27 August

Costume updates! Groot!

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Groot mask/head that I’m making for my hubby so he can be Groot for DragonCon.  The suit is more or less done, he just needs to make his stilts for the damn thing.  I have one more step with the mask, which is to add a brown or black cloth for the neck, do something for the eyes and add the green tree flocking to the face and chest plates.

Mask and plates are carved from EVA floor tile foam with a Dremel and sanding bit.

I’m ridiculously excited with how this is coming out.  I haven’t had this much fun working on my own costumes in quite a while. Rockette is going to be a blast too.  This will be our first ‘duo’ costume with myself and my husband, and it’ll be his second costume.  The first one I made him was “Corran Horn” and I still gotta get him approved with Rebel Legion but I keep putting off taking the photos.  I have five Rebel Legion costumes approved for myself.

 

25 August

Midna Pendant done!

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And 3D print ready.

Midna_pendant_2Sized to about 3 inches long by 2 wide. The bottom crossover looks weird, but that’s the way it is on the game model, it doesn’t twist together until the last vine bit. I left out the center red gem because it’ll look better if you insert your own clear gem rather than painting it as part of the thing. The very middle bar should be cut off before mounting.  I’m going to ask my friend to do a test print and see how big the holes at the top actually are, and if the weird beak tips come out okay.

Saved as an STL file, should be no problems with it.

24 August

New 3D print object

Midna_PendantFinally started True Form Midna’s forehead pendant thing. I think I’m going to chop off the head of the bird/snake thing and start over- it’s lumpy and I don’t like it.  Once I fix or re-do the head, I’ll mirror it and adjust the crossings. The final product should be around 3 inches long at most.  It’s kinda big but not super big.

A friend of mine who I hope will be a co-worker soon just got a Maker Bot 3D printer.  Ours isn’t up and running yet, and she’s offered to test print some things for me, possibly helping me sell some items too.  Hers can only handle stuff up to around 4 inches by 4 inches, but that’s enough for some of the cosplay pieces I need, and some I can sell.

23 July

I did another thing – Rebel Legion

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A new Jedi Knight member of Blue Ridge Base/Rebel Legion asked for a sig banner, so I made him one.  The Darth Vader is a 501st member – he’s not from a movie screen shot.  “Darinus” is an OC, with a cape instead of a robe in grey tones and a purple lightsaber.  He’s only got the one costume so far, but when he gets more I’ll update his banner be animated.  Though, now that I’ve said that, I’m tempted to go back and animate a glow on the sabers and make them vibrate a little.

The right round logo says “Nexus Temple” – all Jedi are automatically members so we all get to use that logo in addition to the BRB logo.

3 June

More friend requests for ‘shopping

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Danielle on fire

For whatever reason ‘fire’ keeping getting requested.

I threw this together for my friend Danielle in about 30 minutes. I think she’ll be pleased. Still, I wish I could get people to give me original files instead of just the facebook upload photos.  The bottom-most layer isn’t really good enough for facial details, but I think it works overall.  I ended up just leaving the bushes behind her green just to leave a counter-color opposite all the reds.

Once again, going for kind of a ‘book cover’ sort of feel.

Danielle is Sorsha here, from Willow.

 

29 May

ConCarolinas!

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Animazement ended up being a total bust for me – my first year since I started going five years ago that I missed it.  Or was it four years ago? On the plus side, I’ll be getting a bit of overtime pay for the holiday weekend.

ConCarolinas is coming up next weekend, and I’m looking forward to a low-key con.  I just got a brand new round of makeup in the mail from ELF, which seems like a bit of product placement, but it’s really not.

I have a lot of make up to split between personal life and costuming, though I try to keep separate sets for each. Elf became a go-to for inexpensive colors I knew I was only going to use for a specific costume and as a way to avoid dropping 8 bucks on a lipstick I knew I would only use a couple of times.  With the exception of my Rebel Legion characters, I tend to only wear my costumes a couple of times before putting them up or retiring them. I’ve had the good fortune (or sense) to make more costumes that require no make up and are easier to throw on.

A Rebel Legion buddy of mine is working with me to make matching “Weeping Angel” costumes more or less following a helpful Instructable.  While no makeup will be involved, getting into and out of them will take up some time.  Navigating together while wearing them will be the more difficult part, at least at DragonCon.  This week I sculpted one of the ‘scary’ masks, and I’m anxiously waiting to see if the thing is going to crack while drying.

They won’t be done in time to enter the costume contest with them, and I don’t know if I’m entering this year, or what I’m bringing besides Mara Jade.  I *could* enter my True Form Midna, which hasn’t won anything yet, but I have no skit, and groups do better than solo entries at ConCarolinas.  And I kind of just want to not enter this year and let he con be stress free.  I’m not really supposed to enter my Rebel Legion costumes, so no Mara either.  Journey would be great if I could dance at all, but I’d probably fall over anyway.

I’ll play it by ear and see what happens.  Maybe next year I can do a Firefly skit with Becky and put that Kaylee outfit together that I’ve been wanting to do..

26 May

More fun with Lightsabers

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My second take on this ‘stalking pose’ from the Star Wars informal photoshoot day on May 17th. I had played with it once, tweaked it, and then ultimately slapped myself on a free existing downloadable background.

I jacked up the lightsaber glow effects, fixed a few lighting issues and probably added an extra filter or two. Overall, I’m happy with it. I really wish the original photo hadn’t come out blurry, but I think it works alright for the ‘book cover’ type effect that I’m going for here.

I love wearing my Mara.

Original photo by Brandon Hurley

 

 

20 May

Fun with glow

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I readily admit this turned out better than I expected.  Chris Burnside is one of our resident “Generic Jedi” at our Blue Ridge Base with Rebel Legion.  We had an informal/non-event photoshoot a couple days ago to get some character shots, and he half-jokingly posed for this “YOU SHALL NOT PASS” shot.  Half an hour ago, I asked him if he could think of any particular shots he wanted glammed up.  He said no, so I took it as a personal challenge.

 

19 May

New Mara Jade photos

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Mara_BWWe had an informal Star Wars photoshoot this weekend with members of our local Rebel Legion group and one of the Carolina Garrison.  Technically, I was in my Garrison version of Mara, since I have the purple lightsaber here that I picked up from SaberForge last year, as a gift from my husband for an anniversary present.  This is the second lightsaber I’ve gotten as a present, and I got him one last year too for the Corran Horn Jedi Robes I’m making him. Eventually, I’ll make him a CorSec flight suit/uniform as well.

I made my original Mara cat/jump suit based off Twi’lek Pam’s information and instructions here: Mara Jade suit

I’m wearing a brand new suit made of 4-way stretch material.  I broke down and bought the good quality vinyl/spandex for from Spandex World, after ordering some samples.  I ordered from the ‘fake leather’ line, which is a 4-way stretch fabric that sewed surprisingly well.  The suit is also extremely comfortable – I fully expected to sweat it in, but I didn’t. I’m not saying it’s breathable, but I could wear this thing all day with no problems.  I haven’t added the piping yet – my serger worked fine on the fabric, but the regular machine that I was borrowing did not. I had finished up some details before crashing at her house before the shoot, and was unable to add the front or back piping using her machine.   My first suit was a lighter, ‘dancer’ type material, and looked good in photos, but it did not hold up.  The original material was so stretchy that I kept getting various lines of bunching when I stitched it together.  This new fabric is much hardier and easier to sew.

We collected out at the Fayetteville Botanical Gardens and had permission to take photos an hour before the regular crowds started showing up.  I got a few photos that I was more or less happy with, and so did everyone else, so I’m calling the event was a success.

I’ll be adding Mara Jumpsuits to my list of things I’ll do on commission, now that I’ve done a few and have figured out the little tricks to it.

 

15 May

New Etsy Item!

True Form Midna sewing instructions, patterns and printable guides.

The PDF has complete instructions for making the cloak.  Later versions will include the skirt and other items.  Midna is my first true costume love, and I still haven’t really retired her, even if I haven’t worn her in over a year.

Back_Pattern inversePurchasing the file also gets you the above pattern that can be printed out full size for someone who is between 5’5″ and 5’8″.  Any more or less, and I’ll do an adjustment and save out a new file, otherwise it can be difficult to position and keep in proportion.

 

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