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1  Mexican folkart inspired frame in Completed Projects by soteralu on: February 04, 2012 02:11:12 PM

I made this frame for the awesome Gocco print of a calavera Buddy Holly my friend gave me for Christmas. The sacred heart/microphone is glitter craft foam. The bottlecaps are filled with old 45's labels and black glitter. I am proud to say that the only purchase I made to finish this project were the epoxy stickers in the bottlecaps. Of course, the rest barely dented my stash... I think I have to make more!

To give credit where credit is due, the print was made by Jose Pulido and purchased on Etsy.

What do you all think?
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2  Re: 2007 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go he in Halloween Costumes by soteralu on: November 03, 2007 12:47:15 PM
A week later I'm finally recovered enough to find and post pictures of my finished costume.  My band's theme this year was Rockabilly Circus, and to that end, I need to create a costume that looked both circus-y and pin-uppy.  I based the bodice on old Emma Domb prom dresses, added some satin Harlequin diamonds, made a huge poofy tutu, and wore stripey stockings.  I was pleased with the outcome.  See for yourself!

First, the top of my head:

My first fascinator!  The most fun thing to make.

Now, the costume before shaking it made all the sequins fall off the diamonds:

A good idea of the overall size of it, and a gratuitous pic of my bass that I blinged:

I don't have any good shots of the petal detail on the top of the bust, or of the tulle ruffle under the shelf of it, but nobody got that close all night.  By the end, there was a trail of blue and pink sequins where I had walked, and I had lost two of the leaves off the hat.  Those are sure signs of a successful evening!
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3  Purse of the Sacred Heart in Crochet: Completed Projects by soteralu on: September 21, 2007 06:43:03 PM
I made this for a friend's birthday.  She grew up Catholic, and still collects Catholic iconography in its varied forms.  Now she has a Sacred Heart of her very own!

It's made of squeaky acrylic from my stash, with some metallic-y cotton stuff (Knit Cro-Sheen, maybe?) for the flames, regular and metallic embroidery floss for the thorns, and Czech fire-polish faceted beads for the droplets of blood.

Of course I forgot to take pics of the cream velvet lining and the little red zipper, and to include any sort of size reference.  It's about 5 1/2" at it's widest point, just big enough to hold  tiny cell phone and a few dollars, maybe a lipstick, too.  I kind of wish I'd kept it!

What do you think?  Other than the fact that I take lousy pictures... Roll Eyes
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4  Re: lionfish fins? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by soteralu on: September 19, 2007 06:28:06 PM
You can buy polyethylene tubing in the plumbing section of your hardware store.  It's cheap, comes in several widths, is flexible, strong, and light.  If you need a  more extreme curve, or need to put holes in it for any reason, it's shapeable with heat.

By soteralu

This is what it looks like, in 3/8" width.  This is about 4 feet of it coiled up. I used it to build hoops last Halloween.
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5  Re: 2007 Costume Sewalong (All Costumes) in Clothing Sewalongs by soteralu on: September 11, 2007 06:10:50 PM
Cigarettesandvalentines:   I saw that!  beautiful stuff.   I think I'm leaning more toward a tutu than a draped skirt, just because I like fluff.

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6  Re: Let's start a Halloween post, past and present costumes. in Halloween Costumes by soteralu on: September 10, 2007 09:05:35 PM

My dd last year as baby Frida Kahlo, based loosely (very loosely) on the book by Jonah Winter (Frida).  No one quite knew what to make of here when we were trick-or-treating.  I had no idea that early 20th century Mexican women painters were so obscure.

BTW, she loved this costume so much, she still wears it as an everyday dress.  I'm going to have to add another ruffle soon, because it's a little scandalous anymore.
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7  Marie Antoinette, la Reine de France in Halloween Costumes by soteralu on: October 30, 2006 09:16:04 AM

Here I am in all my glory.  I made everything you see except the wig and the stockings.  I did dye the feathers and do all the trims on the wig, as well as powder the wig (rather poorly).  I used a modifed J.P.Ryan pet-en-l'air/robe francaise pattern for the main robe and petticoat, a heavily modified Butterick pattern for the stays, and I used the instructions from www.marquise.de for the chemise, except with short sleeves and a stationary pleated neckline rather than a drawstring.  The embroidery on the stomacher is stemstitch and beads. The shoes are reconstucted to better resemble 18th century shoes, and I made little "diamond" shoe buckles.   My favorite part, though, is the necklace, which is beaded to look like blood droplets, and bears the legend "les permettre de manger du gateau".  That, of course, means "Let them eat cake."

And please pardon the slightly bemused expression and the more than slighly crooked trim on the skirt - 2 a.m. on one's birthday is not the best time to decide to craft...
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8  Arrgh! Booty! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by soteralu on: August 28, 2006 04:00:49 PM
My friend's pirate-themed going away party gave me a little too much license to create the following:
And here she is attmepting to slice it with a prop sword:

The cake was a double chocolate cake with hazelnut meringue, bittsweet ganache, and Frangelico buttercream icing.  It was covered in a mrbled semi-and-bittersweet choclate sugarpaste (rolled fondant) and "filled" with assorted metallic-wrapped candies and gold-dusted candy necklaces.  The sand is left-over ground hazelnuts mixed with light brown sugar.  Time constraints prevented me from getting better shots of it.  Okay, that's not entirely true.  A little too much grog contributed.
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9  It's about darned time - a tiny strawberry skirt in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by soteralu on: September 21, 2005 06:36:30 PM
I finally got around to taking some pictures and adding them to Craftster, so my 1st show of my stuff is rather overdo

It would be better displayed if she could stand unassissted.
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