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91  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Star Wars Decoupage Shoes on: February 15, 2012 06:18:23 PM
Those are absolutely amazing! I love the way they look, and the fact that you made them yourself! Gorgeous. Did you buy new shoes to make them, or did you use a pair you already had?
Thanks!  The shoes were new to me, but were a great eBay find for under $10!
I *love* these shoes! How weather proof are they? I'd love to make some but unless they could put up with the occasional damp then (given where I live) there's not much chance they'd last a week!
I don't dare try to take them somewhere damp as I don't want to risk anything.  However, I have heard of a silicone clear spray that can be sprayed on to help with the water resistance.
92  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Dr. Who Dalek Nail Art on: February 11, 2012 05:06:55 PM
I have a "bad habit" with my nail polish obsession according to my husband, but even he was impressed and loved these geeky nails ;-)  I used a ridge filler base coat with two coats of OPI DS Treasure and then two coats of OPI Designer De Better for the "body" of the Daleks.  I used a pearl tip straight pin and black polish to make the dots going up the side of the body.  While the polish was still curing I used the same pin and pressed it into the polish to make the separations between the panels.  I then topped with Out the Door.  These were a hit at my friend's Dr Who themed Birthday party and went well with my Amy Pond "costume" lol.

My Nails with the 10th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver ;-)


This is a Dalek for those not as Geeky as me lol
93  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Drothy Gale - Wizard of Oz on: January 30, 2012 03:16:18 PM
It looks great. I think the poofiness of the skirt and sleeves help to make you look more little girly.
The poofiness was actually the wind blowing up my skirt lol  It was one windy parade *oops*
94  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Drothy Gale - Wizard of Oz on: January 30, 2012 06:32:24 AM
EDIT:  Added new photos from Dragon*Con 2012  Grin  I finally finished the shoes 100% and got a little basket with Toto in it.

I figured I should post the dress that goes with my shoe post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395794.0 I made a while back.
I had always wanted this costume, ever since I was 6 and saw WoOZ for the first time.  Out of all the years of costume making I have done, I don't know why I waited until last year to finally make it.


While I did make this around Halloween, it was not strictly a Halloween costume, it will be coming to Dragon Con 2012 too ;-)  If I had a $1 for every person who asked me where Toto was that night, I could have retired and done nothing but make costumes for the rest of my days lol.  I do have a Toto dog somewhere, but when we moved last year, he got packed up and I think he's in storage.
I tried to make it as accurate as I could, but realized too late that my checks on the gingham were too large.  This was a relatively easy costume to make.  I draped the whole thing on my dress form and then drafted pattern pieces out of that for a better fit.  While I was making it, I was watching WoOz for inspiration and for costume notes ;-)

Here's my page with my progress and some info
http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/completed/dorothygale
95  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Star Wars Decoupage Shoes on: January 29, 2012 02:41:32 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone.  I actually got a chance to wear them to my friend's birthday party on Saturday.  I think they spent more time off my feet than on as people always wanted to see the detail of the shoes.  They all instantly got the 'story' on each shoe without me having to point it out, which felt great.  They were very comfy and didn't fall apart at all. 
The only thing I noticed, and had a feeling would happen, was the area where the foot naturally bends (the creases) is where the comics cracked.  I figured with normal wear it would happen, and it's not terribly noticeable unless you take them off an closely inspect them.
96  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Robe la Franaise, 18th century (many pics!) on: January 29, 2012 02:35:37 PM
Great job and good choice on fabrics.  The mask adds to it nicely and I love your hair style.  Wonderful job on the trimming too!
You may want to tie the strings in the center of your panniers a little tighter to flatten out the front and back of your gown more though.  It will lay a lot flatter and not pouf out so much.  If you don't have ties, you can simply add ribbon from front to back inside the skirt of the panniers and tie until flattened a bit more.
This extant example shows what I mean by the flatter shape
97  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Star Wars Decoupage Shoes on: January 24, 2012 06:34:07 PM
These rock! Did you use regular Mod Podge for them?
Thanks!  I didn't have a chance to go to the art store to get Modge Podge (it's out of my way) and I had some Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish laying around from past painting projects.  I used that to do this as I remember having luck in my old art classes with it.  I do want to actually get a sealant spray to finish them off before wearing them out full time.
98  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Star Wars Decoupage Shoes on: January 24, 2012 07:37:06 AM
Crazy awesome shoes!!!! I wonder how that would look on flats? Hmmmm...thinking...thinking
It would cute on flats, but I have a thing for heels :-)
99  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Star Wars Decoupage Shoes on: January 22, 2012 01:20:40 PM
Those shoes ROCK!! How long did it take you to make those?

Go to a party, that would be THE place to wear them.

Thanks!  They only took about 30 minutes to make.  The long part was finding and cutting out all the images.  Gluing them on took less than 10 minutes.

I do have a fellow Star Wars fan's 50th birthday party this weekend...
100  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Vintage Star Wars Decoupage Shoes on: January 22, 2012 10:52:19 AM
The main reason I had joined Craftster was because I was searching for inspiration for Comic Book decoupage shoes and stumbled into this treasure trove of crafty goodness.  I finally got around to making my nerdy decoupage shoes.  I used vintage 1980 Star Wars comics that were in well loved condition and not worth anything to save as a comic book.  I used 10 comic books and poured over the endless panels cutting out various images that appealed to me.  Chewie, R2D2, and the Millennium Falcon were ones that I cut out a lot.  I found a great piece of Vader dueling shirtless, buff, Luke *hehe* that is the statement on the outside of the left shoe.
The left shoe is the battle between the Rebellion and the Empire.  The right shoe is strictly the Rebellion forces.  The sole edges are painted in a glittery black paint that reminds me of the night sky (visible in the original picture size linked below) and the upper edges are finished in a black cloth tape and a pin stripe of chrome paint.  The heel tip is also finished with the chrome paint.
These are the perfect pair of shoes for my nerdy self while still looking oh so chic  Wink Grin  Now I just need a place to wear them, it's been too wet/cold lately to wear anything other than boots.

Original Size http://photos.imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/realclothing/jewelryandsuch/IMG_0115.JPG

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