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61  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Soda tab Chainmaile Skirt on: March 16, 2011 07:58:09 AM
Is there a lot of give? I mean...I have a rather large rear end and a small waist & constantly struggle with things being too big in the waist if my butt in comfortable accommodated. Because it's pretty awesome. I don't wear skirts but I would wear one of these. And it totally seems like the kind of thing to do while watching a movie & avoiding going out in this lovely (read: constant pouring rain), pre-spring weather we're having.

yes, there is quite a good amount of give to the weave Smiley The very same skirt in the picture was able to contract enough to also fit my daughter, who is under the age of 8 (although the skirt was very long on her Wink )
62  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice on a functional Mechaincal Hand project on: March 16, 2011 07:56:31 AM
Awesome! Thank you both for the advice Smiley I will try it out.

And yes! I will be sure to share it when it's finished. I'll be wearing the hands to a sci-fi convention my wife and I are going to in late April, so it won't be long until it's complete.
63  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Advice on a functional Mechaincal Hand project on: March 15, 2011 07:44:54 AM
Looking for a bit of advice from other crafters!

I'm in the process of creating a functional mechanical hand for a costume. Below is a video of my prototype for one of the fingers:


The issue I'm having is that the steel cable that controls it has very sharp bits of wire poking out. Has anyone had experience in the past with how to cover cable ends in a manner that won't come apart when it flexes? Any help would be greatly appreciated Cheesy
64  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Soda tab Chainmaile Skirt on: March 15, 2011 07:36:39 AM
Those are the prettiest pop tabs I've ever seen!

Thank you Smiley

But even prettier pop-tabs can be had from monster cans and other sources. Think bright greens and blues. My issue, however, is that I hate energy drinks and I don't drink alcohol.... so it's harder for me to collect colored tabs Sad
65  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Soda tab Chainmaile Skirt on: March 10, 2011 07:07:56 AM
Absolutely amazing.  I'm similarly crazy and wondering what size jump rings you used?
- I used 5/16" stainless steel rings

Is there any way you can take a picture of how you did the drawstring and a close up of the tabs? And is it lined with fabric?
I no longer have the skirt, so I can't take pictures of the drawstring. I'll make an example patch and take a close-up picture of it sometime soon.


I would absolutely LOVE tutorial on this. I need to make this skirt!

Since there's been so much interest... I'll make a tutorial on how to make soda-tab maile as soon as I have time Smiley I'll post a reply in this thread to let you know once it's done.
66  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Retro-Future Armor on: March 08, 2011 12:10:08 PM
That left gauntlet looks like an all-in-one personal protective device.  Awesome!

Thanks! That's the feel I was going for. I've found that when creating retro-future type items, one of the best (and most enjoyable) ways to go about it is to roam about through second-hand hardware stores and junk shops.

Doing it that way makes it so that you come up with something that really feels like a piece that was built after the collapse of society. If it were some sort of crazy, mad max scenario & I wanted to make myself armor... I'd have to roam around and search for whatever parts I could find that could be pieced together into functional armor Smiley It's a fun, imaginative process.
67  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Soda tab Chainmaile Skirt on: March 07, 2011 08:13:57 PM
I'd like to hear more about how you made it! And how do you get it off and on??

It slides off and on and then is secured with a draw-string laced through the top row of rings. The awesome thing about chainmaile is that if the weave laid in the correct direction, it actually can expand and contract quite a bit while still hanging nicely. The skirt in the picture fit the model who wore it, but also fit my elementary-aged daughter when she wanted to try it on while I was making it.

As far as its construction, the pattern is very simple... it just requires a great deal of patience. I use a pair of pliers in each hand and then I open one of the jumprings, loop it through four tabs, close the ring. Then I loop another ring through two of those tabs, add two more tabs to it, and close that ring. You then just repeat this process a couple thousand times and then it's done! If you google "European 4 in 1 chainmaile tutorial" you can find specific instructions on how to assemble basic chainmaile Cheesy
68  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Retro-Future Armor on: March 07, 2011 07:59:48 PM
I completed a project this weekend. It was a set of retro-future styled shoulder plates. They're made from 22ga mild steel and then formed, painted and connected in a similar manner to medieval spaulders. (I'm the goofy-looking guy with crazy hair in the second picture)

The gauntlets were something I made previously out of chainmaile, old cookware, hinges, a spigot and other interesting items I sought out at a local store featuring re-used parts and such.


69  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Goggles on: March 07, 2011 07:52:22 PM
OMG. I want these Cheesy
70  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: National Bohemian Mascot on: March 07, 2011 07:52:07 PM
I think that is equal parts disturbing and unbelievably awesome! Great work!
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