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1  Doctor Who Empty Child zombie in Halloween Costumes by volcano on: November 01, 2009 01:29:47 AM
I finished (and wore) my costume and I was so pleased, I had to share.  I didn't make a lot of the costume (I bought the dress - I knew I wouldn't have the time to do it properly), but I was fairly chuffed with the end result.  I was a plague victim from the Empty Child in Doctor Who.  I showed the mask earlier and some people requested to finished costume.  I didn't have any full body shots because I've lost a rather important bit of my tripod, but there's really nothing of interest going on below the waist anyway.  I wanted a nerdy costume that could be scary but could also be cute and would stand on it's own (40's lady!) to people who don't watch Doctor Who.  I think it worked, though my Starbuck costume last year was much easier to wear. 

I was particularly proud of my hair since my actual hair is way past my shoulders and is so straight and slippery that it generally refuses to hold curl or style.  I set it with hot sticks and rolled the victory rolls around rats, pinned the back under, then shellacked everything with a coat of hairspray.  It held really well, especially considering all the on and off of the mask.

And of course, the whole plague starts with a scar on the back of your hand - latex appliance, foundation, and lipstick blended.

And who might that handsome gentleman be in my locket?  Why, it's an attractive American soldier I've been shagging!  He's very open minded when it comes to, er, dancing.  The locket is from a local vintage shop.

The only disappointment was that I never found my toy sonic screwdriver.  I think it's lost in the abyss that is my office. 
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2  Re: Doctor Who Empty Child gas mask mod in Halloween Costumes by volcano on: October 11, 2009 02:18:44 PM
Maybe you should have saved this for the challenge?
I probably still could enter it, but not very much of my costume is handmade, so it doesn't seem in the spirit to enter it alongside the awesome costumes made from scratch. 

I just wish that there was a good, do-able costume for Torchwood!
If you had a whole group, you could all dress in school uniforms and declare "We are coming" all night.  But you're right - TW doesn't have very many good costumes since it's a lot of CG and pretty people in trendy clothes. 

This is far and away the best Doctor Who costume I've ever seen:

Some more http://community.livejournal.com/dw_cosplay/130390.html

I had nothing to do with this costume.  I just love it so much, I want to spread its awesomeness to all corners of the internet. 
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3  Doctor Who Empty Child gas mask mod in Halloween Costumes by volcano on: October 10, 2009 07:18:04 PM

I'm being somebody who caught Empty Child plague for Halloween.  I have a cool 40s dress and shoes and am going to do my hair in victory rolls.  Scar on the hand, gas mask, good to go.  I bought an Israeli surplus gasmask for about twenty bucks.  It originally looked like this:

It's not a perfect match by any means, but I did want it to look more like the original mask.  Here's what it's supposed to look like:

I used the bottoms of soda cans for the eyes, foam and a plastic bottle for the filter, and blacked out the eyes with old pantyhose.  I'll post a photo of the whole costume after Halloween, but since I bought the dress it doesn't really belong here.  I'm super psyched for all the creepy "Are you my mummy?"-ing I plan to do. 
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4  Vintage Travel Posters and Banned Books Bracelets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by volcano on: August 22, 2009 08:01:54 PM
I just finished these bracelets and wanted to share!

This one is vintage Spain travel posters:

This one is covers of books from the most frequently challenged (banned) book list:

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5  London Eye Triptych in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by volcano on: July 31, 2008 02:04:31 PM
I just put a bunch of wall hangings in the interior design forum, but I put a lot of work into these on their own so I thought they deserved a post in here.  Anyway, I did a triptych of London Eye silhouettes.  I'm obsessed with UK culture, but figured my collection of tube tickets and Doctor Who figures didn't really belong in the living room.  So I bought three 36" inch square canvases and painted them with black acrylic.  I used Rasterbator to help get the scale right. 

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6  Various wall art in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by volcano on: July 30, 2008 01:22:22 PM
My landlords are super uptight and actually specified in my contract that I could only make two nail holes per room.  I cheated and put three in the living because I figure if I average two per room, I'm still safe.  And I count the stair landing as a room.  As a result, I've worked up a couple of very large projects.  

The first (and my favorite) is a triptych of the London Eye.  I have a slight obsession with things British.  They're each 36x36 inches and painted with black acrylic.  I used Rasterbator to help get the scale right.


My office / craft disaster room has two things.  The first is just a huge collection of photos, postcards, and ticket stubs I've come across in my travels.  They're masking-taped to the wall.

The second is a huge U.S. map I bought from a school supply store.  I put it in a frame I already had and I use it to track my Etsy sales.  It got accidentally steamed one day and the paper rippled, but it still works for its purpose.

In my bedroom are two huge prints of some photos my dad took at Pike Street Market.  They're in some cheap frames from Ikea.

Thanks for looking!
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7  Re: Keep alive the beehive in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by volcano on: July 29, 2008 07:23:25 PM
I LOVE a beehive, if only because one of my greatest goals is to become Patsy Stone.  When I do a hive, I usually keep it small.  Backcombing is murder on my fine hair, so I got a large kitchen sponge and cut a hive-y shape out of it.  I build my hair around that, which takes a lot less backcombing and a lot less time.  I usually keep it pretty small, sort of like Rose Tyler in Doctor Who / Idiot's Lantern.  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/gallery/s2_07gallery/800/rose_doc.jpg). 

Here's a pic, though it's one of my first and was done without the sponge, so it's not as smooth.

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8  Plant waterers in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by volcano on: April 07, 2008 07:36:55 PM
I was watching TV and saw an ad for these:

The principle seemed like it would be simple to duplicate, so I bought some bottle pourers and a piece of narrow PVC pipe.  I have a collection of cool bottles that I thought I could use

I cut off two lengths of pipe and drilled holes up and down the length.  Then I closed off the equalization straw for the pourer and hot glued the pourers inside the spout.  

Then stab the stake down into the plant pot until all the holes are covered, fill the bottle, and stick it on.  Done!  None of my plants have died yet, so I'm tentatively calling this one a success.  


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9  First t-shirt resize in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by volcano on: April 07, 2008 07:20:38 PM
Hellos.  This is my first t-shirt resize, so all things considered, I think it turned out pretty well.  I'm pretty boring, so I just trimmed it down, brought in the shoulder, and cut a V-neck.



Now I can no longer blame my hips on the t-shirt.  Blame now falls to the pants.
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10  Re: Retro-style flower hat (photo heavy) in CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES by volcano on: April 02, 2008 08:07:46 PM
Per request, here are some photos of the underside, which isn't as pretty as the top.  This is what makes it worthy of the name Frankenhat.

Here's the cut end

Bobby pins go through the little green rings (which were the store hangers for the garlands).  It's tricky to pin on, so I've added a comb that you can see in the picture, but isn't part of the actual submission.
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