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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 / 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.
4  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
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / crochet/fabric beachy dress on: March 21, 2007 10:10:10 PM
i just designed this dress and really want to make it, though i realized that the look i want requires crochet.. and i have absolutely no idea how to do that.. i was thinking i could just find some old crocheted dress or sweater or something and reconstruct, but then i realized this would be almost impossible and the look i'm going for requires a nice design and interesting stitch. maybe i could do an imitation thing and find some wanna-be-crochet lace? is there any hope? or am i gonna have to rethink this project..  here's a basic idea of what i was hoping to go for:

(beige areas are obviously the potentially crocheted bits)

6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / cheap easy costumes? on: October 23, 2006 06:21:34 PM
hey, i normally like to go all out on halloween, but this year i started university and im swamped with essays, with zero time to spend sewing a costume.. do you guys have any awesome ideas of cheap, quick costumes? like animals.. something unique.. i dunno.
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Need help on hamburger design!! on: October 27, 2005 08:42:19 PM
 heyy my friend works at mcdonalds, and at they`re allowed to where costumes on halloween. so we decided she should go as a hamburger. however, it can`t be an obtrusive costume, with lots of extra frills and things. so i designed this...  we`re thinking she`ll buy a beige tank top, then i`ll somehow alter the rest for her.. but.. i dont know how.. ive altered clothing in the past, (painted, stencilled, etc.) but i want the stripes of colour to go all the way around.. and just painting it would leave cracks, since the shirt is gonna be stretchy. and if i just sew the other colours on, it won`t all stretch.. have any of you ever tried anything like this?? i dont want to mess up, since its her only option right now as a costume.. and i'm pretty excited about it!

8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Donnne most of my costume.. on: October 20, 2005 07:28:46 PM
hey i just went to value village today (hate it, way too expensive now, and they make a huuge profit)
anyways, i wanted to be a 50`s housewife, so i bought one of those classic early 90`s sack dresses, with the bow in the back, but this was a bit differant, red with white polka dots, and a blazer-like open collar. some cool detail in the back.  but it was like.. down to my ankles. and sack -like. so i cut and sewed it to fit me, to flare out at the hips, and go to just under the knees. then i made an apron out of a tablecloth i bought at VV as well (they wanted 7 bucks for it! but i brought it down to 5). i`m gonna wear my mom`s white pumps with it too, then have a string of pearls, maybe hit up an oven mitt and bring along a batch of cookies..  oh and do my hair up all 50's. i might sew sleeves on later, since the dress came sleeveless and i was a bit lazy. but it still feels like its missing something..  what do you think? suggestions..?

the cool back.. i don't know why the original dress had that open crossing strap thing going on

9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / paratrooper mania- my first venture with actually good supplies on: January 01, 2005 09:47:59 PM
 ah i got a 40 dollar gift certificate for micheals crafts, so i went on a nice spending bonanza..  and got textile medium for acrylic paint.. some more paint..  rollers..acetate sheets.. spray adhesive..   which, i learnt very quickly, that you should spray AWAY from everything else.. i sprayed it at the sheet over my little work station the glue misted down on my whole table, and everything was stickey. EVERYTHING. and my first end result is as follows:


its kinda hard to see cause it shrunk my image, but in reeeall life the troopers are quite clear .  if you want to see a SLIGHTLY better image, try  this http://www.boomspeed.com/funshine1988/paratroops.jpg
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / vintagey lleashed birds...stencil.. on: December 13, 2004 11:23:34 PM
hey, i made this shirt today for a friend. the stencil itself i created a couple days ago, with a few pictures found on the web and a vast amount of editting. its kinda sloppy.. cause i was pretty limited in supplies, since my mom won't let me buy anything till christmas, when i see what she bought me.. you know the drill.  so basically i just used paper. and some cheapy fabric paint, paint brush. (once the holidays are through ill invest in some spray adhesive..acetate sheets.paint roller... fabric medium for acrylic paint..yada yada.) but yeah. basically took me 20 minutes. enough talking..

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