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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Vaguely Ironic Edward Cullen Costume? on: October 26, 2009 06:25:24 AM
So, I'm not a Twilight fan. In fact, I kinda talk a lot of smack about Twilight (I read Dracula when I was 9, so I'm a vamp traditionalist). However... I like being ridiculous, and I like glitter, and somehow the other day I snapped in fangs and improv'd my understanding of the series ('HELLO I AM EDWARD CULLEN. I PLAY BASEBALL. I WILL NEVER HURT YOU, BELLA. I WILL GET YOU VAMPIRE PREGNANT,' essentially...) and it just occurred to me that, well...WHY NOT? I'll do a more gory, complicated costume for Halloween night, but for wandering around at school, being Edward might be great fun.

I have fangs and hair I can spike up. What else do I need? Sparkly body sheen, I guess...if anyone has any recs. And, I don't know, what would look distinctively Edward? Again, I haven't read the books, so I don't know any details.

Mostly I want suggestions for cheesy Edward specific pick up lines. I will deliver them all with a straight (and awkwardly seductive?!) face, I promise.

Here's me:





My hair is a biiit longer now, but I think I can still get it to go into the right shape. Obviously it isn't in either of those, but I've never tried it.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / so, this is a totally creepy weird question for you med school types out there on: November 09, 2007 08:54:41 PM
I mentioned this earlier on craftster today, and I've just been wondering...

We've all heard that Angelina Jolie gave Billy Bob Thorton a necklace that was a vial of her blood, right? Right? No? Well, okay, she did, or at least has claimed on several occasions she did, as did he, and so on.

So, I mean--IF you were to put blood in a vial WHICH I AM NOT SUGGESTING IS A GOOD IDEA, OR SOMETHING YOU SHOULD DO (or, for that matter, something I'm going to run out and do)--would it, I don't know, work? Say, in a corked vial? Would it clot or separate or something? In short, would it continue to look like blood? Would you need to, I don't know, do something to it? I know we separate plasma and red blood cells to store blood for transfusions (go go Dr. Charles Drew!), but, uh...that's about all I know. Yeah. And transfusion is more complicated than, HEY! It's some blood! In a jar! For no good reason!

So, hey! Med students! Help an English major out!

I know there are probably some pagan types out there who are totally cool with this or something like this (c'mon--there are even santeros on here, somewhere, I'm certain), so, uh...do you guys know?

This is a probably going to be a fiddly bit in a book I'm writing, later. I'd like to know if this would bring hilarious amounts of fail. I'd like to find out without having to try it, myself, 'cause I'm not crazy about the whole self harm thing. Word.

And if the vampire look is your thing, hey! Get a small vial and some SFX blood! Rock out! I hear it works. I wish I had been thinking of this before Halloween!
 http://www.bloodvials.com/
you know, like this, but cooler and more DIY.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / zombie'd on: October 15, 2007 02:00:30 AM
Nothing elaborate, but OHSOMUCH fun!


My best friend visited me this weekend, so, clearly, we had to dress up as zombies and wander around the mall. Eventually we got kicked out by the mall cop, so we decided to wander around campus. Then a coffeeshop. Then the grocery store.
Yes. Yes, indeed.
I was super excited because I finally got my fake bruises to totally work, I think. The one on my shoulder is my favorite, but I like the way the side of my neck came out, too.

The bruises were just rust brown eyeshadow, smeared in a circular motion, and dark blue-grey eyeshadow--i.e., stuff I had just sitting around. Fab! I like the thing on my leg, too--I think I'm going to get some liquid latex to experiment with soon to make things blend better.












any future tips from spooky people here?
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / it's a monkey wearing a monocle on: October 05, 2007 03:33:55 PM
Or possibly a gorilla, since I never gave him a tail.




close up of his eyes:

(the monocle is a button that I took the black bit out of, the other eye is a glass marble. they're just hot glue gunned on, I'm afraid. the socks, i stole from my boyfriend.)

me eating his brains:



I like his buttons. He doesn't feel done, though. Suggestions?
5  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / UF Student Tasered - who wants to make t shirts? on: September 19, 2007 04:43:26 PM
So, if any of you craftsters out there are hardcore youtubers, you've probably already heard, but recently a UF student was tasered for, uh...well, for asking a question at a public forum, really.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/orl-taseredgator19sep19,0,4218845.story?coll=orl-news-promos-state

And Kerry was trying to answer the kid.

Anyway. "Don't tase me, bro!" isn't the best rallying cry, but does anyone in the area want to make t shirts to give out or something? I'm sure students will be gathering for at least the rest of the week. I had class today, but I was marching around on Tuesday.
People usually need encouragement to speak their mind to rally for anything, and, you know, t shirts are nice and concrete. Tangibles to represent intangibles = good.

Also, I have nearly a full roll of freezer paper, tons of paint, and TWO irons! How 'bout that! Someone else can bring t shirts. Luckily, stenciling text is easy...
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / seeing red - charm braclet on: July 19, 2007 02:03:28 PM
Blast.
I totally hit the post button by accident. Anyway, quite a few people have posted these awesome mega load charm bracelets on here, so I figured I'd give it a shot--










The big glittery thing in the middle is a red gummi dino, painted with sparkle nail polish. I think I'll go back and do the same to the gummi bears, or maybe wet and then varnish them so that they're extra shiny--currently they've only been dried out.
What else? Uuh...a few poly clay charms on there that I made, a handcuff key, some crosses (why not? okay, 'because you're totally not religious' is a good answer, but, dude. they look cool), some awesome dice beads, some fake pearls, some bells, a silver tone bone charm...
And shells. I like shells.
Whachoo think? Is it too much? I dig it--action shot later because I think it looks cool layered.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / pink ninja necklace on: June 29, 2007 01:29:11 AM
I spent nearly a full day worrying over what the caption on this would be, but nothing could top the simple, pure, beautiful statement of fact:

pink ninja. yo.





and action shot:


Cute plastic ninja thing I got after the boyfriend and I went on a totally old school americana arcade/minigolf/bumper cars date--these "ninja paratroopers" (?!?!) were prizes you could get with tickets you'd won. The lady behind the counter gave me a yellow one first, but I...I wanted the pink one in the display case...pink. Must have pink.
On second thought, though, I could've spelled out 'yellow fever' or similar if I'd gone with the yellow one, which would've been great as I am all about the hawt asian boys. And the half chinese boyfriend is all about the hawt latinas, so that works out very neatly.
On that note, I love harassing him about ninjas. Which are Japanese. And he's Chinese. And the fact that people sometimes don't know or care that there's a difference annoys him to no end.  Grin

The action shot is from the day after I cut off all my beeeaaauuutiful hip length hair. I miss it. I'm still whining about it a lot. Incessently, in fact.

Oh, and I'm going to restring it so that the letters don't move when I go back home to my pile of craft supplies, whenever that may be.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / pink panel pants for when you feel like an old school raver on: April 27, 2007 04:03:30 PM
I turned 20 on the first of the year and started dressing in sensible black sweaters, skirts, and dresses, but I made these a long time ago and every now and then I have a day when I want to look like a kid:









As you can see, this was before I had a sewing machine/any idea what I was doing, so there are holes there now. Luckily, I've gotten better, though I didn't craft much this semester.
I remember that when I made these I was furious about the skinny pants fad, and was doing to deck them out with pockets and hot pink skull stencils as a statement against skinny pants. Possibly some pink squiddies, too, because, you know--why not? Then I gave in and bought a pair of leggings...so the idea kind of died. And now I dress like a boring old person because I feel ancient and obbess over my own mortality, etc. And by "boring old person" I mean "once a week at least I'm in fishnets."

I made this necklace to go with it:



and promptly broke it. Cheesy woo! I put it together twice and then decided i seriously needed to figure out a better way to thread stuff together.

Anyway, I hope someone is amused by these. Ta!

<3

PS: I've never actually gone to a rave, but I do love synth pop, trance, and house...and when I go to clubs dudes come up to me and ask, "are you rolling?" and I have to be like, nah, straight edge, get away from me, you creepy old man, ignore the hotpinkandpink thigh high stockings, i want no drugs.
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Creepy Skull Doll / Purse (pic insane) on: October 15, 2006 03:02:11 PM
how would I get anything done without craftster? seriously.

Okay, so: if you haven't seen iciclegirl's skull doll post, you totally need to because it is super rad: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=54105.0

Since I saw this, I have been consumed by waves of OMGWANTWANTWANTMUST HAVE, etc...so, and I hope very much she doesn't mind, I put my mind to making myself one, once the perfect excuse of HALLOWEEN came up. I have a snake, so at first I wanted to dress up as something with a snake, but...I realized that he's too small for that this year (still a baaaaby snake! his name is Salvador), so I decided that I would dress up as La Santa Muerte, thus pretending to me way more ethnic than I actually am (my family is Colombian, but by way of Spain): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Muerte

And I decided I wanted a doll to go with it.

So! Off I went, discovering that Toys R Us is much less cool than it was in my youth, and that it did NOT in fact stock some sort of generic little girl doll. Grumbling, I eventually found what I was looking for at Walgreen's...a baby doll, not a baby girl...good enough, however--but since the body was made of cloth, and not plastic...

I decided to make it a PURSE. Obviously. Because even dressed up as La Santa Muerte, I am going to need some way of taking my cell phone, debit card, and student ID with me.

I basically had absolutely no idea how to do any of this, so I posted on the super fab polymer clay board, because I have never sculpted anything before in my life:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=126321.0

and the awesome people there explained to me what supplies I needed.

SO: here is a before shot.
(mmm, supplies)



here is a little photo set I would describe as me being creepy--sequence is important:
http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m67/spooookypants/craft/skull%20doll/halloweenprep032.jpg
http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m67/spooookypants/craft/skull%20doll/halloweenprep012.jpg
http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m67/spooookypants/craft/skull%20doll/halloweenprep014.jpg
http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m67/spooookypants/craft/skull%20doll/halloweenprep009.jpg
the doll is marketed as having some kind of realistic eyes, and I must say that they do photograph well as wide eyed looks of terror. Anyway. Halloween photo ops are fun, right?! Right...ahem.

I then gutted the doll:

http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m67/spooookypants/craft/skull%20doll/halloweenprep016.jpg

made sure my stuff fit (barely):



and added a zipper:
http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m67/spooookypants/craft/skull%20doll/halloweenprep033.jpg

Then the real hard work started, ish. If anyone wants details on how I managed to make a hollow skull out of a huge mass of clay, I guess I'll try to explain, but honestly: I don't know. I just sat there until 4 AM, stuck it in the freezer, went to sleep, and finished it the next morning.

So then I had this:
http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m67/spooookypants/craft/skull%20doll/halloweenprep039.jpg

and it was time to stick it in the toaster oven.

Then, bam--painted, aged, baked:





Sadly, these pictures don't show you how yellowed and stuff it is. Also, you can't see it, but it has a rocking nose cavity because I think including a nasal septum is important. Also, the back of the skull needs to be huge. Anyway.

This is my new favorite picture of me in the world:

(note squid necklace. made that in like ten minutes before I headed off to my one social break this weekend.)

So, NEXT step: actually getting the doll head off. MAN. This was MUCH more work than it sounds like, dude.

but eventually:




And then I spent a day going, "AUGH, I forgot a NECK WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WHAT AM I GOING TO DO..."

until:






So that was my adventure! By "adventure" I mean "dang, there went my whole weekend, pretty much, minus homework and food/sleep breaks." I've also made lots of little fiddly doll jewelry  (metal crosses, shells, red dice, fake pearls), and I need to make it a costume to match mine...which means that I need to MAKE MY COSTUME OH MY GOD RUNNING OUT OF TIME. kdsksdsdsjsajhdsaaa aaa, panic. (and I don't even KNOW how to make a long poofy skirt) Ahem. Anyway, so I'm not done yet, but I am all super jazzed and very happy to have gotten the basic idea (skull headed purse doll) down...

So, I think it's recognizably a skull on a baby body. Right? Errrr. I hope so, anyway.

Let me know what you think, guys! Suggestions for what else to do to it would be very appreciated! Or what I should do differently, or anything...
Oh--I will be gluing rhinestones on the forehead to suggest a tiara soon, as well.

And thank you, craftster, for being the most awesome resource ever!
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / bone? on: October 10, 2006 08:00:34 PM
So ages ago I saw this awesome creepy doll this crafster made for her daughter--

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=54105.0

and I totally want to make something similar to carry around for halloween and generally creep my skittish boyfriend out with, etc. However, I have no idea how to get that lovely ... aged ... yellowish ...bone-that's-been-in-dirt kind of look going. I figured you super awesome super helpful types on the board could help?

Also, she mentions porcelain clay, but is there a way to get the same sort of effect with...er...filmo, or similar?

Thanks for reading, dudes!
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