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21  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with hem stitch *Newb question on: July 09, 2014 10:31:51 PM
A picture would help.

However, it kind of sounds like you're talking about a stitch done with a double needle; on the top, you would see two straight lines of stitching, on the bottom, the bobbin thread zig zags from one to the other.
22  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Are these bobbins? on: July 09, 2014 10:28:21 PM
if they fit into a machine (sewing, weaving, whatever) they're probably called bobbins.
If they're more for storage, they might be called reels.
dunno where to find them, maybe ebay?
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Suggestions on how to duplicate this only smaller on: July 06, 2014 12:15:56 PM
Thin PVC is pretty flexible; support the tip and middle, and it will curve in between.  You just kinda accept what it does, don't try to decide what it's going to look like ahead of time.

I wanna see what you wind up with!
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Suggestions on how to duplicate this only smaller on: June 28, 2014 12:48:29 PM
OOOOOH!  PVC pipe would be great for the frame.  3/4" if the leaves are smaller, 1" or bigger for longer leaves.
You wouldn't need wire or pipe insulation...

I can't help it, my brain keeps going all the time. Roll Eyes
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: I'm being overrun by these bottles! on: June 27, 2014 11:10:06 AM
ooh, and another pharma tip: ask your doctor if you can get your Rx for a longer period.  Three or more months can often fit in the same bottle as a single month.  Reduce, reuse, recyle!
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Suggestions on how to duplicate this only smaller on: June 27, 2014 01:24:31 AM
I had fun trying to figure it out--the challenge is at least half the fun!
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Suggestions on how to duplicate this only smaller on: June 26, 2014 07:54:52 PM
looks like it's knit fabric over a framework.

It's the framework that's going to be a challenge. 
I would try to find the heaviest, stiffest wire I could bend--maybe even double or triple strands.
To get the nice round edges, check hardware store for pipe insulation; it is usually slit all along its length.
put the wire in, seal it up with the sticky stuff, then make a leaf shape.
See the cross-bracing on each leaf?  It could be something rigid, like a dowel or PVC pipe.  Put it at the widest part of each leaf, plus anywhere else that seems to need it.
Cover with fabric; easiest would probably be cover only the lower side, bring the fabric snugly around the frame, and stitch in place.  Glue will likely bleed through and look ugly, but you could test it out on scrap.  Trim off any excess fabric as you go.
Figure how to stabilize the floor end; maybe a heavy cardboard tube, or a tall wastebasket.  I'll call this "the can"  Fasten it to the floor, or at least to a heavy chunk of plywood.
Shape the centermost leaf approximately how you want it.

GET AT LEAST ONE OR TWO PEOPLE TO HELP YOU FROM HERE ON OUT
 
Put the leaf end into the can. 
Have one or two people hold the leaf up how you want it to be, and another person uses a ladder to suspend the leaf from the ceiling with fishing line in several places.

Repeat for each leaf, then attach the surrounding pieces (they look like sepals to me, but I think that's what you called the trunk).  They look like they're built pretty much like the leaves, but with a center rib to give them dimension.

Disclaimer:
I've never done anything like this, I'm just trying to figure out what I'd try first.  I would buy enough materials to make one leaf and see how it worked out before investing in the rest.

Incidentally, you might want to check with the fire department; we got in trouble one time for having banners hanging below the sprinklers, so there may be some law or regulation in your area.  Take a picture with you, that should entertain them!



28  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I make Starman's Cosmic Staff? on: June 26, 2014 07:29:57 PM
maybe oven-bake clay over a form made of scrunched up foil and wire?
29  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tobi Mask: fastening to the head. on: June 26, 2014 07:27:57 PM
I was thinking of a hood--be kinda ninja.  I have used a knit hood to support a fairly heavy mask.  It could even have a velcro opening or neck strap to make it more secure
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: How Can I Make Art Lockets Like These? Techniques? See Pics on: June 25, 2014 11:15:33 AM
I'm thinking decals.  You can buy decal paper, print from your computer, then water-transfer the image; the gold (or whatever) color of the locket would show through.  You'd probably need to put a tough finish on the top so they don't get scratched.
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