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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Painting long sleeves on a dress? on: August 31, 2012 08:54:10 AM
Hello there! It's been a while, Craftster.

Anyway, I was wondering what would be the best way to paint the sleeves on a long sleeve dress... I am cosplaying as Lust from Full Metal Alchemist and she has a red design on her sleeves. The sleeves have one stitch line under the arm instead of two running parallel (which would make it easier!). I would like to get it as straight as possible but the only way I can think to do it, is wearing it while I do it but I obviously can't do that. :/

Here is Lust: http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/files/costumes/1703/56604/CI_56604_1326924152.jpg

Here is a picture of the design: http://cosplayers.acparadise.com/41994/41994-15026-1.jpg
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Eddie and Colombia go to an early Halloween party! *Seriously pic heavy* on: October 16, 2011 01:58:48 PM
I first started begging boyfriend to be the Eddie to my Columbia last year when he was Elton John and I was a pirate. I have to admit, I have always had a thing for Eddie and Columbia has always been adorable and bad-ass in my eyes.
I started on my costume months before and he kept dragging his butt until we both got an invite to our friend's annual Halloween party *gulp* 17 days earlier than we thought it was going to be. He hadn't even bought a jacket at that point and I had the majority of my costume together. We had less than a week to pull this all together and lemme tell ya, we were still rushing around working on our outfits THE DAY OF the party. There was much crankyness and some snapping at each other but we survived, and this is the end result. There are obviously things missing but we did the best we could with the time we had. I am happy with it all.

Do you want a breakdown of the costumes? Sure you do! I can tell...

My costume (Columbia):
-The hat was one that I bought from a hat website I somehow found on the net and then I hot-glued black ribbon for the band.
-I dyed my hair red using Clairol Jazzing Ruby Red, after first bleaching it.
-My younger sister helped with my makeup. I covered my eyebrows up with glue stick and then put makeup on top to blend. The glue was a bit too hard for what I needed and it got lumpy. Next time I'll get a new stick.
-The bow tie was one that my ex gf gave me in high school when she worked at a movie theater. I just painted it with glitter glue and it came out better than I expected.
-The top was one I found on Etsy.com. The colors aren't exact, the cut isn't right but I am not paying something like $50 a yard (http://www.homeofhappiness.com/fabric/) for the authentic sequin fabric. I might someday but right now I can't afford that.
-The shorts are actually a great thrift store find. I scoured thrift stores for black high-waisted shorts right when they were packing away all of their summer gear. I finally found the ones pictured, but they were originally skorts. I cut the skirt part off of the outside and then glued metallic ribbons on them using fabric glue.
-I got the fishnets and blue socks at Walmart and I already owned the shoes. I know they are not exact at all but my budget was already maxed out and they looked close-ish.

Boyfriend's costume (Eddie):
-He bought a mullet wig and then cut the back off. That was entirely his idea and I was proud of him. That was smart and it worked very well!
-Makeup and fake tattoo was done by my younger sister.
-His shirt was a thrift store find of his. He cut off the sleeves because it was originally a long sleeve and then I painted "Eddie" on it with white acrylic paint.
-The jacket: This was by far the biggest part of the outfit and I invested most of the time for his costume in it. I first found a template for the "Baby" lettering on the top of the back, traced the template off of my computer screen on some paper (because the printer was acting up), cut out the letters, taped them on the jacket, outlined them in chalk, and then painted it on using enamel. I then free-handed the rising sun design on the bottom of the back using enamel. What you may not see is that halfway through painting the sun, I spilled gold paint right below the lettering. I almost cried. I got most of it off with fingernail polish remover and then painted over the rest of it with black enamel. Whew. After that, boyfriend attached the chain to the back with jump rings and instruction from me. I then created the animal print lapels by covering a cut-out of the shape (I used an old record jacket) with animal print fabric that boyfriend got at Walmart and then hot-gluing them to the jacket. We got some holographic and silver plastic stars from Walmart and then hot-glued those on the jacket.
-For the wallet chain, boyfriend just looped some extra chain he got from Walmart in his belt loops.
-He just wore some of his jeans he already had and wore a pair of boots he owned. He tied an extra piece of animal print fabric to his ankle because Eddie has animal print on the top of his boots.

A little sweet tidbit to end with:
My favorite part of the whole night is when he grabbed me in the kitchen (we were both pretty drunk by that point) and started singing Wonderful Tonight (our song) and slow dancing with me. <3
3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Using Testors brand model enamel on glass? on: October 02, 2011 03:23:00 PM
Would that work? I have never used any type of enamel before and I am unfamiliar with this medium. I just got a bunch of the small glass bottles in a yard sale and I have a bunch of glass items (going to be sun catchers) that I have been waiting to paint.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / First time stitching (in wood!) on: September 19, 2011 06:52:06 PM
Howdy y'all!  Grin
So here it is: my first attempt at any kind of decorative stitchery. I got the idea from this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=361125.0
I saw that post and knew I had to do something like it for my wonderful boyfriend seeing as my UU minister surprised me and bought me a Dremel! I made it for our two year anniversary coming up in January but I am not sure if I can keep this to myself for that long! He knows I am making something for him because I keep telling him that I already want to give it to him. Haha! I ordered the wood slice off of a seller on Etsy and made my own template using a clear sheet of plastic and a dry erase marker so I could troubleshoot placement and sizing, then I just made indentations in the wood where I wanted to stitch, took off my template and drilled away! I have to say that it did smoke pretty bad and I was worried about either starting a fire or messing up my bits but neither happened.  Cheesy

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Do we have any Unitarian Universalists on Craftster? on: September 09, 2011 07:16:11 AM
I am not sure if this is the right place to post but I was wondering if we had any Unitarian Universalists here? If we have enough, I was going to propose a UU themed swap.

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / What Dremel bit to drill holes through wood dominoes? on: September 07, 2011 06:23:20 PM
I am bursting with excitement because a package came to my door today and I immediately opened it, though in the back of my mind I knew I hadn't ordered anything recently and discovered that someone had bought me the Dremel 7300 I had been lusting after!
I immediately thought my awesome boyfriend got it for me as this would not be out of character, but I look at the invoice to see that my UU minister bought it for me.
Now that I have that out of my system, let's ask the question at hand: What accessory would be best to drill holes in these light wood vintage dominoes? Take in mind that they are very very light and it wouldn't take much. I looked in the manual but it all seemed really vague and I would like to use something appropriate for the job.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My crack at rainbow crayon art with a super easy tute! :D on: September 03, 2011 02:53:15 PM
Hey guys! I saw this recent post by Summer6061: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388398.0 and knew I had to have something similar for my daughter's room.

Okay, okay you caught me... I was going to make it for myself but my walls are covered, whereas her walls are depressingly bare and ugh, *white*. Sad Nothing more depressing than bare white walls.

I know I don't have pictures to go along with it but I was going to post how I did it step by step for you guys so everyone could try it. The way I did it was super cheap.

-Shadow box (you can get them at most craft stores. I think I got mine at Micheals with a 40% off coupon I got from their mailing list or you can wait till someone has a sale. They have them all of the time.)
-old thin thin blanket or some sort of white material (My mother is a nurse and has been in and out of the hospital a lot because of a blood disorder so therefore we have those very thin hospital blankets. Those work really well! I also think an old white T-shirt would work great too.)
-Glue gun
-crayons (for this 10 x 10 shadow box I used two 24 count boxes, but only certain colors would work for the effect I wanted and I repeated some of the colors a few times)
-heat gun, hairdryer, or lots of time in the hot sun (though if you use the sun just realize you will not have as much control over how it will look.)

So after I realized I had all of the things I needed I got to work!
1. Take the back out of the shadow box and then cut out a piece of the material you would like to use, leaving an inch or two extra all around.

2. Stretch your material over the shadow box backing and hot glue the edges on the back. A good thing to do to the corners is trim them before you glue them down. See my crappily drawn paint picture below for visual reference:

Tada! You have your own dirt cheap canvas to work with!

3. Figure out how many crayons you will need and what order you would like them in and make sure that after they are glued that they will still fit in the box. What I did was I took the square wooden insert that was in mine and placed it on my homemade canvas and lined the crayons inside the square.

4. Now you can start gluing your crayons onto your canvas one by one. Here's a tip: if you want them to look uniform when everything is done, line them up by the wrappers, not the edge of the crayon. I learned this the hard way. I glued them on with the wrappers in a random order because I thout it looked neat but you can make it to where the logo is facing forward on all of them. It's whatever you want.

5. After you are done gluing, make sure that the whole thing still fits together and then prepare for melting!

6. I would recommend going outside somewhere are using a generous amount of covering to protect your belongings, wall, and floor because this can and will splatter/pool and wax is hard to get off and can stain. Prop your glued creation up at an angle and melt it with your heat gun, hair dryer, or you can even leave it in the sun for a while. If you opt for sun only I would say your best bet would be to put in in a car in direct sunlight. What I did was placed the baby in direct sun and used a hair dryer because I am an extremely impatient person. It worked very well. After it all ran down a bit I used the hair dryer to make the colors spread out to blend the colors a bit.

7. After you are done you can lay it flat in your fridge/ freezer for a few minutes to harden and flatten out if it bowed; Which mine did and it flattened right out after it sat in the freezer a bit.

8. Put your canvas back in your shadow box (after making sure the glass is smudge-free on the inside) and you are ready to hang it on the wall and enjoy your art!

I hope this makes sense and helps someone! If you have anything to add or any questions for me, don't hesitate to chime in! If you try this out I would *love* to see your results! I think I am going to make many more of these with glitter crayons and maybe even one with the bisexual flag colors for my wall!

Happy crafting!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How to turn appliques into durable jewelry pieces? on: September 02, 2011 09:16:45 AM
I was wondering what the best way to turn a fabric applique into, say, a pendant. I wanted to somehow back it and make holes in it that won't fray.
Any suggestions?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Reach for the stars! on: August 29, 2011 03:51:00 PM
Here's another pendant I made the day before yesterday. It really is addictive and once I start one I cannot stop until it's finished! This one is blue goldstone and it has far more sparkles than the picture will capture. Every time you move it just glitters. It's entrancing! Shocked

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Made a new tree pendant! on: August 26, 2011 05:22:39 PM
This one is the smallest one I have done. It measures a tad bit under 6 cm long by
roughly 4 1/2 cm at the widest point. The first one I did was HUGE by comparison. I first discovered these pendants through Camille is Crafty on YouTube like a year ago or so. Here is her tute: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbFkUmq8XsM

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