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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Ursula costume! on: December 24, 2013 07:04:33 PM
I just finished our run of The Little Mermaid...I designed set and costumes and it was amazing!
My favorite costume that I designed and constructed is Ursula...totally original head to toe (see my post on the wig)...it just made me happy to look at it...hope you all like it!
The bodice is covered with cut up VHS tape and my favorite little detail is that one of the tapes was "The Little Mermaid"...love inside jokes Smiley










2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Little Mermaid musical...Ursula Wig and Ariel Wig! on: December 09, 2013 02:11:11 AM
I am simultaneously loving and stressing over this show!  I design costumes as well as set and we are getting down to two weeks to show time and I have A LOT to do!
But I had to share the wigs!

I am so proud of Ursula's wig!



I did a duct tape and saran wrap mold of the actresses head that I then put on my wig form and stuffed so I would have the right head size.  I made the hairline and some cross strips out of fun foam and then I glued a wig cap to it.  I put a couple of coats of white spray paint to make everything white and then I started cutting foam from chair cushion foam squares.  I pinned them on so I could get the look I was going for and still play around a bit longer.  Then I took them off by row to remember roughly where they went and then hot glued them onto the base.  It came out so good!  When she talks and walks the hair moves.....very cool!  I decided not to paint it because in the light the foam glistens.


Ariel's hair is awesome too!



The first little picture is the wig I ordered from Amazon.  I ordered two at about $13 each.  I detached the weaves from one wig and attached them to the other by sewing them to the wig base.  I then back combed, teased and hairsprayed to get the swoopy bangs.  All-in-all it doesn't look like a crappy $13 wig Smiley

OK...enough of a break!  Back to costume making!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / MINIONS! on: November 03, 2013 03:47:01 PM
 Grin
So again, I was moving during Halloween crafting season.  Got my household goods delivered on Oct 10 and had surgery 3 days later so by the time I got to the costumes it was Oct. 23.
I made a yellow minion, a crazy purple minion and my oldest went as Caliborn from Homestuck (not pictured)
Not bad for a weeks worth of work Wink



I started by making a 43" tube, cutting 8" triangles into the top to make the dome. I cut the hole in the head, covered it in batting and cut a slipcover of yellow spandex to make the yellow minion.  The eye is a see-through plastic mesh that I painted to make the eye and mouth and the goggle is a pie tin.



Same process for the purple minion head.



Then I made the body from the same kind of foam tube and covered with purple and yellow and then cut denim to be the overalls.  The arms were shrug type of jackets.






And they tangoed away the night Smiley


4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My daughter's crayon art on: January 02, 2013 06:19:19 PM
We do Secret Santa since we do so many homemade gifts...this year my daughter's project for her secret santa was so good, I had to share it.  We talked through the project but she did the whole thing herself.  This is for my niece who lives on a farm and has pigs and chickens so she did a drawing with my niece and the animals playing in the rain. She used only blue and green crayons to simulate the rain and taped paper on the umbrella to block the crayon from the umbrella.











I love raising crafty children!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Ironman! including some step by step and materials used (pic obese) on: November 04, 2012 05:42:40 PM
This Halloween the army decided it was time to move and by the time I got my household goods were delivered it was October 15th...so 24 hours a day crafting gave me my three daughter's costumes...Ironman, the Lorax and an elf!  It was pretty intense but so much fun!

Here's my Ironman:





I'm so sad that my thigh pieces didn't work but I think it still is pretty good Smiley

The helmet we made from the pattern pieces from a paper pattern program called pepakura.





The whole construction is out of Foam camping mats



cut with a hot knife (it's a wood burner with a knife attachment) and sometimes shaped with a heat gun.  I learned about this process from xrobots...you can look up their tutorial on youtube.



Aside from the helmet, all the other pieces were drafted by myself just from looking at pictures



The hand was pretty labor intensive to make the articulated fingers and the palm lights were camping squeeze lights.







To finish the foam so it wouldn't look so much like foam, I mixed paint and tacky glue to build up a flexible layer and then finished with a layer of fabric paint.





It's by no means perfect but a fun project and a new technique to practice with the foam!

Here's a pic of all my girls together.

6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The Lorax! Tute on making a fur costume...pic obese on: November 04, 2012 12:24:15 PM
I have my Lorax over on the contest board but here is some more info on how I made it.
The Army moved us and I only got my household goods back on Oct 15 so I finished my Lorax, elf and Ironman in 2 weeks...didn't sleep a lot but loved all the crafting!
Here's my Lorax



We went to a trick or treat at the Zoo the weekend before and little kids followed her around like she was a character at Disney...Parents asked for pics with her...she loved it!



So, this is how I made it...I made the basic shapes of the body out of 1/4 inch foam from cheap exercise mats a store was selling...I think they were like $2.50 and I used 2...you could probably find things like it at a dollar store. (the red foam)

 


Basic Shapes





Then I wrapped the body in batting



For the head, I built up some of the features using blue foam camping mats and hot glued them to the basic shape.





I then covered it with batting to smooth out the edges and created a pattern for the fur.  I couldn't find orange fur and didn't have enough time to order it online so I bought a throw from Burlington coat factory that had short fur on one side and long on the other and since I didn't have enough of either for the whole costume, I used the short fur on the head. I created the pattern by using the same method as making a slip cover...I draped the fabric and the pin lines became the seam lines.



The eyes were made out of christmas ornaments that you can buy already in half and the surface is made from baby sun shades to make it see through.  I drew on the eye with sharpie to create the detail.  The mustache and eyebrows were made from feather boas glued onto aluminum wire.







I created the pattern for the body the same say as the head. And last touches were orange painted gloves, orange leggings I made and orange fur glued to her shoes.



Altogether not bad and perfectly warm for a cold Halloween Smiley
Here's a pic of all three costumes.

7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My beautiful Elf...and a tutorial on elf ears. (pic heavy) on: November 04, 2012 11:33:12 AM
What a crazy Halloween season!  The Army moved us and I didn't get back my household goods until Oct 15!  So non-stop, 24 hour a day crafting with multiple hot glue blisters (I finally got smart and bought gloves to protect my hands) and I finished an elf, the Lorax and Ironman!  Shocked

My elf was probably the easiest and most traditional.





The cape was Butterick 4377 it was an adult size but I cut it down.  I used it because the hood was so full.  The white fabric was crushed panne and the lining was a halloween purple with shiny stars. I sewed a comb on the top of the hood so we could secure it far back on her head so we didn't hide the ears.

The dress was McCalls 5499 view B but I added long sleeves.

My only real creative part on this was the ears:



I used 6mm foamies sheets and some 1/4 inch foam from an exercise mat as well as glue, white paint and liquid latex





I cut the shape for the top of the ear and then used an exacto knife to slit the foamie open



I cut regular foam on an angle to glue to the top of her ear and around the edge and painted it all with a layer of glue and white paint.



And lastly I painted the whole thing with flesh colored liquid latex (I happen to have some from other costumes but you could probably substitute glue and flesh colored paint.



I glued the whole thing on with stick glue and they were really sturdy and never lifted off.  Worked perfectly with her hair Smiley



And I'll be posting separately for the other costumes but here's a pic of the whole group



8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / I'm the Lorax...I speak for the trees! on: November 03, 2012 08:13:31 AM
Last year she was the Grinch...this year the Lorax.  Things were made much more complicated by moving (the Army moved us during Halloween costume making time....not cool).  We didn't get our stuff until October 15th and I rushed to make an elf, Ironman and the Lorax in 15 days.  15 days and lots of hot glue gun blisters later....ta-da!



We went to a Boo at the Zoo and little kids would follow her around and ask to have their picture taken with the Lorax like she was a character at Disneyland...lol.
Here she is with a perfect trick or treat bag that I made for Christmas a while ago.



and a glimpse under the head...it's a pity to hide that cute face Smiley



And a close up of the head alone



I'll be posting a semi tutorial showing progress pics and materials used on the halloween costumes board as well as my Ironman and elf.
Thanks for looking...and voting? Wink
Happy Halloween!
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Mardi Gras Mask...recycled plastic! on: February 26, 2012 04:36:34 PM
My husband and I were going to a mardi gras party and although I had plans for making a mask earlier in the week, I ran out of time.  The day of the party there was a carnival so we were at the carnival all day with the kids...when we got home, I had 3 hours until the arty and a hard decision to make:  nap or make a mask.
So i made a mask.
I got the idea from goblin art mask site:  http://www.goblinart.com/2011/01/make-mask-from-plastic-bottles-happy.html

And made it from things I already had.
Ta-da!!!!!



and the supplies:





I cut the plastic, used the heat gun to form it, used the hot glue gun to go around the edges and create the swirls.  I used the mod podge and tissue paper to paper mache it and create a paintable surface.  Then I painted some blue and purple and used some irridesent (sp?) powder to make the paint a bit more interesting.  I finished with the copper paint and hot glued a wooden spoon to the back (trimmed off the spoon part).
I love how it turned out and even I am amazed that it only took 2 hours.

Here are some other views:





and a picture of me with the mask...I look a little insane on the other side of the mask!  lol

10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The Grinch! on: October 31, 2011 11:02:17 AM
So hard to choose one costume to enter...I made three cool costumes for my girls but I guess the grinch is the coolest!



The thing that makes it work is the latex appliance that gives her face the right shape





I created the mask by doing a plaster cast of her face and building up a clay nose and forehead.  Then I painted layers of liquid latex to create an appliance that I can glue on with spirit gum.



The hood, pants, gloves and shoes were all done without a pattern.  The hood, gloves and shoes were done with a ducttape and fabric encasing method.  After encasing with fabric and tape, I cut the tape into pattern pieces...makes for a perfect fit.



Everything in the costume was made by me from top to bottome Cheesy
And, of course, it was inspired by the movie with Jim Carrey.  Hope you like it Smiley
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