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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: The "uncruel" Trophy Rhino Head on: December 07, 2011 10:20:53 AM
Woah that's a lot of pattern pieces and looks like a lot of work! But it turned out super cute! <3
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Gothic Satin Ruched Skirt on: November 18, 2011 10:33:27 AM
Beautiful! Looks like liquid metal. Smiley
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Adam and Barbara Maitland from Beetlejuice on: November 15, 2011 09:36:01 AM
Thank y'all for being such sweethearts! <3

I posted some construction pictures on the original post if anyone is interested in doing this next year for Halloween. It was fun! But might I recommend a carved foam head, which won't weigh a bajillion pounds. (My neck is way more muscular now, though.)

Message me if you need any tips/tricks. Smiley

4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Walking Planter on: November 06, 2011 03:37:14 PM
Oh man. That would have scared the crap out of me as a kid! Smiley

(And now, too!)
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Adam and Barbara Maitland from Beetlejuice on: November 06, 2011 03:36:16 PM
Awww, thanks y'all! Smiley

Haha - no door ducking. We're pretty short, so even the masks didn't put us over 6 feet. We did keep whacking people to our immediate left and right with our snouts because we had zero peripheral vision. I will suffer through pretty much anything for Halloween.

Lots of people were inappropriate with Adam's nose, and lots of people took photos with me chomping their heads. Smiley

6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Adam and Barbara Maitland from Beetlejuice on: November 06, 2011 10:05:04 AM
I...I don't think we survived that crash.

My girlfriend and I were Adam and Barbara Maitland from Beetlejuice when they try to scare the Deetzes from their home. This has been something I've wanted to do FOREVER but had never been able to motivate someone else to my level of Halloween madness. Until this year!

The handmade portions are: the masks, the book (altered, new cover with linen printed "Handbook for the Recently Deceased" and side "Deceased"), the shirt (Colette Negroni pattern), the dress (refashioned from long sleeves and a 4X to an L with shorter sleeves and hemline), and the eyeballs. We worked on this for about 2 months in bits and pieces after work.

And we are in this Youtube video a minute in from the West Hollywood Halloween Carneval. It was insane there!

I posted more pictures of the creation process in my gallery if anyone is interested.  Smiley 

Materials used were: aluminum sculpture wire for the armature, screen door mesh (which is super sharp and pokey!), zip ties to hold to armature, paper mache with Elmer's glue and strips of news paper, drywall plaster (the kind that comes in a bag that you mix yourself with water - not the thick spackle in little jars), felt, sculpey for the teeth, a plastic glove stuffed with tin foil, spraypaint, mixed housepaint for the skin tones and stretch lines, lots of sandpaper, ping pong balls, cut up hair extensions, E6000, pantyhose and tears. My Barbara mask weighed 9 pounds and her Adam mask was 4.

I can't wait for next Halloween! I have no idea how I'm going to outdo this year's, and I'm kind of sad it's done and over. But I learned a whole heck of a lot building this (i.e., Paperclay is the devil and chunky and heavy. My mask is so huge because I had to cover the botched, un-sandable paperclay with a new layer of plaster to make it smooth  Angry )

Thank you for looking!  Cheesy Happy Halloween!



7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skulls 'n Roses Blouse (several pics) on: March 31, 2007 05:00:19 PM
This is very awesome! Smiley I love this print and I love all the little cute details you put into it. Yay!

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: THE BIG WINTER HOLIDAY GIFT THREAD!!!! on: November 26, 2006 04:29:58 PM
I'm jumping onto the band wagon a bit late, but I thought it might be good for me to actually make a list. Smiley

Mom: She's getting a few exotic frogs and a kimono sleeved shirt made from soft maroon jersey.

Dad: A small handmade photo album to take on the road with him since he is gone so often, a two-ball bowling bag since he's gotten back into league bowling.

Boyfriend of forever years: He's tough. He hates surprises and is always lurking, even if he says he's just "cleaning." Unfortunately, my manly gift making skills are limited to ties and boxer shorts, both of which he's been crafted a plenty. I'm thinking of breaking down and getting him an XBox360.

Best female friend: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104089.0 The one seam dress also made from the soft maroon jersey. Maybe a purse if I can find the time!

Best male friend: A tie and vest combo from the popular gray, black, and white skull fabric found in the quilting section of JoAnns!

Grandparents and assorted relatives: A mixture of small gifts from the http://www.metmuseum.org Metropolitan Museum of Art (check out the yearly angel and snowflake ornaments!), photo books from http://www.snapfish.com SnapFish, and Beehive kits from http://www.mercycorps.org/mercykits/927 MercyCorps/Hungersite

Now to get started on all of these!  Shocked

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: i couldn't let the back shirt or the anchor fabric go... and now i don't hav on: November 26, 2006 04:09:39 PM
This is very beautiful and unique! Smiley I have tons of old shirts that are too small for me, but that I wish I could use- good job on using your imagination!

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: leopard pinup dress! on: November 12, 2006 08:20:52 PM
That is super sexy! I'm absolutely certain that it is, indeed, a spotlight stealer. Smiley And, to echo previous comments, you are very beautiful!

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