Goggles and gun are already explained in their own posts, on to the rest.
Vest: purchased. Waist cincher: already owned. Shirt: purchased then dyed a bit duller white. Hard to see in the pic since I was in the sun, but it's not bright white in real life. Pants: purchased, then altered. I cut the bottoms off and made them smaller, grommetted and laced up the sides, and sewed them back on, pleating the legs on the side seams. I bought the socks, two pairs so one could be arm warmers. Oh, and I made the gun's holster. Oh and those shoes are awesome! They were originally $140, I got them at a discount store for $40! And for such a high heel, they're actually pretty comfy. Here's a better pic of the shoe:
The wings! The wings I've been working on forever, trial and error. The support frame is made from copper pipes soldered together. The spines are slats from a broken set of wood blinds I got super cheap at Big Lots. The fabric is just muslin, with grommets to tie it to the spines. They open and close by pulling a string which hooks onto some jean buttons I hammered into my belt. The black belt with the big grommets is chained to the support frame to help hold it on. There are also brown straps attached with D-rings that are attached to the pipes with pipe clamps.
Since the wings don't operate by steam power or clockwork, I guess it's not really steampunk, huh. It's stringpunk! Anyway, comments and critiques welcome, though I don't have time for any drastic changes. If you're gonna be at DragonCon, see you there!
To make the leaves images, I used some Photoshop brushes I got from here: http://www.obsidiandawn.com/ I auto-traced them in Illustrator, made them huge, divided them into letter paper sized sheets, printed them out, stuck them to contact paper, cut them out, then stuck the contact paper to the walls to use as a stencil. Looked like this while I was stenciling:
Two different colors of contact paper because I ran out of the first one, and that's what was in the garage.
Here's close-ups of the stenciling:
Here's the wall opposite the larger stenciled image, where I framed some pieces of scrapbook paper:
And here's where I was like, "Oops, I already painted the trim and put a bit of the new colors on the walls to show my boyfriend, so I can't get a 'before' pic but I can get a 'during' pic."
Thanks for looking! Comments and critiques welcome!
A few months ago I moved into my boyfriend's house, and most of the crappy decor was here when he moved in, so he's fine with my upgrading it. I just made this:
to replace this:
Yeah, that old curtain is lace ducks and hearts. Not really his style or mine. I don't have the motivation or the funds yet to redo the wallpaper, so the butterfly border is staying for now, and it will just have to coexist as best it can with my new curtain.
Hey, this is a prop for my steampunk costume that I'm working on in stages. I already posted the goggles here and I won't post anything else until it's all done. I just wanted to go ahead and show the gun, because I'm really proud of it, even though there are tons of guns like it posted all over the rest of the internet.
Here it is:
And here it is before, sitting on our old really ugly kitchen table that has since been replaced:
So, yeah, basically I repainted a Nerf gun. Simple, right? But, I wanted it to still work, so I had to take it apart to paint the pull-back piece. But then, every time I pulled it back, it scraped off the paint, no matter what kind of paint or sharpie I used. So, I sanded it down smaller, painted it again, then coated it with resin, sprayed it with WD-40, and that seems to have stopped the scraping.
There's lots of different kind of paint on it: base coat of black spray paint, then copper spray paint, gold and silver paint pens, metallic sharpies, metallic acrylics, and watered down black acrylic to make it look old and dirty.
It's kind of like art, I guess? I didn't paint it or draw it. What it is, is scrapbook paper (from a pack called "Pretty Poppies") glued to chipboard which is then attached to a frame. I made the frame from scrap wood from the garage and painted it black, used spray adhesive to attach the scrapbook paper to the chipboard sheets, and attached those to the frame using foam mounting tape (fingers crossed they don't fall off!)
You can see it in context here, where you can also see the tray I did with the same paper, and one of the pillows I got (which don't go with the poppy stuff but at least they're red!), and our new couch:
Unfortunately, that's the only view of the room worth looking at, since we still need: new entertainment center, new end tables (you can see the folding table we've been using) and a slipcover for the ugly but comfy recliner.
I've seen several sets of really cute coasters made from tiles, and I finally decided to try it. Here's mine:
They're 4 and 1/4 inches square, and here's how I made them: tiles from Home Depot (only 16 cents each!) scrapbook paper cut to size, Mod Podge to attach it and coat it, then several coats of Exterior/Interior varnish, and a square of cork hot glued underneath.
The reason they have a bit of texture is that I used a foam roller to apply the Mod Podge and the varnish, and that's just what it does. I like it though, and so far they're standing up to my hot coffee mug pretty darn well!
Check out my new crafting area! I recently moved in with my boyfriend into an old house he's renting from his parents, and our first project together was redoing the office.
Shelves with various containers holding various craft supplies:
I know they aren't labeled, but I know what goes where.
Under the Ikea desk, you can see the plastic Ikea bins that I originally intended to install below one of the shelves, but then the brackets that make them slide in and out like drawers, which looked like they would fit when we were at the store, magically decided to be too big once we got home. I think I like them under the desk even better. They're holding all the supplies I use the most often, and the stuff my boyfriend is most likely to need to borrow, like scissors, staplers, pens, etc. You can also see my wastebasket and the awesome light box my boyfriend made me for Christmas.
Unfortunately, we both neglected to take "before" pics, but here's a "during":
To get a good idea of what it looked like before we started, imagine disgusting carpet that was soaked with cat pee in one corner from the previous renters (how my boyfriend managed to work in there for a whole year is beyond me) and imagine the bottom third of the wall in very dark blue with a train border separating it from the top part of the wall, and imagine that the train border is already half coming down, and under it you can see another border with soccer balls. Oh, and the ceiling, which you can't see in these pics anyway, was stained from cigarette smoke. So, yeah, lots of stripping paper, spackling, sanding, priming, painting, ripping out carpet, installing laminate floor and base moulding. Whee! But I'm so happy I have a pretty space now.
His side of the room, well, that's gonna be a whole 'nother project :
This one project is part of a much larger one: redoing the home office. It will get its own post once everything is done, but I am too excited to wait to share my curtains!
I also have the desk, chair (from Ikea) and wire shelves in, but so much more stuff has to go in here. But this shows how the curtains sort of go with the chair.
In real life, the green of the curtains is a bit more intense, it just doesn't photograph well.
Anyway, to make these, I found a fabric shower curtain I loved at TJ Maxx, cut it in half, got the curtain rod, tie backs, and shower curtain hooks at Target. I didn't finish the raw edges, just used them as the outside edges and wrapped them around and just barely caught the edge under the bracket. Ok, truth: my dad put them up and he's a professional drapery installer, but he showed me how he was doing it so I could tell y'all. He overlapped the hooks in the middle so they won't slide open, and ta-da!
And yes, getting rid of that too dark windowsill is on the to do list. Thanks for looking!