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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Monster iPad Cover on: October 25, 2010 05:03:09 PM
I made a monster, as in GRRRR!, cover for my iPad. I wanted something with eyes and teeth like the Harry Potter textbook since I use it for my class textbooks.





I made a full instructable on how to make one over here:
http://www.instructables.com/id/iPad-Monster-Case/

It seemed timely for Halloween.  Grin
I named him Henry, but he needs a good last name, too. Something properly befitting his station.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lovecraftian book cover on: July 04, 2010 09:22:03 PM
I recently did some embroidery for a book I made. It's for a Call of Cthulhu game, and is the grimoire of a progressive lady character.

I did a general floral border surrounding on of the Lovecraftian Elder Signs. I have read that this is the actual Elder Sign that Lovecraft designed, but the Derleth one, with the five point star around a candle is the one that got published first. The actual Elder Sign is just an outline around a brown painted area.

The glue spots from where I glued the fabric to the cover of the book don't show up except when I take a picture. Go figure. I could not manage to take a picture where they didn't show up. My apologies.

I hadn't really done much floral patterns before, but I really like making leaves, and roses, etc. I feel like my grandma must be smirking down at me. She tried to teach me to do floral stuff when I was a kid, but I guess I was too much of a tomboy to be interested then. I'm betting she would love this, then ask me why I embroidered a twig for the cover of the book. Smiley


(Larger version of the picture here: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1332/4723814520_6556b03d16_b.jpg)

(The book was made from scratch, details are here on Instructables:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Faux-Bound-Book/)


3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / polymer tentacle specimen in a jar on: April 27, 2010 07:13:57 PM
I run a larp, and one of my players is a mad scientist. She collected a tentacle from a summoned cthulian demon last season, and I wanted her to have a nice prop.

This is what I made her.



It's a polymer tentacle encased in a glass jar with a specimen label.



I'm not great at clay, but once it was in the jar it didn't matter. The imperfections just looked appropriate.



Here's a pic of the tentacle before I painted it and put it in the jar.



She liked it, and it was really fun giving it to her.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Colostomy Bear. Lot's of pictures! on: December 12, 2008 10:25:05 PM
 My friend has Chron's Disease pretty severely. She has to have a colostomy put in this January, and since I'm a nurse, I've dealt with a lot of patients with this at work. I figured, I could make her a teddy bear, with it's very own colostomy bag, to take into surgery with her, and maybe make it a little less scary.



Here is the bear with it's night gown on.



Here is the bear with its own plushy colostomy. (The bear did well with it's surgery!)



Here is a closeup of the bag side of the appliance.



The two halves attached.



Here's the wafer side, with the bear's stoma.



Here are the two halves together.

I gave it to her this evening, and she loved it. She's going to take it in on her surgery day. (I'll go too, but the bear is definitely the hero here!)

I made the actual bag out of nylon skin toned material that you usually use to make slips out of. I used iron on interfacing on the back (inside of bag) to get it to feel the right way. It moves and feels almost like a real plastic colostomy bag. I used a small round Glad plastic tupperware style container, that I cut and sewed to each side. On the skin side, I used a piece of felt to mimic the sticky wafer, and red sweatshirt material to mimic a stoma.


5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Shrug jacket, vest shirt, and shorts on: July 09, 2008 06:32:24 PM
I made the shrug jacket, the vest, and shorts out of preexisting thrift finds.









The shrug jacket was shortened and darted to fit better. I embroidered some cogs and gears on the sleeve cuffs.

The shirt was originally a brown suede 1980s mini skirt. I used it for fabric, and made up the vest front out of it, and added brass buttons, and a pocket watch pocket. The back was made of 4 way black stretch I had sitting around. The straps are shoe laces, that are laced through button holes.

The shorts were long normal pants that I had before I lost a lot of weight. I cut them short, created huge pockets out of the excess fabric, with snap closures.

I even messed with the boots. They were a size 8, and too small. I soaked them in water, and used wooden shims to keep stretching them for several days. They now fit my larger feet.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Shirt from a dress, and long shorts from pants. on: July 08, 2008 09:55:47 PM
I needed clothing badly this last spring because I lost a massive amount of weight. I ended up at a thrift store, and got cheap stuff, and reworked it. I am sorry I don't have any before pics because I have a mind like a soggy sponge.





The shirt was originally a shirt dress form the Duran Duran, Wild Boyz, period. I cut it short, and used the extra fabric to add in extra shoulder straps and the like. I used all the extra buttons from the skirt half, too.

The shorts were originally long pants, but I cut and hemmed them. I used the extra fabric to create large patch pockets to hold all my junk, making snap closures.

Sadly, I am going to have to do it all over again, because I am back on track, and happily gaining the weight I lost back. That just means more thrift shopping! You can never be unhappy with that.

(Spats came from Ebay, shoes were a 99 cent find at St. Vincents thrift, scarves came from FolksLife.)
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Red Coat theoreticaly from Etiya's Etek Pattern on: July 08, 2008 09:49:17 PM
I created this coat from Etiya's Etek pattern, or in spite of it, I suppose.







I would never recommend this pattern to anyone. I got the coat made in spite of the pattern. There is no size information on the pattern, and I found it runs incredibly small. To look like the picture on the pattern, I had to cut 10 inches off the bottom of the coat, and cut down the giant belled sleeve ends.

I found the sleeves, gussets, and arm holes didn't match, and were very uncomfortable, and reworked those, and put in much bigger gussets. The collar didn't look right, so I did my own.

The darting on the main body pieces did do nicely, but if I was curvier they would have caused the whole thing to be way too small.

The fabric came from a friend, and I found gold trim at an outlet store for less than a buck a yard. It's fully lined, with internal patch pockets for wallets and phone.

It was a nice project because I learned a lot about what I liked and didn't like in the way a coat fits, and that was worth the effort. I think it turned out wonderful despite it all.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Argh matey, and all pirate cliches. on: May 05, 2008 01:15:28 PM
I hadn't picked up floss and needle since I was ten. There were dinosaurs that roamed the earth when I was ten, just for reference.

I found an old skull and crossbones picture, and used that.



I wanted it for my bag, because I can never find patches that I like.

Here is the bag front with another couple of little patches I did:

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cyber Pirate Coat, adapted from Simplicity pattern. Pic are big, sorry. on: October 13, 2005 08:17:04 PM
SORRY! The pictures are long gone, as well as the coat. This thread is kind of useless now because of it.


This is my first post, and I hope my hosted pics don't go down. If they do give me a hollar and I will try to move them.
I know the pics are big, and for that I am sorry. If it is a problem I can remove this. I was just so damn proud of myself.  

I started out with the basic materials:

http://www.steelcrucifix.com/temp/August%20pics/fabric.jpg
I got the fabric off  DenverFabric.com for $5/yard, so only $40 for the base fabric, then the lining was on sale at Joanne's for $3/yard, so $24 for that.

http://www.steelcrucifix.com/temp/August%20pics/pattern.jpg
I used this pattern, but it didn't have pockets or a lining, so I adjusted that. I can't live without pockets, and a coat without a lining just won't hang right to me.

http://www.steelcrucifix.com/temp/August%20pics/doodads.jpg
I used 1/2" electrical conduit locknuts and copper wire for the buttons. It was around the ball park of 69-99 cents for 2-5 depending on the store I got them in. Home Depot was a better deal than Lowes. I wanted a more cybernetic look. Less traditional pirate, and more post apocalyptic worlds end pirate. I am wanting to be a space pirate, as I hate water. I am okay with the crushing vacuum of space, though.

Lastly, I used some sew on reflective tape from www.reflectivelyyours.com. It was more plastic, and less fabric, but I made it work, I think.


http://www.steelcrucifix.com/temp/August%20pics/coat1.jpg
Here is the front of the coat, with it's reflective tape sparkling in the flash. I love it.

http://www.steelcrucifix.com/temp/August%20pics/coat2.jpg
Here is the back of the coat, with me pulling out the fuscia panels. (How does one spell fuscia? Because that is so not right, and my spell check has failed me.)

I am thinking of doing something cool with the back, but I am not sure yet. More buttons and reflect-ee tape I am sure, but it's just not coming to me.

The coat is very very warm, and I am glad I didn't line it with polar fleece like I was thinking. Plus it's roomy enough for me to pack on two long john tops, a sweater, and a light vest/jacket under it. I need that in winter.
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