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41  Sea Monster...for a little girl in Halloween Costumes by alohamom2three on: November 01, 2008 01:06:47 AM
I loved making this costume since I got to create from my imagination instead of trying to recreate a character.  The seaweed sections are all spiral cuts from fabric which results in these great spiral strips.
Hope you like it Grin Grin Grin

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42  Eve from Wall-E in Halloween Costumes by alohamom2three on: November 01, 2008 01:03:37 AM
When my daughter finally chose this costume I was excited and immediately thought of garbage cans.  I had to scour four stores to find the right one.  I bought some matching vinyl for the arms and collar.  The face is swimsuit tricot lining...super small holes so you can see through from the inside but opaque if not backlit.  I did two layers for the eyes...sparkles and then iridescent blue.
I have to say I really love the result...hope you all like it! Grin Grin Grin

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43  netted bangle bracelets in Beads: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: June 10, 2008 02:16:05 AM
well, I'm back with more netted ropes....this time bangle bracelets.  I haven't been doing more than looking lately since I've been so busy but I'm finally getting to post again...thank goodness for summer break!
This is a netted rope with a trapped ring of larger beads inside.  The beads that are inside are clear glass with a colored core so I'm not sure you can see how they are trapped in there.
These were my end of year teacher gifts and the bangles measured approximately 8 inches.
The beads reflected strangely in the flash so the colors are not true to life but they are still really cool!

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44  Re: Bead Weaving **Tutorial & Pics Added!** in Beads: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: January 16, 2008 12:36:52 AM
So, I live in Hawaii and I collect beach glass and I always tried to think of a way to make jewelry with it and this tute inspired me.  I ground holes in the beach glass in the same area as the swarovski hearts and did the weave as shown.  I had to cut it down to only two rows of petals because it got too heavy and bulky.
I think it came out really cool...can't wait to make more!
Hope you like it.

And here's a view from the back

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45  Christmas present...woven bracelets ***tutorial added** in Beads: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: January 15, 2008 06:27:52 PM
Well....it took me a while to get these up!  Haven't been posting a lot lately but I've loved seeing everyone's stuff!
This Christmas I had wonderful Czech beads that my friend got for me on her trip to Prague....TOTAL score!  I was playing around with a couple of weaves and i think I kind of made this one up?
They are SUPER sparkly in real life but I wasn't at home with all my good lighting when I took the pics.  I made a total of nine and actually have to make a couple more for belated gifts.

My sister's broke so I had to reweave it.

I can make a tute if anyone wants?
OK...you asked for it...here's the tute

To string I like to use nymo conditioned with beeswax and a big eye needle.

Please let me know if you have any questions...and post any project you do!
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46  Re: Tutorial: literally, a monster purse! ((reposted, and an apology)) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by alohamom2three on: January 15, 2008 06:15:53 PM
I loved this project!  So I had to make it for Christmas...so I made nine!!!  There was fun fur fibers all over my house forever! 
So I had lots of leftover fur from costumes (I design and make costumes for theater) and I had lots of fabric for the inside so I didn't have to spend anything for nine amazing presents!!
Here are the monsters:

I made three reds

I made three yellows

For the boys, I made more manly colors:

And for my teenage niece I did a sparkly bag...she LOVED it.

One tip for sewing sequin material...if you put wax paper or parchment paper over the seam line and sew through it, the glue doesn't gunk up your needle.
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47  Re: 2007 Costume Sewalong (All Costumes) in Clothing Sewalongs by alohamom2three on: October 26, 2007 11:09:54 PM
OK...here are the first pics...this was just the outfits without makeup and accessories (like wigs and jewelry)  I'm planning on taking pics tomorrow before the party.
Without further ado....I give you Voldemort:

And here's my Bellatrix...note the fabric that looks royal blue is really dark navy but the flash made it a much lighter blue.
Here's Bellatrix...excuse the expression on my face...my husband told me to look mean and it just looks silly!
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48  Re: Bead Weaving *tutorial added* in Beads: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: October 12, 2007 09:56:13 PM
I have a bunch...all on other postings too but I'll post a few here to help get started.

BTW Jessica...LOVE the projects...I've only bead weaved (woven?) with seed beads...gotta try with some larger beads!

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49  Re: quickie dress that anybody can make in Clothing Sewalongs by alohamom2three on: August 03, 2007 08:55:25 PM
Well, I said back on page sixty something (or was it seventy something?) that I would probably find time to make on somewhere around page one hundred...ta da.

I actually made two!  The first one was for myself for my birthday party.  It's a beautiful spice orange color but...tried to do it with just a straight stitch which took all the stretch out of the waistband...but you all knew that would happen...I wore it anyway and retied it three times during the party...EVERYONE loved it!!!
Of course I don't have any pictures of that one...I promise the next time I wear it I will get a pic!

The second one I made for a friend....I broke out my brand new serger for her...worked much better and I am in LOVE with serging.  She was sure she couldn't wear a dress with no bra but she did and she wore it to an awards ceremony and everyone there loved it too.  I love this color on her and she never would have picked purple.
Oh...I had to add an elastic to her waistband and I swear I cut the littlest waist...oh well...still looks awesome!
I've had so much fun reading every single post and I am so excited that I got to do this!!!

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50  Re: Muslin Mache Wolf Mask in Costumes: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: June 27, 2007 02:17:21 AM
To make a muslin mache mask you will need:
*muslin (duh Grin)  I used medium weight muslin left over from making theater flats
*glue or paste...I tried modge podge exclusively and that came out really thick then I switched to white glue and water and finished with modge podge but I think even wheat paste would work
*mask form...I built up a plaster of paris face positive that I casted to make the beast mask but you can build up a blank wig head also.
*air dry clay
*cooking oil spray

OK..the basic concept is the same as paper mache...you know dip strips in glue and lay over form.  The first thing you need to do is cut the muslin into bias strips (45 degrees across the grain) about an inch wide and not more than 6 inches long...if you are doing a really curvy mask, make shorter strips...it will be easier to lay without wrinkles
Then you need to build up your form into the shape you want.  If you are building up from a wig head, a plaster face or even just from a flat surface, it's pretty much the same.  a tip for this step is to remember that the finished layers of muslin will be thick so you will lose some detail...make any wrinles or details larger than you think you will need.  Allow the clay to dry completely at least overnight.

Next you lay tinfoil over the clay to make the finished mask easier to release.  It's important to spend some time making this smooth so you won't lose any more detail.
Then you spray cooking spray on the tinfoil
Now you are ready to start laying muslin.  You will be doing a total of four layers of muslin in alternating directions.  Dip muslin into glue, press out excess glue with fingers, lay on form and smooth out.  Allow the layer to dry completely (I would do one layer in the morning and then one more before bed...so four layers in two days depending on humidity.)  The next layer will be placed perpendicular to the first layer.

When you are done with your layers, do one coat of modge podge then a coat of modge podge with a layer of tissue and then one more layer of modge podge.  This will smooth out the ridges from the muslin.  I found triangles of tissue were the easiest to lay on the curves of the mask.

You can now unmold your mask.  I also did a t least one layer of modge podge on the inside of the masks to make it smoother on the face.
Now you need to trim the outside of the mask and put a strip of muslin over the edge to finish it.  You do the same thing with the eyes.  Exacto knives work best.

My teeth were just white fun foam and when I had the shape I wanted I cut a slit in the muzzle and glued them in place with goop.

I attatched black elastic by cutting slits and threading the elastic through the side of the mask.

Then I painted it.   The possibilities are endless!  Hope that helps!  Let me know if there are any more questions!

Here are my inspiration pics:

And the finished product:
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