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111  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pyramid Head/Red Pyramid Head Thing - Completed, no blood! on: October 13, 2009 09:14:00 AM

Ulterior Motive:  Didn't want to do anything "sexy" for the frat boys on campus.  So, went with scary and different.

Okay - I went with the look from the videogame - a shorter helmet (the one in the movie looks like it drapes down to the wearer's chest).

No gloves, and no great knife (because it would be clubbing).  No blood yet because of the fact that my blood is the edible kind (corn syrup + chocolate syrup + food coloring).  The apron needs to be distressed and made to look old.

I will also be binding the twins (stupid giant boobies! tape and a sports bra), wearing shoulder pads in my underwear and a packing dildo.  It's full on drag without the facial hair and stuff.

Sorry about the quality of the photo.  I suck at taking pictures!

Props:  dismembered hand + bloody machete
112  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 42 ENTRIES / Girly Pyramid Head Helm! ($ Store Challenge) (Photobucket Pics) on: September 05, 2009 06:35:49 PM
- foam board -- $1
- hot glue  -- $2
- model magic -- found in drawer
- tacky glue -- had
- cardboard -- had loads
- various bits and bobs - garbage
- paint -- $3 for different colors (spun gold, country maple and black)
- baking soda -- $1
- anti slip drawer thingies -- $1

Total:  $8

<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/astrangeone/GEDC0160.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket">

Pyramid Head Helm

<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/astrangeone/GEDC0161.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket">

<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/astrangeone/GEDC0159.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket">

<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/astrangeone/GEDC0158.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket">

Okay, this was a pain in the tush to do.  Everything needed to be modeled just right, but luckily the cardboard at the back of the helm was heavier than the foam board.  It makes it easy to wear and looks great.

113  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Look what the safer sex fairy brought me! (Photobucket Pics) on: September 01, 2009 06:29:44 PM
I woke up this morning, and found this sitting outside my steps!

Huge Box of Condoms:  (This is what they call Magnum XL!  Hehehe)

Huge Condom:

Media:  Paper, paint, and a lot of hot glue.  The base is cardboard.  Condom is scrunched up newspaper and two mismatching sheets of bristol board.

It is a costume - it has two harness loops, and the harness goes over your neck.  There is a space for the condom to stick out of the box.  Cheesy  The logo is going to go in the corner, and I'm waiting for my girlfriend to paint it.  *sigh*
114  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Extra Early Halloween Costumes + Questions on: August 12, 2009 08:21:05 PM
You guys and gals out there in Internet land might be wondering why I'm working on two costumes for Halloween so early in the year.

One word:  University...

I have two sets of inspiration this year.  So, it's two costumes for costuming sake.  One is an "extra large box of condoms", and one is Silent Hill.  I've made the basic forms for both, and both costumes will be under $10 when finished.

Modifications to Pyramid Head:
-  bar clubbing --> no weapons
-  modified tee shirt and black pants as butcher's outfit

Modifications to Magnum Condoms
-  removable condom --> wired into the costume, and the audience can pull it out
-  large lettering and raised Trojan logo

Here are the in-process pics:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/astrangeone/Drying%20Herbs/GEDC0044.jpg  -  The start of Pyramid Head's Helm

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/astrangeone/Drying%20Herbs/GEDC0045.jpg  -  Unfinished form for the box of condoms

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/astrangeone/Drying%20Herbs/GEDC0046.jpg  -  The view inside of the box of condoms

Basically, my question to you is:  what would you recommend as a cheap ass sealent?  I'm going to use acrylic paints and I was thinking either mod-podge (but STICKY), or watered down tacky glue.  Also, what can I use to stain a white shirt to look like blood?
115  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / "Inspiration" Altered Box on: July 27, 2009 07:25:09 PM
My girlfriend's an artist, but she doesn't craft.  So, I figured that she might like a nice gift the next time she comes down - and what does an artist lack sometimes?  Inspiration!

Taking the theme, I got the idea that words, scents, lust, and love can be inspiring.

The Front:

Cutting up an old/water damaged paperback novel.  (Ian Rankin's Tooth and Nail.)  Everything in the box is scavenged and recycled - even the photo of me is from an old student id card!  The nail polish is something I never use - it's a bottle from a trip to China, and I'm afraid to use it on my nails - it is kind of pretty, although - clear nail polish with glitter bits and heart shapes it in.

The Inside:

Contents include stickers, a pewter ring, two random number generators and a matchbook notebook from the novel cover.  Not pictured: a mint mini-pillow, and a small pencil.
116  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / I love southern food...but...need recipes... on: July 20, 2009 07:22:11 PM
So, I went to visit the girlfriend early this summer, and got addicted to fried okra and pickled okra.  (I went to a place called the Hominy Grill - and one of the sides was pickled okra and to die for fried green tomatoes.)

Anyone got recipes for pickled okra?
117  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Random Acts of Catnip (Growing and Drying Catnip) Tute - Pics included on: July 20, 2009 06:52:13 PM
It's summer, and we all love drying and using fresh herbs.  (This method is taken from Alton Brown episode about drying herbs - but not using expensive items!)

Growing and Drying Catnip

Catnip is a variety of the mint family.  Very easy to grow, although needs pruning from time to time - the shrub will tend to be skimpy and weak at first, but with a bit of brave trimming, it is a very good investment.  If planted in a garden, you might want to fence it in with chicken wire - the neighbourhood cats love the stuff.

How to Grow the Stuff

Catnip can either be no fuss or very fussy.  It likes full sun (crazy mild summer weather is messing with my yields), a lot of water.  I stuck a plastic bin under mine to catch extra runoff and ensure a plentiful water supply.

You do need to prune it religiously - right about the highest set of leaf buds.  The leaf buds will turn into stems, and branch off - creating more buds for you and your kitty.  Buds are stronger than normal catnip leaves, but can be very annoying to harvest.

Making Cuttings

To create more catnip plants, take cuttings, and stick them into soil.  They don't tend to root very well in just water, so keep that in mind when keeping them for a little while.

Things to Do with Catnip
-  make tea with it (it's a bit minty, and tends to be very weak in flavour, but it helps with sedative)
-  play with your cats!
-  dry it

Drying Method

Materials Needed
-  an electric fan
-  sheets of newspaper or similar thin paper products
-  tape or thin wire (I like transparent packing tape and telephone wire)
-  a one hole punch
-  catnip (you can use stems/leaves and flower buds)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/astrangeone/Drying%20Herbs/GEDC0032.jpg  (Tape Method)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/astrangeone/Drying%20Herbs/GEDC0033.jpg  (Wire Method)

Fold paper into cup shapes using your origami skills.  Tape shut or poke wires into the corners.  Attach to the back of an electric fan with either the tape or the thin wire.  (For the wire, punch holes through the paper cup.)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/astrangeone/Drying%20Herbs/GEDC0036.jpg  (How to attach)

Wait for at least a couple of days, with the fan on.  (One of the benefits of drying this way is the fact that your room is free of bugs when it's drying.  The active ingredient in catnip is a powerful insect repellent.)

The finished product:
If anyone notices, this is not catnip - these are spearmint leaves.  My catnip itself is in a stuffed animal.

Storing Dried Catnip

Dried catnip can be stored in plastic containers, in the fridge or the freezer.  (I'm stuffing a toy full of catnip, and it just takes a little to be very good.  The toy lives in the freezer, as my catnip plant is small and I have several more harvests to go.)
118  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Mashed Potatoes Disaster on: July 16, 2009 08:21:15 PM
I grow a couple of pots of herbs in the balcony.  However - the chives and cat grass are in similar looking pots.

I was making a pot of mashed potatoes to bring to a potluck, and I asked my mother to clip a couple of springs from the plant.  I coarsely chopped them, and threw them into the mashed potatoes.

After smelling the finished project, I realised what my mother had done.

Cat grass in mashed potatoes.  Hoo boy.
119  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Pyramid Head Plushie on: July 15, 2009 12:25:31 PM
So, I have a boring plushie bought from a dollar store.  How can I jazz it up?  (By making it cosplay pyramid head!)

There were more details (iron on beads), but they refused to stay on.

120  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Duracell Harness Costume on: January 03, 2009 08:11:46 PM
Made for a round of Halloween parties.  Just posted now (thanks for remembering that I actually have a craftster.org account - sheesh.)

What do you think?  Got a suggestion for a varnish/clear coat that won't destroy the paint job?  I used watered down white glue, and it made some of the gold paint run into the black onto the body.  (Acrylics - cheap acrylics!)

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