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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Beastly stitching for the hardcore - Iron Maiden XStitch on: September 02, 2013 09:24:53 PM
Oooooh.

Is there any chance that you have more pictures of it (and are willing to share them?)
I'd love to see detail shots Smiley

That is the best project I've stumbled across in quite some time!
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Bleu Zardosi on: April 04, 2013 05:14:25 AM
That is so pretty! Just the right amount of kitsch.  Cheesy
The embroidery looks perfect on that fabric!
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Jackalope/Deer Antlers *TUTORIAL* on: March 23, 2013 08:35:58 PM
I wore it for a costume party and most of the time I didn't even notice it was on my head. And the moments I did were when I almost couldn't get in and out of the car  Roll Eyes

That reminds me of this "The Far Side" cartoon: "Nature scenes we rarely see."

Thanks for the advice on the weight.

Haha, yes.
I also got caught in those straps that dangle from the top of the streetcar. I am sure that looked exactly like in the cartoon Grin
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Jackalope/Deer Antlers *TUTORIAL* on: March 11, 2013 06:38:11 AM
I guess the same principle would apply to making larger antlers like elk and moose. You might have to use heavier gauge wire.
I wouldn't want to wear one that heavy, though. Might be worth it if I wanted to dress up as Bullwinkle.

I actually made a deer one (I don't have it here, but I think it was about 15 inches high) and I didn't change a thing in the construction. I wore it for a costume party and most of the time I didn't even notice it was on my head. And the moments I did were when I almost couldn't get in and out of the car  Roll Eyes

The antlers are fairly lightweight due to the use of papier mache, so you could go quite big without them being too heavy.

25  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Simplicity 1819(corset only) on: March 03, 2013 09:53:39 AM
If you're not that experienced, I tought maybe you will find that link useful:

http://bridgesonthebody.blogspot.co.at/2011/09/lacing-strips.html

I made a properly boned lacing strip (flat steel on both sides of the grommets) for my first corset mock up and it really saved me a lot of trouble.

Also, there was a sew along on that blog where every possble step of the construction is covered in great detail:
http://bridgesonthebody.blogspot.co.at/2012/02/1911-all-steps-in-one-place.html

I'm glat that you are having fun with your project Smiley
26  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Simplicity 1819(corset only) on: March 03, 2013 05:24:34 AM
it looks good for a first try Smiley
I'm sure you will get to your perfect corset eventually.

Too bad this one doesn't work for you, but I'm sure you could learn a few things from the project that make corset-sewing look less intimidating.

I've sewn a few corsets, and I learned that it is impossible to properly fit corsets without at least half of the boning already inserted. So I really wouldn't skip the boning channels on the muslin for a steel boned corset. Also, before I start, I always compare my measurements to those of the pattern i'm using.

I don't know how experienced you are with corsets, but if you haven't worn them a lot If you can get your hand at finished corsets, that really helps too. For my first corset, I built the pattern around the hip, waist and underbust measurements of a corset that fit me well (I just went to some goth-store and tried a few corsets until I could see the differences between the corsets that worked on my body and those that don't.)

Good luck with your quest, I am sure your corset will turn out great Wink


27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Fall-themed place holders: laminating autumn leaves! (big photos) on: March 02, 2013 05:42:49 PM
I know that post is old, but I just thought of the laminated leaves while playing with my pressed ones.

Leaves keep their vibrant colours pretty well when dried between book pages So maybe it would work to laminate already dried leaves?
28  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Paper Lampshades on: January 17, 2013 04:52:22 AM
Pretty  Smiley

Did you glue them together?
29  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: shampoo soap bar for dyed hair? on: December 25, 2012 02:40:31 PM
valdorsha: thank you so much for taking all that time to answer my question! that's a lot of input  Smiley

I really hope it won't be too much of a difference from the products I'm using now, but you really encouraged me to try making some soap  Grin


and bekyip: thank you very much for your opinion! I really hope this works for me!
30  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / shampoo soap bar for dyed hair? on: November 24, 2012 07:25:08 PM
Hello  Smiley

I really want to try shampoo bars, and as I would have to order them online anyways, actually making them sounds intriguing.
I have been wanting to make my own soap for some time, trying to get away from the nasty stuff found in commercial products. While I don't necessarily need everything to be vegan, my recent changes (stopped using products containing silicone, for exampe) are all about using eco-friendly products.
Besides from some Melt&Pour soap some time ago, I have no experience in soap making though, so maybe that whole idea is just stupid?

I have been browsing the Soap-FAQ and some other stuff online, but I was wondering about the specific ingredients:
I have pink hair (read: bleached and using semi-permanent dye) and I am concerned about the soap being more agressive (drying out the already bleached hair and removing a lot more colour than "regular" shampoo)
Maybe I am being paranoid? I would be incredibly thankful for any thoughts and/or tipps regarding ingredients, as there seems a lot of difference in the different recipes/used fats.

Maybe I am overthinking this (or being otherwise stupid), but I would apprechiate any thoughts.
Thanks for reading and have a nice day/night  Smiley

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