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11  Photo Tutorial: Making fake skin for stitches, scars, etc. in Halloween Costumes by Jillie on: October 14, 2007 11:58:21 AM
I've been playing with liquid latex for my Halloween costume which is going to have rather elaborate makeup, so I thought I'd give a tut on what I learned so far.

You'll need some liquid latex (get it at just about any costume store, ask the clerk and they'll know what you're talking about), a makeup sponge, a mirror, concealer/foundation in your skin tone, and a needle/thread (optional, for doing stitches)

Dip the sponge in the latex and pick up a little.

Dab the latex onto the mirror to make a really thin layer.  You want it to be as even as possible

Here's the layer of latex on the mirror.  Mine didn't come out very even, you'll see why that's a bad thing later.

Wait for the latex to dry.  Or blow-dry it on low if you're impatient.

Continue dabbing on thin layers and drying until the latex is the thickness you want.  If you're making a scar, you can do thicker, less even layers to make it look ragged, or build up very gradually for one that looks more healed over and old.  If you're going to make stitches (or just some peely skin), you don't need it to be as thick, so just add layers until it's not transparent anymore.

Peel off the latex.  Try not to let the edges roll up on themselves.  If they do, you can trim them off with a pair of sharp scissors or a razor blade.

Apply a little bit of liquid latex directly to your skin and stick on the "skin".  Let it dry for a moment.
If you want the skin to be really smooth, stick it with the side that was on the mirror up.  If you want it to be rougher, stick it the other way.  I chose the rough way.

Add more latex to blend the edge of the fake skin into your real skin.  Then apply your concealer/foundation.  In the picture I only blended the top left edge.

CAREFULLY stick the needle through the "skin".  Don't sew through your arm.  It hurts.

Result!  Creepy!
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12  Re: A Cyberpunk Sort of Costume. Tips on makeup and costume appreciated. in Halloween Costumes by Jillie on: October 14, 2007 10:20:58 AM
Thought I'd update.

What have I been doing lately?

1.  Started paper-mache shell to cut the helmet out of:

2.  Disassembled some more glasses to get out the LEDs.

3.  Still trying to find wire to use.  I want coated electrical wire, but apparently that's impossible to find if I don't want a huge $200 spool.  I'll keep looking or come up with an alternative.

4.  Planned out the backpiece:
Wet-bend a piece of cardboard to the shape of my spine, let dry to shape, paper-mache to be 3 dimensional with a ridge going down the center.  Drill small holes for LEDs and use one of those Christmas strands (on a flash timer if possible).

5.  Planned out mask:

(going to be a huge pain in the rear to wear, but will look awesome.)

6.  Procured liquid lated for makeup effect.
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13  Re: Magknits Rainbow Socks KAL in Knitalongs by Jillie on: October 12, 2007 11:02:08 AM
I haven't started yet (still have to do the math for the size!), but I've looked at the pattern and  don't think the shortrows would have to be any different.

What yarn is everyone using (if you've already bought it)?  I got some Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Jeans:

It takes me forever to wind it into balls because I'm lazy.
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14  Re: I'm trying to be a good spinner! in Spinning: Completed Projects by Jillie on: October 09, 2007 08:12:03 PM
I managed to un-knot it for the most part and rip off the felted bits, and ended up with a good 21 yards of usable yarn!

Here is how it came out:

As you can see it's still really kinked up, so I wet it and hung it up with a weight at the end to straighten it out a bit.
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15  I'm trying to be a good spinner! in Spinning: Completed Projects by Jillie on: October 09, 2007 06:25:54 PM

So I spun my second full spindle of yarn the other day, and was really happy that I was doing better!  It seemed much more even than my first go.

But then... disaster!  When I was setting the twist, I think the water was too hot, and my pretty yarn tangled up and felted together.  I got a couple of yards of usable yarn (the loop on the bottom and a bit on the top, the middle is the messy bit), but the rest is a big knotty mess.  I might just keep felting it and see what it turns into.
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16  PostSecret Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Jillie on: October 09, 2007 06:21:37 PM
Got another one!

I thought I'd post the back too because it's got cereal on it!  (secret cereal?)  The slip of paper is covering up my address.
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17  PostSecret Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Jillie on: October 09, 2007 03:54:00 PM
I'm so sad this swap will be over soon!  All the more reason to have a 2nd round.

Here's one I got a few days ago:

My scanner isn't really working right and won't crop like it's supposed to, but here's a link so you can see it up bigger:

Thanks for this one.  My housemate and I giggled about it for a while... mostly because the girls look really alike and we thought they might be related (scandalous!).  Maybe we're too immature.   Cheesy

Also sorry to anyone who PMed me over the weekend to have their totals updated, I had some personal problems and couldn't get online until today.  They should all be right now.
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18  Re: The Art of Makeup in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by Jillie on: October 05, 2007 09:52:43 AM
No luck on the green makeup yet, I'm trying to get some MAC pigment on Ebay... we'll see how that works out.

But here's my everyday look!  Pictures are a bit blurry but you get the idea.

MAC Eyeshadow in Woodwinked (bronze) and Sweet Lust (pink), Loreal HIP eyeshadow in Flamboyant (purple), NYC Eye Pencil in purple, MAC foundation/blush, and cheap homemade lip gloss.
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19  Re: Show Off Your Hair! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Jillie on: October 05, 2007 09:46:33 AM
Got a new hair color last night!


Nice orangey-brown


Really dark red/brown, the color of my cherry furniture.

Also sometimes I just need a dress-like-a-mod-boy day.  Y'know?
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20  Re: The Art of Makeup in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by Jillie on: September 29, 2007 05:18:49 PM
Is that the gold eyeshadow that comes with the bright purple?  I love that one!

My friend and I use it for football games...

If only HIP made a dark green!  The only greens they have are yellowish or bluish/teal.  They do have a dark green stick but it's $10 and tiny.  Not worth it for me.  And the green makeup I already have is a creme, which I don't really like because the gold powder sticks in it instead of blending.

Does anyone know of a good green?  Similar to the color of our shirts in the picture.
MAC has one called Humid but it's $14 for just one color.  Too much for my student budget.
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