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1  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.
2  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
3  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!

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

Wow. I love this. Oh-so-very much.
5  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!
6  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!)
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Creepy Packaging (lots of icky pics) on: December 10, 2012 03:49:27 PM
Ha, love it!!! What materials did you use for the...wrapping?

EDIT: Well considering how this is in the Polymer Clay section, going to assume now it was that! D'oh - sorry about that! Is the stitching also clay?
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Adventure Time Family Costumes on: November 06, 2012 04:32:39 PM
You guys are adorably awesome! And I *love* Gunter - what a great idea!
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Zombie Hello Kitty Costume on: November 03, 2012 05:12:34 PM
Halloween? More like HalloWIN! (...did anyone get that?)
I love this. I truly do.
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Ghostbusters! (Lots o' pics) on: November 02, 2012 12:02:17 PM
After slaving over a bunch of costumes earlier in the year, I wanted to do something easy and comfortable for Halloween (Catwoman in a sweater) but...I also wanted my husband to have an awesome outfit. So we decided to combine our skills and go as everybody's favorite Ghostbuster couple, (bearded) Venkman and Zuul! We weren't going for screen accuracy (there wasn't time and really, I was not in the mood to try and match every detail) but I think it works!

I bought a used flight suit off of ebay and sanded down the zippers (to reveal the brass underneath). I got the patches and three "name tags" from an ebay store. The white pilot pistol belt was from amazon and so were the rubber gloves. The gloves had text on them but that was removed easily with some rubbing alcohol. My wig was a Posie Wig from ebay. And I (eventually) found the fabric for my dress - sheerish orange organza and gold taffeta. I wanted silk and lam but I couldn't find any close to the right colour!!! So my Zuul dress isn't as drapey as I would like it.

The Ghostbuster uniform belts are grey, so I decided to dye the canvass belt. I hate dying stuff. The last thing I "dyed" was my Ryuk wig - which was a horrible experience - and before that...I can't remember, probably because it was so traumatic. Much to my surprise, it worked!


You can find very detailed schematics for the proton pack online. I took one look at them...and decided, no screen accuracy this year! I decided to do one that would look "good enough." We really didn't want to buy anything to make the pack, so I made the entire thing out of cardboard and paper, with a few lids and spools added on. We did have to buy spray paint, and some tubing. It's amazing how spray paint makes everything better!


My husband made the gun, and wired up lights and a speaker to both the gun and proton pack. Again, the lights aren't in the correct place/the right colour, but at this point we were using what supplies we already had and what looked cool. There were blinking lights, triggered lights, and he had a speaker setup to play sound effects and songs from the movie.

I also ordered grey elbow pads and a yellow leg hose, but they didn't arrive until the day after the party (we'll use them next year!). We went to a party and everybody loved our costumes. And as a bonus, someone was dressed as Stay Puft. Very fitting. And yes, my husband is more of a (bearded) Spengler than a Venkman - I ordered three name tags and put velcro on the backs of them, so he can change his character depending on his mood.

My dress wasn't based on any pattern - I took a big tshirt and around that drafted a batwing dress. Maybe I'll try tackling it again next year with the 'right' fabric and some draping.

Thanks for looking!
There is no Tatterhood, only Zuul!

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