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221  Marcus Antonius (an Empire of Photos) in Halloween Costumes by TheMistressT on: November 02, 2010 11:30:34 AM
The ManFlesh and I were Anthony and Cleopatra (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363372.msg4267049#msg4267049) for Halloween this year.  I made or reconned everything on them except the shoes.  I like how Anthony turned out better, so that's the one I'm entering.

First, the big picture; front:


And back, with a cat for scale:


Underneath is a simple cotton/poly blend shirt (elastic waist) and a slim fit tunic-ish shirt.  But the fun stuff is on top of those!

Starting at the top, I repainted and glazed the store-bought Galea (helmet) to make it more bronze-y and less gold.  I also added the chin-strap to keep the on better as well hold the cheek guard parts in a better looking place. And finally I added a couple layers of felt inside to fit his peanut head better.  We both wish I'd been able to easily find darker feathers to replace the bright red ones with.



The paludamentum (cape) is simply hemmed yardage that we wrapped according to the authentic Roman style (supposedly).  The fibulae or pin is painted and glazed polymer clay glued to a tin can lid based on a coin that he paid his soldiers with way back when... the 6th Legion or something like that.



Like all the Lorica (armor), the chest plate is bronze upholstery weight vinyl with sewn details:


The back straps are sewn at the shoulder and fastened by Velcro at the front waist:


Lorica manica (gauntlets):


Pteruges (skirt) with darts, fastens with Velcro on the side:


Greaves (shins guards):


Then there are a few accessories:

The spear-head is based on an image he sent me and is painted polymer clay on a wire armature:


The spear handle is a push broom handle that I stained with an acrylic stain/sealer product.  I wrapped it with some vinyl elephant hide, trimmed with bronze vinyl and attached with upholstery nails.


The sword is an old thrift store find and not at all Roman, but since it was mostly hidden and already bought, I just repainted the handle bronze to make it fit better.



The real fun was making the Baldric which is also faux elephant hide with bronze vinyl details.  I was really pleased with the crude top stitching, because I think it added some of the hand-hammered effect that real Ancient Roman metal parts would have.



Whew!  Thanks for looking!
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222  Bedsheet Costume Revisited: Cleopatra/Isis (more pics than absolutely necessary) in Halloween Costumes by TheMistressT on: October 31, 2010 12:00:42 PM


This year was mine and the ManFlesh's first year doing a couple's costume for Halloween.  I had an Egyptian theme going with our costumes for Adult Pinewood Derby (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=355463.0) this summer and while I used only 1 piece between us again for Halloween, that was how we chose Cleopatra and Anthony.  I'm entering Anthony in the Craftster Challenge, so Cleopatra rules this topic.


This was the final product and the dress fit better than it did the week prior when I wore if for a daytime costume party.  All the white fabric came from a single old bed sheet (queen-sized, appropriately enough).


The daytime party included tromping around a corn maze, so I painted up a pair of shoes that had made it down past the last tier of the Hierarchy of Sneakers.  You can see in the other shot that I wore gold ballet flats for the indoor parties.  They and the lion brooch on the bodice are the only things I didn't make or recon.

I used paper clay and paint to make the scarab on the head band, which has a bit of elastic in the back to keep it snug. 



The base of the cobra scepter was something I snagged in the by-the-pound bins at Goodwill years ago thinking that someday there would be a costume for it.  It was some kind of Disney's Aladdin toy that no longer lit up or spoke or whatever it used it's batteries for.



I painted it a brighter gold, glued red sequins on it's dead LED eyes and made a wrap to cover the "Aladdin" and make it fancier.   Tongue



At the last minute I threw together a simple purse so I could carry my camera.  I ended up carrying the camera, 2 phones, 2 driver's licenses, cash and credit cards and lipstick.  It was pretty heavy and I ended up only taking a few pics.  We need to get a littler camera for these occasions.  Oof!


Your basic drawstring number, made with scraps and FINALLY I got to use the big blue bead that my grandmother had in her stash left over from the 70s macrame craze.  YEY!

Thanks for looking and Happy Halloween!
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223  Re: Toybox Tuesday - 10/26/10 in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: October 26, 2010 01:58:43 PM
I've never heard of Toybox Tuesday, but I posted 2 new projects just today!

Oregon Civil War Varmint Voodoo:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=362948.0


and Varmint Voodoo: Bedbug Edition [shiver]:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=362925.0
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224  Oregon Civil War Varmint Voodoo in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: October 26, 2010 01:50:05 PM


Every year the University of Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers play each other in football.  It's a BIG deal to fans and it's called the Civil War game.  This year I added the Duck Edition to my Varmint Voodoo line so that the beaver will have someone to "war" with.


The Ducks are doing REALLY well so far this year, so I think the Beavers will need as much help as they can get.


And well, fans like to stick it to the opposition as much as possible, so why not stick it to 'em old world style?
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225  Varmint Voodoo: Bedbug Edition (YUCK!) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: October 26, 2010 10:06:07 AM
I've come up with a couple new Varmint Voodoo Editions for the holiday season and this one was one of my favorites*.



Hopefully this one can help some people suffering with a bedbug infestation. 

*And by "favorite" I mean "grossest."
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226  Carpincho Macho & Weaselly Tee Shirts in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: October 25, 2010 01:30:05 PM
A few years ago I  made my man a couple of tee shirts with weasels on them, because he really likes weasels.  The white one was getting sort of gungy so he requested a new one.  I mentioned that I was going to make myself a carpincho (capybara) shirt while I was running the iron-on transfer paper through the printer and he said he wouldn't mind a carpincho shirt for himself, if I'd be so kind.

His carpincho shirt:

I mentioned that I wanted some kind of nonsequitor word with my carpincho and he said he's like "macho" with his. When we were in Argentina last year we met carpinchos for the first time and became enamored (especially me) and "carpincho macho" is how they refer to the males.  It always tickled us to hear it.

His weasel shirt:


I haven't found a tee shirt to iron my own carpincho on to yet.
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227  Re: Tiny Haunted House Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by TheMistressT on: October 16, 2010 07:33:51 PM
So I had to be away from the house today for WAY more hours than I expected  Undecided and when I got home (way after mail delivery time) I was a bit saddened that there was no package on the porch and no package brought in by The ManFlesh.  Oh, well... there's always Monday, right?  RIGHT!?  So, a bit later I mentioned this to The ManFlesh and he said he never checked the mail... could it be?  Oh, it could all right!  My package was so tiny that it fit into the mail box!  SQUEE!

So I open it to find this:


Uh-oh... this is going to be too awesome (swap anxiety)

Inside was a letter (that I dutifully read before opening the rest of the package, because my mama raised me right):

Here I'm told how the sender, a Dr. Illegible, has found the Vampyre's lair, etc.  OooOOoo!


Followed by an inventory of the contents of the Vampyre's house (squee!):


Oh my, oh my, oh my!  I was a bit nervous to open the package fearing the awesomeness would kill me.  It almost did.

The exterior front:

Did you stalk me so thoroughly that you learned my love of ticking or was that just a happy accident?

Exterior back:

Notice the little shutters! 

Interior front:

Uh-oh... things are not looking good for our Vampyre hunter!  Yes, the walls are spattered with blood.

Interior back:

Yeah... this was definitely not a good result for Dr. Illegible. 

Attic front:

Just like the inventory describes! 

Attic back:

I haven't checked it yet, but I'm guessing that that moon phase map glows in the dark.  WHEE! Notice the shingles are pages from a book?  Notice they mention Nazis... the most vampyric persuasion?  Yup... it's THAT detailed.

So I LOVE IT!  And now the swap anxiety has bumped up a couple notches.  EEK!

THANKS, BECKY!
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228  COYS! Onesie Spurs "Jersey" in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: October 16, 2010 06:21:13 PM
The ManFlesh is a football (soccer) fan and he plays on a couple rec. league teams. The manager of one of those teams has just welcomed his first child into the world.  We wanted to do just a little something for them, so per his direction I put together a wee Tottenham Hotspurs "jersey" for the little guy.


Spurs are his favorite team.


Lebaron is their last name and 11 is dad's number on his rec league team.

It's just ink jet iron on transfer on a store-bought onesie.
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229  Tiny Illuminated Haunted House (Evilly Abundant Photos) in Halloween Decor and Parties by TheMistressT on: October 15, 2010 01:59:01 PM
I made this wee scary house for the Tiny Haunted House Swap and I couldn't wait for my partner to post pics in the gallery (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=360605.0), so I'm posting my house here.  Besides, it just doesn't feel like a project is complete until I've posted it on craftster.   Grin

Shall we begin the tour?  Yes, let's. 


Are those ghosts flying around the roof?  Yes, indeed.


Close up of the stone walls and slate roof.


Something baaaad must have happened here.  That's blood running down the gold-leafed walls.


The ceiling escaped the mayhem and simply glows.


Luckily, the lighting helps the gold glow through the dried blood.

For the first round of the Tiny House Swap I "engineered" a flat pack house and I wanted to flat-pack again and almost got it.  The ghosts and the "candle" kept me from a truly flat package, but I had a good deal of fun packing this up. The packaging ended up being a craft project of it's own.


I used embroidery floss to attach it to cardboard that I labeled.



I used TP and masking paper tubes to hold a second piece of cardboard off the house.


The first bit she'll see when she opens it (excpet a small wad of bubble wrap).


I hope she likes it!
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230  Re: Tiny Haunted House Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by TheMistressT on: October 15, 2010 01:22:53 PM
So I shipped yesterday and it seems that my partner was at her own post office at the same time I was!  So we're both expecting Priority Mail packages on Saturday.  BUT she's out of town for the weekend, so I'm posting an evil teaser photo.  Because in October, I'm evil.  Maybe some other times, too.

I wasn't sure I could do it and I barely did, but I reinvented my patented Flat Pack Tiny House from the first round.  Take that!

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