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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Gandalf the Grey on: November 12, 2014 12:14:46 PM

The big costume I made for Halloween this year was the top wizard himself, Gandalf. My Gandalf was based on his description in the book The Hobbit, with a little mix of Ian McKellen's portrayal, John Howe's paintings and my own spirit-guide drawing. It's not a very complicated costume but it was about the little parts that sold it.

With the facial hair, makeup and facial prosthetics, (along with changing my gait and voice) I had everyone thinking I was a man until I squeaked out some words in my regular voice. It's definitely a costume I plan on wearing again!

Several of my friends also went as characters from (the movies) The Hobbit (both ladies here also made their costumes!)

The eagles were busy - had to take transit.
Thanks for looking! There are more pictures and a tutorial up over here Cheesy
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The Other Mother on: November 04, 2014 03:59:02 PM

"Buttons? Do you like them?...I'm your Other Mother silly!"

One (because one is never enough!) of the Halloween costumes I made this year was the Other Mother (in mid-transformation) from the movie Coraline. It's pretty fun to wear - turns out having buttons in your eyes really unnerves people - and it's fairly simple to construct if you have a little bit of sewing knowledge (ie you can follow patterns.)

I put up a little tutorial on how I assembled the costume - it's a pretty inexpensive outfit to put together and works best if you have kids/short friends to be your Coraline Wink Everyone got a real kick out of us. Thanks for looking!

3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Death Note Costume - Rem on: October 13, 2014 12:45:52 PM
A few years ago I made a Ryuk costume from the anime/manga/movie Death Note - and I decided the time had come for me to revisit the series and go as another Shinigami (Death God) named Rem.

Photo by Rui Photography

Originally I was going to sculpt, mold and cast a latex suit, but after sculpting and making the torso, I hit a block. My mold locked and I couldn't get it open! I still wanted to make Rem so I took a different route to make a faster, cheaper costume.

Photo by Andres Vargas

In a nutshell I made a bodysuit, glued craft and upholstery foam and backer rod to it, covered it with latex and repeated this method for the feet and hands. I also made a wig and face (chin and nose) prosthetic. It's not as detailed as I would like, but overall I am very happy with the results.

Photo by David Ngo

..and this costume was constructed in about two and a half weeks, so, er you can still make it in time for Halloween Wink I have a full tutorial up on how it was made over here Cheesy
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Avatar Kyoshi on: October 08, 2014 11:56:23 AM

I went to my (first) Anime Convention this summer, so of course I had to make a costume for it. Or two. Or four. The first one I made and wore was Avatar Kyoshi from the Avatar: The Last Airbender Series.

Photo by David Che

She was the oldest avatar, with the largest feet, who got things *done*. Alright, so maybe some of her deeds didn't work out in the long-run...but who wouldn't want to dress up as the fiercest Avatar of them all?

Photo by David Che

I made it all (except the shoes!). This costume could still use a few tweaks, but regardless it was an interesting experience to make and fun to wear (save for the 6" boots). The fans/headpiece were brass, the bracers were leather, and I used white alcohol based makeup (the same stuff for my Aisling cosplay). I recently made a tutorial on how to make the fans for all you future Kyoshi Warriors out there!

Photo by Aka Maple
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Sorceress with Skull Mask and Horns on: November 23, 2013 03:57:28 PM
Yep, the dress was (quickly) handmade too - the night before I took some cheap broadcloth and put some rough pieces together, then in the morning splashed a bit of black paint on the bottom of the sleeves and skirt.
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Sorceress with Skull Mask and Horns on: November 13, 2013 02:08:35 PM

A few days before Devil's Night, I decided I needed a(nother) costume! So I decided to put together a witch-sorceress-demon thing. The goal was to make a costume out of supplies I already had in the house, and I wanted to make something out of paper-mch, since it had been *years* since I had worked with the stuff. It was very quickly and roughly put together, so the skull isn't the greatest, but it was fun to make and creeped people out Cheesy I posted more pictures and talk about its construction over here
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Bjork (...or "just a swan") on: November 12, 2013 10:12:03 AM

Bjork's swan dress; love it or hate it, you know it (and for those who don'twell, I guess you can say for Halloween I went as a 6'2" swan). This costume has been on my to-do list for a while now and I decided this was the year! It was the third Halloween costume I made for myself for 2013 and was actually easy to construct, just very time consuming. I love it. So. Much. I want to go to prom in it. I want to be married in it. I want to eat it!! (I guess that means it look, feels and possibly would taste delicious?) I wrote up a full tutorial on how to make it over here.

Thanks for looking!

8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Pink Fairy Armadillo on: November 03, 2013 06:34:23 PM

Wow. I love this. Oh-so-very much.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ooh-la-la... A stripey sweetheart necklined dress pour moi! on: February 11, 2013 12:42:55 AM
So chic!
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Suggestion: Set your own thumbnail image on: January 28, 2013 05:53:04 PM
There is actually a nice little sneaky way of doing a thumbnail.
Full credit for this method goes to stitchFIGHT...unlesss you're not supposed to do it, in that case I take full blame!!

I had noticed a while back some of stitchFIGHT's posts had a thumbnail that differed from the first image, so I asked her about it. Surprisingly no-one else seems to have noticed a few people who have done this little trick. Since there's a topic about it now, and in the spirit of making craftster a more glamorous place...here goes! 

Copy and paste your thumbnail image location at the very beginning of your post (just like you normally would when you add in an image). Inside the (img) tag, add "width=1 height=1"
So it should look like
(img width=1 height=1)http://www.craftster.org/pictures/yourpicture.jpg(/img)
You'll see a tiny dot on your actual post - but it'll show up as a thumbnail image in search results and such!

(and for a visual example of the dot: here's my Ryuk costume. See how just above the text in the post, there's a tiny dot? Right under the horizontal title line, and right above 'Everybodys favorite..." If you do a search for my Ryuk costume, you'll notice a thumbnail is different from the "first" big image in the post!)
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