Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Making giant mushrooms

Well, looking through a folder on my desktop that is labelled sort me, leads me to come to the conclusion that I have pictures for a tutorial that is still yet to be posted. Oh my, that will not do, So I better get on it...
Here is how to make a inflatable hanging giant mushroom. Like the ones I make for the Mushroom Forest.
things you will need:
-Inflatable beach ball
-Fabric about a meter and a half for the cap depending on size of beach ball
and enough for a long tube stem usually about 4-5ft long by 2ft wide
-Coloured felt for dots
-Fabric glue for the dots
-Velcro about 2ft or so
-String or twine to attach to the ball
-Duct tape
-Amazing goop

-Wire (I use 18g Galvanized steel)
-Fabric paint
Step one
Take 3-4 lengths of the string long enough to go around the beach ball loosely. Fold the strings in half  and tie them off to create a loop. Make a hanging cage for your beach ball using the rope and some tape.
 I like to line up the string to the lines on the beach ball. Make sure to leave enough of a peak at the top to give it a cone shape.
I usually use electrical tape to place where it goes and then duct tape it down.
 make sure to tie off all your strings at the bottom.

Step 2
now we are going to make the cap piece. First we measure our ball around its biggest point. 
then we make a bell/cone shaped pillow case for the ball You can use 2 pieces or 3 pieces to do so you want the top piece to stay open so the string can pop out the top.

 After you have sewn all the pieces together leaving your hole at the top we sew a hem at the bottom leaving a space to feed wire through.
 Take some wire and feed it through the hole.

 Connect your wires at the end. This causes the cap to keep better shape

Step 3
now take your cap and place it down on the pice of fabric you want to use for the under side. make sure the wire is fully sreached out and trace out the bottom
 now we are going to put Velcro around the edge of the bottom fabric and then around the inside edge of the bottom of the cap piece we just made.

 now we have a bottom for the cap. Using fabric paint make the frill lines.

Step 4

 Next we make the stem. By making a long tube that is bigger at one end than the other
once sewn together sew a hem at the bottom for wire, and wire it like you did with the cap piece.

Step 5
 While the fabric paint dries Hang the cap from somewhere that wont get in the way And cut out dots from the coloured felt.

Glue your dots to the fabric in whatever pattern pleases you.

Step 6
 Only do this if your fabric paint is dry.
Measure where the top of your stem is going to sit on the underside. then amazing goop the stem to the underside of the mushroom.
 try to make it so the fabric tube is all the way open when its glued down.
Once that is dry your dots should be dry and you can assemble the mushroom. The cap folds down and the ball deflates and the stem and bottom wrap up nicely for easy storage or transport making them wonderful decorations for interesting parties...
You can make them light up by sewing el wire around them in pleasing patterns.
 I believe I also have another collection of picture of The mushroom forest on display again to post yet so there should be more soon.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mini Mosa

New Setting, 1300 BC, The Old Order . New Campaign, Help overthrow Ankenaten. New Victim, Mosa-Naledi.  Feral Ring tailed Lemur, from the Khosian nation, Follower of justice, Master Acrobat, Magi.
I have had this mini sitting around in my bits box for a while now it is a Reaper Mini "the voodoo queen". she came with a voodoo mask but Mosa is not actually a voodoo practitioner so she doesn't get to keep the mask. I didn't actually know what I was going to do with the mini but when I saw it I just had to have it. I promptly bought it then put it in the bits box and forgot about it. Now a year or more later, I want to make a mini of Mosa and I remember the voodoo queen. If you compare my drawing of Mosa the mini is a perfect fit.

I am really proud of the way she turned out and I think i might enter her in the single model painting competition at Gottacon next February if they (Dice Bag Games) have the competition again.

RPG minis

Lately I have been building and painting minis for RPG purposes. Especially since I take full use of battle maps when running Battle. Its just easier for me to keep track of things with.
I have some finished ones:
  AWolf-Si female

A Felyine female

A Male Satyr

 And I am working on quite a few others

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Furry Black legs

I have learnt that making pants is not as easy as I thought it would be. And working with fun fur is frustrating, my last attempt at making pants didn't quite work right. i ended up with funny bulges and they didnt fit right. So this time I decided to try just sewing the funfur onto the legs of this comfy pair of cords.
I cut out 2 leg pieces leaving a fair bit of room for hems
sew the pieces together and then cut the original legs off the pants. sew the new furry legs to the now booty short cords and now I have furry black legs. the pants are very comfortable. and I want to wear them to work. wonder if any one would notice that the fur on my legs goes all the way up instead of just to my knees, like the leg warmers that I often wear to work.
 the last thing I had to do was sew the hem at the bottom.
They look pretty good. I have a bunch of this fur left too so more leg warmers and another bonnet maybe a tail to come.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Awesome Utility Belt!

Ok so I don't do any kind of construction unless its art construction so I have no need for a work utility belt, But there is nothing saying a girl doesn't need a party utility belt. I was in the lingerie shop also known as a sex shop and fell in love with this little purple plaid thing that i think is supposed to be a skirt but its really not much more than a belt. so i decided to turn it into a utility belt. Cut off the zipper and add a coupe of straps and clips and hey look it really is a belt. A special pouch for a mickey and one for a shot glass, a pouch for my cigarettes and one for my video camera, a pouch for other smokables and one for a grinder, and 2 decent sized pouches for random stuff, looks like its all set.

Some of the pouches are fun fur and some of them are made out of duct tape and cardboard. they can be removed so that they can be arranged in any order or put onto a regular belt instead. Over all I'm very happy with it.