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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Monster hat: version Larfleeze on: December 27, 2012 06:08:05 PM
So, first the hat in all it's monstrous glory:

Now the background:  For a local charity run, the Santa Speedo Sprint, donors who gave a set amount and mentioned it was for AASRD (my derby league) and mymonsterhat.com (a vendor of incredibly cool hand made monster hats, run by a ref of a neighbouring league) got a free monster hat.  My partner, who did not have the money to donate, was incredibly jealous of my hat.

Lying around the house we happened to have about half a yard of neon orange polar fleece left over from when i made him neon orange fleece hakama.  That's a long story that you probably don't want to hear.

He showed me a photo of the Orange Lantern, also known as Larfleeze, the lantern of Greed, and asked if i could reproduce that for his own hat. 

It only took maybe 3 hours while we watched Warehouse 13 on xmas eve, so it was a fun day.

Two action shots, that do not show the true neon orange but give a sense of the spines and the tusks:

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Tripp pants to miniskirt for derby on: February 18, 2011 05:11:59 PM
So 4 months ago i tried out for rollerderby, and made it by the skin of my teeth.  In the time since then i've gotten noticeably better, and coincidentally dropped around 45 pounds  Wink

Even though i'm not drafted onto an actual team yet, i still attend practices and the bouts.  For bout jobs and various other PR events we are expected to "dress derby" whatever the heck that means.  Well, one thing it means is pushing my limits on how much skin to show, which led me to discover that i have precious few items of clothing that show off any leg at all!

With that in mind, i eyeballed a pair of Tripp club/bondage pants a friend gave me after the seat wore through a second time.  For him, it was a repair beyond his abilities. For me, it was 5 minutes of work.  The pants are similar to these, though the lower legs differ a little.  The D rings down the side are the same though:

Using basic pants-to-skirt technique, and some lace leftover from a Halloween costume i extended the bottom just enough to allow for a little leg showing, but still tolerable coverage if i'm wearing tights:

Here is a shot sans tights, which i would never do in public, so you can see how sheer the sheer lace is:

Making this relied on techniques most of you are well familiar with: i found the best natural break in the line, just below those D rings, and cut the legs off.  I have no photos of the top and bottom half separate, but you know.  It's a pair of pants cut off around the knee.  I also had taken the inseam out already.  Hemmed and tidied the leftover lace, pinned it around to see what type of gathering suited it best, and found that no gathering in the front and lightly gathered in the back worked well:

I put this here and not in Reconstructed since it's tough to tell if something that works for non-Shapely craftsters will transfer well.  In this case, you know i'm big so it should work for you too!

I will be a Non Skating Official again tomorrow night, so if anyone is going to see the Albany All Stars you get to see this in person Cheesy
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Help with nickel containing gift on: August 02, 2009 08:43:49 AM
Hi gang-

I have a dear friend who visited me in Boston last summer, from her home in NC.  Because she's completely awesome, and a great guest to boot, she made me a matching necklace and earrings from garnet and silver.   The colours are absolutely completely me, and the pair is just gorgeous.  However, the silver beads she used obviously contain nickel, because my neck broke out within about a day of wearing it Sad

Now, i do not change my jewelry daily. I pick something to wear and keep it on for weeks at a time.  I could use the necklace just to wear for special occasions, but i like it enough for every day wear.  I don't want to "save" it i want to use it! 

So what methods are available to coat the necklace with resin or polymer or something non-toxic that will seal in the nickel and not harm the garnet (or maroon agate/quartz)?

I realise i could just re-string the entire necklace myself, using my own battle-tested beads that i am not allergic to.  That is my last resort, because i really want to use the gift she made me, not half of her beads and half of mine.  I am willing to coat the beads individually and then restring it, if whatever substance exists is bad for stones but works on metal.

(I know this could have gone in beads but it is a generic jewelry question about nickel/silver alloy, and many more pieces of jewelry are made of that than just beads, and many people besides me are allergic.  The answer will be broadly applicable to more than just beads.)

Thanks a ton Craftster.  I rely upon your vast and collective knoweldge Smiley

4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Vinyl lattices on: July 29, 2009 07:10:11 AM
Hi gang-

So friends of mine are giving me around 10 pieces of vinyl lattice that used to go under their porch before they put on a deck.  They are white, and in the standard 4' x 8' size.  They are in decent condition, and really only need a quick spritzing with a bleach solution to get off the worst of the mildew and dirt from leaning against their garage for a year.

So this is my first summer in my new house, having moved in in May.  The house itself really has no place to put lattice, the porch being enclosed and the foundation being in decent shape and less than 4' high anyway.

The garden is separated from the neighbour by a normal chain link fence, so people have suggested zip tying the lattice to the chain link to prettify it a bit.  There is also a concrete retaining wall along the parking area that is rust stained and not so attractive.  The lattice could be used to disguise the concrete a little.

But none of this really excites me all that much. 

The only other semi-original idea i had was to make feet and a frame for each piece individually, so they basically become outdoor room dividers, and thus some can be used along the concrete, but others could be used to make a low wall around the patio area.  And if we have a party or BBQ and we spill out into the parking area, since the lattices are individual, we just move them.

But this still, while clever, strikes me as being not living up to the full potential.  So i leave it to you, o my Craftster geniuses.  Please think of cool ways to employ 10 4'x8' vinyl lattices Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Help with Monsoon dress on: November 13, 2006 07:23:34 AM
Some of you may have been aware of the store Monsoon, UK based, but used to have 2 stores in the US.  It is where i went for every formal occasion.  Until they pulled out of the US!  Bad Monsoon.  Their quality was very high, and their prices reasonable for formal wear, if a bit pricey for every day wear.

Anyway, i have our company annual xmas party in just over a month, and i have found the perfect dress:


I love the wide waistband - that is the main selling point for me.  The turned over bit of skirt is optional for me, although if it isn't too difficult i might be willing to try.  Maybe.

Anyway, how would you, o gods and godesses of Craftster, go about reproducing this dress?  I am an american size 18, i think (i only wear men's jeans, and i bought all my girl clothes at Monsoon which uses different sizing) with wide shoulders and hips and a waist that is much narrower.  And not so much in the bosomage Cheesy

Thanks tons.
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