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« on: July 04, 2006 10:40:50 AM »

I finished my costume and wore it to an evening show of POTC 2. It was my roommate's birthday, and my goal was to embarass her as much as possible. She wasn't, though.


This is my face.


The pirate medallion, front side.


The pirate medallion, back side.


A few assorted bobs and scarves for extra pirate fun.

In progress ...


The first 12, displayed on a Dasani flat.


Detail of one strand.

I ended up making about 30 dreads. They're made of 1 strand of Red Heart, random brown fun fur, and a strand of gold (and some brown) embroidery floss. It's the twisted cord method: take a strand (or many strands) of yarn about 4 times longer than you want the finished product to be, fold it (or them) in half over a finger or a knitting needle (or put it on the hook of a drop spindle), twist in one direction until it starts to double back on itself, then fold it in half and let it unwind a bit. The result should be a loose-ish cord. I slipped the loose ends of the cord through the loop that was on the needle/finger/spindle. I didn't need to knot them.

I threaded some beads on, to get the beaded dread effect. You can see that in this photo on the right, tucked behind my ear for some reason. It took a little trial and error to get it in the right place, but it wasn't difficult at all.

They're all safety-pinned to a nylon stocking on my head. (I bought a cheapo pack of three pairs of thigh-highs for $1 at Dollar General. I found the bandanna there, as well; it was also $1.)

The pirate medallion is made of polymer clay (Fimo), which I made at work on Friday before the show. I cut the round shape with the lid of my Burt's Bees lemon cuticle cream. It worked perfectly. The detail was done with a mechanical pencil and a paper clip; the latter worked much better. When I got home, I baked it at 200° for about 15 minutes, then painted it with acrylic paints after it cooled. I didn't have any gold, so I painted it an orangey yellow and did light layers of silver paint over that. After those dried, I did a quick layer of dark brown paint with a very soft brush, so that the paint would get into the crevices. I wiped it off the surface with moistened toilet paper, and it stayed in the crevices.

A few other photos are located under my Flickr tag yarrrn. I had lots of fun! I'm going to improve the costume for POTC 3 next summer ...
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2006 11:55:06 AM »

haha! yay!  Those are impressive!
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2006 11:35:42 PM »

these are super super awesome!

i'm so tempted to try to make myself some of these!
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2006 07:41:07 AM »

i'm so tempted to try to make myself some of these!

It's super easy I made the first twelve while watching a movie. (I think it was Star Wars VI.) I made a few more last night while playing poker. (They kept yelling at me to pay attention, so that's why I only made a few. They always just roll their eyes when I get crafty ... but then who would knit them HP-themed accessories?)

Glad you like them! (My high school-aged brothers even approved, so I think they're pretty great.)
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2006 09:52:59 AM »

that is so creative, xamonster! they look pretty real, too. much better than fake hair.
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2006 10:42:50 PM »

Those look great! How did you attach them to your head? I wanna see a pic of the whole outfit! Grin
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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2006 11:16:52 PM »

Those look so cool! You'll beat everyone else there with your pirate-y goodness
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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2006 07:29:51 PM »

those are great! Shocked but I must ask....what's the twisted chord method like?? Huh
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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2006 10:42:42 AM »

Updated photos and information can be found in the first post.  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2006 10:03:34 PM »

Very cool!  I like how the combination of fibers blended together.  I never would have thought of using yarn and embroidery floss to make a wig!  I'll have to remember that.  The medallion looks great too. 

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« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2006 12:20:55 AM »

Love it Grin  Especially the medallion.
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« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2006 06:33:57 AM »

Thanks for all the comments!

I think that, were I to do it again, I'd probably secure the dreads individually with some brown floss. And I'd probably use a hairnet instead of a nylon, as it might fit my head a touch better. Wink But being on a time crunch, safety pins and nylon were definitely a good choice. (The safety pins especially, so my mom could cover up my bald spots before I went out on the town.)

I walked down the street to my mom's house (we live six houses apart), in fact, so she could fancy me up with some liquid eyeliner. I ended up adding more, but it definitely helped. My mom's so great. (And so crafty!)
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« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2006 09:51:18 AM »

that looks awesome!
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« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2006 10:29:43 AM »

Great idea! and the medallion is brilliant! And just a thought... maybe for making other fake dreads someone could try felting them? i think that might make the texture better... but I love yours!
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« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2006 12:27:12 PM »

Great idea! and the medallion is brilliant! And just a thought... maybe for making other fake dreads someone could try felting them? i think that might make the texture better... but I love yours!

I would have done that, I think, if I had more time and brown wool. As I had neither of those but plenty of Red Heart, that's what I used. (Wool is hard to find in my hometown, and I didn't have a chance to drive to the wool ...)

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« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2006 06:29:33 AM »

wow... great job... cause you can never go wrong with pirate themed... well... anything! it's so funny, cause as soon as i saw that first picture, i was like, 'HEY, THERE'S THAT SCARF I WAS LOOKING FOR!!!' cause my grandma had sent me a bunch of those but i didn't know where she got 'em... dollar general, you say? grand. So anywho, your piratey goodness has saved the day. go you!
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