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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The requisite sexy costume, nerdified: R2D2! on: November 23, 2010 11:35:46 PM
I almost forgot to post this! Totally missed out on the Craftster challenge this year, but that's okay. This ended up being such a fun costume, and really easy to wear. Great outfit if you want to pick up some nerds.

This is the product of hours of hot glue. And paint. And Ribbon. And hand-stitching stiff vinyl with a tiny needle. This isn't the best picture - there are also two LED lights in the helmet, the red one, and a blue on off to the left. I made the helmet using a straw sunhat as a base. I cut out a large circle of grey vinyl, and started hot gluing the edges under the brim of the hat while molding a dome shape, and cut it up into the middle whenever it wanted to fold. I ended up with a pretty rugged dome, with five slits up to the top. It was at this point that i discovered the vinyl didn't want to glue to itself, so I started the two hour process of hand stitching the slits shut. Uggghhh. Carpal tunnel. It ended up okay. Then I painted the whole thing with silver, black and blue acrylic paint. For his little holo-projecting lens, I cut out a hole the shape of a small MAC makeup container, and glued the empty container I had on hand directly to the straw underneath. I did the same with two, blue and red LED finger lights (the kind sold at novelty/gift shops for dancing). The dress was just ribbon and grey leather hot-glued on to simulate R2's various details.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Ungulate costume! Aka, deer, elk, caribou.. Basically I have antlers and fur. on: October 30, 2009 02:45:35 PM
So I found this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=322191.0
After making my Deer costume.. I must have craftster telepathy, cause it seems like I wasn't the only one wanting to craft a deer costume this halloween.

I originally wanted to be a skunk, but then by sheer luck stumbled upon some decorative antlers (meant to be hooks, I think) in a dollar/home decor store with some friends. They stuck them on my head as a joke, and they looked so perfect, I knew I had to be a deer. I had already bought skunk fur, so I just decided to incorporate it and become a general Ungulate (hoofed animal..). I went out last night and got such a range - deer, reindeer, caribou, elk, moose (??), and "ohhh you're from narnia, right?"  But I like it. I needed a pretty easy costume to work in this weekend.

Anyway, so I just wore all black, with black boots to be my hooves, and cut my portion of fun fur in a rectangular panel as wide as my torso, to form my fuzzy underbelly! I then just grabbed the two corners of one end and pinned it up behind my neck, so it created kind of a bunched halter, pinned it to my waist to give the panel a bit of shape, and then just let it drape and trimmed the bottom corners. I made a little tail as well.

The antlers I hot-glued between two thin, plastic headbands (the kind of cheap ones that break all the time). The antlers were flared at the base, kind of like natural antlers are, so my idea was to pin them in between the headbands, above the flare, to make them secure. I hope this is making sense. So once they were glued between the two headbands, with a very generous helping of glue, I wrapped brown ribbon around the headbands - between the antlers and down either side. I did this as tightly as possible. next I glued the ends of the headbands together and wrapped them in ribbon as well (to make it a little more comfortable for behind the ears, and to essentially created one headband). I left a considerable amount of ribbon hanging from either end so I could tie the headband to my head, like a classic fabric headband. This was an essential step, without it the antlers would fall forward if I bent over. Once tied to my head, I styled my hair by pinning the front sections back, covering up the headband and ribbon.

These pictures are from last night, when I wore it out for the first time. I think I'm going to attach some ears before I work on saturday (I work in a pub, so I'll wear my costume). Maybe that will help with all of the Narnia/Centaur references..

3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: OH DEER. Antlers?!?!? on: October 30, 2009 02:30:08 PM
Hey! Crazy, I just finished a deer costume yesterday and wore it out last night.. then found this posting today. I was going to be a skunk, since I found this awesome fur, but then I randomly went into a home decor/dollar store (yes, these combos exist) trying to find a pumpkin carving kit. I instead came across individual antlers that are meant to be used as hooks. They were small and not too heavy, and looked so real, so I had to switch my idea up.

I ended up being kinda more of a reindeer/caribou/elk deer.. since I still wanted to use the fur I originally bought for my skunk costume.

Anyway, my antlers ended up being perfect and completely sturdy on my head. The key is for them not to be too heavy, or too wide. Mine stuck pretty straight up.

Here's how i did them:
The antlers I bought were flared at the base, kind of like real antlers. I had a bunch of those thin, plastic headbands that you buy at the dollar store on hand, so I attempted to use those as my base. I positioned and hot-glued the antlers between two headbands (using tons of glue, just in case!), so that they sat a bit above the flared base of the antlers and kind of pinned them in. then i wrapped brown ribbon as tightly as possible around the headbands, between the antlers, and down a bit on either side. Then I hot-glued the ends of the two headbands together so that they formed one big headband, hot-glued ribbon to the ends, wrapped it around the ends to secure, with extra hanging off so I could tie the headband tight around my head when I wear it.

Then I styled my hair, pinning the front of my hair back over the headband, so that you couldn't see it at all.
Ta da! secure antlers!

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random RESIN question thread! on: December 24, 2008 02:32:13 PM
Emergency Advice needed!
I'm attempting to make tile coasters coated in polyester (castin' craft) resin as a christmas gift..  I applied the resin 4 days ago, in my garage. It didn't set at all for the first 36 hours (i think because it was -1 degrees in my garage..) so i turned the heat on in there and overnight there was a big difference, but it's still not fully set.. and it's been another night now ,with the heat still on. The resin is super tacky, and has the consistency of nail polish that hasn't fully dried - you know, a little tacky/you think it might be dried but you can indent it and poke it so it's not solid). I don't know what to do! I can't redo them, I used up all of my supplies and time has run out.

Some people on the forum have said sanding and polishing helps tackiness, but I'm worried that this won't work for my coasters since the resin isn't totally solid yet.. someone mentioned coating them in clear nail polish, but wouldn't this kind of make the resin redundant? aahh I don't know what to do.. the coasters are for a new boy I've been seeing so pressure's on!! hahh hellppp!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Subprime Mortgage Costume? on: October 15, 2008 10:07:17 PM
hey, I'm thinking I want to be a Subprime Mortgage (scary! relevant!) for halloween this year..  but i want to make sure i'm recognizable! / is this a really lame costume idea?? haha.. considering i'm just going to end up in a bar on halloween surrounded by playboy bunnies and cowgirls..?

So far, i was thinking I'd wear a black dress, with a duct-taped downward 'spiraling' arrow like you always see representing plummeting stocks,  then a red and white sash overtop like ms universe wears saying "foreclosed." and i could wear key necklaces and stuff like that..  any other ideas? maybe incorporate some fake money somewhere? what represents a subprime mortgage? i don't want to look too cluttered though.
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Halloween costume ideas for 2008 on: October 15, 2008 09:58:57 PM
I was originally gonna go as Ms. Frizzle, from the Magic School Bus (since i found the BEST fabric at Value Village - solar systems and universes, with random whales and dolphins floating around..??) but i don't think many people would get it/i'm afraid anyone older than me wouldn't get it! (i'm 20, i think i was the prime age, around 8 or so, when it became popular..)

Sooo now i'm having a bit of a costume re-think.
here are some options i've been thinking over - any thoughts?

-Elaine Benes from Seinfeld (main drawback being that i'd have to have huge puffy hair and a floral sack dress... chilling next to all those playboy bunnies at the party?)
- retro star trek
- Pikachu
- Subprime Mortgage (it'd be so easy! just wear a black shirt dress, with duct tape forming a plummeting stock, wearing a red and white sash a la ms. universe that says "foreclosed". i could wear keys as jewelry.. but i don't know if this is waay too nerdy/if anyone would get it.. any ideas to make this better?)
- Maple Leaf Chicken (this might be a canadian thing.. there was a big listeria scare during the summer, with a few people across the country dying from it after eating Maple Leaf chicken. I could wear a white dress with chicken-breast shaped things sewn on, wrapped in plastic wrap with a maple leaf sticker.. buutt again, random.. and not as relevant anymore..)

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Framed Earring Holder on: July 11, 2008 03:10:07 PM
haha thanks, the wallpaper is almost a fluke.. it was very 70s, in a beige beige room, and i wanted to paint it over light grey. i did the other walls of my room, but when i got around to the wallpaper i ran out of primer, and just got lazy and left it. then i realized how sweet it is, and let it be.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Framed Earring Holder on: July 11, 2008 12:47:35 AM
I made this super easy and super sharp earring holder last weekend. I'm sure it's been done before, many times, but I thought I'd throw it out there. I really wanted something that would allow me to hang my earrings on the wall of my room, be big enough to fit a lot (as I've noticed many earring holders are quite small..) while keeping with the decor in my room. And I came up with this!

All that's required is an old frame (best bought at a second hand store, where it's just the frame without a backing), some hardware cloth (like small chicken wire - i think i got 1/8 inch size), and a glue gun. I didn't have to use much glue since I cut the wire just the right size to shove into the recessed area of the frame in the back.  In total it cost me about 3 bucks
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Birth Controll iPod on: April 27, 2007 12:19:43 AM
awesome project!  kind of offended by whore medicine though.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: crochet/fabric beachy dress on: March 21, 2007 10:40:03 PM
ahh of course, crochet lace..  i guess for the racerback i'll have to get a bit creative.. i just don't want it to be joined but look seperated, you know.. like a couple straight straps leading onto a rounded middle. i want a nice flow to the racerback.  but thanks, crochet lace is definetly what a need, at least for the rest of the detailing. i'll have to check that out tomorrow
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