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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bomber jacket pattern on: April 08, 2011 06:45:17 PM

Thank you so much! I think that will be a great starting point.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bomber jacket pattern on: April 08, 2011 06:44:31 PM
That jacket would be super awesome. I'm too unsure of myself to venture into making a jacket, though. I do LOVE MCR, though!

It will be my first jacket so I'm definitely going to take it slow! It's going to be my Dragon*Con costume, so if I start now I (should) have plenty of time.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Bomber jacket pattern on: April 07, 2011 07:45:08 PM
I'm looking for a bomber jacket pattern or anything else that would be a good starting point for this jacket:

I don't have much experience altering patterns, so the closer the better.

Any help would be much appreciated!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Killjoys, make some noise! on: November 02, 2010 02:15:24 PM
My Chemical Romance is releasing a new album set in a sort of dystopian world, and they asked fans to come up with Halloween costumes that fit that world. I'm loving their new look, which is one reason I jumped at the chance, but even MORE important than the primary colors and rayguns is the fact that Becky Cloonan, my very favorite comic artist, will be drawing the comic of the same name and universe (releasing in 2011! new year, come quick!).

Here's my take:

I bought a cheap jacket at Nordstrom Rack--faux leather, but it looks and feels pretty realistic. I'd had my eye on a red jacket at a local vintage shop, but it was sold by the time I went back to the store. The red boots are leftover from a punk costume I did years ago, and the guns and glasses started their lives as Nerf equipment. I chopped the fingertips and wrist part off the gloves. Then came the spraypaint. I masked everything out with (one and a half rolls of) painter's tape and newspaper.

Here you can see the back of the jacket, which I like a lot more than the front.

And a close up of my various accessories. The zine cover is made of fused plastic bags, the water bottle is one of those cool aluminum Coke bottles.

I had a lot of fun making and wearing this--primary colors FTW!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / thoughts on what material this is? on: October 12, 2010 01:30:45 PM
I want to make a similar coat and was wondering what material this is:

I think it's some sort of fake leather, but which one?
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: weeping angel costume on: April 27, 2010 12:49:46 PM
Here's a tutorial from someone who's made the costume:

what are you going to use it for? I'm sort of planning on doing this for DragonCon, and it would be awesome to talk with people about the process.
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Learn to spin in 2010 on: January 15, 2010 05:24:07 PM
I would!
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / sea monster linocut progress shots and some linocut tips on: December 14, 2009 12:12:52 AM
So I already posted some pictures of the finished print in my last post, but I just found all these WIP shots I took and thought they deserved a thread of their own.

To prepare my linoleum I sanded it with a very fine grade of sandpaper to get rid of any tiny nicks and to take the sharpness off the edges so they wouldn't cut the felts on the press. I then stained it with a mixture of etching inks and mineral spirits so there'd be a larger contrast between areas I'd cut away and areas I hadn't. I used red--it gives just the barest tinge of color to the block.

My original drawing. You can see I didn't take the time to fully plan it out before I started printing, which caused me some headaches later on!

And the back of the drawing, where I traced the image using a light table once I remembered my image would be reversed when printed.

The missing steps here are of me tracing the drawing yet again with a transfer sheet between it and my linoleum, and then going over parts of that drawing with marker so it showed up better/didn't smear, and so that I wouldn't get confused about what I was supposed to carve away and what was supposed to stay.

I've just started carving my plate here--you can see I got lazy about filling in with markers.

An action shot of my bench hook, which keeps the block from sliding away while you're carving, and all of my tools. I had a Speedball tool and a fancy German tool. I used my Speedball most, because it had the smallest and sharpest tip, but the German tool was pretty nice.

A later shot of my plate. I used a wide-tipped marker (in this case, a Prismacolor) to lightly go over the plate in areas after I carved so I could see where ink would go and adjust as necessary.

And a picture of the resultant print.

ETA: I meant to put that if anyone has any questions about the process, feel free to ask!
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: prints from my survey course [super img heavy] on: December 12, 2009 01:15:24 PM
thanks, everyone! The ship & octopus is my favorite after the etching, and it's certainly easier to print!

just-fee, I put some of them into a print sale we had last night. I'm not sure about the rest--they're probably destined to be gifts or portfolio pieces.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Bedroom modification on: December 12, 2009 01:12:18 PM
this looks amazing! I can't wait to have somewhere I can put a mural, but dorms are unfortunately very much against it.
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