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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Personal Swapping board? on: June 29, 2018 05:28:44 AM
Correct me if I just havent been able to find it, but is there a way/place to list items you have that you'd like to swap and maybe your wishlist? I know we all have those things we *still* havent used but vaguely think they would be useful and so keep them forever where someone else could be really thrilled to have them in return for something you'll actually use!

I havent been able to find a website that does this, but I think there could be a great need for it (people may just not know it yet Wink ).

Maybe the forum format wouldnt be conducive to this kind of thing though.. Thoughts?
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Creature ATCs on: March 17, 2017 02:21:45 PM

Sorry the picture isnt great. I had a better one but dont know where it went. maybe I'll add more if I find them.

Made these awhile back and handed them out to some of my friends. Therefore, I dont know if they qualify as true ATCs as they werent traded. But they were fun and I would make more if I got bored. I've always liked meshing animals together to make something newish.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Majora's and Princess Mononoke's Sleeping Masks on: March 02, 2017 11:14:31 AM
This Majora's mask was such a pain. In the end it resembled what it was supposed to, but you can see quite a few flaws. The main reason it took longer than it should have, is more spread out than I wanted it, and other weird stuff is all my brilliant fabrics choices haha, which werent really choices at all. I don't have any yellow fabric so I embroidered that in over some really thin, fraying red stuff, all over the only thing close to purple I had-a dark blue shirt scrap. Anyway, it gets the job done and that's what matters in this case. It's flexible which is good and even mysteriously shaped itself to how it would sit on a face before ever being worn o.0

And here's princess Mononoke's. Wish I'd had some white fur to put around the top, and for the Majora one, the colorful spikes on the top and bottom (although maybe that would be annoying for sleeping), but all this is what I get for switching countries and starting anew ha.

And progress picture/what they were supposed to look like and back, which is nice smooth heavy stretchy fabric that feels nice and definitely doesnt let light in.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / High-Waisted Skirt, petticoat, and cuffs on: February 17, 2017 09:18:42 AM
I made this by free-handing it based on a skirt I saw on pinterest-just one of your typical steampunk/classic lolita type things.
The material is actually old curtains so its nice and solid, though some of it was annoying to sew through.

You cant see it, but the straps cros slightly in the back to land in the middle. I first made the mistake of not trying it on to place the straps and just thinking they would be the same distance from the seam on the front and back, not true.
I also added two pieces of boning at the laces because it was wrinkling from being pulled. It's to my measurements and is still quite flexible and comfortable despite the boning and fabric. It can be a little annoying to get on however, as there is no zipper or anything, just the laced bit.

The petticoat I made recently-ruffles on a circle skirt, and the cuffs are just faux fur trimmed rectangles of the curtain fabric with a piece of lace. It was freezing out, hence the clenched fists haha. There alre like birds and flowers on the print. and I didnt realize till too late that the birds are upside dwon on the front hehe, but it's hard to notice.

and there's a bonus anime-y shot for ya
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / V&A Museum Replica of Victorian dress 1880's on: February 03, 2017 11:12:45 AM
This took me two semesters to make, working on it on the side in the theater's costume shop. It was a doozy for me.
It is a replica from a dress in the Victoria and Albert Museum. I dont know if it is on display now, but I would love to go see the original.

If my memory serves me, it is from 1888 specifically, at least the late 1880s..

One of the reasons it took so long and was so difficult was because all I had to go on was two pages in a book-one with a brief description and line drawing, and one with to-scale shapes of the pieces (I wouldnt call them pattern pieces as there was no seam allowance, few markings, barely any instruction)

Here is the photocopied page which I blew up to the correct scale by hand along with all the pattern pieces I made.

Heres the first piece which gets covered by the sewn on pleated skirt later. It has those wire bits that you tie so they bend and maked a framed bustle.
ahh the pleating, so much pressing and in such a specific pattern. It probably didnt help that the fabric I chose was quite heavy and resistant to the iron. It's a really dark blue, since its hard to tell. In the background you can kind of see the reddish fabric draped around a dress form as I tried to decide what color combo and placement I liked best. I think the original was like that burnt orange color..

Here's a detail of the front. Yes, those buttons each have real buttonholes and the middle thing is insert. So you can change up your looks without buying a whole new dress yo. There are 17 buttons on each side!
unfortunately, no one I knew would actually fit into the dress as it was made to the size of whatever woman received way back when. And boy was she tiny! This is how short she would be next to me supposing she was missing her head. Im around 5'6"

The squishy foam mannequin luckily fit into the dress (barely), showing the real shape.

And here it is on display in the theater, where it remains until they switch it out.

I sure respect the old dressmakers after this.

Thanks for looking! If you have done any similar such projects, I'd love to hear what you found a struggle and what you learned.
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Winged Fox Painting on a stool on: January 20, 2017 09:57:13 AM
Havent been active on Craftster since before college but Im back so I have a few things to post!

I worked as an assistant costumer at the college and the head costumer likes to have the students who work under her leave something behind in the form of their personalized stool. I did this in a session or maybe 2, idr, as it was the last days before I graduated. So it could use a lot more like shadows and stuff but I got done enough to be satisfied to leave it there.
Virtual cookies to anyone who can figure out the title word which is on there somewhere ;} And its not the type on the burning feathers
It's fun to paint in mostly whites and realize all the tints you can use.

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Whimsical? Surreal? Painting after Nicoletta Ciccoli and some drawings on: December 31, 2010 08:59:08 PM

Feel free to post what it means to you or any other comment, critique or question!

This is painted on wood (not very fun) in the likeness of Nicoletta Ciccoli's work. Her prints are really awesome. If you have time, look her up! She has some very alice in wonderlandy stuff.
Mostly this was inspired by these three pictures:

Here are some petty drawings I did, all after pictures I took, but am too lazy to post beside them =D

Actually unfinished and sorry for the horizontalness! Someone said the fur trimmed hood looks like the horse's hair. I agree. What an awesome picture Idea!

Dyre, my homing pigeon and the rest have my horse in them, but I was changed, mostly because I cant draw myself Wink

comment, critique or question!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Luna moth Fairy with life-size wings. Art display on: December 31, 2010 08:17:00 PM

Made these wings and fairy for an art show display at my school. Her antennae are feathers, her hairsticks I made out of resin, ribbon, etc., and her wings are typical clotheshanger, nylon, spraypaint wings. The luna moth is the same. She even has a delicate feather eyelash =D
I think her head shape is a little weird but o well.

She is cardboard with tissue paper skirt. I made her wings detachable so I could use them for a costume if I wanted to.

THe display contains My faun boots(https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326746.msg3772265#msg3772265) , glittens(https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=278831.msg3155216#msg3155216), mask, painting, Shrinky dink and polmer clay jewelry(https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=287566.msg3260483#msg3260483), Tree lamp, hood, etc.

She actually didnt take tooo long. The paint was still wet when I took her over. Now She hangs in my room.

Comment! Critique! Ask questions!

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Horse Halter or Bridle Covers and Jewelry! (rhythm beads and hair clip) on: December 31, 2010 07:52:07 PM

Easy to make! All you need to make you horse furrier is faux fur, velcro and thread. I figured out how to make these by looking at pictures of shipping halter covers I think. Great way to personalize horse stuff.

The Jewelry is simply string (I used leatherish stuff) with beads and bells. Both the necklace and hair piece have clips to keep them in place.

Burma likes her carrots =)

There dont seem to be many horse creations on here so I thought I'd help out. If you have a horse feel free to post their beautifulness. We need more horsiness on Craftster =)

comment, ask questions, etc

10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Frolicking Furry Faun on: November 03, 2009 02:01:13 PM
Maybe a distant relative of Mr. Tumnus?

The lines on the legs really bug me. I had to use a furry blanket. they weren't as noticeable indoors at least. I didn't have to spend any money on the costume except the heels which were like $2 at a thrift store and gorilla glue which will go to my dad anyway. so under $10 on this costume because i used what I had. Yeah the "flute" and "arrow" is just a stick. I wanted to make a panflute for the costume but didn't have time.

this picture shows the hooves well.
The leaves are just beautiful. Problem is, its hard to see my hocks that i worked so hard on

and for anyone curious about the hooves, they were high heels minus the heel (and those were quality heels! I had a really hard time getting those heels off),

old window screen, paper mache

and car bondo. ^that's the progress of the legs very roughly done but well secured. One heel i ripped off the outer layer to have more flexibility but the other one ended up better for ankle support and gorilla gluing the fur.

and theres me working on the top. No pattern, totally winged it. I ziggy stitched instead of actual hemming b/c it gave it a more 'rough' appearance...plus i hate hemming Undecided

The feather is a tail feather from our turkey that i found. The necklace, belt, and leather pouch are my sister's. the other thing hanging from the belt is a necklace i made using the other one's idea with random feathers,charms, etc. I made the cloak as well. It was less than even a half-circle cloak. I figures fauns are pretty warm with the fur. And let me tell you, I wore this to school and it was extremely warm.

this is in study hall. The ears and fake leaves I just used bobby pins to put on. I made the horns out of gold polymer clay with diamond studs and glued them to clips.
the flowery arm thing was going to be a wreath for my head but i changed my mind. It is braided cloth w/ fake flowers

My inspiration came from many places. main picture references >  http://woodwose.deviantart.com/journal/22922793/
 I found the tutorial for the hooves on youtube >  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdYCDHK6WJI&feature=fvw

This was a particularly fun costume to make and even funner (if hot) to wear. It even kind of forced me to walk like a faun.
I will answer any questions as best i can. And of course comments are always quite welcome!
And this is also my first contest entry. yay!

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