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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Homemade anaglyph 3D glasses! on: February 12, 2010 01:24:32 PM
My mind has been very much in the world of 3D technology lately. My boyfriend and I have been hard at work on a 3D webcomic http://rewiredpictures.com/r3d and because of that I've been figuring out different ways to make 3D glasses. As more and more types of media are coming out with 3D versions (and 3D tv is on the way! http://gizmodo.com/5467627/panasonics-first-3dtv-viera-th+p54vt-priced-at-5900) these are a good thing to have around. So far I've come up with two different methods:

Method #1: Lighting Gels

My mom sent me these really strange Halloween-themed beaglepuss glasses a few months ago so we grabbed those, and my boyfriend happened to have a Roscolux lighting gel swatch book hiding in one of his many boxes of miscellaneous electronic parts (it helps to be a pack-rat when putting together spur-of-the-moment craft projects!). Those plus some scissors and super glue and we were ready to go. First I traced around the lenses of the glasses to make a good template for the colored piece of filter. The swatches were pretty small and we couldn't risk cutting the shape inaccurately. My boyfriend got to work taking apart the swatches. 
We looked through each shade of red and cyan to find the exact right colors that would make our 3D comic actually pop (Note: To test this look through your red or cyan lens. If you have the right shade of red, it should block out the cyan completely and vice versa).The colors that worked the best for us were #26 Light Red and #370 Italian Blue. After I cut out the filter pieces to the right shapes we glued them to the back of the glasses with super glue (I happened to have Gorilla super glue from a previous project but anything would work as long as it's fast drying and clear).
Of course this was the point when my kitty decided it was time to lend a helping hand. 
About 30 minutes later we had a really snazzy pair of new 3D glasses! I actually tested these out while watching the 3D presentation during the Grammys and they worked pretty well! I think they didn't use exactly red/cyan for the broadcast because they wanted viewers to buy their own special glasses, but even with the slight color difference the 3D effect was pretty convincing.

Method #2: Sharpie Glasses

I wanted to come up with another alternative glasses-making method for people who don't happen to have lighting gel samples around the house. We found a tutorial on Instructables that used red and blue sharpies and overhead transparency sheets to create 3D glasses lenses and decided to investigate. I have to say I was pretty skeptical at first, but with a little patience, the Sharpie method is actually quite effective!

We used some write-on transparency sheets, the second pair of weird Halloween glasses from my parents, blue and red sharpies, and super glue. You could also easily skip the transparencies use a pair of glasses with plastic lenses (or if you're feeling really brave use a pair of old-prescription glasses!).

 We decided to try a variety of different shades of blue sharpies to see which was closest to the Cyan needed to achieve the 3D effect. We tested blue, aqua, and sky blue, but in the end the regular blue was a much better match.

We removed the nose from the glasses and traced around the frames to get the right shape for the lenses. We then carefully colored in the space with our markers. Because we were using fine point sharpies we were able to get better coverage by carefully drawing overlapping straight lines with the side of the marker. Scribbling ended up scratching off too much ink and was cloudy when looked through up close.

To finish the glasses we glued the lenses to the frames, touched up any places where we smeared the marker, and reattached the nose.  Surprisingly the Sharpie glasses worked almost as well as the original version! The 3D effect worked incredibly well and the only difference was that the image was not quite as crisp.

All in all in all it was a fun experiment! I hope to come up with some other cool methods in the near future!
2  California / California: North / Pottery Supply Places in the Bay Area? on: July 27, 2009 10:19:37 AM
Hi everyone! I'm new to the Bay Area, and I'm looking for a place where I can buy clay nearby. I'm not going to be firing it (I use it as a base material when I'm making my masks), so quality is not hugely important, but I'm looking for a place where I can buy in bulk and is relatively affordable. I used to go to this place when I lived on the east coast: http://www.amherstpotters.com/. Is there anything like this in the area?

Thanks so much!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Digital Painting - Children's Book Mock-up on: May 25, 2009 02:08:18 PM
This is a digital painting that I made recently for a children's book illustration job that I tried out for, but doesn't seem to have panned out. The story is about a young girl who learns about the process of making movies by taking on different roles in production. In this scene (which is supposed to take place in the Beverly Hills Hotel), she's acting as a film producer. Even though I probably didn't get the job, I was really happy with the resulting painting! I really enjoyed creating all the background characters  Smiley

4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Papier Mache Crow Mask! on: April 19, 2009 02:58:35 PM
A friend of mine asked me to make a mask for a circus act that she was performing for an event at school. The act told the story of the romance between a ladybug and a crow - she was the crow. I had been looking for excuses to make more wearable/durable masks as of late, so I took on the task! Here are the results:

I don't have any photos from the performance itself, but it worked out great and she was able to do her hand balancing routine while wearing it with no issues Smiley

If you're interested in my mask-making process, I've written up a more detailed tutorial at my blog, here: http://sjeanetteclark.blogspot.com/2008/11/mask-making-tutorial.html
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Guppets (Lots and LOTS of pictures)!! on: March 04, 2009 02:37:49 PM
So I've just finished a month-long whirlwind of a crafting project that I wanted to share with you all!
I was asked by a friend of mine in early February to create a number of muppet-style puppets for his thesis play. His thesis is in somewhat the same vein as Sesame Street (or Avenue Q) but specifically speaks to teens and young adults who are trying to negotiate their sexuality and their religious beliefs. Here's the official synopsis:

Church Street is an online webisode that will be filmed live in front of a studio audience. Nick Lane & his guppets (or "gay muppets") live on a virtual "gayborhood" and a homophobic church moves in and Nick Lane, the guppets, and 12 high-schoolers try and figure out just what to do.

The play goes up next week and the webisodes will be soon to follow, so I will post them here as soon as they are done for anyone that is interested!

Now, onto the guppets:

Here are my original sketches of each character. From left to right we have Mary, Thomas, and Paul. Mary is a professor on Church Street, Thomas is new to the neighborhood, and Paul is a youth minister that comes to the street. I had about a month to create all three of these and I had never made a muppet (or guppet) before. I used the free tutorials on this site http://www.projectpuppet.com/ and then had to reverse engineer the parts of the patterns that were not included in the tutorials.

I used a variety of supplies but the main elements were reticulated foam that we ordered from Project Puppet, and brightly colored fleece that we got at our local fabric store. Other supplies included styrofoam balls, yarn, felt pieces, baby clothing from the Salvation Army, cut up feather boas, and lots and lots of hot glue (also Girl Scout cookies played an integral role in my ability to complete the project).

To create the hollow dome-shaped heads I had to basically "unwrap" the shapes that I wanted to make (like a map projection) and then cut them out of the reticulated foam:

Once I had the foam bases built I had to fit the fleece skin and then sew on the facial features:

After the heads were built, making the bodies wasn't much different. It was pretty much the same process - Foam base covered in fleece with accessories. Here are the finished guppets:




Although I was very happy with the outcome, the dog doesn't like them very much. I think he was upset by the idea of a stuffed animal that could bite back!

6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Where the Wild Things Are (and Max!) on: November 02, 2008 07:22:09 AM
So my housemates and I went as the Wild Things (and Max) from Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. I made all of the masks and three of the four costumes (one was made from an existing coat) in and month and a half!

One thing that I learned from making these costumes is that the monsters in the book all have names (and were in fact named after Sendak's aunts and uncles), so I give you, from left to right:
Max (and his name is actually Max too), Emil, Tzippy (me), Mioshe (my boyfriend), and Bernard!

(sadly Bernard's horns didn't last the night - he's a pretty extravagant dancer)

I don't have many good photos of the costumes as they were being made (my camera was missing!) but I do have some from our evening-before-halloween scramble to get all last minutes parts of the costumes together:

Our scary kitchen 4 hours before we left for our party

Trying to screw Bernard's mask onto a bike helmet

My costume that I stuffed with old newspapers. It was warm but a tad difficult to walk in

The costume on

For the eye holes I cut slits into the creases around the eyes and the nose. They were pretty much invisible when the masks were on, but we could see pretty well through them.

You can't see them in any of the group pictures, but we all had on these giant creepy feet that our Bernard found somewhere online:

The feet looked great but they were a bit of a burden when we decided it would be a really good idea to walk, in full costumes, through the woods to get to the party...At least it was in character!

But all-in-all it was a very fun night and we walked around the campus (we made the costumes for our school's HUGE Halloween party) followed by screams of, "The Wild Things!?! I LOVED that book!"

...And dancing like a Wild Thing was especially fun  Wink

7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / UPDATED! Where the Wild Things Are Costumes - lots of pictures! on: October 06, 2008 06:30:37 PM
Hi everyone!

I'm a first-time poster, but I've been reading the forums for quite some time now. I'm currently in the middle of a pretty insane Halloween costume making project that I wanted to share with you all and also get some suggestions.
(I apologize for the picture quality - I had to take them with my laptop's iSight camera since both my camera and my boyfriend's camera are out of batteries!)

So my housemates and I are going as a group from Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. We're going to be 4 wild things and Max. I'm in charge of the Wild Things costumes so I've spent the last month or so working on the masks. They're made with a papier mache base, painted with acrylic and then each mask has individual details made from a variety of different materials (and lots of hot glue!!). They're pretty much done at this point - all I have left to do is make teeth and horns and then add padding on the inside to make each mask fit better. Here are the results -

The group of the masks:

And some individual shots:

Also, the eyes all glow in the dark  Grin

So now I've got to make the actual costumes. Some of them aren't too bad. For the black-haired Thing we're just going to use a striped sweater and bulky pants, and for the cow-eared one we found a fur coat that we're altering. The only one that I'm going to have to sew from scratch is my costume, which is the Thing with the long red hair http://media.collegepublisher.com/media/paper481/stills/1e3cw1fq.jpg. Basically I've got to make myself a padded chicken suit. Has anyone here ever made anything comparable? I'm not really sure where to start.

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