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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / creepy ideas for halloween 09 needed! on: August 20, 2009 01:00:43 PM
Man, it's almost September already...I should have started thinking earlier

Here's the deal, I love going all out, I make a costume for myself and my partner (usually themed together) and I can sew, and sculpt just about anything, I've even made hoof boots before, so I don't really have many costuming limits.

here are my general criteria:
-must be recognizable as something, I want to be mistaken for a 'goth fairy'
-must be scary or creepy, or awesome enough to trump that desire
-wearable to a club event, which is where we tend to go.
-prefer to go as a couple in costume, rather than 2 themes. but if they are super awesome, it doesn't matter so much

the problem is we are moving in september, (to somewhere likely to have snow on the ground in october! what a change) so time and money may be a little tight - not like I ever leave enough time or money Wink haha.... and I would LOVE some help with brainstorming!!

things we have done in the past (most recent, to oldest)

Grim reaper + Anubis
warlock and succubus (from warcraft..yes we're nerds)
pyramid head and bubble nurse
vampire pimp and zombie prostitute (keep it classy!!)
50's couple (we bought the costumes the day before, that's my excuse!)
misc demon couple with horns, fangs, etc...

things we love...
video games, world of warcraft, true blood, carnivale, joss whedon, zombie flicks, vampire crap, bad @ss skulls, repo! the genetic opera,  ebm/industrial/metal music, blade, most sci-fi/fantasy actually (books and media)

so far my ideas have been pavi and blind mag from repo! but I think blind mag will fall into that 'goth fairy' category unless you've seen the movie

I have also thought it would be hilarious to make my man go as old greg (and i think he would..) but i'm not sure what I would go as, and i think that might actually cross into 'way too weird' territory, even for us (also, new to the town. lets not scare the locals)

i've also always wanted to be shiva from ff7, but I need time I don't have for that

man would totally be arthas (world of warcraft...again) but again, time time time

please throw anything and EVERYTHING at me Smiley every idea makes my mind spin more
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Death Concept Costume - I could Murder A Curry (pic heavy!) on: November 05, 2008 11:09:13 AM
Right, so here's the other half of my costume project for this year...I proposed making a skull/death mask for my man, and he asked that it be "bad @ss" so here was my attempt

i will say up front, we both love the death character from terry pratchett's discworld, thus many jokes were had. I realize the infamous death does not have horns, but it was fun nonetheless. We even had curry for dinner on halloween prior to going out.

we usually do couple-y type costumes in a sense....last year we did a wow warlock + succubus, the year before was pyramid head + silent hill nurse..etc..no raggedy anne and raggedy andy here!

i was a little stumped this year, as we're currently living in temporary living conditions, meaning my crafting area is non existent and our budget was a little small, so we came up with the idea of 'death' him being modern, and i being more ancient (i actually went as anubis, that costume is posted here:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=276982.0 )

i'm still playing with photos, it was hard to capture (me being not a fantastic photographer to start with) in the dark (he disappeared) and in the light (his skull gleamed in the sun) so bear with me Smiley

death contemplating playing the guitar..

death's mask on it's own

going for a stroll in his neighborhood

here's one of us together in the dark

and some process pics, please feel free to ask for details! there's a bit of an explanation in my other thread, but i can post it over here as well

and a teaser of my costume, in case you haven't looked at mine yet!

3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Will your heart weigh heavily against the feather of Ma'at? on: November 03, 2008 03:58:48 PM
Let me weigh it for you and check

hmm, it looks a little heavy

This year I decided to go as Anubis (or Anput I guess, as I am female)
I try to do couple type costumes with my SO, though this year i'm not sure it counts so i'm just posting mine for the challenge, and will post his separately in the halloween forum.

onto more pictures

wheee jackal shadow

up close profile/head shot

goofy picture, i'm hungry for souls!

and obligatory silly photo

and a quick teaser of me and the man outside in the dark (which also shows why all my pictures are in bright daylight!  Huh sigh) i was an ancient death god, and he was an incarnation of more modern death (grim reaper/demonized death if you will)

Here is a link to my SO's costume posted in the halloween forum, which i also crafted

final thoughts, if i were to do it all again (and i totally would) i think i would pass on the black paint this time - what a mess! but it was worth it, I won second prize out at the bar.

construction notes:

Everything was made by me except the boots. garments were strips of stretch twill sewn together to look like mummification wrappings, with some strips of stretchy fabric wrapped around my legs and boots.
The mask is foam applied to a plaster bandage mask, carved and then sealed and painted (papier mache, glue, etc) and then sealed again with kryolan crystal clear acrylic spray. no process pics of the clothes (boring!) but here's a few i remembered to snap of the mask. i'm bad for remembering pictures when i'm elbow deep in art gunk

as always, i'm happy to share construction methods or elaborate details. I can ramble on about my design decisions, but i'm afraid to bore y'all, so just ask!

thanks for looking, I hope you enjoyed my costume!

4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / for the horde! on: January 09, 2008 05:37:23 PM
Man, I don't even know where to put these..they're not really shoes...they're slippers. but so it goes (move if necessary please!)

These were a christmas gift for my other half's brother, who has a strange habit of smoking outside on the deck in the winter...wearing sandals. he is also a bit of a warcraft addict, so i thought i would have some fun with it

slippers + handmade warcraft appliqu = win!
i also made up a tag for them which i attached in a "authentic" looking manner, giving them a name and some stats in true warcraft item status, but i seem to have forgotten to take a photo of them Sad they were only blues with lots of frost resist anyway, no epix ^___^

thanks for looking
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / it's been a hard day's night on: January 09, 2008 05:32:00 PM
This was part of a christmas present for my other half's older brother, who is a huuuuge Beatles fan. I chose random and hopefully complementary portraits of each Beatle from the Beatles album cover "hard day's night" and tweaked them a bit in photoshop to a more 2 color friendly contrast level. The pillows are 14" squares, and I tried to match the fabric to their couch (although they look quite nice on my blue one too). All indications tell me that he loved them.

all lined up

individual shots:

details, stencils were done with freezer paper in 2 parts (faces first, squares around them after..they were an afterthought - but a good one i think)
paint used was artists acrylic + textile medium + plenty of heat setting
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / WoW Warlock + succubus costumes on: November 11, 2007 03:50:29 PM
As the title might suggest, we are a little WoW nuts

we had decided months ago to do warcraft costumes..I was planning on dressing up as my Draenai shaman, and my bf..well he wasn't sure

and he wasn't sure all the way up to a month before halloween >__<

so the story goes, I had already had the feet planned out long ago, and said lets just do a warlock/succy..since i can use the same shoes anyway. Just about everything was made by me, in 2 weeks, on a tight budget. i'm a little down about not being completely 100% game accurate, but that's how it goes when you wait until 2 weeks before halloween and you have a project due the same night you are going to go out!

so pictures..

and...since i built the boots, here are a few in progress shots

step 1. purchase cheap boots and saw off the heels. bonus points for a strong hard plastic arch support. cut and sand hooves in the school woodshop, be sure to avoid explaining what you're doing to anyone or you'll never get away from everyone who wants to talk about WoW!

step 2
glue the hooves on to the shoe with plenty (and i mean plenty) of epoxy 2 part glue. then shove in some more for good measure. make sure you do this OUTSIDE. clamp (somehow) and then when dry, give several coats of fibreglass strand filled bondo all around the joins, down the hooves, and up the arch for extra support and reinforcement

step 3
using blue foam, hack and chop away until you have some nice shapes, glue them onto the shoes and wrap with poly batting, secure.

cover with fabric of choice, and slip on some legwarmers - preferably made from the same fabric, but i ran a little short and it was 1 day before i needed the costumes, so I made do with what i had

in retrospect, i would have used boots that were tighter to my leg, but i think they worked out alright anyway!

thanks for looking

7  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / my version of the mummy wreath! on: October 31, 2007 08:14:31 AM
hello! i love halloween and after seeing this thread :
i was inspired to make my own version for halloween!

hope you like it ^_____^
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / tampons and condoms and BCP OH MY (with pantyhose on the side!) on: April 15, 2006 09:14:21 AM
Hey there
I don't post very often, I'm mostly a lurker..but i am also an art student, and one of our projects this year was to create a headpeice/costume out of objects to deal with major issues..such as politics, personal issues, sexuality..etc..
so I chose to deal with the sexual revolution of the 60's and 70's..and being a politically minded shit stirrer, how we need to be careful that our 'freedoms' don't become so commonplace that we take them for granted, and then lose them to conservative minded government..yea.
my friend here in this picture with me talked about the irony of the 'one size fits all' label on pantyhose..which is then subtexted to say 90-125 lbs. so her entire costume is made out of pantyhose, and the packaging from said hose. pretty damn cool. Apologies the photo is so big, the detail is neccessary..


so the wig is made out of tampons, the jewelry is ortho-evra packages, and i'm sure we can recognise what the fringe is on the boots
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / question...preservatives for solid bath products? on: December 13, 2005 02:52:43 PM
I've been doing some reading on here and have immersed myself in links and information from this board (and others) regarding preservatives..but either it is a little above my head, or the answer to my question is not actually here..

If I am making solid bath products (such as a solid bubble bath bar) would a preservative such as germaben II be needed or appropriate? I would think no, as the product information at ispcorp says it is for liquid products...(and after that, it loses me)

IS there actually a preservative for solid based body products? or do i not in fact need to use a preservative? or..do i put it in when i am mixing, and then it acts as part of the liquid and drys with the rest of it?

thank you muchly
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / cutesy kids shirt and sweatshirt -> skirt recon on: July 10, 2005 02:54:29 PM
just like the title says.. ^_^

the top was a little boys shirt from value village. the skirt, a black sweatshirt. pretty self explanitory!

i feel so girly in it too ^_^
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