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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Lace Lady Gaga-ish Mask With Super Easy Tutorial on: January 19, 2010 06:32:08 PM
Hi everyone!
I am working on a burlesque type outfit for a friend's costume birthday party; one of the requirements for attendees is that you must have some sort of mask. I like to make stuff, so I decided to try making a lace mask that would be a little more exotic than just a normal mask. I wanted it to look sort of Lady Gaga-esque and I really like how it turned out. It was so easy so I thought I'd post it for future halloween costume needs!

I bought a black lace remnant for cheap at Joann Fabrics. Here is what I started with:

I put it up on my face and trimmed it to about 1 cm past my hairline. I also carefully trimmed along the pattern so that it wasn't just a straight line on my forehead.

Next, I soaked the lace in a mixture of water and Elmer's Glue to give it some firmness. I got the idea from a technique I used when making a mask out of leather. When you get it all nice and soaked, put it on your face and shape it how you want it; the water/glue mixture helps shape the mask to your face and helps it hold its shape. I then dried it with a hairdryer. Note: I put vaseline on my eyebrows, just in case, but I'm not sure it was really necessary.

As you can see in the pic, it is curved to the shape of my nose and face and now has enough body to stand on its own:

To secure the mask, I used a bobby pin on each side. Here is the finished product (please excuse my ratty appearance):

I'm thinking it will look better once I'm in the whole ensemble, lol. I'm planning to post pics of that as well because I made this awesome feathered skirt that I also want to share. I hope you like it and c/c are welcome!

PS - I just noticed that it looks like there are some um... strange items on my bed behind me in the last pic. I PROMISE that they are both remote controls for my television and DVD player!!!!!!!! lol
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Bedazzled Plunger on: December 30, 2009 02:44:39 PM
I recently had my first experience with a plunger and it was rather... unsatisfactory. After giving it some thought, I realized that the ONLY way to make my next experience better was to bedazzle my plunger. And now that I'm done, I'm pretty sure that I was right.

I think this is probably what Lady Gaga's plunger looks like.

I hot glued 468 acrylic rhinestones to my plunger handle. Hope it makes you giggle a little. I apologize for the darkness in the first two shots.

At the beginning.

Working out the pattern.

Nearly done!

The finished product.
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Anyone every dyed/painted tulle? on: December 29, 2009 07:08:00 AM
Hi everyone!
I'm working on a greenwitch costume and am wondering if I can dye or paint tulle. Has anyone ever tried before? I'm thinking it's probably made of nylon or something that can't be dyed. So I'm wondering if I can spray paint it! I don't think I'm gonna find the right shade of green to match my hat.

Any thoughts? Help is definitely appreciated. I'm planning to take lots of pics of the costume in progress.  Smiley  Thank you in advance!!!

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