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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Terminator on: November 03, 2010 06:54:00 PM
For one of my many HalloWEEK costumes, I decided to be a female version of Arnold's Terminator from the first movie, which my friends have renamed the terminatrix. I followed KlairedelysArt's tutorial on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVDbc02-hoY&feature=related with a few modifications, wore black pants, a black tank top, combat boots and a black leather jacket.

more details of the top:

And one with a smile just for fun:
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Zombie beauty pageant contestant for NYC Zombie Crawl 10/24/10 on: November 03, 2010 01:33:01 AM
I crawled with the NYC Zombie Crawl the Sunday before Halloween and wanted to share my costume. The theme was Zombie Beauty Pageant, so I decided to make my first zombie dress and try to look like a classy zombie.

I made the dress from a semi-thick white stretch jersey. I did not use a pattern but just kind of draped it since it was so stretchy. I sewed a tube of double thickness for the chest, then gathered it a little at the bust and added a long rectangle as a halter strap. I made a circle skirt for the bottom that I cut shorter in the front and longer in the back.

I zombified my dress by lighting it on fire about 8 times on my fire escape (ironic?), shredding the bottom a bit, slashing it a few places, and then attacking it with fake blood I made (white corny syrup, red food dye, chocolate sauce). I let it dry for a few days.

I did my zombie make up with a layer of gray body paint, black/purple/red around the eyes, black lines on the nose, black colored eyebrows, a big chunk of gore on my lower chin, and some random other spots of nasty skin and blood.

Happy HalloWEEK guys! Can't wait to see all of your costumes
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Def. Vvvombie - (n) zombie victim of a vampire bite (+ vampire victim tutorial) on: November 03, 2010 01:17:00 AM
For one of my Halloween costumes this year I decided to be a Vvvombie, a zombie that has been bitten by a vampire, and is now in the transformation process of becoming some hybrid monster that wants BRAAAAAINS, but is still an elegant, blood-thirsty member of high-life vampire society. My costume basically entailed a bloody shirt, a gray body, zombie eyes, chest scratches, neck vampire bites and wrist Twilight-like jaw imprints.

I bought a white tank top from H&M for $5 and cut it in to a crop top. I coated it with some fake blood that I mixed up (white corn syrup, red food dye, chocolate sauce) and let it dry for a day. I made sure to have some handprints from the attack, and blood on the neckline where I got bitten.

For the body/face painting, I did a sloppy base layer to get the undead, smudgy color with some light gray body paint. I then did the eyes with a combo of black, purple, pink, and red eye shadow, face paint and eyeliner. I outlined the nose with smudged black lines and went over the eyebrows in black. I also used liquid eyeliner to paint cracks. I put a little concealer on my lips and then a touch of coagulate blood dripping down from the nose. I used liquid latex and "Creepy Skin" to make fingernail scratches on my neck/chest that I then defined with some brown, black and red face paint as well as some coagulate blood.

For the vampire victim parts, I did two fang punctures on my neck and a big ol' wrist bite (with both top and bottom jaw imprints on either side of the wrist), and a hand bite. For both, I first used blue eyeliner to go over my veins and make them darker in the "affected" area.

For the fang punctures, I rolled out some creepy skin between my fingers, arranged it in a TINY doughnut shape, then used a flat edged tool to spread it onto my neck. I put some black face paint on the inside of the dougnut (the puncture site), painted bruising all around (yellow, brown, red, green face paint) by barely dabbing my fingers in color and kind of spreading it roughly, and then dripped some coagulate blood down it.

For the wrist bites, I used about 5 layers of liquid latex in a rough mouth shape. The rougher, the better, because it'll be a little teethier. I then painted it with black on the inside and brown on the outside to create a fake gradient of depth intensity where the teeth would have penetrated it. I then put bruising all around with the same colors/technique above, and then dabbed on some coagulate blood. The key for this one is making it darkkkkk.

Some action shots just for fun:

I miss HalloWEEK already!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Terminatrix: terminator face on: November 03, 2010 12:49:51 AM
For one of my many HalloWEEK costumes, I decided to be a female version of Arnold's Terminator from the first movie, which my friends have renamed the terminatrix. I followed KlairedelysArt's tutorial on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVDbc02-hoY&feature=related with a few modifications: I used about 6 layers of liquid latex (sometimes known as "flesh in a flask") instead of the scar putty (I applied it messily and spread it a bit to get the sloppy burn look, but also tried to layer it up near the "metal" to make it look like the metal was under the skin), and I used only face paint, no eye shadow. I used Ben Nye black and white that I mixed to make the various shades of gray. I'm somewhat disappointed with my burnt, scalded skin (not 3D enough, not red/irritated enough) and my lack of a red contact, but this was the least effort I've ever put into a Halloween costume so I'm still pretty happy with it. I wore black pants, a black tank top, combat boots and a black leather jacket. Easy and fun

more details of the top:

And one with a smile just for fun:
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My aunts' jewelry - earthy copper chains and glamorous chunky jewels on: August 03, 2009 02:36:59 PM
Hey guys! My dad's three sisters, my Aunt Karen from Texas, my Aunt Gail from Florida and my Aunt Jan from Missouri, came to stay with me this past weekend. It's the first time I've seen them all together in my life. It was a great experience. Two of them, Jan and Karen, both have recently begun making jewelry and I was so amazed at their work that I had my brother (he's a cinematographer) come over to take some photographs of their work so that we could post them on Craftster for all of you to check out.

Jan makes very earthy, natural pieces mostly from copper chains and turquoise. Karen makes large chunky pieces with glitzy jewels, swarovski crystals, real gold, sterling silver, and beautiful gems.

Karen's necklaces

Blessed Jade (the jade green stones with the black cross, below!) is my FAVORITE!

Jan's necklaces

Thanks for looking! My aunts would love feedback, so let me know what you think!!!
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / 12 beer glasses with glass etching of animal skeletons on: July 28, 2009 06:04:30 PM
I needed a new set of glasses so I bought 12 plain beer glasses from Bed Bath and Beyond for $10. I jazzed them up with some alternative glass etching--animal skeletons. I did a lion, unicorn, snake, rabbit, human, fish, whale, bat, kangaroo, giraffe, swan, and wooly mammoth.

I got images of the skeletons online, printed them out and taped them to the inside of the glasses.  I used Scribbles and Polymark fabric paint to paint the negative space. After it dried, I fixed minor mistakes by scratching away paint with a toothpick and then doing a second coat in areas that were thin. Lastly, I filled in the positive space with Armour Etch cream.

The glasses in the stenciling phase:

The final glasses: (sorry all the photos suck but its SO HARD to take pictures of glass etching)









Lion (I had to take two pictures because he's quite wide)

Wooly mammoth




Thanks for looking Smiley Comments, criticism and questions are all welcome!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bone jewelry on: July 28, 2009 05:46:13 PM
I recently went to California for a couple weeks and discovered a great store called Necromance (http://www.necromance.com/index.php?resolution=800) while in LA. They sell a variety of taxidermic animals, shells, bones, furs/skins, paws/feet, feathers, antlers, etc. Although the taxidermic animals are not road kill, everything else was, which does not hurt my conscience at all since it's just recycling something that was already dead.

Anyway, I bought a bunch of interesting bones there to make into jewelry.

I attached a raccoon penis bone ($6) to a gold chain (free) to wear as a necklace (yes, raccoons do have penis bones, in fact humans are one of the only mammals that don't have penis bones). You can wear it either horizontally or vertically which is pretty cool.

This is a small snake vertebra ($1) that I super glued onto a gold ring from Michaels ($2 for 12 I think). It's cute, but kind of sharp and can get caught on things so I wear it rarely as I'm not a big fashion over practicality person.

I also bought a mammalian mandible with the teeth still in to make into a hair clip but I haven't found a good glue that will work with the hair clip yet.

Thanks for looking!
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Costumes for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at Columbia University on: July 27, 2009 03:02:37 PM
I was the costume designer for my school's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella this spring. I wanted to share photos of some of the outfits I built! This was my first show, and it took a LOT of time, but it was worth it. The show is supposed to take place in the 1950s in a beach town. The king and queen are the richest couple in town throwing a ball for their rebellious bad boy son. The step sisters are typical 50s preppy girls. The step mother is an obnoxious lady lacking style, always wearing cheetah patterns. She is very haughty. Cinderella is very plain and simple in both her normal and ball outfit. The color theme was beachy- tangerines, aqua blue, lemon yellow, sand, coral. There's very little black or white. The godmother stands out in navy blue, the prince stands out in black and Cinderella in gray then silver.

Cinderella's ball gown was made from scratch with glittery silver polyester. It has a full, multi-paneled skirt with a straight across neckline. The white organza wrap is attached to the twisting bodice. The dress was made from a vintage pattern. Underneath is the most monstrous, huge petticoat I've ever made from tulle and netting. The shoes are plain black heels that I covered with a mix of silver and white glitter using spray glue.

Cinderella's daytime white blouse top is from Good Will, and the gray cardigan is my own. I made her skirt using a Burdastyle pattern and made the apron just winging it.

The step sisters' (the girls in yellow and blue) day outfits are poodle skirts made from scratch with plain white blouses and matching hairbows. I made the skirts and poodles from felt. I drafted a circle skirt pattern. I dyed plain white cardigans to match and grabbed some vintage scarves from my mom.

The step sisters' ball gowns are made from scratch with some cheap polyester and sheer cheetah print chiffon. They are supposed to look as if the stepmother forced them to wear the outfits, which is why there are in cheetah print, like all of the stepmother's outfits. The pattern is from Simplicity. I changed the pattern to have a very ruffly bottom and ruffly straps.

The step mother's ball gown is made from scratch with cheetah fabric. The pattern is from Simplicity. It is a simple wrap dress for a curvy woman. She's in the back right.

I bought the Godmother's jacket and dress from Good Will. I then sewed on a boa and added a ton of rhinestones for more sparkle. He looks great as a girl, eh?

The chorus didn't have any original pieces, they just brought in stuff in the color scheme. They looked great though!

Thanks for looking!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / More headbands - flowers and feathers on: January 18, 2009 09:43:55 PM
I made this bunch last week. All is done with hand sewing and hot glue. Hot glue = woman's best friend

I made this one by cutting up a fabric flower.

This is a tear-drop shaped piece of canvas with glued on feathers and a golden and brown decal.

Same thing but different feathers and a fleur-de-lis decal

This one is a bunch of small red fabric flowers on top of lace and fabric leaves with a golden heart decal and a golden chain.

These are all skinny headbands with small feathers glued around the border.

Thanks for looking! Any questions, advice, criticism, comments are appreciated.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jellyfish and artichoke boxers on: January 05, 2009 09:52:32 PM
Boring boxers --> FUN BOXERS! I'm a girl so I wear these to sleeeep.

I made these jellyfish boxers from an old pair of boxers, some buttons from a garage sale 80s gold shirt, beautiful pink plaid wool and a bunch of random ribbons and pieces of lace. They are not just inspired but totally copied from http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10675626, Aorta's etsy store. I give all credit to him/her for his/her sick jelly fish.

I love wearing these around my dorm because everyone laughs as my jelly fish tentacles swish around and move a lot.

My favorite vegetable is the one and only artichoke and since it is rare nowadays to find a fellow lover of artichokes or even someone who knows what they are or how to eat them, I decided to commemorate the divine artichoke on my boxers. I cut out all the leaves and arranged them in a sandwich of water soluble fabric with pins. I then pinned it onto the boxers, sewed all over it with different shades of green, threw them in the sink to dissolve the plasticness and waahhlaa-new and improved boxers.
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