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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: old fashioned yarn hangers! on: March 21, 2010 02:36:16 PM
I've seen those nylon ball thingies at walmart with the yarn - I'm sure other places sell them, and my grandmother used to crochet little house slippers out of them to give to everyone as gifts

I also used to make these covered hangers with my mom when I was a kid, out of the same knots the OP used..I wish I could remember how to do them! they would be great for strappy dresses and things, mine always end up at the bottom of my closet!
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Drow elf from the Underdark - and princess Leia? What the...??? Lots 'o pics on: October 26, 2009 07:45:08 PM
if it helps i totally knew what it was even from the thumbnail

(but i think i am a nerd!)

if people ask, just say "dark elf" Cheesy

thats commitment, painting yourself black...i did it last year! haha never again!

i hope you decide to wear it, or go somewhere you feel like wearing it b/c it is awesome!!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: tired of the sexy-everything costumes? on: October 21, 2009 12:23:30 AM
Aw, a friend of mine and I took a trip to Spirit Halloween to take a look at their prosthetics.  The kiddie costumes are the EXACT SAME THING as the adult ones!  They don't have boobs, what on earth do they need a corset for?!  And my friend kept saying "they're not THAT bad" until I pointed out that the leggings that the girls all conveniently wear in the photos weren't included in the costume.  Then her eyes got all wide and she got horrified.  Her biggest pet peeve was actually the amount of makeup the pint sized models had on.  Not like costume makeup, just real, honest to goodness Maybelline and Covergirl goodness.

yea thats my biggest peeve too

7 year old girls have a lot of years before they should make their own decision about "sexy" costumes

all i see is prostitot costumes and BRATZ costumes in stores!!

thankfully i've never seen these costumes on kids at my door so who the heck is buying them!

as for adults...whatever, some women like it, so some companies make 50 bucks off each one to wear plastic bra's and panties instead of their own! Cheesy just makes being unique much easier!

hop my typing makes sense...its late, and i have a broken wrist so typing is a double chore!!


4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: OH DEER. Antlers?!?!? on: September 25, 2009 09:00:17 AM

...socket system... like how?


well when i made a mask with huge horns on it, i made a socket system

think like.....a part of a toilet paper tube, that the horns themselves were wedged into, rather than just being attached onto the mask with tabs. but on a much smaller scale, obviously. i used a wire mesh to form the sockets, and shaved down the foam (that was my sculpting material) to fit tightly into the socket. kind of like how pvc tube fits together i guess you could say?

i wish i had pics, but i can't find them just now

i would think that using a good strong glue (probably epoxy) and a bit of fine mesh would work ok. i kind of feel like this system spreads out the weight a bit, and makes your antlers/horns WAY less likely to just fall off the headband/mask. then you can wrap around the whole thing to hide the join, but it adds strength
i can draw a pic if you want me to, to help explain what i mean.

i really probably over complicate things, but i love costuming and i always want to make sure it's sturdy and well done Smiley and i love over complicating.....haha


5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: OH DEER. Antlers?!?!? on: September 23, 2009 10:25:42 PM
there is a type of air drying paper clay that is VERY VERY light and i think it may work

it's called DELIGHT and it is carried at michaels (if you have those where you live)
blue bag with fluffy clouds on it

you could also consider buying white floral tape and wrapping that around it, but it may have a look to it that you do not like (the wrappy bit)

upside is the floral tape may help you attaching it to the headband. hmm, as for that, i would be tempted to try to make a socket system, so that your antlers can fit into a socket you have attached fairly firmly to your headband. that might relieve some of the issues that attaching the whole thing would cause (hmm, maybe i'm looking for the word torque? whatever...haha)

i really like your costume ideathough, it's very sweet!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Death Concept Costume - I could Murder A Curry (pic heavy!) on: September 21, 2009 06:49:07 PM
WOW, that is a sweet Pyramid Head! I had a failed attempt at that last year so my envy is extra deep  Cheesy.
I'm assuming you also made the Death mask horns out of the spray foam you talked about in the Anubis thread?

yes indeed! there is an inner bit of twisted wire for strength though, kind of bent into the shape i wanted with a smaller gauge wrapped around it so the foam has something to grip (just like making regular armature)

and thanks so much! i'm already stuck for ideas this year, it's a bummer!!
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: need help with costuming ideas on: August 21, 2009 09:53:11 AM
are you doing a theme to go with the steampunk..or just steampunk?

i had this vision of a tiny little steampunk white rabbit (from alice and wonderland) and thought it would be sooooo adorable

steampunk alice + madhatter + whiterabbit would be cute

also march hare, madhatter + doormouse would be adorable too

moving past alice in wonderland (but so cute!)
what about a little newsboy cap and outfit to match? overalls/button up pants..that kind of thing. something the little one won't be too uncomfortable in
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Need Spiderman Costume help on: August 20, 2009 01:06:03 PM
is there any possibility in taking that one apart and making a pattern from it?
then again, he might not let go of it for that long  Cheesy

that said, if it's one of the body suit types, you could probably pick up a pattern for a standard 'superhero' type costume (simplicity costume section) and modify it visually

i typed in 'spider man costume' into google and there are a lot of tutorials, so if you have a pattern already, you can probably use those 2 together to come up with something great Smiley

good luck
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / creepy ideas for halloween 09 needed! on: August 20, 2009 01:00:43 PM
Man, it's almost September already...I should have started thinking earlier

Here's the deal, I love going all out, I make a costume for myself and my partner (usually themed together) and I can sew, and sculpt just about anything, I've even made hoof boots before, so I don't really have many costuming limits.

here are my general criteria:
-must be recognizable as something, I want to be mistaken for a 'goth fairy'
-must be scary or creepy, or awesome enough to trump that desire
-wearable to a club event, which is where we tend to go.
-prefer to go as a couple in costume, rather than 2 themes. but if they are super awesome, it doesn't matter so much


the problem is we are moving in september, (to somewhere likely to have snow on the ground in october! what a change) so time and money may be a little tight - not like I ever leave enough time or money Wink haha.... and I would LOVE some help with brainstorming!!

things we have done in the past (most recent, to oldest)

Grim reaper + Anubis
warlock and succubus (from warcraft..yes we're nerds)
pyramid head and bubble nurse
vampire pimp and zombie prostitute (keep it classy!!)
50's couple (we bought the costumes the day before, that's my excuse!)
misc demon couple with horns, fangs, etc...

things we love...
video games, world of warcraft, true blood, carnivale, joss whedon, zombie flicks, vampire crap, bad @ss skulls, repo! the genetic opera,  ebm/industrial/metal music, blade, most sci-fi/fantasy actually (books and media)

so far my ideas have been pavi and blind mag from repo! but I think blind mag will fall into that 'goth fairy' category unless you've seen the movie

I have also thought it would be hilarious to make my man go as old greg (and i think he would..) but i'm not sure what I would go as, and i think that might actually cross into 'way too weird' territory, even for us (also, new to the town. lets not scare the locals)

i've also always wanted to be shiva from ff7, but I need time I don't have for that

man would totally be arthas (world of warcraft...again) but again, time time time

please throw anything and EVERYTHING at me Smiley every idea makes my mind spin more
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Cat in the Hat costume on: August 20, 2009 12:37:27 PM
head into the clothing section and look through for some of violent jayne's posts, she's made a bunch of cute rompers out of different fabrics, and I think she has something of an explanation or mini tutorial

it might work better if you used something with a bit of stretch, if you're comfortable sewing stretchy fabric. I am scared of fabrics with no stretch, and find stretch more giving when you're kind of uhm...'winging it' like i tend to do   Cheesy

either way, sounds totally cute and good luck!
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