Since my guinea pig passed a week ago somehow this is comforting
Watch carefully… ;)
the black one hmmmmm
Japanese indie fashion designer Senanan on the street in Harajuku wearing fashion from her own brand QissQill - along with an ANAP skirt, tutuHA belt, Yin-Yang print Glad News items, and YRU platforms. Full Look
Love the waist cinch!~
LadyLoki Collar - Tutorial/process diary
Finished collar: http://anachronisminaction.tumblr.com/post/89984844404/decorative-armor-collar-made-for-my-lady-loki
Whole Costume: http://anachronisminaction.tumblr.com/post/91103284009/lady-loki-costume-for-the-labyrinth-of-jareth
1- I started by cutting out a pattern in craft foam and trying it on to get a rough shape to start with. I used one of my halter tops as a the starting point: https://www.facebook.com/Anachronism.In.Action/photos/a.269392913112439.80726.269295446455519/590989730952754/?type=3&theater I then cut the pieces out in worbla, and attached the shoulders and collar together.
2- Recruiting the help of a friend, we began to shape the collar to my torso. Going section by section, I would hold the collar and heat it up, wait a second for it to cool then put it on. My friend would then help me hold it in place until it cooled and hardened again. I wore a t-shirt over my corset to protect both my skin and the garment.
3- (not shown) Once we had it shaped, my friend marked out the edge of the corset on the worbla, and I cut it down to 1” bellow that line. I also cut and attached the shoulder Flanges.
4- I began to design and draw on the snake skin pattern. I found the basic design by googling “snake skin stencil” then blowing up the image. I used tracing paper and a soft pencil to transfer the design. Once I had everything laid out nicely, I went over it in pen just in case the pencil rubbed off.
5- I used an engraving tool ( This exact one:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Electric-Wood-Burning-Crafting-Tool-5-in-1-Leather-crafts-Cutting-Fushing-Darice-/141320784036?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20e76008a4) with the knife tip to cut/burn out the snakeskin. There will be smoke, so either do this part outside or wear a respirator (or both!) and make sure your canisters are for fumes, not particles like a dust mask etc. Save those for sanding.
6- Added little strips for some more detail, making the different sections look more intentional. I also at this point, used a hole pun to make the lacing holes at the center back.
7- I tried the collar on with the corset to make sure everything was fitting, and made little tweaks to various parts to make then a little better.
8- I applied 3 layers of Gesso (Sanding in-between) before I ran out and used some spray primer. This ended up being a mixed blessing as there was something wrong with the can and after a little use it started spewing powered paint. I ended up having to do extra sanding to get it off, but decided to leave it on the snakeskin part of the collar because I thought it added a nice textural contrast.
9- I painted the collar using the same method as the other parts of my look costume. I started with two coats of metallic acrylic paint (jacquard lumiere) followed by a layer of rub’n’buff. I used dry brushing, and watered down acrylic in black to add some shadows. The final step was a few coats of satin finish sealer (one of modpodge, two of clear kryolan spraypaint)
10- To finish the collar, I lined the neck, shoulder, and edges in moleskin for comport. I also painted a satin ribbon antique gold with some fabric paint to lace the back closed; because it seemed easier than going to the store again :)
I hope you enjoyed seeing my process for making the collar. If you try anything similar, be sure to send me pictures!
The Samurai Champloo (サムライチャンプルー) cosplayers that stole my heart… Thank you SO much for bringing back so many memories. T_T The anachronisms, the animation, the music, the historical knowledge that it made me search for. I fell in love with Edo Period, japanese mythology and (ukiyo-e) painting. I fell in love with the director (Shinichiro Watanabe) and THEN with Cowboy Bebop. Masaru Gotsubo’s manga. Nakazawa’s designs. Shing02. SO much jazz knowledge from Nujabes’ samples. Thank you, Jun. どうもありがとうございます！Mystline still makes me cry. I fell so much in love it took me 9 months to write a tribute song over The Final View. It took a poem’s time, and hopefully it has the beauty of one… And the dopeness of yours. T_T Hope you and Dilla will listen to it next February 7. There hasn’t been a greek tribute (that sounded ancient) so it will be my honor. R.I.P. Samurai who smells of Sunflowers.
PHOTO BY CHOKORO (ちょころ)
So far, Steven’s powers have been:
A bright pink shield
A bright pink bubble
Magical healing saliva
And he is always STOPPING fights, usually peacefully and in nonviolent ways, trying to get both sides to get along and understand each other. Suffice it to say, he is not your typical superhero. In fact, he’s really not that super yet. He’s still on training wheels. And yet he often manages to end conflicts WITHOUT powers or weapons that destroy others.
And I love what this show is doing with him and all of his friends. Especially in a pop culture that is overpopulated these days with “save the world” shenanigans and focusing on powers and shock value instead of being “strong in the real way.”
I’m already proud of this little guy and the small steps he’s made. His journey isn’t one of leaps and bounds but baby steps, like real people.
This week’s wonderful two-parter has set up what the show has been foreshadowing for some while: that Steven, being half Human and half Gem, will forge a path that unites both kinds of beings — a path paved by acts of non-violence, understanding, and compassion. Where his merit and strength as a hero isn’t defined by his powers (which, BTW, completely fly in the face of typical superhero and gender role BS), but instead by HIS CHOICES.
And THAT is the kind of hero story we need these days, IMO.
I’m sick of watching characters save the world from evil.
I want to see characters saving themselves, saving each other — personal journeys about making choices and resolving conflicts, not just slapping “evil” around. Even SU’s plot twists don;t feel cheap. They feel rewarding, because they are always foreshadowed and always recontextualize earlier events that maybe didn’t make sense. They feel planned, thought out, CARED for, just like the characters who populate the world.
Steven’s story, especially given the moral ambiguities brought to the table recently, really has a lot of potential to do these things — to be a personal journey more than typical “destroy evil” stuff — and in many ways, it has already.
I believe in Steven.
Doug Cast - Bluffington State University 2014
Artist - Nuri Durr
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So, this tutorial actually took me so long to make, but here it is! This time we’re making a headpiece with two lovely ram/goat (idk man, whatever you prefer) horns!
What you need is:
- A random headband (a thicker one is recommended)
- Wire (I used copper wire)
- Sticky tape (thin)
- Paste glue
- Newspapers/any other paper you like
- leather (any kind you like)
- Hot glue gun
To start, cut two even pieces of wire. The longer the pieces - the bigger the horns, but don’t forget to add several extra inches for attaching them to the headband. After attaching the pieces, bend them into the shape you want your horns to be.
Next step - take some newspaper and crumple the paper around the wire. Make the horns as thick as you want by adding more pieces of paper. After you’re done and the shape looks fine for you, slightly wrap the horns with thin sticky tape where needed, so that the paper holds together.(P.S. don’t etirely cover your horns in the tape, that would make it harder to glue the leather on it.)
After the shape is ready, mix some paste glue with several drops of water. Then take a brush and cover your horns with the watery glue, all over. Leave it for the night to dry. This will harden the top layer of the paper.
And now the fun part that took me some decent time. I had my leather in pieces of different shapes and sizes. If you have like one biiig strip of leather, I’d recommend cutting it into different pieces for it will be easier to glue and shape it. Use paste glue, cower the entire back of the piece!
First off, I glued a piece under each of the horns, wrapping the leather around the headband, (as you see in the picture no.5) so that the horns stay in the place. Then start glueing the leather on the horns, piece by piece. You decide on the texture - whether you want them wrinkly (like I did), smooth or layered. It all depends on the way you put the leather on. Leather is pretty easy to shape when applied with paste glue, so yeah, get creative!
Leave the horns for the night, so that the glue dries out. The glue should make the leather hard so your horns should be firm.
Take any kind of ribbon to match your horns, wrap and glue it around the headband using hot glue. This is done to hide the randomness of the headband and unnecessary pieces of paper/leather hanging out of the bases of horns.
And we’re done :)
Model/happy customer: Gabija
Picture taken by me
So here’s a quick tutorial of how I made these wings.
Figure out your design, draw it out, leave some leeway for sowing, and cut it out.
Sow it up. Cut a vertical opening in the center to pull it through. In the 4th and 5th picture it shows the crease of the feather. To fix it you snip the fabric as close to the stitch line as possible without cutting the thread.
Around this part is where you should attach the straps. Turn it right side out. Using that vertical hole to reach the spot to stitch.
Now stuff it.
Probably the toughest part, stitching the feather design. I used my white chalk to draw the guide line and used a strait stitch and same colored thread to do the design.
Make sure its relatively tightly stuffed so it with hold itself up. You could try putting a rigid armature inside if its having floppy issues.
Hand-sew the opening shut and its all done.
reasons why halloween is the best holiday:
- you are not obliged to visit your relatives
- you are not obliged to get gifts for anyone
- people will give you candy for absolutely no reason other than halloween
- its the only day when its socially acceptable to go out in public dressed like a penguin
fall is almost here guys
I didn’t think this gif could be used properly with anything. I was wrong.