Monday, February 27, 2012

Giant PINK Bow

I was working on some lolita outfits for me and a friend to dress up in. I made a dress with this pink material and made a matching bow with the extra material. It's HUGE, which helps make the person look all the more childish, hence the lolita look.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Hello Kitty Bow Using Perler Beads

Retro Perler Beads (aka Melty Beads) are coming back into into geeky fashion.  Now that I'm older and I can get past the fasination that it melts together woot, but now am more interested in making more retro looking art such as Pixel Art!

I worked on making an outline for a Bow in some punkish coloUrs of Red and Black.  I work on making an outline first on the grid (it's got lots of pegs to hold the perler beads in place) and then I go fill in the main coloUr.  Yeah Yeah the picture isn't of the outline because I acidently knocked into it and half my piece came crashing off.

Here's the finished design.  Making your own pattern?  Best to think of the design you want in pixelized form, if your creative juices aren't working than there are patterns all over the internet

Time for the heat which comes in the form of an iron.  The iron will melt the top layer of the beads which will fuze together as it cools. 

TIP:  Do not use the parchment that comes with the perler beads, it's probebly folded and those creases will show on your melted piece. 

TIP:  Melt both sides of the piece.  This will create durability.  If not, it may snap easily.

While the piece was still hot I created a curve on the piece by forcing it to cool on a curved surface.  I do not recommend using your leg as you may burn yourself.

Vola, I glued the Perler bow onto a headband off centered and now it looks like a HelloKitty Bow.  Just now need some cat ears. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Dress-Up Flower Bracelet

My cousin's little girl loves to dress up so I got her a pretty skirt and some dress-up accessories for Christmas. I came up with this little flower bracelet...

- fabric flower (from a bag of flower remnants)
- pearl button
- pink ribbon (leftover from that Damask Drawstring Bag)
- a scrap of elastic

First, stick the back of the pearl button through the center hole in the flower (flowers that come on stems will have a center hole through the petals).

Then sew the button to the center of the piece of ribbon. The ribbon length should be the same as a wrist's circumference.

Sew the elastic to both ends of the ribbon, forming a circle. This will let the child slip the flower bracelet on and off their wrist.

Note: the pearl button could be a choking hazard for little ones. This is not recommended for kids that like to eat their toys. Adult supervision recommended.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Tutorial: How to Make a DragonBall

 For all those DragonBall Z fans out there, here's a cosplay prop for you.

·         Glue
·         Stars (beads, or in this case clearance Christmas decorations)
·         Plastic Orb Ordainment (popular at Christmas Time)
·         Gold Pigment Powder, (Perfect Pearl Gold)
·         Optional Resin Spray

1)      Optional Step, saw off the loops that are used for hanging the orb.  Ok to be I didn’t do this yet,   . . . because I forgot

2)      Start by swirling the gold pigment powder on the inside of the plastic orb.  It will cling to the inside and leave a film of translucent gold in the orb. 

3)      Optional step.  Spray a layer of resin on the powder to set it.  If you don’t do this step, over time some powder my get lose and start to pool.  A reason I don’t like this step is because as the resin dries it also pools giving an uneven look to the gold finish.

4)      Dab the corners of the stars with a little bit of clear glue, carefully place into the orbs, and allow time for it to dry.
5)      Once the stars are secure (in this case after a 12 hour dry), glue shut the orb.
6)      Now the DragonBall is done.  Time to Cosplay!
7)      Well in my case I’m not done yet.  This is actually for Gohan’s hat from when he was a child.  I don’t know if this is a real DragonBall or not I’ve never watched the series.  In case you’re wondering, I’m making this for a friend’s little boy.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Congratulations Hand Made Card

My sweetie got a new job so I wanted to make a card for his first day.

I started off with a nice piece of thicker scrap paper from an 8x8 pad.  The print is only on one side, so the inside of the card is blank for printing.  Instead of the more common side fold card I wanted to fold it tent style.

I wanted to write a big "congraduation" on the front side, but the design of the scrap paper is too busy.  So I took a piece of 8 x 10 cardstock that I wanted to put across the middle of the front. I picked a matching coloUr, yet still blank so the words would be the focus. 

Here you see that I've folded the underside of the paper that will be glued to the card front.  This is for two reasons
1) this will give the paper dimention to the paper instead of just a flat piece.
2) folding will likely create straighter lines than if i just cut on a drawn line.

Tip:  measure out your letters before you start drawing or glueing (cardboard letters) it to the card.  In this case even if I kept the letters uneven I still couldn't get the entire word on the paper, so I had to scrap this idea.

Do you see how there is a slight curve to the paper where it's not glued flat to the paper.  The size of the blank paper and the base are not proportioned giving it uniquness from the regular store bought cards you see.

Because I used card stock the back of my card is also pretty unlike the back of store bought cards which are usually just white.

I used sticker letters, here's some tips
1) spell out the word for you to follow; when  you are too focused on prettiness it's easy to make a spelling mistake, ~cough~ it's happened to me before
2) start by doing the middle characters first and moving outards, this will help center your word
3) play around, don't need to make your word be straight and exact.  Doing a purposeful uneven placement of your letters will cover any potential mistakes you may make if you tried to make it even.