I'm finding various online "design your own figure"-type sites and trying to design figures that look as close to me as possible for a self-portrait collage project. This is surprisingly tricky when one (a) wears glasses, which aren't always offered, and (b) normally has blonde/brown hair and currently dyes it vaguely-reddish/blonde. What hair color to pick?
Sorry the hat pic is blurry--will try to get better later.
So this one features the frock coat, corset, some of the jewelry, skirt, bloomers, and spats. I am not going to bother with the scarf since I came up with the jewelry (plus um, not sure where I put it), and I'm not sure about the frock coat since it doesn't look so good with the rest of it. I have a funky frilly knitted-looking purple jacket that might work better for this outfit instead. I'll see how the rest of it looks tomorrow. And the rainbow socks will probably be replaced by darker leggings or knitted ones later--I had them on for something else to be seen later.
I will hopefully get a picture taken of the whole ensemble for real sometime tomorrow, but it won't be up until after Halloween, most likely.
I was pleased to hear that last year's winner wants to keep her trophy, so here I am making another one. I wanted to make it fairly well different from the last go-round (and it was requested that it be ah, slightly smaller).
I wanted it to be different...was originally shooting for a haunted house theme, but it wasn't executing well. Maybe next year. I decided to go for a spiderweb theme, with hanging wacky things in the web. Then I decided it needed a white backdrop...and I needed to make something out of yarn..
In the end, it came out 2-sided. The winner can display it either way!
I pretty much made up the ghost pattern from scratch to fit the frame--kinda on the spot, didn't write it down. Oh well.
This is cutting the mold in half-ish to get the clay model out.
This is what happens after you pour mold into the wax to see how well the pieces turn out.
Two of mine were total losses, and half of the double mold didn't come out great, but three of them should work well enough to actually try to make a metal piece with them. Someday. Apparently there's not going to be a metal casting day until...who knows when, so I'm pretty annoyed about that. Maybe winter.
Here's a sampling of what happens when you pour in the silicone.
That's pretty much all we did for week 3, but there was also a terrible attempt at wax sculpture (NOT MY SKILL IN LIFE) that I am not even showing you people. Suffice it to say that I took this class to avoid sculpting in wax again...
Here's week 2. I made one more mold (the one with squiggles), but mostly just spent class adding sprues (the sticks hanging off the projects--used to hollow out a mold) and making boxes to hold the silicone for next week.
First, I made a necklace out of rainbow guitar picks and guitar charms.
It's inherently cute, but in execution, it doesn't exactly lie flat to see the charms so well. I kinda figured as such, but wanted to try it anyway.
Second, I am taking a class in silicone mold making. As has been previously mentioned, I took lost wax casting and thought it was a pain in the ass, what with the kind of wax used, a lack of keepable mold, etc. Well, this lady has worked out her own technique for this that (a) involves using Sculpey/polymer clay and modeling clay, and (b) you come out of it with a keepable silicone mold. The first couple of classes are for sculpting, and it was sooooo much easier to just make the piece you wanted with Sculpey. You make what you want and then cook it. If you want to have a hollowed out middle--like I do since I am trying more guitar pick jewelry again-- you use the modeling clay to fill it out since that won't bake hard in the oven. Then you scrape it out. Here's what I made in the first class-- a few flat pieces, some that have been hollowed out, and one that still has the modeling clay within it.
I have high hopes for about 3 of the hollowed out ones, as my first run (top left) both cracked a bit and doesn't hold all of the picks too flat. It was a much more fun time than lost wax.
And third, I am crazily designing my own cropped tied bolero sweater during the Ravelympics Ravellenic Games. I have been wanting to make one since I lost mine for ages, I could not find a suitable pattern, so I am altering another one. Run #1 was surprisingly fast to do the back and two front pieces....but it's a tight fit at the armpits, and the tie part (I was doing two panels that were triangular and tied together) just looked strange. I stupidly took out most of the work--the two side panels entirely and added two more inches to the back piece--and am winging it again for round 2, only with two skinny ties.
The ridiculous thing about this is that I could actually have had the thing DONE before this weekend (note that the point of the games is to do a project entirely during Olympic season), had I not started over to try this again. Or possibly again. I am kind of nuts.
So while I was on vacation I bought a metric asston of charms related to the move I am planning to make next September. I'm still trying to get used to the idea of the whole thing, so I was going to make a bracelet to replace one I'd lost in August.
And I did...but honestly, putting it on was like wearing a freaking porcupine. Memory wire bracelets probably should not be massive charm bracelets. So it didn't seem right to me, but I didn't know what else I wanted to do with all of those charms.
"As part of a religious ritual or an act of devotion, milagros can be offered to a saint as a reminder of a petitioner’s particular need. They are normally placed by worshipers onto altars, religious shrines and on sacred objects. They are used to assist in focusing attention towards a specific ailment, based on the type of charm used. They are also offered as thanks for answered prayers, so that others can receive the benefits for their own ailments or needs. Milagros come in many shapes, each shape representing one or more needs or prayers."
That sounded about right.
So I went to the dollar store, where I found a small wooden oval with a hanger attached. I cut out some fabric and sewed it to the wood around the edges (note: you can't do the usual "sew it inside out and flip it" with wood), then ended up sewing lace around the edges to cover up my bad sewing. And then I sewed my entire freaking charm collection to the new portable shrine.
So I wanted to design the new Best Costume trophy at work, because I wanted to keep my own that I won last year.
Here it is!
I bought a foam donut and a foam block from the dollar store, needlefelted the white and cobwebs onto them, and glued the structure to a foam gravestone (also from the dollar store), with trophy on top and stickers from the dollar store again. Then I crocheted the pumpkin, which comes with a hole in it for holding something, and needlefelted 3 faces onto it for "costume.", and made a doll from the Knitted Icons book, knitting the pants, T-shirt, and sweater that have patterns in there. I altered the neckline a bit to make it look blazer-y, and made up a red cape. I needlefelted his face on.