. That one guy says:

    While there is a fine line, this isn’t a hack. It’s arts & crafts. A great deal of hacking is repurposing things, but just being repurposed doesn’t make it a hack.

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