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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Portal Companion Cube Throw Pillow on: June 21, 2011 04:06:37 PM
Made myself a little throw pillow, perfect for hugging when watching a movie or snuggling with at night. =3 In retrospect, I wish I had made the light grey border pieces larger, but I'm still very happy with it.

If you're curious about the process, you can look at the short post I made on my personal craft blog: http://ailuruscreations.blogspot.com/2011/06/companion-pillow.html. If not, you can still enjoy the pillow as is!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: World of Warcraft Draenei on: November 09, 2010 10:08:29 AM
This costume has been approved of by the "G lab of Fanshawe College" (AKA the programmers of the college) Cheesy

lol; awesome! Thank you. =3

As for the video I said I'd try to get at the late party, people showed up rapidly and things got very loud (rock band + some drinks = not a good environment for filming anything somewhat informational). Unfortunately, I couldn't get any recording of me walking. I really didn't trust anyone there with my camera/phone. (for the record, I didn't drink; so I can't attest to how tipsy me handles being six foot one, though I'm sure it would have been hilarious) Sorry guys. =(
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: World of Warcraft Draenei on: November 07, 2010 09:59:22 AM
Fiberglass is a surprisingly strong material. Since I used it to reinforce the arches of the old boots (two layers worth), it gave me a lot more stability on the shoes than you'd think. Although while standing around and walking I had to keep my weight forward on the ball of my feet (imagine wearing a high heel shoe; now imagine the way one walks up a flight of stairs in them, putting no reliance on the stem of the heel at all ... it was like that, but all the time), if I had a counter/wall/anything to lean against, I could pretty much put my weight wherever and the shoe was able to support it without caving or bending in the slightest. I honestly wasn't too sure how well it was all going to work out when I started, just had to hope that I was doing the right thing and that I wouldn't end up dead by the end of the day. Luckily, it went off without a hitch. =3 If you try to walk in regular high heels without putting your weight back on your heel, it's impossible. The natural pattern of walking, even solely on one's toes, revolves around some slight stretching and flexing of the foot's arch; the shoe's heel will peg the ground unless you severely butcher your walking. The fiberglass, although extremely durable, allowed for the boot to have just enough give so that I had adequate movement in the shoe/my foot, but wouldn't collapse.

I'm actually going to a late Halloween party tonight (it was supposed to be last weekend for obvious reasons, but due to unforeseen circumstances got rescheduled to accommodate a host feeling very ill on the best weekend ever and didn't get to wear her own costume that we'd worked on! sadface). I won't be doing full makeup this time (took about an hour and a half to apply, and equally long to remove ... and it tended to come off on everything), but if I can get someone to record me walking, I'll be happy to link it up here so people can see how they really move.
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Evil Jester costume for Halloween 2010 on: November 07, 2010 01:32:55 AM
I'm surprised that there isn't more discussion going on here. That costume is amazing! Did you make all of it!? The shoes are especially impressive. There's so much attention to detail, it's incredible. The color scheme is fantastic and your makeup is terrific. Wonderful job.
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: A night as Avatar on: November 07, 2010 01:23:00 AM
I'd just like to add my two cents in saying that you look amazing and are very, very brave. I envy your comfort and ease at venturing out so boldly! And I mean this in a totally non-creepy way, but you have a very good figure to pull off the long and lean 'hunter/gatherer' physique the Na'vi are depicted with. By far one of, if not the, best take on the Avatar styling I've seen so far this year. Simple, yet effective. Nice job. =)
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: World of Warcraft Draenei on: November 07, 2010 01:57:51 AM
Thank you to everyone for your support and your comments! I'm glad my efforts are appreciated by people who understand the amount of time/effort/planning that goes in to something like this.

Rinoa1024, I'm glad the tail looks right! That was a big deal for me because I absolutely abhor limp, lifeless, floppy tails. Again, I wish I had video of me walking because the tail had an absolutely perfect sway back and forth behind me. Kept hitting my friends when they walked beside me! I thought it was hilarious. It never once impeded my walking or got caught up in between my legs; just my friends', tehehehe. I just need to find a better way to attach it (so heavy!) ... But I've already got ideas on how to do that in my revamp plans for future use of this costume. =3
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: World of Warcraft Draenei on: November 06, 2010 12:13:05 AM
Wow! (no pun intended, tehe!) Thanks for so many positive remarks! I'm so glad people like it. =D I spent lots of time putting it all together and doing some trial-and-error work figuring things out. I've nothing against the Horde, did some bounces back and forth with my faction, but I will admit that I've spent 99% of my time as Alliance. Though I don't think even the Horde can denounce the awesomeness that is Draenei Women. Experience taught me the same of people who didn't know the game -- I had plenty of people approach me to tell me, "I have no idea what you are or where it's from, but it's amazing looking." It made me feel all special.

The hooves were actually really quite easy to walk in -- for me anyway. I did dance for about 12 years, though, and that included four and a half years of pointe work in ballet, so I might have an edge in the balance department. Even without that history, though, I think they would be not too difficult for someone else to be able to wear. The only question then would be how well they actually moved in them ... I wish I had video of me with them on. I could speedwalk and trot around very easily -- which I just had to do as soon as I was on a sidewalk and my hooves started making absolutely perfect clip-clop sounds.

As for the comment about dancing on a mailbox ... a friend of mine wants there to be a replica of the Ironforge Bridge constructed, just one of the end posts. Big enough for me to stand on. Then I can be a proper draenei sans epic gear. I'd thought at one point about doing gear, but I wanted to keep it simple ... at least for now! Besides, everyone does complex gear and I think the simplicity adds to the costume. It's just enough to look at without being over the top. I don't really want to tackle gear until I'm confident in my abilities to make it look good, too.

Also, it looks like a moderator fixed it so my images actually show, instead of being annoying links to elsewhere. That's what I assume anyway since the forum gave me an auto-generated message that I wouldn't be allowed to post images because I hadn't posted enough (or at all) prior to this ... so, thank you mysterious benevolent force!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / World of Warcraft Draenei on: November 04, 2010 08:41:09 PM
First time posting on the site, so pardon me if I muck it up a bit. =x Also, since this is my first time posting (spent a long time lurking ... I'm kind of shy), I'm not allowed to post a picture! But I can link, so I'll have to do that.

This year for Halloween I worked my butt off to pull together a costume I've mentally constructed in my mind for years. Draenei! From World of Warcraft.

1. chain lightning?!

2. moar lightning?  

3. dedairhax (for those that play and know the awkward shape draenei take upon dying)

4. chillin' and chattin'

5. profile

I made the hooves, tail, horns and face tendrils. The clothing portions were altered; leggings that I trimmed and embellished, etc. The bodice was an old costume piece that's been stored in boxes with all my other costume pieces from ages past.

I did have a little help, so hopefully that's not a disqualifying factor. But the honest truth is using fiberglass resin and fabric is very messy and it was impossible for me to work on the boots without another pair of hands to help hold things steady.

During the course of making the costume, I kept a little blog ... well. Tried to anyway. Towards the end things got a bit crazy and it became more of a "finish it now!" thing so taking step-by-step pictures went out the window a bit. Also, I'm forgetful. But if anyone is interested, you can find it here:


Anyone who wants the quick rundown without my rambling:

hooves - four inch heel boots, hacked off the heel, added four inches of pvc pipe to the ball of the foot, formed a hoof out of lightweight cereal box cardboard, covered in fiberglass, then fabric/gorilla tape on the bottom

horns - standard packing styrofoam, glued together in stacks and shaped, then covered in paiper mache and painted, attached to two headbands

tail - fabric tube with an insert of a nylon leg, filled with polly pellet beads and tied off every inch or so to create a fake spine, giving the tail weight and movement

tendrils/tentacles - tiny handsewn tubes bobby pinned to my natural hair under the wig

Thanks for looking!
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