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1  "I want him alive..." Han Solo in Carbonite Cake in Dessert by BenaeQuee on: July 27, 2014 10:22:53 AM
My husband and I met through Star Wars almost 12 years ago.  I saw it only fitting that I make him a Star Wars themed birthday cake, so I chose Han.  I already had the deluxe Han in Carbonite ice mold and was debating the ways to make this cake.  The mold itself is not very large.  I was originally going to press fondant into the mold and then layer in cake on the inside.  This didn't seem like a good idea since I needed enough cake for 20 people lol.

I ended up deciding to use only the bottom detail of the mold with the Han part (not the sides with the carbon chamber details).  I poured in about 3/8" of chocolate and stuck him in the freezer... how fitting.  I then set to making my Red Velvet recipe that friends and family have enjoyed for years (and was requested by the birthday man).  I decided to make a 'plank' of cake to set the chocolate piece on.  I did 3 layers of cake with a cream cheese frosting in between.  I then carved the cake as evenly as possible to be flat on top and flat on the sides.  The whole thing was covered in the rest of the cream cheese frosting and stuck in the freezer for 20 minutes.

I then used the Satin Ice brand of fondant and kneaded it out and rolled it out with some added corn starch.  My kitchen was hot and a bit humid, so the fondant took that humidity to itself.  I had to add corn starch a few times before it would hold it's shape without dropping.  The cake I made back in November for my own birthday (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429108.msg5123444#msg5123444) did not have this problem since my kitchen was nice and cold and dry.  With the help of my hubby, we were able to get the large sheet of fondant onto the cake Smiley  I actually cut out the middle of the fondant on the top (to the size of the giant Han chocolate) and carved out some cake to press him into the middle.  I cut out the bits for the control panels on the sides of the carbonite block and used a dab of water to stick them to the body of the cake.  I then dusted the whole thing in a pewter colored edible luster dust and finally pressed M&M's into the panels for the 'lights'.  

We had the party at our favorite bar and the cake was a hit with the party as well as people who walked into the bar and saw it sitting there.  The birthday man was happy and said it was the best cake I made for him yet, and I made him an R2D2 dome cake for his 30th birthday years ago lol.  I had so much fun making this, I'm already thinking of what to make next Smiley






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2  Wonder Woman Themed Vintage Style Swing Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: July 07, 2014 12:41:39 PM
I used Butterick 5882 to make this dress.  When I saw it, it screamed out Wonder Woman to me.  The accent piece on the top was very reminiscent of the wings on WW's bodice.  I found the starry fabric at a little place in the NYC garment district.  The red and yellow fabrics I had in my stash from other projects.  The lining was just a blue cotton broadcloth.  I had a petticoat in my costume stash and wore it under the skirt for added volume, as it hangs much better that way.

I put it together with the sole purpose of wearing it for Independence Day celebrations.  It was a hit at the two parties I went to Cheesy  When it got colder that evening, I wore a simple white cardigan with it.

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3  My first successful fondant covered cake - Doctor Who! in Dessert by BenaeQuee on: November 17, 2013 03:03:13 PM
I calling this my first successful attempt at fondant covering a cake, as my last two were genuine "cake wrecks" (tasty though!).  
I ended up buying Satin Ice after reading a few reviews, instead of trying to make my own again.  I had to knead in more navy blue coloring since the blue in the tub was quite bright and not "TARDIS Blue" at all.  I did it in small batches, adding powdered sugar to dry it out after adding the gel color.  The stars are cookie cutter shapes and then brushed with lustre dust.  Same with the "ribbon" on the bottom, it was also the fondant with dust.
The cake was a red velvet recipe that I've been using for years (always a popular cake when I make it) with a chocolate mousse filling.  The cake was the Wilton brand pans that leave a hollowed out heart shape to be filled.  I knew this was perfect for a Doctor Who themed cake since The Doctor has two hearts!  When you cut into it, it looks like a heart Smiley  Sorry I don't have a photo of the inside, it got devoured before we realized we should have taken one LOL
The TARDIS on top is solid chocolate in the perfect TARDIS blue color.  The details were brushed in lustre dust.  The little Amy is not edible, but is an action figure since I costume as her quite frequently... I'm in costume in the photo Smiley
Funny enough, the BBC was at the bar (The Way Station, in Brooklyn) filming for a special airing on Nov 25th.  They managed to make the whole bar sing "Happy Birthday" to me and filmed it for the special with my cake front and center (OMG HAPPY DANCE!).  I made sure they got a slice of cake as well!
EDIT: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25006466 The BBC Clip!

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4  Tutorial: Doctor Who Clockwork Droid Mask in Costumes: Completed Projects by BenaeQuee on: October 14, 2013 08:19:47 PM
I wanted to share a teeny tiny "tutorial" of sorts on making my mask.  I debuted this costume at NYCC 2013 (more pics to eventually follow). The mask was a scary thought at first, since I've never made a prop before. I always choose costumes that require only a sewing machine, fabric, and notions.  I sculpted a lot in HS in various ceramics classes and as a hobby, so that part was easy to remember, but nothing ever had to be wearable before.




Photo by "Hannah Clara Rose Erin" on Facebook

I started out with a plain white costume mask from the art store ($5) and sanded the surface with a rough grit sand paper all over the front.  I then cut the eyes to look more like the actual ones (as close as I could given the shape they were already).  Afterwards I cleaned the surface with rubbing alcohol to get off any sanding dust and drew on the details that would be added in clay; I used a reference image from google for help with the details.  Search "Clockwork Droid Mask" and a lot of images pop up.


I then bought "Paperclay" (http://www.paperclay.com) from the art store for about $6. If you've never worked with it before, it's great stuff!  You can smooth it out with a little dab of water and when it dries, if you need to add more detail you can.  Keep in mind that the more water you use and the thicker the clay, the longer it will take to dry.  I started by adding in the facial features themselves to build up the mask's dimension.  Sure you can simply paint on the design, but the 3D effect will look more stunning in the long run.


When I was done adding in the facial structure, I added in the "carved" details of the mask using rolled strips of clay smoothed out onto the mask.


I then broke that mask above by dropping it... DO NOT DROP IT :  I learned that lesson the hard way.  Thank goodness I had that back up mask in the previous photos!
Repeat the steps above on your new mask, take into account what worked the first time around and improve up on it... I actually like this version better Cheesy


I then painted the whole thing white with two coats of gesso, painted on the purple (female droid) cheeks, the red lips and "eyebrows" and used a metlalic gold painters pen on the details.  I then went crazy and DREW ON the crackle effect (I'm insane) with a mechanical pencil (nice fine point).  The whole thing was then gently rubbed with a tissue to give it that aged look by using the pencil's natural smudging ability.  It was then sealed with a few top coats of clear acrylic spray.


Seeing as laundry day usually results in a few single socks now and then, I knew I had a black laying around that I had hoped a mate would be found.  I made sure to stretch it out and hold it up to my eyes to verify if I could see out of it.  After a few tries, I found a single black dress sock worked best lol.  Why buy fabric when single socks are plentiful!?  I hot glued the bottom eye edges, let it dry, and then pulled it tight and glued the sides and top.  I am able to see out of it remarkably well, I just have tunnel vision is all.  Hold it up to your freshly teased/styled wig, and you have a clockwork droid mask!


Your final step is to pair it with a beautiful Georgian period dress and you are set!  I actually reused my Marie Antoinette dress for this costume since I didn't have money to make another period gown.  That's a whole other story though in it's own http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/completed/movietvartcostumes/marieantoinettedaydream.
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5  Doctor Who: Femme Tenth Doctor, 1940's style in Costumes: Completed Projects by BenaeQuee on: September 13, 2013 07:31:07 PM
I've always loved the Tenth Doctor and his quirkiness.  I never really did a gender swap costume before, so I decided to try it on ten.  If you aren't familiar with gender swap costuming, you take the opposite gender character and turn it into something you might wear, but is still recognizably that character.

I love seeing femme Tens, but I wanted something different.  I love the 1940's style suit and fashion in general and went in that direction with my version.  I was in the Philippines for work in January and was bored on the plane ride from NYC (omg 21 hour flight), so I sketched out my idea.  When I got home I was able to start sourcing things.

The fabric was going to be the hardest.  I could get it from a reproduction house for about $60/yd Shocked , Spoonflower (kind of cheap looking), or traverse my backyard (NYC Garment district).  I opted to scavenge NYC and came up lucky at Mood Fabrics.  I found a beautiful brown wool suiting fabric with a teal pin stripe for only $18/yd.  I got 5 yards (yay gift card for my birthday!) and was super happy!  I then hit up my usual little fabric store and found a funky TARDIS interior'esque lining fabric.  I love awesome linings on my coats (see my other posts), and this was no exception.  Luckily the lining was only $3/yd lol.

I then had to decide if I wanted to draft a pattern from scratch as I usually do, or try and find a suit jacket pattern at least (the skirt would be easy without a pattern).  While searching through patterns, I found one that about 95% exact to what I had imagined in my head and drawn out... THAT NEVER HAPPENS!  I was so happy that I didn't have to draft something up!  I can, and it works, but sometimes a premade pattern for such a fitted garment is easier Grin  All I changed was to taper the sleeves more and add a back "belt" treatment (like Ten's coat had).  I also made the peplum piece more full and longer.  I wanted something dramatic in the rear for a simple suit jacket Wink

Accessories were next.  My drawing had the model wearing a tilt hat, Louis heeled oxfords, sonic screw driver, and Ten's signature swirly tie.  Luckily I had the sonic, an had painted a replica of the tie for my hubby last year.  The hat was found on Etsy and was a vintage wool hat.  The shoes were found on eBay and were originally a dark brown and beige.  I removed the original ribbon from the hat and took a black Grosgrain ribbon and painted on the "POLICE Public Call BOX" to it.  There is a simple bow on the opposite side.  I get so many compliments on the hat alone lol.  The shoes were painted to mimic the famous Chuck Taylors that the Doctor always wears.  I painted mine Cream and made the front toe area white and added cream silk ribbon for laces Smiley  I LOVE THESE SHOES!

I had actually finished the coat and skirt in April.  When I went to try it on in about mid august, I realized I shrank.  I had to undo the lining and take in the entire coat by about 3 inches (YAY!) and make the sleeves just a wee bit narrower.  At least the skirt was easy enough to make smaller lol.

Pictures!
http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/completed/movietvartcostumes/1940sfemmetenthdoctor







OMG SHOES, so pretty  Kiss


I LOVE this lining so much.  It peeks out a little on the peplum if it isn't "fluffed" properly in the back (my husband's job lol).
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6  Game of Thrones - Sansa Stark in Costumes: Completed Projects by BenaeQuee on: August 11, 2013 06:33:02 PM
This was my version of a Sansa dress.  It isn't any one specific gown from the show, but rather something I came up with based on what she wears and how the dresses are patterned.  
I started with McCall's 4491 costume pattern as a base.  I modified it like crazy by adding seams, making the back closed, changing the neckline, making my own sleeves, and making the front a robe style front instead of solid.  It was a good starting point for my own idea.  The skirt was lengthened by 3" to accommodate my long legs (I'm 5'7"), otherwise it would have been way too short.
The front and the sleeves are trimmed in a burgundy piping to coordinate with the dress fabric.  It has a scarf that goes along the bust-line and down, as well as a petti-skirt for body.
The Scarf is just one long piece of shantung that goes to the floor and simply drapes around the neck.  It is pleated the whole way down for a cleaner look.  
The pettiskirt took me 30 minutes to make.  It's a 3 yard long rectangle that is the length of my waist to floor (42" in my case).  The top edge was gathered and then sewn into a waistband.  It closes in the back with a hook and eye.  The bottom edge is simply serged to keep it from fraying.
The little bees are a stand in until I can find nice enough dragonflies, or make my own.
Costume Page - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.630126143693816.1073741835.142393185800450&type=1





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7  Long Chiffon Prairie Maxi Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: July 05, 2013 03:52:41 PM
I was bored today, so I made this Smiley  I got to leave work early, so I went fabric shopping.  I then got home and put this together in about 4 hours.  
It's a pattern I made and had used before for another dress, so I changed it up a bit to make it maxi dress instead.  I loved the print on the fabric, with the detail on the selvage edge.  It still needs to be hemmed, but otherwise, it's wearable Smiley  I have a slip dress I wear under this, since it's sheer lol
EDIT: I added a "belt" to it and hemmed it.  I added a photo of me wearing it, since the dress form doesn't do it justice Cheesy



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8  Aloha! Hawaiian Summer Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: June 08, 2013 01:39:21 PM
This was something I just whipped up this afternoon.  I want to try and wear dresses all summer, and I have a lot of fabric laying around Smiley
I bought this fabric while on a quick layover in Hawaii back in January.  My friends there took me to the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet to get my souvenirs.  It was a TON of fun and I came home with so many goodies for very little money.  This cotton fabric was a 4 yard piece for $10!  The pattern was a heavily modified version of the Vogue V1094 pattern... it doesn't really look a thing like the pattern lol ( http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/87378 )
I also made a sash that ties around the middle, but it's hard to see in the photo.



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9  Doctor Who: "Idiot's Lantern" Rose Tyler Dress in Costumes: Completed Projects by BenaeQuee on: April 28, 2013 10:34:42 AM
This was a dress that came about due mainly to my love of 50's dresses.  Mix that up with my love of Doctor Who, and it was made to be! 
The dress was made using the same pattern as the blue TARDIS dress, but modified in the shoulder area.  I used a Duchess Satin and a silk crepe embellished with the perfect pailette sequins.
I got a chance to wear it out at the Brooklyn Sakura Matsuri festival and then to my favorite TARDIS bar, The Way Station!

My making of page with progress pics...
http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/completed/movietvartcostumes/idiotslanternrosetyler



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10  Captain America Cocktail Dress - Inspired by Art in Costumes: Completed Projects by BenaeQuee on: April 21, 2013 10:57:59 AM
The original piece of awesome art was made by Kelsey Michele on Deviant Art (http://kelseymichele.deviantart.com/art/Avengers-Gowns-Thor-and-Captain-America-305808542 ). She used The Avengers as inspiration, by turning their costumes/looks into gorgeous evening wear. Of course I fell in love with Cap's 50's style cocktail dress.

My main goal for this dress was to be able to wear it as a dress, and not let it become something that looked like a costume only. I wanted it to look like fashion. I used a royal blue Duchess Satin and a Royal Blue poly chiffon. The chiffon was a bit more purple in hue than the satin, but once laid over the satin, it looked more blue. It's actually nice to see a color shift of lighter blue under the darker chiffon as the dress moves.

I started with Vintage Vogue pattern V1094 as a base. I was going to make this a back zipper dress, but after looking at the pattern and seeing finished dresses, this design is better suited to the original side zip the pattern calls for. Instead of making the lining layer 4 panels and the chiffon layer in 6, I made the whole thing in six. I serged the top edge of the layers together, and then box pleated the entire waist line. The original pattern called for gathers, but I felt the pleats looked better and more polished.

If the dress looks familiar, it was also the dress I used for my TARDIS gown... http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422454.0#axzz2R3u3sveR






My Dress, finished Cheesy

The original art that inspired me http://kelseymichele.deviantart.com/art/Avengers-Gowns-Thor-and-Captain-America-305808542
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