Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cosplay Progress - Final Fantasy XIII-2 Serah Farron, Gloves 0.2

[observations]  Let's see what we see.  For Serah's Gloves, they are Grey, have bands of black and chunks of Yellow, and little past the cuff.  Serah also seems to be wearing a pink sleeve (same color as her dress) under her gloves.

Easy to start when you get a $3 pair of Leather Gardening Gloves at the local hardware store.  They aren't quite the right size for me, but $3s is cheaper and more accurate than making my own.  It's cosplay, just go with it. 

As for the Black and Yellow pieces, I could go and get dyed leather or other fabrics, but let's make this easy.  It just needs to look good in photos and not fall apart as i run around playing.  Craft Foam we use!  Cut out the shapes and glue them onto the leather gloves with hot glue, oh yes we will not be able to salvage this glove to it's original state (but who cares it was just $3).  Ok I also made a mistake and my yellow/black pieces ended up being too large to correctly match the character's design, but I didn't realize until after I glued it to the glove.  Once again, it's just cosplay, go with it.

So I made cuffs, aka arm warmers, aka sleeves, using extra material from my dress.  It's basically a tube that is slightly smaller than my wrist.  Since it's stretchy fabric, it conforms pretty comfortably. 

Finished product.  it's not accurate, but if people notice and judge, than they know the character a little toooooooo well.

Aww I forgot, I want to also make the extra black lines by going over those existing orange lines with a sharpie. 

Monday, November 28, 2011



Happy post American Black Friday shopping day, and moving on to a new tradition of Online Shopping Sales.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fairy Tale Hair Clips

One of my first post talks about using wire stars as a base. Star Lock Key Chain and Bag Clips  Here is a second look into using these wire stars again.


  • Glue a wire star onto a Hair Clip 

  • Glue an ornament on the middle of the star

  • Simple and Cute.

     The trick is just mixing 2 or 3 unrelated elements that have a common feel (in this case "cute)

    Combination suggestions:
    • Pink and a Crown for a princess
    • Gold Sparkles and Coins for a night at the casino
    • Red and Rubies for a Wizard of Oz movie night
    • Green and Presents for Christmas Party
    • White and Black Music Notes for a Piano Concert

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    Crafting a Novel in 30 Days

    November is half over and you're thinking "Wait! Where did Ava go?"

    Well, I've been absorbed in a little thing called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writer's Month). It's where you write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, beginning Halloween night at midnight and ending at 11:59 PM on November 30th.

    I can totally do this.

    Unfortunately my crafting is taking a back seat. BUT the month is half over and I've surpassed the halfway mark of 25,000 words! Yay.

    In other news, I did not win the League of Legends costume contest, but I got a nice email saying they really liked my Riven costume... and mentioned some other secret stuff I am not allowed to divulge. (Really, they said I had to keep it a secret so I can't tell you). Apparently there were over 350 costume entries. Wow. O_o

    Now I just need to add straps to all of the armor so I can actually wear it while moving. Heh. Then I can wear it to PAX Prime 2012!

    Monday, November 14, 2011

    Using the Yudu without the Yudu

    So I bought the Yudu Screenprinting machine cause wouldn't it be amazing to make silk screen prints at home?  Well I bought at a crazy sale, but returned the thing because it was MASSIVE.  I didn't feel like taking up a quarter of my closet just to store the thing. 

    I little while later I was tasked to make some family vacation shirts, which means I've got a screen printing project on my hands.  Is there way I could still make some Yudu silk screens without having to buy that giant devices.  I have done a few tries and figured out how to make these without owning the device.  Please read tutorials before attempting this, my comments are purely supplimentary suggestions to provide extra insight.

    Yudu instruction:  wet the screens and put on the emultion scrapping out the "spider webs" with the yudu squeegie:

    SmallRiniLady's tip:  instead of scrapping the emultion to get rid of the spiderwebs, wet the underside of the screen with a wet paper towel.  Getting it wet will be it to stick to the screen

    Yudu instruction:  let it dry in the drying tray, dries in pitch black to avoid the UV lights, and with Fans.

    SmallRiniLady's tip:  Who needs a specially blacked out tray?  I just stuffed it under the bed and let it dry over night.

    Yudu instruction:  Burn the emultion screens in the UV tray which is timed to 8 minutes.

    SmallRiniLady's tip:  In the brightest sun, lay the tray out for 8 minutes. 

    There are some glithes I still had trouble with, because the sun came down from an angle, some of my lines came out slightly blurry.  Remember I'm being cheap by not owning the device, hopefully the real deal comes out with better results. 

    Yudu instruction:  wash the unburned emultion off

    SmallRiniLady's tip:  um pretty much no difference but don't scrap with your fingernails, it will tear the emusion.

    Yudu instruction:  pour the paint on the screen and scrap with the yudu squeegie

    SmallRiniLady's tip:  screw the squeegie, a plastic card (maybe an old credit card) works just as good and saves the pocket book $15.  Also use the paint on the non emultion facing side of the silk screen (which means the photo should be burned negative, explainations why below)

    Now for additional review comments.
    The Yudu screens make great silk screen prints . . . the first 5 times if you follow the the Yudu instructions and scrap on the emultion.  This is because the emultion although solid, is still soft and will break down as it is scrapped.  I did notice that if you scrap on the silk side with the emultion side facing your cloth/paper than less scrapping action leads to the deteroation of the emution print to be slowed down.
    Bottom left:  First run through the silk screen
    Top:  After 20 runs, the lines are getting blurry or jagged
    Bottom right: After the 23rd run, I flipped the screen to try, looks like it worked much better, unfortunatly since I didn't plan for it, my image is mirrored (which doesn't work well with things like text)

    Thursday, November 10, 2011

    Pumpkin Pie (Fixed itself)

    I tried to make a store bought frozen pumpkin pie for thanksgiving one year. Something happened though. While I was traveling to my mom's place (2 hour drive away) it had melted.  And when I put it back into the freezer, I didn't know all the pie inside has spilled all over inside the box.  When I took out of the box I had to scope out the overflowed pieces and pile them onto the pie.

    But look how it turned out.  It's like magic

    Monday, November 7, 2011

    Mini Pan Am

    So recently I posted about some Pan Am hats I've been making lately, but remember.  I have a thing for miniatures.

    ~giggle so guess what I did!

    I made a miniature version of the Pan Am hat.  And it's worn with an hair elastic,  giggle, ok so I use elastics for pants, but whatever it gets the job done. 

    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    Impromptu Kanzashi Hair Comb

    Kanzashi Flowers are a Japanese process of using fabric squares to make flowers, often used for weddings.  Kanzashi flowers are always great way to use up fabric scraps. 

    I did this project in about 15 minutes before work one day.

    Here I'm starting with some squares I cut from the scraps of my Halloween costume

    Fold Once, into a triangle

    Fold Twice, into a smaller triangle

    Fold Three, into an even smaller triangle, and vola a flower petal

    Glue down 4 onto a hair comb

    YAY, cute new Hair comb.

    Ok there's still a little bit of work I need to do on it.  Can still see the metal on the hair comb, and it has problems staying in the hair in loose hair.  But I'm sure with a little bit more time and more creativity this project can be refined to a wonderful product