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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Nurse - SILENT HILL ! now with 14 pictures ! on: November 07, 2010 11:48:22 PM

Welcome to Silent Hill!!

   This was an amazing, time consuming project. It involved a lot of liquid latex, and giving up lol. I had initially made my mask from plaster cloth wrap. But it ended up looking somewhat like a clown >_< So I made a new mask. I put layer upon layer of liquid latex on top of a face mask. Then latex on top of a "bald cap". Painted them both, then latexed them together.
   It took several trial and errors to result in my end piece. I have been working on it since early September down to Halloween night. I thought this contest ended tomorrow. I literally sent my husband outside to photograph me in this lol

Me halloween night before I trimmed the mask down and latexed it against my skin

The first step was to put a plastic mask against a piece of cardboard, and wrap plastic wrap around it. Then I covered it with liquid latex. Then placed tissues on top. Repeat latex, tissue, latex, etc. Until it was thick enough to hold its shape.

I added acrylic paint to the liquid latex to give it a skin tone

(A picture of my mask against a bald cap)

I used acrylic paints to pain veins on

After I painted veins I realized the face was still to formed. Unlike the nurses in silent hill, my mask had a very visable nose, cheek bones, eye sockets, etc. So I dropped hand fulls of tissue paper (cottenelle- because it already looks like gauze) into liquid latex, and globbed it all over the mask.

Two seperate pieces, the face mask and the bald cap. I used liquid latex to seal them together. I later cut the neck away. In case you are wondering, it is unbarebly tight against my face, hard to breath, yet somehow hot and sweaty. It was the only part of me that wasnt freezing  Wink

<Below is a pic we took in September, before I finished my mask>

C & C appreciated!!
12  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / ZOMBIE cake on: October 30, 2010 01:54:18 AM
  Yay zombies!!! My cousin whom adores zombies had a birthday this week. I decided a zombie cake was best for this occasion.

It is a chocolate sponge, vanilla crumb coat, with green dyed cool whip as filling. Cool whip is amazing as a filling! 1. because it mixes with anything and always tastes great (i.e. hot chocolate mix, cappuccino mix, ...anything?) and 2. because for this particular cake, the cool whip was nearly frozen when I put it in the cake. When my dear cousin ate the cake, the cool whip had warmed, melted, and ooozed out- what you may expect from a zombie cake.

The cake was made from 3 of wiltons mini cake pans (they make cakes that look like short cakes you might buy from the grocerie store).  Layered one on top of another.

Then I put 3 yellow+1red food coloring into 1 package of wilton fondant. Fondant naturally rips if its too thin in spots, so I just layed it over the cake. It ripped in several different spots so I just went with it.

1 piece of black licorice cut into strips, then covered in black piping gel (safeway brand)

1 container of RED-RED (wilton) food coloring. Comes in a small jar, looks an awful lot like coagulated blood   Smiley

Then I picked up a package of rubber body parts at Fred Meyers for $1.00

Comments, questions? Thanks for looking    Grin
13  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / A section for computer art? Or does one exisit?? on: October 21, 2010 10:35:48 PM

 I would love to submit my photoshop art and photo manipulation, but idk a fitting spot to submit it  Undecided
14  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Simple halloween craft for baby- confetti bottle! on: October 09, 2010 03:27:56 PM
 Super simple, cheap craft for baby

* Halloween confetti

* Old baby bottle

* A cap from a juice carton that fits the bottle

* Glue (to glue the cap on the bottle)

15  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Nurse mask- FIXED! UPDATED on: October 08, 2010 12:00:05 AM

In addition to my Silent Hill nurse costume I wanted to make a mask. I bought

* A balloon
* A face mask
* Plastic wrap
* Elmers glue
* News paper
* Tissues
* Liquid Latex

I placed the mask against the balloon and covered it in plastic wrap
I mixed the glue (2 parts glue 1 part water) in a bowl and dipped pre cut strips of paper. Then put it all around my balloon

Covered it completely with the paper mache, then let it dry for 30 mins

I took tissue and bunched it up/folded it and painted the paper mache glue over the top

I painted a thin layer of the liquid latex over the top of everything

Here was my error- I tried to emphasize the grooves by painted them with black paint.. bad idea... Also, the latex sticks to itself and everything else. After I popped the balloon inside, the mask deflated slightly. I laid it on the floor to dry. My daughter found it, and folded it into itself- which is nearly impossible to fix. There is also some Mac & cheese in there.. epic fail


Ok, so after the horrible liquid latex job, I recovered it in plaster cloth. I bought some at Michaels craft store for 9.99!! Theres tons of it! Its perfect, its basically gauze with dried glue on it. The only thing you need is a small bowl of warm water.

I dremmeled down the nose- since the main refrence picture dosent really show noses on any of the masks.

With this being my goal. The one closest is what I based my project off of. I am encouraging comments and criticism!!


Ok so, I took my image and photoshopped it a bit. I flattened the face, took out the nose completely, and painted it. What do you think? I still dont feel like its silent hillish Sad

16  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Silent Hill on: September 21, 2010 11:29:45 PM
Silent Hill

I wanted to do something different this halloween, Silent Hill nurse was the best I could think of.
* I bought a blank craft, face mask at Joanns for $4.99
* I ordered a nurse costume off amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Flash-Nurse-Sexy-Costume/dp/B000VJ2S32/ref=sr_1_2?s=gateway&ie=UTF8&qid=1285136502&sr=8-2)

In all it cost a little over $30. I also bought paper mache strips at Michaels craft store for $9.99, these pics are before I've made the mask. My husband took the pics for me (he just bought an Olympus E-30)

C&C appreciated!  Grin

(Photoshopped obviously, but I think I'll paint veins on me for halloween)

17  COOKING / Dessert / First shot at Fondant on: May 19, 2010 05:31:29 PM
  So I've been practicing really hard these last few weeks with fondant. I am trying to make a Pink and Brown themed baby shower cake at the end of may for my friends baby shower. These are my two attempts  Undecided

Let me just say, the cake boss, and ace of cakes make it look super easy. And I am having difficulty with the center. I was trying to decorate with strips of different colored fondant, but when they connect in the middle I go brain dead. Any suggestions? For the baby shower cake I am making a two teir, fondant cake. I just dont know what to put in the middle where the fondant connects, so it doesnt look so tacky ( i.e. my glob of frosting)

I also dinked around with different colors in the piping bag. I was trying to get rainbow frosting.

18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Who makes these? Sushi Rings! on: November 29, 2009 08:29:44 PM
What a great idea! I found this on an ebay store. They don't make these though. But how cute are they, sushi rings! Looks like polymer clay maybe. Does anyone know an etsy store, or someone that makes these?  Grin

19  COOKING / Dessert / Sweet Potatoe tart & Reindeer chow on: October 13, 2009 06:17:22 PM
So my husband doesnt consider this a dessert, but its too sweet to be anything else.. Its cold out so I decided to bake *which never happens, my cousin is the baker of the family*
I went to the store and bought :
1 can sweet potatoes
1 Safeway brand pie crust *premade*
1 box dark brown sugar
1 bag mini marshmellows

I preheated the oven to 475 and filled my muffin tin with the pie crust. In a bowl I drained the sweet potatoes, and then mixed them with about 1/2 cup brown sugar. Before filling the tarts with the sweet potatoes I sprinkled brown sugar on the inside base of the tarts on the inside *this ended up carmalizing and being very chewy and sweet, for a perfect last bite*

after cooking then for maybe 10 min, I turned the oven to Broil and sprinkled brown sugar and marshmallows on the tops. After another 5 min I came out with this:

As if that wasnt enough I also made Reindeer chow with a recipie I found on bakerella (  http://www.bakerella.com/reindeer-chow/  )   Using Cereal, Peanut butter, powdered sugar, chocolate chips and 5 minutes of my time. YUM!

20  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / More zombie soap! on: October 01, 2009 08:22:43 PM
Today is brains and Umbrella Corp logo. I got the brains tray from Wal Mart for $3! its supposed to be an ice cube tray, but why not right? I used brick glycerine, and two drops red dye.


For the Umbrella Corp Logo (resident evil) I used red and white foam. *it kept floating to the top, so it has bubbles boo*

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