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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Sci-fi alien and astronaut costumes on: November 14, 2012 10:19:15 AM
These are breath-taking costumes!!! You both look like you stepped right out of an amazing space battle.

And speaking of breath taking, were you able to breathe easily in that gorgeous helmet?

Thanks! I actually was ok for most of the night, I think next year I'll install a small battery operated exhaust fan just to ensure things stay defogged, haha.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Sci-fi alien and astronaut costumes on: November 05, 2012 11:03:24 PM
Decided to do something a little more elaborate for me and my bf this year, and as we're both huge incurable fans of science fiction, I made us a pair of alien and astronaut costumes. First up is mine as a slightly retro-inspired astronaut:



I hand painted a stretchy zip front jumpsuit, repainted toy ray guns, custom painted accessories and my favorite bit, the helmet! I made it using a light fixture that I widened with a hacksaw and then fixed to a cardboard tube that I painted and lined with plumbing insulation.

I also repainted the patches and added on a gold and black flag patch, and recycled an old phone headset:





As much as I love my costume, I might love my bf's more:



His is black tactical clothing with bmx armor I repainted to look like metal, and then I did his makeup with an SFX prosthetic that I painted:



We didn't get a pic of it in full makeup but my favorite bit is the back:



Some detail shots, my bf's repainted nerf gun:



and the belt buckles I sculpted for both of us out of paper clay:



We had so much fun, and it was really surreal watching my bf walk around looking like he stepped off a movie set:



But I have to say that some things about a futuristic costume are not well-suited to a 2012 world:



Hope you enjoyed! Let me know if you have any construction questions. This was the first year I didn't have to sew anything so I learned a lot about more hardware type crafts and would be happy to share. Happy Halloween!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Sci-fi Alien and Astronaut Costumes (Image Heavy) on: November 02, 2012 01:02:58 AM
Excellent costumes and makeup!

Where did you get the bubble lamp shade? Those are perfect for a helmet.

Thanks! The bubble is a 16in clear acrylic light fixture globe from http://1000bulbs.com/, definitely the best price I've seen for ones this big.
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Sci-fi Alien and Astronaut Costumes (Image Heavy) on: October 29, 2012 10:30:22 PM
GREAT costumes - I'm sure you were a hit!  My question...how did you keep your helmet from fogging up?  Smiley

Thanks! There are actually small holes drilled all around the bottom of the globe near where it joins up to the collar. It did definitely fog up in especially hot rooms but it mostly did the trick.
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Sci-fi Alien and Astronaut Costumes (Image Heavy) on: October 29, 2012 03:36:16 PM
Decided to do something a little more elaborate for me and my bf this year, and as we're both huge incurable fans of science fiction, I made us a pair of alien and astronaut costumes. First up is mine as a slightly retro-inspired astronaut:



I hand painted a stretchy zip front jumpsuit, repainted toy ray guns, custom painted accessories and my favorite bit, the helmet! I made it using a light fixture that I widened with a hacksaw and then fixed to a cardboard tube that I painted and lined with plumbing insulation.

I also repainted the patches and added on a gold and black flag patch, and recycled an old phone headset:





As much as I love my costume, I might love my bf's more:



His is black tactical clothing with bmx armor I repainted to look like metal, and then I did his makeup with an SFX prosthetic that I painted:



We didn't get a pic of it in full makeup but my favorite bit is the back:



Some detail shots, my bf's repainted nerf gun:



and the belt buckles I sculpted for both of us out of paper clay:



We had so much fun, and it was really surreal watching my bf walk around looking like he stepped off a movie set:



But I have to say that some things about a futuristic costume are not well-suited to a 2012 world:



Hope you enjoyed! Let me know if you have any construction questions. This was the first year I didn't have to sew anything so I learned a lot about more hardware type crafts and would be happy to share. Happy Halloween!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Felt Chanukah Wreath on: December 18, 2011 04:45:02 PM
I've been busy preparing our apartment for Chanukah and have been lamenting the lack of even general winter decorations available in our city. So I picked up some felt pieces for only $3, then took some leftover cardboard, a stapler, hot glue and silver textile paint out of my crafting stash. 3 evenings and 6 episodes of Six Feet Under later and I ended up with this:



Can't wait to hang it on our door! I might take the rest of the felt and make a garland to match for our fireplace.
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Steak and Butcher on: November 01, 2011 10:36:11 PM
Ready to go out with my bf as a butcher, using textile paint on an old apron and a craft foam cleaver after we couldn't find a toy one anywhere:


I made mine out of fleece with batting and textile paint. Here's a full view of my "outfit":


A slightly better detail shot from when I finished painting, I apparently only know one pose:


Communing with my own kind:


I've honestly never had so much fun on halloween, everyone wanted to stop us for pictures and everything you do is 20x funnier in a food costume.
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Hairspray: Tracy Turnblad's roach dress on: November 13, 2010 12:09:24 AM
Thank you so much to everyone who helped me out with my stenciling disaster, it actually came out fine! The inspiration from the John Waters original film Hairspray:

http://content9.flixster.com/photo/11/76/33/11763379_gal.jpg

And the result:



Plus my bf as Corny Collins:



Better closeups of the dress:





Almost no one got it but the people that did loved it, and it was totally worth it for how great it turned out. Thanks again to everyone that offered advice throughout the process!
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Freezer paper stencil disaster, please help! on: October 17, 2010 10:22:18 PM
My halloween costume has ground to a halt. I decided to use textile paint on the acetate satin prom dress like I did for my anglerfish costume last year and though I hand painted everything I had no problems. This year I was intending to do Tracy's roach dress from Hairspray:

http://content9.flixster.com/photo/11/76/33/11763379_gal.jpg

All went fine on my test piece of fabric using the iron on freezerpaper stencil technique:







It bled a little, but nothing I couldn't accept, you know? Then I started doing it on the dress and it bled SO MUCH:



It's unsalvageable and I'm beside myself. I already got a new pink dress so now I'm determined to find a paint I can use that won't do this to me (and at least now I have this dress to continue to test on. Will acrylic be thick enough to not seep you think? Anything a little less stiff than acrylic maybe? I would use fabric paint but I can only find it in the store in the tiniest tubes imaginable. Any other ideas?

Thanks in advance. I'm so upset, augh.
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Textile painting for Hairspray costume? on: July 26, 2010 02:55:58 PM
Freezerpaper stenciling sounds brilliant! I definitely have a bunch of extra acetate fabric lying around that I could try it with too to test it out. I'm sure if I ironed with a towel between the iron and the fabric it would probably come out okay.
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