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1  Crochet Nyan Cat scarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by Maulix on: April 20, 2012 10:56:53 PM
For my daughter's 13th birthday comes my 4th crochet project, the nyan cat scarf. I made a serious research for patterns, but ended up empty handed since I can't buy online because my credit card is on pause right now, so what's a girl to do but search everywhere and put together a couple of on-line tutorials and patterns I found. I'm pretty much a beginner, so the scarf does have quite a bunch of flaws, but I loved it overall... and my daughter did too.

I had the idea of making the cat's poptart a bag to store an ipod or a cell phone, so the tail end of the body is open; I'm still not sure about what to use to close it:  I might use a button or velcro. The yarn is what's called worsted weight yarn, so the poptart kitty is a bit heavy and drops head down, so I solved this problem by glueing and sewing a hair clip to the back of the body to clip it to a jacket or sweater.

It's not a complex project and I'm sure someone with crochet expertise would crochet this scarf with its eyes closed, but for me it took quite a bit because I'm a stubborn perfectionist self-learner and I can't even sleep knowing the scarf had this or that flaw, so I re-did some parts quite a few times until it was pretty. The one thing I didn't like were the eyes. These are average black buttons instead of pretty plushie eyes I did see on the internet. Sadly, couldn't find any except those ugly google eyes. Meh.

So anyway, the rainbow scarf was taken from this ripple tutorial:

The poptart part was slightly modified from this one:

The kitty itself was taken from various tutorials on amigurumi basics.

Critiques and comments, welcome. Thanks for looking.

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2  Lego Buzz Lightyear Costume in Halloween Costumes by Maulix on: October 31, 2011 12:53:14 AM
For this year, I made my 18 month-old little dude a Lego Buzz Lightyear costume. I followed a couple of tutorials I found on the internet to build the body, but had to modify the helmet due to the original material listed was too heavy for a tot, so I used thick cardboard instead. The helmet is a cardboard cylinder with foam circles on top. The body is a modified cardboard diaper box. I used LOADS of masking tape and inicially tried to use spray paint, but had to change to acrylic paints because I didn't find in time a tutorial on how to prime cardboard, so you can tell the difference between spray paint (looks shinny) and acrylic (looks opaque). Overall, I liked it. I would change a few things if I had more time, but this year it will have to stay this way.

It wasn't that time consuming, except waiting for the paint to fully dry and a few modifications I had to make along the way, but overall it's an easy costume anyone can make. My toddler is too impatient and active to pull the whole lego costume off, so I decided on the upper body and head only. Too bad he had a nasty claustrophobic meltdown inside it, so I'm not sure he will let me dress him up for Halloween. Anyway, here it is. Hope you like it.

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3  Re: 2008 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go here!) in Halloween Costumes by Maulix on: November 01, 2008 11:20:46 AM
My daughter asked me to build a Tomas (The Orphanage) costume for her so here it is. The mask is our favourite. Thanks for looking!.

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4  Tomas from the Orphanage costume in Halloween Costumes by Maulix on: October 28, 2008 09:23:03 PM
This year my daughter asked for a Tomas costume, from the movie The Orphanage. She liked the movie so much, she even asked for the costume as a Christmas present. So.. I made one for her for this year's Halloween. I went on a thrift shopping spree to reconstruct the vintage orphanage uniform, but I had no luck. The shirt is a flowery dress and I wasn't able to dye gray properly, as anyone can notice.. but the shoes were a true find!. The mask was hand-made from an old blanket I found. I wanted the mask to look as much as the original as possible, so I worked hard on it. Distressing it was a pain in the back, I can tell you that. Anyway, thanks for looking and all comments welcome.

P.S. Truth be told, I wasn't able to find high-resolution pictures of Tomas on the net. I had to work with the either really small images I found or the trully low-resolution ones.

The original Tomas:

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5  Zero from Nightmare Before Christmas in Halloween Costumes by Maulix on: July 10, 2006 02:59:48 AM
This is my very first post, so I hope it's worthy. This is the Zero prop I did last year. It took me a few days to finish and I was sort of pleased with the result.

To make this prop I first used a foam ball and some wire to make the snout. Once I was pleased with the snout length, I used flour-water papier-crepe glue and shredded newspapers to make it look 3D.  

I first tried to make the whole facial features out of papier crepe.. but it was a messy failure so I used sculpting clay instead. Once dried I painted it white with acrylic paints then painted the eyes. The ears are wires covered with newspaper and painted white. The body was basically a ribcage made with wire and covered with a white sheet and the little pumpkin nose is a pumpkin party favor I found at a thrift store. I wanted it to have a nifty light inside, but I couldn't found such a small lamp to fit properly.

I failed in the support, because the stick I used to make Zero "float" was very thin and the head was way too heavy so I had to tie the stick to a large brick! Eventually I had to use that tombestone to cover the mess.

I didn't take pictures of the various construction stages and I sold the prop a few days after halloween... but if anyone is interested in a detailed tutorial I'll either make another one or use photoshop to make the graphics. I hope you like my prop and it's nifty enough to inspire you to make one yourself.  Kiss
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