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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Getting plastered with plaster(finished! revisited) on: October 07, 2009 01:15:39 AM
Edit: Now it's really done!

There is a video clip here: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/VziMcAEINVbUC_e5uFGhzg?feat=directlink

Hi all!
I'm currently putting together a mask for Halloween. It's a demon skull thingy ma bobber. I'm using WED Clay, plaster, silicone, crystal clear, urethane, and vaseline to do it.

The WIP is here on my web album. http://picasaweb.google.com/KatyHargrove1/HalloweenMask2009#

More photos in album. I just cracked open the mother mold and pulled out the sculpt.

*Update 2*
Project complete!

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mr. Icu the hand puppet plus a tutorial link! on: March 23, 2009 01:21:27 AM

I really like this little fella. The puppet goes all the way up my arm. I kinda want to make a hoodie covered in eyes now!

I posted a tutorial here if you want to make one too.

The only thing I don't like is that it isn't completely comfy to wear if you go the ping pong eye route. You might want to try buttons or snap on eyes instead.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mr. Blue on: February 14, 2009 04:29:19 PM
I made a plush creature recently who has resin parts incorporated into his design. The link has notes on his creation in the picture captions. I think they might be pretty helpful getting some people started in designing their own creatures. I skipped around a bit on steps, but if you have questions I'm more than happy to get into those. Smiley
Here is a closeup of the resin head attached.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 4in mini octopus painting on: January 10, 2009 12:20:26 AM

Just finished the first mini painting of the new year. It's acrylic on a mini canvas. A friend was lamenting that the smaller one I painted early last year wasn't available so I made this as a late birthday present. I think it translated okay into the larger image quite well. I wasn't sure the design would be appropriate larger.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Squid hat with link to sewing pattern on: November 23, 2008 11:20:52 PM

I was really inspired by the Poor Mojo squid hat years back and even made a knitted version of it at one point. However, knitting takes a long long time(for me anyway!) and so I was determined to make a sewing pattern...but had to learn to use a sewing machine first. This year has been full of learning all kinds of crafting skills for me and I think it really paid off at last.

You can find the pattern for this project here:

The original inspiration from Poor Mojo is here:

Also, big hugs to Kristen Perry for teaching me to sew and read sewing patterns!

Edit: There are two really simple ways of modifying this pattern. You can alter the shape of the ends on the big tentacles and top fin, like turning them into hearts! Also, making the backsides of the fabric an alternate color and adding alternate color appliques(spots, stripes, stars, etc.) will give the hat more dimension.

The next one I make I'm going to try to find some conductible thread to make light up eyes. I'll probably drill a hole in the black eyes and insert an LED there.
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Bleach Stenciled T-Shirt on: September 11, 2008 11:54:23 PM
This is my first attempt at bleach stenciling a t-shirt. I cut out a piece of plastic in the shape of a squid, spritzed bleach all around the area I wanted, then sewed on some buttons for a little something extra. I did two rounds of bleach and moved the stencil ever so slightly, so the tentacles kinda got more washed out than I wanted. Next time I will put on less bleach so it doesn't bleed under the stencil, but also refrain from moving the stencil til I'm done.

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / doll joints? on: August 29, 2008 07:55:21 PM
I'm trying to learn more about doll and figure joints. Is there a place online that sells them/know how to make them?
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Puppet: Guild Wars Moa Chick on: August 27, 2008 09:30:54 PM

Lil' Moa Chick. I learned to sew from my friend Kristen this year. Setting out with my new found skills I wanted to try making a puppet. This is my first attempt at puppet design and I think it turned out pretty well. Moa Chick is made out of faux fur, linen, felt, metal studs, velcro, large teddy bear eyes, and sculpey. The metal collars are all removable. If you shake him up and down a bit the little wings will make a cute flapping motion.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Griffin Thingy on: August 24, 2008 10:31:48 AM
I made a clay model of a naked griffin thingy. Since clay contains sulphur I sealed the model with crystal clear after I finished sculpting it out. A face coat of silicone was applied with a brush to the clay model and let to set for 24 hours. I added a super thick coat of silicone once the face coat was cured to add strength. Since the silicone was still thin enough to be flexible I made a mother mold for it out of plaster. Afterwards I popped out all of the clay from the original model, destroying it in the process. Washed out the silicone mold and let it dry completely. Because urethane is very sensitive to water you want to make sure the mold is 100% dry before casting. I cast my mold with urethane and then painted it with acrylics and a sponge. The eyes and beak have a 2 part epoxy on them to make them shiny. 2 part epoxy is nice because it self levels which makes a nice smooth surface for eyes. I'm in the process of making a wing accessory since I forgot to add them to the original sculpt.

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cheap n Easy Faux Stained Glass + tut on: August 23, 2008 10:35:50 PM

Materials used:
Hot Glue Gun
Black Hot Glue
Glass Paints
Thick Marker
Glass Marble

This is the marker drawing I did for the faux pattern that I traced over.

Here is my Charr faux piece all finished up. Black hot glue is used as leading. It sticks quite permanently to the plexiglass. I tried using that Gallery Glass stuff, but the colors droop over time and the leading doesn't stick to surfaces very well. Black hot glue is way cheaper and isn't gonna fall off my window...that is if I actually did this directly on the glass, which you totally could! I hot glued a glass marble in for the eye. It sticks really well in the hot glue. You could probably cover an entire piece in marbles and glue if you wanted. Smiley

I posted an instructable here:

This is so easy! I think I this piece probably cost me about five bucks to make. I did go out and buy a bulk bag of black hot glue and glass paint, which ended up totalling about 80 bucks. That is enough material for tons of these types of projects though.

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