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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Lady Gaga (telephone edition) costume- how to make it even more Gaga? on: October 23, 2010 07:23:07 AM
So I have this Lady Gaga costume. It's pretty good, but somehow I feel like it just needs more. More over the top outrageous Gaga-ness. Here's what I've done so far, but what else can I add? Raw meat is out of the question  Wink

Take one set of sunglasses:

Scorch the ends of a pack of cigarettes (outside if you can, they stink).

Attach them with some folded duct-tape. Make sure to leave slits to look through, or the world will be a dark place indeed.

Make a half-scoop glove by cutting up a discarded leather glove, there's lots of those around at this time of year, I found mine on a street corner. Here's a tutorial, I cheated and used fabric glue on the seams.

Then cut up an old CD to make a chest panel. I fabric-glued mine to the leg of an old pair of tights. You can use to crotch of the tights to make a wig cap too, just tie off the legs holes to make a beanie shape.

Add a wig, some soda cans attached with hair pins, a leather jacket, ripped fishnets and some stompy shoes, and you're set! And remember: a lady never wears trousers.

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Our gingerbread house, complete with a gingerbread moose! on: January 02, 2010 02:35:27 AM
Our gingerbread house, complete with a gingerbread moose! We make one every year from the same pattern, but each year it ends up looking different.

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Headbands la Waldorf on: September 13, 2009 10:00:08 AM
I was watching Gossip Girl reruns the other night, and fell in love with not one but three of  Blair's headbands. Alas, a Google search informs me that Blair's headbands are made by various high-end designers, and retail for an average price of $200. $200 for a few bits of satin ribbon? I figured I can do better than that, and set to work with what I could find in my closet. My inspiration:

A few hours later, some old plastic headbands, a ribbon sash, a shoelace I found on the street and a pearl necklace from a Christmas cracker became these:

Mine are a little more subdued than Blair's, as my boss would probably not understand if I showed up at work with a giant Minnie Mouse bow on my head, but the inspiration is all Blair.  I used this tutorial to make the rosettes for the double rose headband, and a bit of elastic to secure the pearl necklace, bu the rest was pretty much just ribbon and stitches, as easy as can be! And best of all, they didn't cost me $200 each.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Ballgown won't zip up the back- how can I fix it? on: October 22, 2008 10:34:49 AM
I have this beautiful vintage ballgown that is too small for me sitting in my closet, and was hoping I could fix it up to wear it for Halloween. It's a great fit in every other way, I just need to come up with a way to fix the gap in the back where it won't zip up. The gap is 4 cm across (looks wider in the photo because it's sagging in the front).

Any ideas? I don't have a sewing machine, but am open to any ideas that don't involve one.

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Europeans, where do you buy your supplies? on: February 16, 2008 09:37:18 AM
I've been trying to find a good, cheap wholesale supplier for freshwater pearls lately, but am a bit stuck with the shipping. My country charges 40% import tax on packages from outside the EU worth more than $40 (this includes the shipping). The lowest shipping I've been able to find so far is Firemountain Gems at $18, and that really doesn't give me too much money to order with before you hit the import limit. Any ideas?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sexy in seconds cleavage control clip knockoff- it really works! on: January 26, 2008 12:48:32 PM
 I saw an advert for a Cleavage Control Clip a while ago, it claimed to make your existing  bra  take your boobs from this to this:

Sexy in seconds it says! And who doesn't want to be sexy in seconds! It takes me a lot longer than a few seconds just to look human most mornings Wink So I had to have one. Upon further inspection I realised that it's nothing but a small plastic clip like this:

And that they were charging 15 dollars for it. I decided I can do better than that, and cut up an old clear ice cream container lid like this:

It's just a prototype, I can make it look much more attractive, but it works! Even my boyfriend noticed my new cleavage and he's blind to anything outside his computer screen.  Try it the next time you have a hot date- it really does work!

EDIT: Just for laughs, the new, improved Heart Clip, just in time for February 14th  Grin.

And a star, complete with tutorial:https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=223056.msg2418036#msg2418036

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old sweater to hat, mittens & sparkly bracelet on: January 20, 2008 08:26:21 AM
Furthering my previous adventures with felted sweater reconstructions, I reconned a favourite, but sadly shrunken wool mix sweater from this:

to this:

I also cut out the sparkly seed beads from the fairisle pattern to make an (as yet unfinished) peyote bracelet:

I've also reserved the rest of the ivory wool to make a patchwork scarf for when I have the patience to a) fix my sewing machine or b) sew it by hand (as if!).

I'm left with the fairisle pattern piece from the shoulder area and a bagful of tiny slivers of scraps, any ideas for what to do with them?

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Christmas cracker necklaces on: January 14, 2008 01:01:57 PM
My family always pulls Christmas crackers like these at Christmas dinner:

Over the years I've accumulated quite a few cheap plastic pearl necklaces from them, and rather than throw them away I  thought I'd do something creative.

This one was restrung on fishing line with red glass seed beads to make a bracelet:

This one couldn't be restrung so I painted it with three layers of nailpolish:

Top tip: don't use glitter polish on jewellery, it itches :-).

This was repainted, varnished and restrung with clear sequins and little black beads to make a necklace and earrings:

The earring beads are actually from the same necklace that I made the above bracelet from, as the original necklace wasn't long enough to make both.

Which one do you like best?

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Photo frame to shell twist necklace on: January 14, 2008 12:30:48 PM
Before: an unloved housewarming gift

After: a 4-layer shell twist necklace

The shells and beads were harvested from the photo frame and strung on fishing line, the clasp is from a broken gold bracelet.

I'm thinking of making a pair of matching earrings from the leftovers. What do you think?
10  COOKING / Dessert / Smashed skull cake and other Halloween party food on: October 21, 2007 12:01:50 PM
Here's some stuff I threw together for a Halloween-themed birthday party:

Smashed skull cake:

The bone is 4 bars of white chocolate, melted into shape over a papier mache mold. The actual cake is regular Black Magic chocolate cake with a layer of strawberry jam, and the blood is a layer of strawberry jell-o that was set into the top of the skull so it would ooze out when cut into.

Gruesome shot of cake being cut:

Mummy mini pizzas:

Sorry, I was rushed for time and never got a picture of the finished pizzas, these were taken before baking. Olive, salami and cheese toppings.

Carrot hands and dip:

I cut the tips at an angle and dipped them into cream cheese to make the nails.

Eyball icecream:

I bought green food colouring for the pupils, but it turned out to be yellow, mislabeled by the factory... the kids didn't seem to mind though, I just called them "alien eyes" instead.

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