Monday, February 28, 2011

Birthday Cake Plushie

This was a present for a friend, I made an everlasting birthday cake for her.  Although I couldn't get the number of candles correct it was still both both cuter this way and I dont think my friend wanted to be reminded how old she was turning.





Tip:  If using glue instead of sewing, try to find a glue that dries soft.  Don't use hot glue, because when it dries you will be able to feel clumps when  squishing and hugging your cute little stuffie

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Note Heart Graphic

I was trying to make a heart shape for a project using circles and curved lines for an outline.  And accidentally landed on this in the process to my future creation. I thought this simple design was pretty cute so it's made it to it's own piece.  I gave it a lot of white space to play with the layout.



Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Cake-Shaped Card Box

A handcrafted touch adds a bit of personality and customization to a wedding! Even if you aren't getting married until the summer, you can start working on crafts MONTHS ahead of time as you prepare for the big day!

One thing every bride needs is a big box for all of those cards (which might contain money or gift cards) that guests bring to your ceremony and/or reception. You don't want to risk someone running off with it either, so what's better than something big and eye-catching?


This is a card box shaped like a wedding cake!

This craft project is really easy! You need:
  • One set of stacking hat boxes
  • Box cutter or sharp craft knife
  • Acrylic paint (cream or white)
  • 1.5-2" organza and/or satin ribbon in your wedding color(s)
  • Hot glue & a glue gun

Stack up your hat boxes and cut big round holes in the tops/bottoms where the boxes connect so the whole thing is hollow. Add a slot on top for the cards to go through. Paint them and glue them together, then decorate with ribbon to make it look more like a tiered cake.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Cosplay Progress - Final Fantasy XIII-2 Lightning Wing 0.3



Today we'll be focusing on the feather skirt on the left side of Lightning.  I dont know what to call it, I thought of it as a wing, but a girl on DeviantArt referred to it as a feather skirt which sounds more appropriate.  This project ended up turning out a lot better than I assumed it would and costed less than I assumed.  I bought $25 in feathers and ended up only using 2/3s of it.


Ingredients
  1. A Few Large Trimmed Feathers
  2. A Few More Media Trimmed Feathers
  3. A Lot More Small Trimmed Feathers
  4. A Lot More Small Fluffy *cheap* Feathers
  5. Buckram or some other stiff white fabric. We don't want a flimsy fabric or else it won't keep it's shape, but we dont want stiff material because it should still flow a little in the wind as you walk.  Another alternative would be craft foam.  Honestly I used Buckram just because it's light, white, and just sitting in front of my face while I was thinking about this project.
  6. Hot Glue

1)      Cut out a piece of buckram in the shape of an outline of the wing.  It will serve as the backing for the wing, and we will be trimming it later
2)      We want a single feather to be our tip, start with one large feather and lay it pointing out of the bottom tip of the wing, remember that the buckram is serving as our outline so stay inside the lines.
3)      Glue the tip of the bone to the buckram.  We want to limit how much glue we use for several reasons.  A) more glue means more weight which adds no value.  B) more glue down the bone means less freedom for it to shift in the wind.
4)      From there we continue moving up arranging and gluing the large feathers. Follow these arrangement guidelines.
a.       The bone tip should be near the vertical center of the buckram.  Never glue near the edge of the buckram.
b.      Arrange the feathers in different angles but all pointing down (South, Southeast, or Southwest).  Making them all parallel will make it look too manicured. 
c.       Don’t put them all in a row, vary the vertical and horizontal placement of the feathers


5)      Once you’re done with the large feathers you can begin mixing feathers.  Start off my covering a horizontal area* with the fluffy feathers to completely cover up the buckram.  Keep the same guidelines as above, especially not gluing to the edge of the buckram.


*Only do one horizontal area at a time so you can layer the feathers on top of each other as you continue up.
  
6)      Lay a few of the trimmed feathers on top of the fluffy feathers.  You can mix the medium and small feathers, or you can use the medium first and the smaller ones up north.  Up to you.
7)      Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you’ve reached the top.  Because the top line is covered up my the belt for lightning you can skip this step, but I’ll include it for anyone who’s making a wing for other projects. Cover the top row with fluffy feathers.  In this case they should point to all different direction and glue up and past the edge.  The fluffy feathers should use one another to try to cover up their bones.


8)      Now you’re complete with one side of the wing.  Time to start trimming.  We want to trim off as much of the “boarder” of the buckram so that the feathers on the edge are hanging off.  I try to cut off as close to any glued spots as possible. 

Depending on your project you may not need a back, or you may need to only fill up a portion of the back, or may need to fill up all.  Just remember to think about your cosplay being viewed from all angles of a sphere.  In the case of Lightning, pieces of the inner side of the wing will be visible as I walk, so I do want to cover it up. 

9)      I usually more of the nicer feathers for the front and save more of the cheaper feathers for the back since they won’t be viewed as often.  From here you repeat steps 4-7 again. 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Now On FACEBOOK

We're now on Facebok.  This way you can get updates of our postings via that most popular social networking site. 

We need 25 likes to get a username.  I dont know what that means but I'm curious to find out. So go check us out on Facebook and Like our Page.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Venetian Sky Wire Mask


Using this mask as a guiding point I just started wrapping a bunch of wire into the shape of a mask.  It's a good first attempt.

Materials:  Wire, Ribbon, Beads (optional)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Special Occasion Capelet

I had a winter wedding to go to on Sunday at church, a great new dress, and nothing to wear with it to keep me warm (and conservative). Oh noes!  Instead of panicking, I decided to make a little capelet to go with my dress.

Voila! A capelet. Or mini-cloak, whichever you prefer.
Why a capelet? Well for one, it has no armholes, which means less sewing and patterning time required.  I started this project by sketching for 5-10 minutes on Thursday night, brainstorming ideas of what it could look like and what silhouette might work best with a mermaid-style dress.

doodling ideas... during Bible study (shhh!)
 After sketching various concepts for shrugs and shawls, I decided to go with something simple. After all, the only time I had to actually work on it would be Saturday.


Fortunately I already had a Butterick cape pattern from several years ago when I made a Star Wars handmaiden costume. I traced the FRONT and BACK pieces onto some muslin to use as a new pattern, but cropped the pattern off at the waistline because I didn't want a full-length gothic cloak. Then I draped the pattern on my dressform and re-drew the bottom hem line, deciding that I wanted it to be at the waistline at the back, but higher at the front, just under the bust.

Next I traced the pattern onto the fabric and the lining, using purple velveteen fabric that I already had (I bought it on sale years ago, intending to make a coat out of it). Leftover satin from my Warcraft Priest costume turned out to be excellent lining fabric. I sewed the lining pieces together, sewed the fabric pieces together, then sewed the fabric to the lining to make the cloak.

Lastly I needed some kind of clasp. I didn't have a chain or clasp that would work, and no time to drive to the craft store. So I took some extra fabric and made a nifty little flap with a button hole, and sewed on a couple of spare buttons I had in my button box.


In all this project took about 5 hours to complete. It was a fun weekend project, very straight-forward and easy to make!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cosplay Progress - Final Fantasy XIII-2 Lightning Belt 0.2


So the first thing I focused on for my XIII-2 Lightning cosplay was the belt.  I thought it was a good starting project to test to see if I would have the skills to continue to make the armour. 


Ingrediants
  • Craft Foam,
  • Round Gems
  • Brown Vinyl
  • Sewing elastic
  • Gold Paint
  • Two different coloUrs of metallic GrAy spray paint 


  1. I started off by cuting out the shapes out of craft foam; created the curves by heating the pieces with an iron and letting them cool in shape.
  2. Then I  glued on these Mini Round Gems for the studs found all over Lightning's armour.
  3. Spray paint the pieces with the metallic gray paint.  This will give the armour some depth because of the shadowing.
  4.  
  5.  Basically the same thing for the gold pieces for the tails of the belt.
  6. I cut some strips of vinyl for the tails and glued everything together with E6000 (super glue).  The clips ensure that the craft foam and the vinyl stay together as the glue dries since the craft foam doesn't lay flat.
  7. I glued the front and side panels of the belt together with hot glue, but for the back pieces I attached it with sewing elastic.  This is so I can climb into the belt by stretching it out like stretch pants, but it will shrink back a more slim size.
Here's the finished product so far.

There is still some adjustments I need/should make but will do based on time
  • The front will be secured with a hook to the top armour so it will stay up, but the back sags a bit.  I will glue a safety pin so I can secure it to the back of my shirt at a higher level
  • I made the side panels too large which made the overall belt too large.  It's not slimming as it should be, but I rather spend my time on finishing the whole cosplay than to fix a piece that most people wouldn't even know was incorrect.  The fix this would just be to resize some pieces.



Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cupcakes with Heart

Everyone loves cupcakes!

But no one likes writing mushy valentines to everyone they know, right? So what's the solution? Make cupcakes instead! Even without words, they say Happy Valentine's Day to someone you care about and can be as romantic OR platonic as you want them to be.



For these cupcakes I bought the mix, wrappers and heart toothpicks from Target, and just... put them together. Ta da! ZERO creativity required.

If you have more time on your hands and want to get fancy you can always (1) make frosting and cake from scratch, and/or (2) buy some toothpicks and design your own paper toppers based on whatever special occasion you need the cupcakes for!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Inspiration - Characterized Gaming Consoles Part II

So previously we had posted Xbox Consoles that have been done up to be characterized as popular video games
Inspiration - Characterized Gaming Consoles

This is round two.  Not as 3D glamours but still a fun way to doll up your consoles.  These have all been inspired by Japanese Icons


DomoKun - A Television station mascot in Japan



Hello Kitty, if you don't know who she is you must live in a hole.

Keroro - A popular anime character

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Sparkly Peter Pan Tricorne

This is the first hat I've made from scratch, including the frame.  I fell in love with a Tricorne hat I found on the head of a steampunk cosplayer at SteamCon.


So I liked how real tricornes have the bowl shape curve for the head instead of those ~cheaters~ who make the middle stick out like a top hat.  I was able to get this shape by molding the buckram in a bowl and letting it dry.  Buckram is covered in starch and can be stretched and shaped wet and will stiffen in that shape when dried.  Or course being me it had to be a mini hat :)



This was definately a lot of *firsts* in this project.  It was the first time I used fabric glue.  I didn't want to stitch on the trim, just cause it makes it look less magical.  So I tried fabric glue.  Wow I'm impressed at how well it worked.



Being my first time and expecting to fail I used fabric scrapes; because the hat ended up turning out better than I expected I was now stuck with this sparkly green hat (Previously used for a TinkerBell costume).  Um how to make this less flamboyant and more cool.  Looking online at some other tricornes I noticed a lot of them used feathers.  So adding some red feathers, and oh a pirate sword, and that's how I got my Peter Pan theme.  Pretty cool huh?


When I started I said I was going to judge my success based on how much I wanted to make a second hat after I was done.  Like I said, I expected the first one to be a failure, but if I learned enough to make a better second one than that's considered a success.The fact that my first hat came out great means I met beyond my expectation. ~SCORE~