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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dr. Horrible Embroidery Triptych on: September 27, 2012 08:45:15 AM
Now that she's received it, I can post this project I made for my partner in the Whedonverse swap - a Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog embroidery triptych, with the three main characters and a quote from the show.  It's my first time doing a project like this; I've done cross stitch before, but that's about the limit of my embroidery experience.  This was originally meant to be mostly cross stitch, but I decided it would look better done a different way.



The silhouettes are cut out of vinyl and stitched down, then I embroidered around them.  I drew the words by hand on graph paper and transferred them to the fabric with transfer paper (which for the record, is not super effective on aida cloth - next time I'm using different fabric).  The lettering turned out surprisingly well, I was impressed with myself for how perfect it looked - then I mounted them in the frames and they got kinda weirdly stretched and don't look as straight anymore; I wish I'd done that part of it a little differently.  All in all though, I'm pretty proud of how this turned out.  And I want to make another one for myself!

Shots of each panel individually:




The design is based on this artwork (which sadly I do not know the source for):


Comments and crits welcome as always!
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Shapeshifter Bust on: July 16, 2012 07:11:17 PM
This is probably one of my favorite things I made during my recent stint in special effects school - it's a 7" head made of latex and foam, with hand-punched hair.  The character is meant to be a Shifter from Dungeons & Dragons - they're kind of a combination of lycanthropes and humans.  I've always been a fan of werewolves and the like, so I kinda fell in love with the idea of Shifters.



It was quite a process to make this little guy.  First I sculpted the head in modeling clay:


Then I made a plaster mold.  The mold was coated with about 15 layers of latex and then filled with expanding foam so the head would hold its shape. 


Seams and imperfections in the latex skin were cleaned up (I did minimal cleanup on the latex for the head in the pics, as it was the first one and meant as a test head), then the whole head was painted with acrylic paint, partially with an airbrush and partially by hand. 


After the paint was dry I punched the hair in by hand, which was far and away the most time-consuming part of the project (with the possible exception of the initial sculpting).  Finally, I added earrings and hair embellishments to finish it off.





Thanks for looking!  If anybody's interested, there's a couple more in-process photos and descriptions of the process on my blog (http://delectablydeviant.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/lil-shifter-head-from-start-to-finish/). 

I've got two more blank heads from this mold all ready to go, it's going to be a lot of fun to finish them now that I know more what I'm doing with this kind of project.

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 52 reasons (I'm utterly crazy-silly in love with my husband) on: July 04, 2012 09:09:13 AM
So yeah, it's been done over and over, but ever since I first saw them here on Craftster I've loved the 52 reasons books.  I decided to make one for my husband last year while we were in a long-distance relationship (I was also really really broke and needed a gift that wouldn't cost more than $5-10).  It was originally intended as a Christmas gift, but damn did this project take a lot longer than I thought it would!  Coming up with the 52 reasons was a snap, but actually putting the book together was intensely time-consuming.  It went from being a Christmas gift to a Valentine's gift, then became an "oh shit I really need to get this damn thing done so here's a gift just because" gift.



In case anyone's reading this who hasn't come across the 52 reasons books before, it's just a deck of cards w/ holes punched in the sides, held together with binder clips (get much bigger ones than you think you'll need, this thing got twice as fat as I expected, with all the stickers and stuff glued on the pages - the rings in these pics are the original too-small ones that I switched out later). 

I wanted this book to be kind of a little art piece; something made with care and craft, and not just the reasons printed out and glued on the cards.  I wanted my husband to know just by looking at it that it's full of love.  Unfortunately some of the pages are way less awesome than others, because I had to rush to get it done in the end because it was taking so long.  I'm still pretty pleased with how it turned out though, and my husband seemed to really appreciate it.


Here are all the pages laid out together (in no particular order):


And here are close-ups of some of my favorite pages:
The cover:


The back of the cover:


The first page:


Random page:


This is one of my favorites because Jack of Spades is the card that represents my husband - he's used it as an online handle for years, and when we got wedding tattoos, the symbol he chose to represent himself is a spade:


Interactive page XD:



One of my favorites because of the mis-spelled "wierd".  The fact that I always spell that word wrong is kind of an inside joke between me and my husband, so I was so tickled to find that on one of the $1 scrapbooking sticker sheets:


One of the most meaningful pages, for me:



"Whimsy & mayhem" is kind of our catch phrase - we did Irish car bomb shots as part of our wedding ceremony, and the toast was, "To the beginning of our awesome adventure, full of whimsy and mayhem.  Fuck yeah!"

Thanks for looking, y'all!  I took inspiration for this book from a lot of different places (I looked at a LOT of 52 reasons books online before I started mine), so if I seem to have stolen an idea, please let me know and I'll give credit where it's due.
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Post-Apocalyptic Barbarian Costume (lots o' pics) on: May 18, 2012 01:03:28 PM
This costume is the culmination of a prop-making class that I took in my final semester of a special effects makeup program.  Everything in the photos (except the model XD) was either crafted or altered by me for this project.  The idea behind the character is similar to the game Fallout, where the inevitable breakdown of society has occured, probably along w/ nuclear catastrophe.  Our lady here is a warrior in a tribe of people that has formed out of the rubble, surviving by scavenging for remnants of the old world and attempting to relearn lost technologies.

The costume consists of:
  • armor: breast plates & shoulder guards made of vacuformed styrene plastic and carved foam, painted w/ spray paint & acrylics; pieces held together with a harness made from repurposed leather belts and chain
  • arm guards: purchased from Goodwill, textured w/ latex, painted w/ spray paint & acrylics
  • gloves: purchased from Dollar General, embellished w/ hand-cut plastic pieces which were molded to the hand shape w/ a heat gun, then painted w/ spray paint & acrylics
  • boots: old boots donated by my dad, embellished w/ plastic pieces which were shaped to the boot w/ a heat gun, then painted w/ spray paint & acrylics
  • leather skirt: purchased from thrift store, cut w/ scissors, distressed w/ watered-down acrylic paint
  • fur wrap: faux fur from fabric store remnant bin, cut to shape & tied in back w/ string

Now, on to the photos...

Full body shot:

Not my favorite photo, but it shows the whole costume w/ all the pieces I made.

Another full body shot:


Fighting stance:

She's a beautiful model, but it was so hard to get her to to action poses!  This is probably my favorite pic from the whole set, but I can't put it in my portfolio 'cause unfortunately it doesn't really show off the stuff I made.  At least I can show it to y'all here.

Bad ass mama:




Mmm, blood:

Again, not a portfolio-worthy shot, but I think it's kinda hilarious and I love it.

Detail shots:

I'm still more used to making things for the human eye rather than a camera.  I did a whole bunch of distressing on the armor - cuts and rust and worn edges... and you can't even tell in most of the photos.  


The left breast plate probably had the most distressing and detail, but I didn't realize until too late that it was her larger breast, and you can totally see the wrinkly duct tape in pretty much every photo that shows that particular armor piece.

Lesson: always try the outfit on the model *before* the day of the photo shoot and take test pics.



Pic of the costume displayed on the duct tape body form (yet another thing I made for this project), at my "portfolio review" table on graduation day:


And finally, some photos of the individual components...
Boots:


Long sword:

I had a more fantasy-themed thing in mind when I made this, but I thought it worked ok for this photo shoot.

Chopper:

Originally, I was intending to make her an orc warrior, and created this weapon with that in mind.  It was the first thing I made in props class, and I posted it here on craftster(http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=399094) back when I first finished it.

Sorry for posting so many photos, but this was a huge project that took all semester to finish and I'm pretty proud of it!

5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Orc Cutter - prop weapon on: December 15, 2011 12:52:01 PM


This was my first project for a prop-making class I'm taking (I'm in a special effects/makeup program at a trade school).  It's meant to be a weapon for an orc fighter, and is part of a whole set that's going to include armor, weapons, and a full costume and makeup.

The design was inspired by this post on deviantArt - http://shinyshoe.deviantart.com/art/orc-weapon-73175295 - which is based on the art of the Warhammer MMO (the rest of my orc isn't based on Warhammer orcs, but their weapon style is really cool Cheesy):


It's made of blue foam (extruded polystyrene) and styrene plastic, painted with spray paint and acrylics, and sealed with Krylon Crystal Clear.  

Here's a pic of it before paint:


And another photo of it on a black background, just for the hell of it:


At some point, I'd like to distress the blade more, make the edge more worn-looking.  I was just so jonesed about making it perfectly sharp that I didn't even think about chipping it up more until it was all painted.  A classmate also suggested adding a big ol' spike on the end of the handle, so I think I'll do that too.  

I'm pretty happy with it though, and it was really fun to get to use my faux-finishing skillz for pretty much the first time since I started the trade school program.

Comments and crits are appreciated, as always!  Thanks for looking. Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Werecat Teeth - Wearable Dentures on: August 04, 2011 09:12:31 PM
I'm currently in school learning to do special effects makeup, and we just learned to make wearable dentures and prop teeth.  It's probably my favorite thing we've learned so far.  I sculpted two different sets and am also working on some caps that will be more subtle than the full dentures.  Anyway, for my first set of teeth, I made some that are based on lynx/bobcat teeth.



First I sculpted the lynx teeth in Chavant Plasteline modeling clay over a plaster cast of my real teeth:




Then when I was almost done with the painstaking sculpting (cats have freaking tiny little chicklet teeth) and just about ready to make my mold, I dropped the teeth on the floor and had to spend another whole day fixing them.  I almost cried (I think my mournful wailing scared my roommate XD).


Anyway, once they were sculpted I glued my clay-covered plaster teeth into the bottom of a plastic deli container and poured in silicone to make the mold.  After drying for 24 hours, the mold was ready to use, and I started casting my teeth in dental acrylic.

I made a whole bunch of sets then chose the best ones to finish.  To finish them, the edges get dremeled and sanded smooth, then they're sanded with 600 grit sandpaper, buffed on a machine, and glazed with dental acrylic stain.

This picture shows what they look like before and after the finishing process:


And, ready to wear!


Rawr!  >^_^<


 


Thanks for looking!
 
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / alien creature sculpture (pic obese) on: June 07, 2011 03:33:16 PM
The final project for my sculpture class last semester was to design our own unique creature - we had to start with concept sketches and take it all the way to a finished piece including an environment (I didn't do an environment yet though, as I'm debating repainting the sclupture).  My creature is an alien, and her name is Lucy.  She's made of Super Sculpey over a wire armature, and painted with acrylics.





Here are some of the design sketches:

I was planning on putting Lucy in armor, but I once I had the form filled out I liked the fleshy look of her.  I am thinking about making detachable armor pieces that could be put on and taken off, but I haven't really figured out the best way to do it yet.

Some in process pics:




I've never used Super Sculpey before, and I had a hell of a time making it really smooth.  In the end I just baked it and sanded it down after it was hardened.

I used an airbrush for the base coat, to get a really smooth transition in color.


And more pics of the finished product:






And my favorite part, 'cause I'm a perv - she has a fat little blue vulva.  ^_^


Like I said above, I'm not sure I'm entirely happy with the paint job and I'm thinking about re-doing it.  I think she needs more visual interest, more contrast; maybe instead of purple and blue, she should be blue and orange or something.  And maybe her belly and the inside of the neck should be a lighter color.  What do you think?

8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / special effects makeup - bruises and pustules and cuts, oh my. (pic heavy) on: June 07, 2011 02:29:35 PM
I'm in school learning special effects makeup, and just thought I'd post some of the stuff I did for class in my first semester.

One of the first things we did was bruises and black eyes (I used Ben Nye's bruise wheel for these):





We also had some fun using food to do makeup effects - this lovely number was made with ramen noodles, latex, toilet paper, and.. personal lubricant XD:



One of my favorite things in that class was using cabo-bondo (a mixture of Cab-o-sil which is basically silica powder, and Pros-Aid adhesive).  It's a bitch to get off, but it was really fun and easy to use.  These scratches were sculpted on the models with the cabo-bondo, then painted with alcohol activated makeup:

I really should have photographed them dripping blood, but oh well.


False nose made of mortician's wax:


Gelatin bullet wound:


Transfer appliance (made with thickened Pros-Aid poured into a silicone mold):

(I didn't sculpt this appliance, btw; I  cast it, applied it, and did the makeup.)

Infected girl - more ramen noodles and latex:


Infected girl nomming on a poor unfortunate:


Thanks for looking!  Comments and crits always welcome.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / little fat lady on: March 29, 2011 08:18:38 PM


My little fat lady, I made her out of clay.  Chavant Plasteline modeling clay, to be precise.  She's about 13 inches long, and was done for my current sculpture class.  The assignment was to sculpt an anatomically accurate female figure.





I am hoping to mold and cast her in resin at some point, though I'll have to modify her a bit first to get rid of undercuts and such.  Before I do that I need to get portfolio quality photos taken though.

Anyway, comments and crits desired as always.  Thanks for looking!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentine's plushies for my long-distance bf on: February 07, 2011 07:34:55 PM
A couple of months ago, I got into a long distance relationship - I wanted to make my guy something for Valentine's Day, but I didn't want it to be anything super mushy since the relationship is still really new, and it couldn't be large or heavy because of postage costs.  I made him a cd that's all songs about Canada, since he's Canadian and all, but I also wanted to make something a little more personal, so decided to make him plushies of the two of us, so we can be together in some fashion even though we're far apart.  I made them animals 'cause it seemed cuter - his is an arctic fox since he's up in the wintry north, and mine is a lynx mostly 'cause I like their tufty ears. ^_^



They're made of fleece and felt, and mismatched buttons.  They have velcro on their hands so they can hold some little items I made for them, and they can hold hands.  



Both of us wear glasses, so I made a pair for each stuffie out of pipe cleaners, though I think they look better without them.



I wanted to personalize the gift, so I made little felt items for the plushies to hold.  There's a heart (since it's for Valentine's), a cake, a jar of nutella, and a purple dildo - all stuff that represents running private jokes that he and I share.





So, that's it.  They're very far from perfect and took ten times longer to make than they should have, but it's pretty exciting to be sending them to him for our first Valentine's Day. ^_^
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