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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Hello, my name is Dr. Henry Killinger, und this is my Magic Murder Bag on: October 31, 2011 11:10:48 AM

greetings fellow craftsters!  this year my husband and i decided to dress as characters from the Adult Swim cartoon Venture Brothers.  for those not familiar look here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Venture_Bros
we realized just how much my husband looks like dr. rusty venture so that was a no brainer (in the interest of brevity, i will post about him separately in the regular costume area) i decided to be dr. henry killinger, a kind of supervillian cross between mary poppins and henry kissinger.  when i first set my eyes on Dr. Killinger's shoes, i *knew* i had to make them....  i mean, who doesn't want skull slippers?

for those interested i can certainly copy the tutorial i wrote on my blog these puppies, but i thought i'd try to keep this particular post to a reasonable length.  good ol' dr. k has *a lot* of props!

an evil mary poppins wouldn't be complete without an umbrella.  this is what i found.... pretty ok except it needed to be painted

used fabric paint to outline the contour lines to heighten the cartoonish look (you will see this theme throughout the costume)

i painted and varnished (thank you hard coat mod podge!) the handle and shaft

outlining the edge gave it a really cool effect when rolled up

leggings and gloves contoured/highlighted in red again

i found this fantastic vintage bag on etsy that i knew i could transform into my murder bag

i blacked out the stitching, added the killinger logo and the silver lines around the opening (a nod to the metal clasps on a real vintage doctor bag)

add the handcuffs (partially painted to match the bag and other 'silver' accessories)

i started with this stethoscope and painted the black tubing

here it is in action and painted

next up, the coat...  i decided to modify this pattern a little

i used silvery grey bias tape to highlight the contours since the coat is black, but drawn in grey (this shows up well on the back, but i didn't think we needed another photo here... there are so many as it is!)

the buttons are the cover your own kind that i didn't cover- i just glued together and painted to match the silver accessories
the mask i made out of crayola model magic.  very lightweight!  i covered an old cast of my face with foil and sculpted it on

as you can see there were several cracks and such.... several layers of paint and glue and varnish later...

i also added some sheer yellow fabric on the eyes for that extra creepy effect.

...and here he is all put together

...and an exceptionally eerie pic of the mysterious Dr. K walking away....

thanks so much for looking!  ....there are lots more pics and stuff about the process on my blog if you are interested (3 different killinger posts)
happy halloween!
12  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Joan of Arc [her steed was a fixed gear] on: October 18, 2011 02:02:50 PM
this has to be just about the most amazing thing i've ever seen  Shocked
13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / frost fae on: October 13, 2011 04:38:32 PM

greetings all! i know this may seem out of season, but today i'd like to share a piece i created for my mother in law for christmas this past year. meet the frost fae!

i'd been sort of dreaming about a wintry, frosty faerie for a while and thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to create her. i started first with her hair. it's a blend of 4 yarns, with a sprinkling of iridescent embroidery floss and ribbon

next up i made the coat... you see, i wanted a faerie in a parka, but then i thought with all of the hair and the bulk of the coat the addition of wings would be too much so i compromised.

the main part of the coat is a sweatshirt fleece with the fuzzy inside turned out and trimmed in faux fur. the wings are felt (made 100% from recycled plastic bottles!) and they are stitched with metallic/iridescent embroidery floss that is very difficult to photograph... it's much more sparkly in real life!

some stitching on the front

her big fluffy boots of recycled felt and faux fur

a detail of her hat and the bead i used to top it

a closeup of her button and pearl necklace:

and a whole body shot, showing off her necklace and belt and shorts

and a more modest shot.... i was originally going to have the coat fastened closed, but it turns out that she couldn't sit that way so she's an immodest little elemental Wink

thank you so much for looking!  as always comments, criticisms and questions are welcome Cheesy

14  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Wonderwoman Boots! on: October 03, 2011 02:52:31 PM
nice job.  i, too recognized them right away from the thumbnail (and admit i did a little *squee*)   Grin  can't wait to see the whole thing!
15  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / cute kratos on: October 03, 2011 02:32:50 PM
Greetings all,
here's a project i put together a while ago, but haven't gotten around to posting until now. my husband had given me the book creepy cute crochet a while before and i thought he needed a cute kratos.
 ( http://www.amazon.com/Creepy-Cute-Crochet-Christen-Haden/dp/1594742324/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317675588&sr=8-1 )  
if you aren't familiar with the character, kratos is the star (an anti-hero if you will) of the video game series god of war (we are both pretty big fans).
for those not familiar, here's what he looks like:


....and here's my cute version (yes, he's sitting on pandora's box from the "ultimate edition" of god of war III ... i told you we were fans Wink

i used the basic head, body and arms from the book and designed everything else myself.  he's crocheted out of a light grey yarn (vanna's choice) his implements are all made of felt except for the "chain" on his belt and around his wrists which is embroidery floss. his eyes are black plastic doll eyes

note the stitched on abs here  Cheesy

and a final pic of him with his not-so-cute alter ego (sorry this one's so blurry- the kratos figurine looks like he's about to kick my butt for making the cute version Wink  )

thanks so much for looking!  as always comments, criticisms, and questions are always welcome  Smiley

have a great day,

16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: DON'T BLINK! (or- i just can't seem to post without a ton of images!) on: April 08, 2011 02:43:46 PM
So you just used it on her dress?

yep.  directly on the fabric and the doll and the wings....  on absolutely all of it!  the fabric does suck up a lot of paint, but it becomes nice and hard after Cheesy
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: DON'T BLINK! (or- i just can't seem to post without a ton of images!) on: April 08, 2011 02:23:17 PM
Ok, so I wanted to make this for my boyfriend for his birthday. He is a Doctor Who fanatic. And one of the first episodes he made me watch with him was one of the ones with the weeping angels. And really the episode that got me hooked. So I flipped out when I randomly found this. It is a very awesome and creative idea!

Anyways, I had a question. And I warn you, it might be a dumb one. But what exactly did you use to prime it?

totally not a dumb question!  i just used killz (you know, regular old house paint primer)  i brushed it on so i could have more control and still shape the folds in the dress while it was wet....  good luck!  i'd love to see what yours looks like, too Wink
18  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Lasagna Cupcakes on: April 06, 2011 06:26:29 AM
this is pure brilliance! not just for portion control and personalization, but wow, you could freeze these pretty easily, i bet.... and well, i don't know about the rest of you, but i think the crispy noodles on the edges of lasagna are the best part anyway!  Cheesy
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: DON'T BLINK! (or- i just can't seem to post without a ton of images!) on: April 06, 2011 06:14:11 AM
wow.... i'm overwhelmed!  thank you all so much!  and i hope to see more of these around Cheesy
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: DON'T BLINK! (or- i just can't seem to post without a ton of images!) on: March 31, 2011 12:16:34 PM
WOW thank you all so much!  this was a really fun and fast project to do once i got around to it  Roll Eyes
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