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31  Iggy Pup ring in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by acidtrix on: June 15, 2009 11:18:22 AM
Took a stab at making another ring with my rectangular ring stock. With the Repo ring, I did not yet know the awesome power of my fat boy torch and actually started to melt the ring, resulting in the band being narrower at the solder point. This time I got it juuuuust right ^_^ One thing I learned is that if I file the two ends of the blank at a slight angle (not perfectly perpendicular), they join up better and I end up with an invisible joint.
The letter spacing is still a little on the whimsical side, but the impressions are much deeper and clearer so Im pleased. It says Iggy Pup - it was for friends birthday, who has a Boston Terrier named Iggy.

heh, I see I should have polished it better before pictures happened (damn you finger prints!!).
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32  As Strange as it Seems... (mixed media assemblage) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by acidtrix on: June 01, 2009 07:54:59 AM
In exchange for the delightfully macabre needle felted two-headed kitten that corduroy cat made me last month, I made her this mixed media assemblage in an old cigar box I picked up at a flea market last summer. Our theme was circus sideshow/pickled punk, so I focused on some of the more famous sideshow acts in circus history. Everything is assembled using beeswax from our hives, and I even added in a chunk of honey comb from last season and a small vial of bees collected this spring when we reopened the hives (no bees were harmed during the making of this project! These poor ladies didnt make it through the winter).

As Strange as it Seems

and a few closeups:

The Circus Queen

The Wolf Man

The Twins

The Fiji Mermaid

There is also The Armless Woman, The Bearded Lady, The Four-Legged Woman and The Grand Circus - there are more closeups on my blog for those who are interested. Please keep your fingers crossed that it makes its way safely to England (soo nervous...)!

Thoughts and opinions? I'm pretty happy with how it turned out - its very colourful ^_^
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33  Pavi Largo and Amber Sweet in Costumes: Completed Projects by acidtrix on: May 17, 2009 09:42:15 PM
So Friday night was the showing of Repo! The Genetic Opera! that I've been getting ready for the last few weeks Smiley

I've already posted about some of the costume pieces here:
Pavi's Greatest Face: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=304855.msg3489971#msg3489971
Zydrate Anatomy Bra:
Zydrate necklace:
and of course the amazing O-ring cage skirt, zydrate purse, and employee ID that the talented Smashu made for me in the Repo Swap:

First up: Pavi Largo

I attached the mask I cast from my face using liquid latex and spirit gum, and globbed liquid latex on the exposed skin around the perimeter of the mask to make the burned/scarred flesh. I cut 6 metal "hooks" from some nickel silver and attached them with liquid latex as well. I'm covering the mask with a layer of foundation here.

Unfortunately the real wig didn't show up on time, so here is the costume with the makeshift wig.

And the finished ensemble (please ignore the disaster going on around him!)

Now, Amber Sweet

And us together at the theatre Cheesy

Looking forward to getting the proper wig for him, and I have a few ideas to improve on his makeup application for next time, but otherwise I'm pretty happy with it all. Cheesy

Hope you like!
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34  Pavi Largo's Greatest Face (in progress) in Costumes: Completed Projects by acidtrix on: May 13, 2009 01:27:18 PM
Dear boyfriend will be dressing as Pavi Largo at this Fridays midnight showing of Repo! The Genetic Opera, which presented a really interesting crafty challenge for me. Pavis distinguishing characteristic is his obsession with women, and more specifically, stealing their faces and wearing them. Ive wanted to try my hand at mask making and prosthetics for a while now, and I thought it would be fun to make a mask of my own face for him to wear.

A lot of research went into figuring out the best process. I also wanted to keep this within a certain budget so I opted to do this with whatever materials I could find locally (though honestly, I may have gotten a better product for the same budget if Id ordered specific mask making supplies online you know if Id planned ahead and all). The initial plan was to do an alginate mold of my face, apply plaster bandages to support the alginate, do a plaster positive from that, and finally a negative mold (also in plaster) to pour the latex into. This plan failed, badly, because we couldnt seem to mix the alginate correctly and it set up too quickly. Eventually we abandoned the alginate plan and went the simpler route of doing a plaster bandage mold of my face.

I applied generous amounts of Vaseline to my hairline, eyebrows and eyelashes, but it just wasnt enough. I cant stress enough how important it is to use lots of Vaseline. Cover every bit of hair. Then add more for good measure. Some of my books suggest using a bald cap when doing face casts and thats actually a very intelligent idea - I know Ill be doing that in the future

This is the inside of the plaster bandage mold of my face (complete with my poor eyelashes). Its freaky looking - it looks like youre looking at a positive, not a negative which is what it actually is. You can see one of the eyes didnt cast right but that doesnt matter since I will cut eye holes into the mask. I mixed up some plaster and, with a small paintbrush, I filled in any cracks or spaces left by bubbles so that there would be a smoother surface for the latex. I also touched up anywhere the bandage gauze showed through with a light coat of plaster. I used a little bit of Sculpey to plug up the nostrils, and was ready to pour.

I set up a little stand to hold the mold level, then filled it full with liquid latex and let it sit for about 20min. During this time, a skin forms where the latex is in contact with the plaster mold. After the time was up, I poured the latex back into its container, which left behind a skin a little less than 1/8″ thick. Using a pin, I popped any visible bubbles in the latex, then let it set for a few hours before peeling it out of the mold (in this photo, the latex mask is sitting on top of the plaster mold, so its a bit distorted). Trimming the mask was probably the biggest pain in the whole process. I tried xacto knives without success (the material was too springy), and finally did it with scissors, though its a bit rough.

Here is the stage the mask is at now. Its naked latex - I dont have any paints or inks specifically formulated for use on latex rubber, so Im going to apply the mask to his face with spirit gum on the day of the event, and then apply real makeup to it. Ive tested it on a piece trimmed from the mask and it seems to work very well, and will probably make it look even more like a stolen face than if Id painted it. I used more liquid latex to permanently adhere some false lashes to the mask. Im dying to stick it on him it is a little small, but I think thats sort of the point. Once Ive got it stretched on and well stuck down with spirit gum, Ill use liquid latex on the border of his real face and make it up to look like burnt/scarred flesh. Im also going to cut little clips out of metal and then use liquid latex to attach them to his face once the mask is in place.

I'll post some photos of the mask makeup'd up and in action after the show ^_^
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35  Amber Sweet Zydrate Anatomy Bra in Costumes: Completed Projects by acidtrix on: May 13, 2009 01:12:13 PM
This is a costume piece for my Amber Sweet Zydrate Anatomy costume. The original bra runs in the neighborhood of US$295 which I thought was, quite frankly, ridiculous. Instead, I ordered 10 gross of 4mm economy hotfix glass rhinestones (from http://shop.dazzlemonkey.com) and picked up a bra from the Bay (I had a coupon AND it was on sale, yay!!). It turns out that the process is both tedious (which I expected) but also incredibly delicate. The bras fabric, which Id say is more or less standard fare for a bra, melts instantly from the heat of the application tool and my poor bra looked a little mangled from inevitable slips. Luckily the bling pretty much completely masks the burn marks, but I have to say I have a lot more respect for the vendors of the original bra now that I see how finicky the process is. I chose not to completely encrust the cups with rhinestones like the original - I initially feared Id run out and had planned to go back and fill it in at the end but I decided I actually prefer the look of this. I have a little over half of the rhinestone order left over, too! A lot of the bra gets covered up by other costume pieces, but Im still pretty proud of this piece. A lot of hours watching Lost were passed while working on it.

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36  Shiny! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by acidtrix on: May 04, 2009 10:45:20 AM
Made this pendant for my friend Carolinas 15th birthday. Shes been helping me out with my anatomy classes for a few years now as my assistant, so I figured she deserved something special for her birthday. Shes a big Firefly fan so it seemed appropriate. Smiley
For those not in the know, in the Firefly universe shiny is slang for good, great, neat, wonderful, etc. (according to the Firefly Cortex lexicon). Its doubly fun because ya know the pendant is shiny, hehehe. I know, I know, Im so clever.

The pendant is hand cut from sterling silver and is hung on an 18″ 1.5mm sterling silver rolo chain with a small lobster claw clasp. I soldered the jump ring for the clasp closed on this - its something Ive been meaning to try, since itll make the chains much sturdier, but had been finding excuses not to do. Im glad I finally did it because it turns out its pretty easy, especially with the pickle to clean it up with after, and it really does look more professional.

thoughts? ^_^
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37  Geist logo pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by acidtrix on: May 01, 2009 10:07:37 AM
This bad boy was a custom job commissioned by the lovely pookzilla. Its the Geist logo (http://forums.white-wolf.com/cs/forums/26.aspx - the game is set to release August 2009). The pendant is hand cut from 20 gauge sterling silver and is composed of an upper and lower component that have been sweat soldered together. After soldering, it was hand polished, the background patinad with liver of sulfur, hand polished again, and then finally put through the tumbler. The pendant measures about 1.6″ in height.

I used my new torch for this - a propane torch with fat boy - the pendant was red hot in all of 30 seconds. Im suitably impressed - much, much more efficient than my little butane torch! I can only imagine how efficient I'll be when I finally get my acetylene torch!

Im gonna pat myself on the back here and say Im pretty proud of myself. I didnt think I could manage some of the details with my hand saw, the key in particular, but I did it. Go me!

There are more pictures on my blog for those interested Smiley
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38  Personal/Private Swap Gallery, Second Quarter 2009 in The Swap Gallery by acidtrix on: April 28, 2009 10:40:21 AM
I am in a personal swap with the lovely corduroy cat this month and I received from her on Friday! Cheesy

After bouncing around a few ideas on themes, I spotted krissykat's 2-headed kitten on Cat's wist and totally fell in love with it. I've always wanted something needle felted, so she offered to make me my very own siamese kitten, only "siamese" in both senses of the word. That spun off into a sideshow/twisted carnival type theme.

Meet Ming et Ting. The name is both a play off of Chang and Eng, one of the most famous sets of siamese/conjoined twins in history, and my own Siamese cat, Ling.

I particularly like that she chose to do her with a conjoined face (a rarer congenital disorder called diprosopus) instead of two separate heads. Hehe, it just appeals to the bio nerd in me ^_^

Ming et Ting now lives in her jar, safely preserved from the ravages of time, but corduroy cat has posted pictures of her sans jar here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=301825.msg3447216#msg3447216

I have to say that the reactions to kitty have been really interesting. A few people have actually been somewhat horrified by it, and a few others have been just generally uncomfortable around it, but for the most part, people LOVE it Smiley I think it's completely badass, and it looks awesome on my mantle!

Corduroy cat also sent me a who bunch of fantastic extras - bits and bobs to use in my collages and other generally awesome little bits.

Thank you, corduroy cat, for making my first overseas swap an awesome experience, and for sending such a thoughtful and amazing package! I really hope you like the package I'm sending you as much as I've enjoyed yours!!! Cheesy
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39  Knit graffiti/fire hydrant cozy in Knitting: Completed Projects by acidtrix on: April 24, 2009 07:32:32 AM
Let me preface this by saying I didn't make this.  I was walking around in a neighborhood where by boyfriend works and came across a fire hydrant that some kind soul had knit a cozy for. I just thought the folks in this community might appreciate it! Smiley

I think it may have been there all winter - it looks like it started its life as a cozy another colour.
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40  Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera! (The SWAP GALLERY!) in The Swap Gallery by acidtrix on: April 24, 2009 07:26:24 AM
aww, Smash, don't let the Rocky elitists get to you! its not the movie's fault Wink

I has crappy cell phone pics of the recycleme.org ads!

comes with free installation!

hehe this one even offers a Heart Barn credit card to finance your new heart!

"It's a respiratory rollback!!"
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