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71  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Pokemon tour is starting soon! WIP on: August 26, 2013 11:46:56 AM
Still working..
Of course my machine could NOT sew through that thick a styrofoam. No way I could get that under the footer. So it was back to my big needle and handsewing time. Ouch, my fingertips still hurt... I used a linen thread (turned out this was sturdier than nylon) and pricked my way along.

But what a lovely dimensional structure that gives! Non, je ne regrette rien...
Today I planned two things.
First, I need three "skulls" made of paper mache. I had all my supplies gathered: the wallpaper glue in a bucket stood ready, about two monts worth of newspaper AAANNNND - some really big balloons, circumference one meter!
I went with the balloons into the cellar, best place to make messes, placed two of them onto some cardboard boxes which stood there and put the last into a seond bucket to keep it from rolling away. Then I started to rip the newspaper into small pieces and - BANG! First balloon, all by itself, decided to blow it! Whew. Okay, I have more where this comes from, for now there are still two of them left.
So I stuck the paper into the bucket with the glue, put it onto the balloon, took next paper... you get the picture. I was about ten pieces into work when BANG! my working balloon TOO blew it. Ever imagined the mess a gluey, gooey, papercovered balloon makes when it goes pop? My luck the cellar has a rather low ceiling, so I just needed a stool to reach it and wipe away the splashes of glue up there...
Two down, one to go. I learn from my mistakes, so I covered the top of the bucket which doubled as working stand for the ballon with some newspaper. Just in case there was something that made it pop. And started over with the third one.
You see where this is going, don't you?
Okay, let's just say, this one lasted longer... making an even bigger mess.
I was really frustrated then... just until I discovered the two inflatable waterballoons rolling around in the garden. The girls never clean up after themselves...

Long story short: I now have two nearly dry skull-shells which I'll still have to make thicker, but the thing itself is working. Phew.
To celebrate this, I laid upon myself the completion of the outer shell: sewing a real long rectangle into a tube, stuffing it with... well, stuffing, and sewing it - again by HAND - to the edge of the squirtleturtleshell. Took me only about two hours, which is about one hour shorter than quilting it... well, whatever. So, now I give to you the completed outer shell, tadaaa!

And the inside:

*being proud*

That's all for now, folks, tomorrow I'll have to do other things, no sewing for me, no glueing paper mache...

Happy crafting!
72  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Pokemon tour was great! Completed WIP on: August 25, 2013 12:04:25 AM
Latest Update Pic:

Okay, brace yourselves - this is gonna take loooong and have loooots of pics.
I'll make at least the story short: having three daughters. First one infecting others with pokemon. Three pokemon fans around the house (four if you count daddy who's also playing). Getting news of the pokemontour via a friend of oldest daughter. Sewing big costume last time (Raichu, it's around here somewhere) with only two weeks time. Girls all totally "oooooooh, mee too next year!"
This year comes, no sign of new tourdates. Me not being sad about it, having NOT to sew two new costumes. Come summerholidays. Six weeks in Germany. Four of them occupied in one way or the other. At end of July, a day or two before we start into our holidays, I see a notice: Pokemon tour days publicized. Oh whow, the ones which are possible for us are end of september. Makes about 28 days for me to sew and fit these things on my daughter, cause now they still are in holiday camp!
So I start with the things I can guess about and wait for the girls for fittings.
I need two costumes cause the youngest will reuse Raichu from last year - but I'll need to alter that some cause the youngest ain't the smallest! (And besides, I know I can do better now...)
The middle one will be Squirtle (google him) and the oldest wants to be Quilava. Right now I'm working at Squirtles shell.
So bring on the pics:[

This is the styrofoam(?) I'll need to form the shell.
I start with drawing an octangle into the middle of a rectangle, 60 cms by 60 cms. The outer shell units are trapezoids, so I draw a line which goes straight through the center point of my rectangle and the corner of the rectangle. Because I want the shell to be rounded later on, I draw little triangles over these straight lines. They differ, some are 4 cm at the base, some are just 2 cms. The smaller ones are all to the sides, the bigger ones top and bottom, so the shell will get a more oval appearance.

I get a lot of pyramidal cutoffs which I save for Quilavas flames.

And I wish I had a professional foamcutter, something like heated wire and the likes, I'm literally covered in foam particles after cutting...

I sew the trapezoid planes to each other. The thread will not hold long, but cut through the foam if I don't take the tension off. But I plan to take care of this...

Some brown velveteen originally meant for upholstery. It has a nice, but not offensive structure and I think it perfect for the shell.

It gets the same treatment as the foam, but I don't cut the triangles but sew them together just like darts in clothing.

Then comes the real work: sew the upholstery fabric to the shell. I can't directly sew this to the foam (will rip out with time) but sew it to a linen fabric I have lying around (this was an old coverage from our couch).

But first I have to make sure it positioned correctly and there are no folds that will show later. I'm a perfectionist...
So I take a nylon thread and stitch through the ends of the darts from the fabric, through the foam where the corners of the octacle are and through the linen fabric. And back. And forth. I pull the thread quite short; later on I want to have the shell's structure visible by kind of quilting the shell. But I'm not sure my sewing machine will cooperate on this... the foam is 4 cm thick.

On comes the linen. Hey, come to think of it, this is red... this is getting really lifelike. Cheesy
I tack linen and upholstery fabric to the foam using needles, and then it's hand sewing time... a lot of little stitches have to be done, all close by, so the tension per stitch will be as minimal as can be. I did that yesterday, so today is Day of Truth - I have to do the quilting now. Wish me luck, as sewing by hand through that thick a foam really is no fun...

Until next step,
73  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Labyrinth Worm... Don't go that way! on: August 22, 2013 11:23:47 PM
I recognized it at once! It's great!
74  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: I Love You Sound Waves on: August 21, 2013 09:10:52 AM
...I could also envision this as a kind of embroidery, where you print the soundwave, tack it to your hoopla, stitch through the paper and rip it off at the end.

75  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: I Love You Sound Waves on: August 21, 2013 12:19:04 AM
For anybody seeking a program to do this: audacity. Available for Linux and Windows and free.

76  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Yes, I'm a hobbit on: July 14, 2013 01:23:55 PM
We have an event over here, called "medieval fantasy spectacle" so it's okay to show up in nonauthentic, purely fantasy clothing. Wink
I decided to go as a hobbit woman - exactly last monday I decided it. So I just had to work from stash which ended a bit outside of my color-comfort-zone, so to speak. Well, heck, I'm supposed to be something totally different anyway.
I'm lacking my apron in this pic (borrowed one from my daughter and still had to get it spotless) and also missing the hair on my foot, but this got fixed (I own a LOT of faux fur scraps AND mastix).
So, brace yourselfes and meet - the hobbit!

77  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: A Mermaid's Ride aka Mr. Seahorse - Art Doll Swap (Mucho Photos) on: July 12, 2013 02:09:00 AM
This turned out WAAAAAAY better than the start. Kudos for transforming your initial problems into a really stunning, beautiful solution!

78  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Hatter - old and new on: July 07, 2013 11:54:07 AM
That looks great, but I feel like I have to give you a warning: if this Orange TKO is anything like the stuff I know, it's a derivate of turpentine! It may smell a lot better, but it certainly is no better for your health when breathed. So please, if you use it, open the windows and let air in, no matter how pleasant it smells.

79  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Baby Pea Pod on: June 25, 2013 11:18:06 PM

80  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Dragon Set with Princess, Prince and Treasure... on: May 28, 2013 12:31:37 AM

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