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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Fairy Wings I made for my sister-- What do you think? on: June 28, 2005 11:35:04 AM
WOW! I love those wings! ::bows to a master craftster::
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Fairy Wings I made for my sister-- What do you think? on: April 14, 2005 10:18:09 AM
Thanks, you guys! I gave them to her and she freaked out! I ended up making some polymer horns to go with them and I picked her up a nice copy of The Color of Magic by Terry Prachett as well.  Cheesy

 vanillaxlight, thanks for posting a real tutorial! Weird thing is, those are the wings my sister had the picture of on her notebook!

As for the paints, I did a mix of acrylic and fabric paints. I just painted on the wings like normal.
And the shirts were just ancient (but washed) old white undershirts that my hubby hasn't noticed are gone yet... hehe

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: |3|D5|\/| (bdsm for geeks!) +tutorial on: April 10, 2005 08:49:00 PM
Ooooh! I love that! I totally should make one for my computer programming hubby! He'd definitely enjoy that! Great tutorial! Thank you SOOOOO much for sharing!!!  Cheesy
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Starburst Visor on: April 10, 2005 08:46:24 PM
Very awesome visor!!!
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Fairy Wings I made for my sister-- What do you think? on: April 10, 2005 04:54:35 PM
The top 2 wing sections are actually one really long length of 16 gauge jewelry wire, and the bottom two are also from one long piece. I shaped the two different wire pieces into my desired shape and then stitched the white undershirt material over them. Then I painted the top and bottom pieces (I'm not very good at making symmetrical stuff, so they're not very even looking with the painted design). After finishing the painting and glittering, I positioned both wire/fabric pieces where I wanted them and wrapped some more wire around the central area. Then I wrapped some masking tape around the wire; then some pretty ribbon over the tape to hide it's ugliness and proceeded to decorate in a fashion similar to the wing picture I scanned from my sister's notebook.

I know that it may sound kinda wonky, so I drew some very lame-o pictures to kind of illustrate what I did:

6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Fairy Wings I made for my sister-- What do you think? on: April 09, 2005 07:23:02 AM
Thanks for the kind words everybody! Her birthday is next Sunday, so I'm all nervous about her liking them. She always ogles the wings at the Ren Fest, but definitely could never afford a pair on her budget.

As for my modeling hubby, he's just a big sweetie! I desperately needed a human being to wear them so I could make final adjustments to the straps and he graciously volunteered. As for being on the internet, he said that he didn't mind as long as no one can see his face. Smiley

I don't think I could do a tutorial... It took me almost 2 whole weeks of work to get this right by trial and error. But here's a basic attempt:

1)Scan a picture of a pair of wings that your sister had on a notebook collage (a green pair she said she found on google) and use that for inspiration. You'll think it will be as easy as pie to make her a pair in her favorite colors and then head out to the craft store.
2) Try various materials to get your ideal wing shape (cardboard, stiffened fabric, fabric over posterboard, pantyhose over wire hangers, etc)...
3) Cry and bang your head into a wall because none of those options look right at all. Consider buying a pair at Ren Fest and eating the excessive costs...
4) Decide that you're too cheap and, damnit, you're crafty enough to figure something like this out. Besides, moments like this are why alcohol was invented...
5) Notice, in a drunken stupor, that your hubby has about a gazillion white undershirts and that it might be the right kind of material you've been looking for...
6) Hunt through crafting mess to find (cue: drumroll) - 16 gauge jewelry-making wire! Huzzah! Bend this wire into your desired wingshape and get ready to grab your needles and thread...
7) Cut your hubby's shirts into shapes slightly larger than the wire form. Careful with those scissors, as you've been drinking and it can get mighty dangerous...
Cool Handstitch the ex-shirt down around the frame, making sure that you have a taut surface for painting...
9) Several hours and an incalculable number of liquor bottles later, you'll have finished and should have a basic white wing that you're happy with. Time to grab some paints and glitter...
10) Paint a design on the wings with your paint selection, glitter-ify it if you so desire (be warned that your house may forever be coated in a thin layer of diamond dust glitter if you're a little heavy-handed... your hubby will possibly be mocked at work for having little bits of glitter on his skin... even though he spent most of the glittering time on the second floor of your house and you've been working on the first)...
11) Go ahead, drink some more while that paint dries. Ignore the floating glitter film on the top of your glass...
12) Once the paint is fully dry, decorate with ribbons, flowers, seashells, etc, using a glue-gun or heavy duty all-purpose glue. Masking tape does not cut it ( I know this, now)...
13) Let that dry... Have some more drink...
14) Then take some nice wide ribbon (I used a wide light blue organza ribbon) and center a long (2-2.5 ft) strip on the central area of your wings (the space between the upper and lover wings... the long bar-like area where the flowers I put on mine is) and tie it around to secure it. You should have long pieces of ribbon, fairly equal in length, hanging down. Repeat on the opposite side...
15) Ask your hubby (or any other human you have lying around the house) to model the wings for you so you can adjust them to your general liking...
16) Post pictures here!

Cruddy, I know, but that was basically my experience, spread out over a number of days... Grin
If anyone here knows of a real tutorial that will save others heartache, PLEASE, oh please share it here..

~*~ CisteCaise ~*~
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Fairy Wings I made for my sister-- What do you think? on: April 08, 2005 03:53:00 PM
Hey all!
I made these fairy wings for my little sister's 17th birthday... I hope she likes them... What do you guys think? She's a huge fan of the local Renaissance Festival and my Mom is making her a Ren/Fantasy outfit in complementary colors as well... I'm thinking about making a head-wreath or a pair of polymer clay horns to go with it too... What do you think?

P.S. That's my wonderful hubby modeling them for me.  Wink
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / My Soap Creation -- Please tell me what you think :) on: February 15, 2005 06:58:00 PM
Hey everyone! This is my first attempt at making MP soap sans mold... They're supposed to be quartz crystals. They're 3-D and stand up (hard to tell from the photo). Please tell me what you think, be brutal if need be.


9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beauty Sercrets Here on: February 14, 2005 06:57:41 PM
Everyone knows that you're not *supposed* to pop pimples, but I know of a trick to lessen the bad effects of pimple-popping (and makes the area more non-pimply looking under foundation):

Thoroughly wash your face with warm water and mild facial soap
Sterilize (with rubbing alcohol) a sewing needle and carefully prick the edge of the pimple
Then take a Q-tip dipped in mouthwash and put over the pricked pimple
Apply the mouthwashed Q-tip to the spot until it heals over slightly (usually less than 30 seconds, if you were really careful when you pricked it)
Wait at least 30 minutes to apply your foundation

It's a pretty quick fix for those annoying pimples right before picture day, a hot date, your wedding, etc.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: what are you listening to whilst crafting? on: February 09, 2005 06:38:23 PM
I also can't stand crafting in silence (I have a hard time with silence in general, strange for the mother of a toddler, eh?)

This is a sampling of what I listened to/watched today while soaping, painting, sewing and planning new projects:

Watched/Listened to while on TV:
* Excel Saga (OMG funny, for people who like anime! If easily offended, do NOT watch the final episode!!)
* Berserk
* The Simpsons
* Shrek 2 (for my son)
* Bits and Pieces of the local news

Listened to:
* Mediaeval Baebes
* Muse
* Puffy Ami Yumi
* Disturbed
* Random music on the "Music of India" station
* Loreena McKennitt
* Leiahdorus
* Frou Frou

It seems that most of us crafters have eclectic tastes too. I feel at home!
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