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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Animal skull (REPLICA) jewelry/hairpiece on: November 07, 2009 11:05:22 PM
I put together the following two pieces for a photoshoot and I really love how they came out.

Please note: the skull used for these pieces is a resin replica of a raccoon skull obtained at The Evolution Store (http://theevolutionstore.com/) I highly recommend you check them out (in person, preferably as their website prices seem to be... far higher)

Hairpiece... as modeled by my sister
Materials: Raccoon skull, chain, porcupine needles, feathers, and hairclip

Materials: chains, jawbones, and my p-p-power drill (ok, not technically a material, but seriously, power drills are fun!)

Anyhow, I'm digging them. Let me know what you think! I'm thinking about making more in this vein.

{ Numi }
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions About Hairstyles! on: August 16, 2008 11:51:42 PM
I don't think you need to strip your hair again, that'd just be unnecessary damage (mushy hair is not 100% fun). Forget the fudge paintbox, get some Special Effects brand dye. Leagues better. Either that or if you can get your hands on it, Renbow's Crazy Color (it sounds cheesy, but trust me, this stuff is awesome. it may or may not be for salon use only but there are stores that are less strict about such things.)

Also... sure the upper limit says half an hour... but I never go by that. To me, that's just bull. I generally leave dye in for at least an hour or two (or more depending on how deep I want the color to be/if I happen to be distracted). Slap some dye on + shower cap and do the dishes/clean the apt. Since you're going for navy, the longer the better. I've even left dye on overnight as I slept, worked great. It's not going to hurt your hair, it'll just soak it in more and depending on the dye at some point it just will stop working, but that's not within a half hour. And yes, heat does help.
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Big family crest/code of arms faux stone wall plaque on: July 10, 2008 11:07:24 PM
I believe the following is true:

Camel = Patience and perserverence
Butterflies (I think those are butterflies, yes?) = the soul

goodness i love heraldry and crests and such... absolutely fascinating. Your project, by the way, is beyond amazing. Great great job!
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions About Hairstyles! on: July 01, 2008 05:20:05 PM
If you have very dark hair (and I'm assuming you mean dark brown to black) but with a lot of gray/white, and you just put dye on without bleaching first, you will at most have what is called a tint. Basically it will not be vibrant blue and/or purple but it will be tinted (and depending on your hair, how visible the tint will end up being will range from only there in the right light to, hey... your hair is an exceptionally dark puple/blue.) White/Gray hair is very finicky about taking color and dyes tend to fade faster but they will be the ones that will primarily be contributing to the tint color.

The trick to layers and textured hair... find a good stylist. It's really all dependent on that. That and product. My sister has hair down to her butt that she had just straight across for years, she recently started getting it layered and it looks and moves 100x better. The layers are subtle (and yes, she does have some face framing action going on as well) but do their job. Find a stylist that understands this.

As for things to do with your hair... various kinds of braids? low 1940s style chignon? what kind of look are you going for?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Marie Antoinette Gown, Work in progress (image fat) on: June 27, 2008 07:47:46 AM
Ah, I love the Rococo period. The dress is looking great! Love the color combos and one can rarely go wrong with dupioni.

Might I make a suggestion for next time, though? Instead of all that tulle, look into either making or investing in a set of Panniers (two sites for reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pannier_(clothing) and http://www.fashion-era.com/paniers.htm) They're less heavy and easier to work with then all that tulle, plus then you'll get the perfect all hips no butt silhouette that is pure French Rococo.

otherwise yay! Hope you have fun making this dress!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jack Skellington-esque Skinny Pants on: June 27, 2008 07:35:56 AM
waitasec, lycra... not a cloth fold in sight... those aren't pants, those are tights!

just kidding, I'm just jealous because I can't pull off the skinny jean. I'm uber impressed by these though. If you ever decide to make a pattern for these please share! Awesome
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: LOLita [image universe] on: June 18, 2008 09:18:47 PM
I think I reaaally need a high-waisted skirt from you. can you put boning in them?

Everything here is fantastic! Yay!
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions About Hairstyles! on: June 08, 2008 08:52:09 PM
yay haircut! Super cute, helloklementyne. you should try taking random pieces and twist them when they're wet and let it air dry. When your hair dries and untwists it'll add a really neat subtle texture (and accentuate the little bit of wave you've got going in your hair already).
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Glass Paintings on: May 28, 2008 12:22:59 AM
I found these awesome glass cases in an oddjob/biglots type store in Miami, they're basically 8x10 cases that open up to a canvas back and come with pins, which leads me to believe they are for things like mounting butterflies and such. Rad.

Miami rainstorm + me feeling the blues =

I made the one on the left first and when my friend saw it he asked me to make him a corresponding one (right). I was going to bring the female one with me to NYC and leave the other with him in Fl but they compliment each other so well, I think it's a shame to break them up.

10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yarn for hair? on: May 24, 2008 01:01:58 AM
If I'm picturing this right, and the wool is on a flat headband, it is going to take some tricks to get it looking more like hair. One thing you can do is tie the wool back in a low ponytail and then bobby pin the bejeebus out of it to cover your natural hair and secure the headband. That'll probably be your best bet, just pinning it and experimenting. The big issue is it's all coming from one spot and as we all know, hair does not all originate from one line across our scalp. Might I suggest instead of putting them on a head band trying making "tracks" or sewn strips of "hair"/wool and then affixing them with clips?

Not to self-link (lame) but it's an example of a multiple level wool fall made specifically for a girl with short hair:

The fall shown has several of such tracks sewn together on a grid pattern, but you can just leave it as strips and work with them individually. Hope this is helpful
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