Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Plants in Rings?

Last weekend I visited a the Got Craft, craft fair in Vancouver BC and came across this interesting artist Lara Lepper that used 3D printing to print plant pots as a jewelry piece.  She used air plants which look pretty, yet are easy to manage.  Just a really creativ piece I felt the need to share it

Friday, December 20, 2013

Turn Shoes into Furry Winter Boots

Sure, be all '80s and call these leg warmers. Or call them "leg corsets" or "boot uppers". They transform any shoes into fur-trimmed boots!

They were fairly quick and easy to make, even though I hadn't worked with fur before. I made them for my Diablo 3 cosplay (currently in progress), but they are also very festive for the winter holidays! I may even wear them to a Seahawks game.

Here they are pictured with the clawed footwear (still in raw Worbla, not painted yet) that I am working on for the Barbarian costume.

I'll include some construction notes here in case anyone is interested in making something similar.

Disclaimer: I plan to reinforce these later, to make them less slouchy, perhaps using Buckram or boning.

  • 2 packs of 13 Large Grommets (I used 20 grommets total)
  • White "Mongolian" faux fur, long-haired (fabric.com)
  • Suede fabric
  • Black Grossgrain ribbon (for lacing)
Construction Notes:

Start by creating a pattern of your leg. Cover your leg in plastic wrap, then masking tape, mark a line where the top and bottom edge should be, draw a line down the center front, then cut down the center front line and you've got your pattern. You can allow for the curve of the calf by snipping the pattern from the top down about 4 inches in two or three places to create darts.

Cut the suede using your pattern. I serged the front and top edges - a roll hem would also work - and just cut the bottom edge since this fabric doesn't fray easily.

When dealing with long fur, use a comb! Figure out which direction is "down" when you look at the fur and how it is laying. When you cut the fur you can try and slide your shears against the fabric to "part" the hairs, and that will give you less cropped short hairs at the bottom.

The fur strips are 4" wide on top and 3" wide on the bottom. Start with a wider option because you can always trim it later.

For the bottom fur, on my "boots" this is not attached, it is just like an anklet I slid on over my foot, and this works because there is a little bit of stretch to the fur fabric. I serged the top edge, left the bottom edge raw (it's hidden and fray-resistant) and sewed the two 3" end together to make a loop.

After sewing the fur onto the suede, I added grommets. After marking the placements with chalk, I use a hole punch to make holes down both sides before I go get my hammer out and start pounding away. A regular hole punch is the right size to get a hole started for Large grommets.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Frosting Technique

To dull some shine, and leave a frosted coating.  Try coating your object in some white glue.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Avalyn's Handy Cosplay Project Planner

Hi everyone, I just wanted to share my handy cosplay planning workbook with three fabulous spreadsheets you can customize for your own project!
  • Do you have trouble finishing a cosplay project before the next convention?
  • Do you find yourself spending too much money on your costumes?
  • Are you taking on a big costume build with too many things to keep track of in your head?
  • Have you ever made an awesome costume on time but forgot to buy the wig and allow time for shipping?
If any of this sounds familiar, then maybe this workbook will help you get organized for your next project. Or maybe you are a spreadsheet geek and have your own methods, but are looking for some new ideas. Either way, check it out!

With this workbook you can:
  • Plan out each Phase of your project
  • Create a project Timeline
  • Track your Purchases
  • Make a Budget
Click here for Avalyn's Handy Cosplay Project Planner
(Hosted on Google, Yes it's FREE to download)
Select File
Download it to your computer.
Save and Open the file from your computer.
Read the Instructions to learn how to customize the workbook for your own project.

Feel free to leave me your feedback! Is it too complicated? Is it useful to you?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Weird Present Idea for White Elephant Game

There's a fun version of White Elephant Gift Exchange game that our fellowship plays at every Christmas.  Everyone comes with a secret gift.  And we all take turns either opening a gift, or stealing an existing opened gift.  It becomes an alright war in our group.  

If you want to mess with people.  Here's an idea.  Take the most CHEESY item you can find, and pair it with something pretty cool.  That way, when someone wants to steal the present for the cool element.  Everyone can make fun of them for the Cheesy element.

I wonder how many times Justin Bieber will be stolen?