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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / accidental Flying Spaghetti Monster on: October 11, 2006 11:07:22 AM
A year or two ago, my wife modified a jewelry chest my mom gave her by sticking on a pair of eyes. This was before the world became aware of the sacred truth of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, but it is clear that even then she was touched by his noodly appendage:

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: papier mache Death Star on: July 09, 2006 01:04:10 AM
Did you get more satisfaction from making it, or from blowing it up? Cuz I don't know which I would enjoy more if it were me!

Hmm... hard to say. Blowing it up gave the whole thing a sense of completion, but that wouldn't have been the case if I'd, say, bought it and then blown it up. So really it all went together. It's strangely satisfying to destroy something that you've put a lot of effert into creating. I recommend trying it some time.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / papier mache Death Star on: July 07, 2006 12:33:31 AM
A few months ago I came into posession of a pilates ball. After an aborted attempt with some spray foam that resulted in a lampshade (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=94686.msg895360), I made a papier mache Death Star.

Here's how:

First I did about six layers of papier mache (basic flour and water recipe) to form a hemisphere.

Then I cut and inserted a large disk of styrofoam into each hemisphere.

To form the gap needed for the equatorial trench, I cut a few scraps of cardboard and spray-glued them between the hemispheres.

To make the dish, I cut a hole in the upper hemisphere...

and molded a smaller piece of papier mache on my globe.

After that it was just a matter of putting another layer of papier mache to jion the hemispheres and the dish, then a lick of paint and it was done.

Then I blew it up.

Because, I mean, what else do you do with Death Stars?

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / intestinal/Alien lampshade on: May 11, 2006 11:36:31 AM
I recently aquired one of those huge pilates balls. The plan was (and still is) to use it as a mold for a giant paper mache globe and/or giant paper mache Death Star. Last night, however, I had the idea that I could cover it with Great Stuff (spray-on insulating foam) and sand it down to the desired shape.

As you can see, I didn't get very far with one can, and sanding it down would have been a nightmare.

I was about to dump it when I had an idea. Another item on my long to-do list has been to make a lampshade for the overhead light in the dining room, which suffers from quite a bit of glare as a result of cheap military housing construction (we live on a former Navy base). Considering this, I was able to snatch awesomeness from the jaws of suck, thusly:

All I had to do was screw in a couple of hooks to the ceiling and it was held in place perfectly. Here is the overall effect, giving the room a much softer and warmer glow:

And a pretty, if not properly color balanced, picture:

NOTE: if you try this yourself, be sure to use gloves, since Great Stuff sticks amazingly to skin - you have no grace period in which to wipe it off, and only heavy scrubbing over several days will get it off. Really, don't even think of trying this without gloves. Once it's dry you're fine, but remember that there might be wet/sticky parts on the inside even after the surface is very hard, so wear gloves removing it from the mold, too. I still have some gunk on a few fingers, several days later.
5  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: head in a jar on: November 22, 2005 03:56:32 PM
Indeed it is - made it from Crayola foam clay. Looked OK, but not great.
6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: head in a jar on: November 03, 2005 05:25:13 PM
haha, awesome!! Howd you do it?
Bought a cheap doll, ripped the head off, cut off the hair with my trusty Leatherman, slipped a spare bolt through the neck (made an X-cut on either side), put four drops of green food coloring in the water, and stuck a light under it.
7  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / head in a jar on: November 03, 2005 04:59:50 PM
This was for part of a mad science-themed yard setup. It was ridiculously easy, but I like the results. The bolt in the next is both decorative and useful for keeping the head upright.

Also, brains!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Please post your best costume... on: November 03, 2005 04:49:38 PM
Here's this year's, which I think worked pretty well: Professor Membrane from Invader Zim.

Here's the character it's based on: http://www.roomwithamoose.com/pictures/official/membrane.jpg

A friend made the lab coat so she gets most of the credit.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: two bleach shirts on: October 28, 2005 10:23:10 AM
woah... you rock!! look at those wings, they look so professional. btw, does bleached black always come out orange?

No! Depends on the shirt. I got lucky that the color on this came out so good.

A friend of mine who does insane bleach shirts (like this: http://www.multipledigression.com/lj/jesse%20shurt.jpg) manages to get his nearly white. What I started doing was to test a little bit of bleach on the inside of the bottom hem of the shirt to see what color it turned.
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Please post your best costume... on: October 28, 2005 10:19:25 AM
Chest burster from Alien. The back of the jumpsuit says "Nostromo".
That's awesome!  How did you make it?

The chest burster was carved out of styrofoam and painted. Teeth were done with toothpicks, and the jaw and arms were carved separately then glued on. The whole thing was held in place by screwing it to a piece of foamcore board about 6"x6", which rested inside my shirt. Add fake blood and you're ready to go.
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