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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Finger Pen on: January 03, 2014 01:19:12 PM
Cast replicas of finger bones, pen nib, wire, epoxy, fabric hot clue and some dye. It is a gift from my character to another in a larp I play in. I was inspired by the fact that the last phalange on fingers and toes actually does resemble a nib.

32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Phrenology Helmet on: October 08, 2013 02:37:53 PM
Maybe it's me but I read a macabre awesomeness in this. Since it's a helmet and supposed to protect your brain, then the helmet shows what "would be damaged" if certain parts of the helmet were crushed or at least which parts were saved.

This definitely rocks.
33  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Crown of Teeth on: October 06, 2013 08:18:30 PM
Yes I do the "gums" by spreading a bunch of layers and then I do the teeth separately, go for a drop shaped and then snip off the ends and then glue them onto the gums and go over once more near the bottom of the teeth give the impression that they are inside the gum, then paint. You can also paint the gums beforehand. Also, if you make nicks and scratches in the teeth, then when you put the stain on, it will go inside the cracks and give you a nice nasty teeth look.
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Crown of Teeth on: October 06, 2013 05:39:36 AM
Because really, is your life complete without one?
Seriously though, it will be part of an upcoming LARP, as an accessory to one of the costume. I'm anxious to see if players will dare to put it on. It is made entirely of hot glue (the fabric kind) and coloured with wood stain. The stain gives great uneven and nasty shades but it takes a couple of days to dry completely.



The basic idea behind the techniques can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtpoCzC5qRY

But once yous start, why limit yourself to human sized teeth or just a small plate? It leads to a very flexible and solid product and frankly, I'd recommend fabric glue all around. It stays more flexible and isn't that hard to colour.
35  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Zombie and the Moon on: October 02, 2013 05:45:44 PM
*bows down to your stitching skills* Very nice Smiley
36  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Jacket on: September 26, 2013 04:04:21 AM
Add me on the list of those who want the pattern. I love the collar and hood and the straps and just about everything about it o.O
37  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Monster Madness on: September 24, 2013 03:53:31 AM
They are adorable and would make fantastic plush toys too. I especially like the red one at the end. The colour scheme is great. Maybe make a "bathtime" monster with a rubber ducky and a shower cap or towel or some such? I could totally see a kitchen / cooking one too. Monsters for all rooms! Smiley
38  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Poorly Preserved Mummy on: September 12, 2013 05:41:29 AM
Thank you. It's very easy to make.

I bought a crappy skeleton in a Halloween decoration section ... as long as the proportions are decent that's all that matters. I then disjointed it and re-jointed (hips, elbows, knees, shoulders) it with rope (easier to pose and limbs won't snap off). I also cut all the finger and toe bones into pieces and re-glued them into the position I wanted (slightly curled and such). I did the same with the neck to give it a bit of movement and look more natural. I used hot glue for all of this

Then I made the "skin" by using layers of plastic drop cloths and shrank them with a heat gun ... fingers are a bit of a pain to do individually but it's worth it. The more layers you do the more wrinkly it gets and if the heat poke a hole, all the better. Just make sure you don't melt your skeleton. Doing several layers over the joints also helps put them in the position you want.

The main colour comes from wood stain (dark walnut) and then a bit of dry brushing with raw umber, antique white, black, etc.

The cloth strips are just random cotton dipped in a tea + raw umber acrylic paint and then dried in the oven. Arms and hands were hot glued into position and arms and legs were tied (hemp rope in dipped in the same stain) and I put the cloth strips in place with double sided tape.

And finally a generous coating of "dust" ... I used grey clay powder which I get it at health food stores in the clay mask section.
39  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Poorly Preserved Mummy on: September 11, 2013 06:25:00 PM
This is not a Halloween decor project per say but will be a prop in a LARP that I will run soon. But it will happen on October 26th so close enough Tongue. The measuring tape gives you an idea of the scale. I was going for a very damaged mummy ... more like the kind that they have in Europe rather than the traditional Egyptian ones.

40  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Cannibal Feast on: April 16, 2013 06:10:50 PM
This didn't take place on Halloween but I figure it is the best place to put it. We had a horror movie night where most of the movies pertained to zombies and cannibals; so it stands to reason to make the food appropriately themed.



The hardest part was the mashed potato brains (especially to keep them from drying) and the only atrocious failure was the lychee eyes (the green thing at the back) mold. I couldn't find melon or lime jello so I thought I'd be clever and use agar agar. The recipe I used must have been off because it gelled so much it was more akin to ballistic gel than food. But it was creepy looking nonetheless.





Ironically the most elaborate recipe was Gordon Ramsay's apricot pistachio sage stuffing roll. Somehow it seems the gravy in the lab glassware scared people and they barely touched it. I though the meat faces would be more off putting but people greedily stripped them.





And the recipe I am most proud of is the cupcakes since everything was made form scratch and the glass sugar held up far better than I though it would.



Not pictured were some rather mundane meatballs and a blood orange and lemon tart dyed deep red.
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