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STILLFLYIN: Well I am still singing praises about your outfit; look in the other message board topics with today’s date. *LOL* And I love SkyBlue’s costume too; posted on her SP page. Your detailed design description proves how simplistic you made the costume, but appears so intricate, detailed too. Your appropriate accessorizing makes it all that more authentic, appealing. Thank you for the share. Now the Salvation Army and Goodwill will be getting my business – soon!

I also have two little dogs to outfit in steampunk too. Woot! Woot!

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PEAJAY - Since you have been so complimentary about my airship technician's costume, I decided to give some explanation on what went into it. Much of it depended on happenstance and what was on sale or really cheap. This is longish (like that would be a surprise :-D).

Skirt - I made a basic A-line maxi skirt extra big for me with a tube elastic waist from linen looking fabric. The elastic waist and extra fabric in the waist area is comfortable and allows the extra fabric to be pushed together in the back to simulate sort of a bustle. I tried a butt pillow to further enhance the bustle look, but it just didn't work with my shape and the apron. I have a washed linen skirt that I picked up at Goodwill that I use as my slip under the skirt. The skirt has a couple of side pockets that are covered by the apron sides.

Shirt - I had it in my closet. I like the color. I added an old beaded earring to the collar center as a pin sometimes. I think it looks more working class with the top buttons of the collar open and the sleeves rolled up, but variety is good. I also added some sleeve pusher uppers that I used decades ago with my suits at work. I was surprised that I still had them.

Apron - Based this on the bottom part of several of the history aprons in Butterick B5509. The top is a rectangle with a little bit of shaping. I added D-rings at the connections to add a bit of metal and lengthened the ties to criss-cross in the back to go through more D-rings at the waist. I thought about pockets, but decided they would be covered up and bunch with my mechanic's belt over them. My apron was made of twill which was on sale.

Shoes - Bought them on Ebay for almost nothing. They are black bootish flats with loops and buttons. (They also do service as the shoes for my late 1800s fort costume.)

Hat - Standard newsboy hat from Target with added earring decoration above the brim and clip on eye thingies that were on sale at Harbor Freight. Sometimes I clip the eye thingies on my glasses. I tuck my long hair into the hat.

Belt - I got the basic leather belt at a garage sale. It is long enough to buckle and still hang down on my hips. On the belt I have lots of odds and ends. My ray gun holster is a leather tool holder that I cut so my ray gun would fit and dyed black. The "Craftsman" logo kind of peeks through if someone looks really close. The ray gun is a water gun painted gunmetal grey and antiqued with a wooden foot massage ball painted to match stuck in the barrel. After that, I have a test tube looking thing (held candy at Halloween) with cool looking breath mints in it tied to the belt with a leather string, a leather tool pocket from a garage sale that I also dyed with a little pad of worn looking paper that I assembled to fit the pocket and a chewed up wooden pencil, some cheap magnifying lenses from the dollar store that hang from a knitting stitch keeper, some really well used looking small metal tools from garage sales, and I don't remember what else.

Bag - When I need it, I also add a leather messenger bag type briefcase that I carried before I retired. It is nicely beat up and goes quite well. After all, I need somewhere to carry practical stuff like convention schedules, tissues, my water bottle (still looking for one that would match my outfit the way I would like), all that type of thing that I need but want to keep out of sight.

I keep my eye out for anything that can be made to look fun on this costume. It is a continually evolving thing. I've been thinking about adding a Dr Who sonic screwdriver in celebration of the 50th anniversary. And maybe change my shirt and/or skirt to a TARDIS blue. Dr Who has always had a touch of steampunk, even before steam punk was recognized. And LoneStarCon3 is going to have a celebration of the Doctor.



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Definitely can save some time on the shirt part of a costume and be plenty steamy. Thank you for the link, STELLAR!

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Me too! I just got lucky when I found it. Now I just want to run out and find all the pieces!

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I am totally going to use those ideas! Brilliant! Things don't always have to be complicated do they? Thanks for the link STELLAR!

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Hey check out these great tips for how to steam up a modern shirt without any sewing required! Pretty clever. steamfashion.livejournal.com/366576.
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That why I love to come here to brainstorm. You are all so creative I know I'll get new ideas and good advice. The skull lantern is coming along well with extra kudos to the Mr who altered and rewired the lights for me! I hope to be taking pictures to share on Monday.

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Several projects sounds wonderful! One would be amazing emoticon . I love the links you shared with STELLAR, STILLFLYIN!
Hoping the lantern is coming along. Oh course can't wait to see progress pics!

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It's good to keep several projects going. I think variety makes things more fun!


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Thanks for saying sir ;-j
I didn't end up playing with any of the Ravens costume but I picked up Baba yaga's "skull lantern" project. It isn't quite there yet but if I keep picking away at it it could be done in a week or so- and should be pretty darn cool- and creepy.

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I know whatever you do, it will be incredible!
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Those are cool! and I like the idea but I was planning on my arms being the Ravens legs. I don't really want to combine the two. I'm just stuck on what to use as a frame. . . Maybe I need to stop dithering and just start the project. The frame I need will depend on how heavy the wings get, but then I fear I'd get stuck with an awesome pair of wings and no way to wear them.

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Maybe you don't need an entire set of wings. These arm things done in black with a black outfit would say wings in an arty way. Maybe really wide black cuffs with a touch of metal like on the mask and feathers to match www.flickr.com/photos/elvenforestcre
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Your mask is so fantastic, I'm thinking this could work well with a black outfit.

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Yes, my original day dream was for overly ornate articulated wings but I dropped that ideas a while ago. I want something more artful than the typical "dark angel" type Halloween wings
It would be nice if they could be compacted somewhat for travel. I like the idea of incorporating umbrella ribs and metal scraps.

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Hmmmm, need a picture in my head of what you are planning for your wings. I'm thinking articulated wings are a bit much. Wings that will go with the fantastic headpiece, but not lead the eye away from it. Something that flows with the body costume. Preferably not too complicated. Something light(ish), fairly comfortable, that allows you to sit while wearing? I'm not much interested in suffering too much for a shiny looking outfit. Am I on the right track?

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I am realizing that I really need to start working on my raven wings (among other things). There are so many tutorials in the web world but none of them seem quite right for me. First thing I need to decide is what my base is. I want something smaller than a backpack frame, possibly butchering football pads could work- I've seen some marching band equipment that might work if I could find some while thrifting. Any other ideas?

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I ran across this site that includes not only gorgeous sculptural work with some masks, but a homemade recipe for paper mache clay. ultimatepapermache.com/ Worth looking at if only for the guy's nice work.

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I really liked seeing that idea- almost want to steal it out right, or decide to start over again on the raven mask. I cant decide if I'm really happy with my mask (it's going pretty well) or if I'd rather have it look a bit more delicate and skeletal... I'll have to share current pictures with you, tomorrow morning maybe.
I may someday see about putting together an instructable but it can be really challenging to teach that sort of thing- though if I was hanging out with you guys I'd be thrilled to try!

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SKYBLUEGIRL - I don't think I could do a class on that step by step. It's not mine. I just found it and thought some parts might help with STELLAR's project.
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Great step by step STILLFLYIN. Can't wait to see yours STELLAR. Maybe you could teach a class sometime. Either one of you could easily do a demo. I would be first in line to learn!

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Wow! that is so cool! Gives me more ideas to play with.

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Ooooh, STELLAR, I ran into this and immediately thought of you with your raven headpiece. It is from a facepainting forum and shows how the person made their version of the thing.
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Just a touch of the red and green like maybe edging on the apron might make it even more creepy. Like we are supposed to be happy, but something is wrong -- on a subconscious level.


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I would mix red and green if I could shake the years of conditioning that links that color combo to Christmas. Some of it will depend on what the fabric store has to offer whenever I get over there. It'll probably be a while before I make more exciting progress but I'm looking forward to it as well.

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Glad to help. What's more fun than finger painting?! I hope you have a great time creating with your niece. I am looking forward to your next costuming step. emoticon

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Actually, for color I like the red, too. I just kind of fixated on the skeleton thing and forgot to mention it. Of course, rusty icky blood wouldn't show up as well against the red dress as the green or blue.

Baba Yaga probably wouldn't care about a dress or breeches, but your audience probably expects a dress or something similar.

Sharing with your niece sounds like a fun time!

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Thank you both. You've pretty much solidified what I had been thinking. My favorite right now is also the center dress. The blue on is traditionally a mans style but I wanted to sketch it out anyhow- doesn't look very witchy though I don't imagine Baba Yaga caring if she wears a dress or breeches. The green one also has the high waist so I'm hoping it will make her (me) look more hunched up and dowdy. I'll probably go with green too, I wore blue last year and I just don't like red that much.
I am planning on making an apron with the help of my young niece and an afternoon of finger painting on fabric with rusty red paint!
Whoo! I'm excited again!

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Here are my thoughts: I really like the hair kerchief for your Baba. I think that in itself says Russian. I also think the blouse on the second sketch with the detail on the arms is good but I like either dress for the color. You could add an apron with tasteful blood stains on it. :) As I am thinking about it, I could see you use the fur hat but not the pants.

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Looking good, Stellar. As usual with your stuff.

My 2 cents - I like the green and blue ones best. The skeleton thing on the first one has been done sufficiently often that there are store bought costumes with a similar skeleton design and I don't think you want to bring to mind copying something like that. I like the green and blue color choices and those colors could be used for either costume. Purple doesn't always come across well in photography. The blue costume design looks rather male with the pants design, so I would choose the green one or put a skirt on under the blue designed top.



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All right, I am not ready to start sewing for baba yaga and still plan to wait until July before I start. However I want to be able to start hoarding the fabrics and to do that I need to decide what I'll be doing.
So, for you consideration and comment. i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a444/st
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This is my new concept sketch for baba's clothing (again the drawings are far to clean and wholesome looking), I'm leaning away from my original sketch mostly because it doesn't shout "Russian" as much as I'd like. What do you all think?
And which color scheme should I go with? Red green and blue would all look fine with the indoor lighting. . . I could do purple.

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Ahh, that's a pity about the group plan! Sounds like you have plenty to keep you busy though, and once that settles down your subconscious will have brewed up a grand new project.

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No idea for another steamy costume as yet. I've decided to let it sit in the back of my brain while I work on other projects. The first four months of next year will be insane with other demands for my time. (Why do I do this to myself?) I've learned that my back brain can be relied on when I'm stuck -- if I give it some time.

Our big group plan has fallen apart for now. If it gets resuscitated in time for LoneStarCon3 in 2013, my airship mechanic costume that I already have will work.


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Stillflyin, Have you been stuck with inspiration yet for your steamy costume? Is it to go with a group?

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With the victorian monsters theme of my nexts years even I think Frankenstine would fit right in! He would look great all steamed up as well.
Despite my efforts to focus on the holidays my mind is still mulling over mask mask making. Spoke to a fellow at our local holiday market about the masks he made. They looked like the wearer had mud on their face, or skin that had been mauled and then dried to a jerky. They looked like leather but he said they are cotton dipped in latex!? He said he uses a bunch of mediums and loves commission work. Now I'm trying to decide if I still want to experimnet with make my own baba yaga mask, or whether to commision or collaberate with this dude. I have such a clear image in my head of what I want- working with someone more experianced could just as easily hinder getting that result as it could aid it.

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Cured heads, voids, foam! Frankenstein would be jealous!

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Good foam info STELLAR! Glad to hear your head cured emoticon . I am really looking forward to seeing what becomes of it. I will keep the foam in mind for future use. There has to be something I can do with it.

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A mini spray foam update. It worked well for filling my head model, mostly. Had I been more patient- filled some, waited for expansion and curing and then added more I think my results would have been better. Patience isn't my strongest suit especially working on crafting. I ended up with some spots that didn't cure until I cut a vent to allow air in, and a largish void in the center of my head. (That's right nothing in there between my ears!) What did fill and cure up is perfect and the overall result is usable. I just might do it again sometime, or do the dressmakers form- either way I strongly recommend the insulation foam with the instruction to fill only part and then walk away- Leave the house if you are like me so you aren't tempted to mess with it until you return.

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I love ears. They are so individual and beautiful. When I do a portrait, I prefer to show at least one. An amazing number of people have pointy ears.


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About elf ears: I've posted a picture in our gallery of my flat top hair cut. It features my pointy little ears! It's subtle, true. I've thought about putting a tiny gold ring just under it to emphasize it's presence!

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Our sci fi group does face painting every year as a fund raiser. Consequently, I have learned to do some costume make-up. However, I don't like make up (don't wear any normally) and work hard to avoid it for me.


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I have to stay away from costumes requiring too much make-up. I do not have a talent for application. I struggled this Halloween with my son's make-up. Fortunately, his 10 year old expectations were not as high as mine. I also had to put elf ear tips on my daughter for the renaissance festival and it was not pretty. I just told her to keep her hair over her ears. Realistically - practice makes perfect but I guess make-up is less desirable for me and my costume ideas.

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If you ever get quiet again we'll know to send a rescue team to look for you in instructables! I love native art and had seen a wood carved raven mask (with the moving beak) in action years ago. It left a lasting impression so any similarities in my mask making are fairly intentional.

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...nor had I ever seen INSTRUCTABLES on line. HOW FUN!
yes, I agree. This could be dangerous!

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Oh silly me! I haven't been active on the team boards these past ten days and LOOK WHAT I AM MISSING! You gals are all so creative! I love the idea of two poxes and a cure. The scary hypodermics sound like real antiques! Don't mess up the real deal!
The raven mask you showed reminds me of the masks made by NorthWestern Indians like the Kwakiutl or the Tlinglit. HEAVY wooden contraptions with movable lower beak. I made a peacock mask for a librarian friend two years ago. (I really need to get some costume shots.)
I used a heavy plastic jug and carved it into a half mask. Each row of feathers were attached with strips of papier-mache. In the future I will get a photo and post it.
I once played a clown for a friends grand opening of a sporting goods store. The grease paint really clogs your pores. It was a hot day, and I nearly passed out. The only place I could lay down was in the tent displayed in the showroom. It sure must have looked funny to see giant clown shoes sticking out of the tent! I played a pirate some 25 years ago. I have posted my pic in the photo gallery on the right. I went all out with crepe hair, latex, gauze, and spirit gum. WARNING: USE VASELINE ON YOUR FACE IF MAKING A FULL MASK.
PART OF MY EYEBROWS REMAINED IN ONE PLASTER CAST THAT I MADE.
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No current plans for makeup, mostly because I haven't done great with it in the past. My most recent attempt was last years Halloween. For a party I went as the night sky- navy bridesmaid dress with glued on stars and a crescent moon mask. I wanted to black the rest of my face out, on a friends suggestion I spent seven bucks on a dark eyeshadow which looked pretty good, for a half hour maybe. Then it got blotchy and worked better for the haunted house I helped with later that night. I pretty much decided I was too lazy or too much of a spendthrift to really get into makeup. I just get jealous when I see others do it well. emoticon

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Expensive, not so much these days. Itchy and uncomfortable? Yes. At least for scary add-ons like torn skin or pretty things like gems and feathers. What kind of makeup were you thinking about? In a lifetime-gone-by I was very much into make-up so I might have some decent input.

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I think it's genius, I like the model on the hats idea, and your layered colors in the skirts! I had imagined maybe bacteria patterns printed on the skirts, or gory symptoms make-up but neither seemed practical for both budget and hours of comfort. So many cool ideas out there- one of my friends is basing her costume on an Edward Gorey story!
I have never done much with makeup whenever I consider it I decide it sounds expensive and complicated and uncomfortable. Have you tried much with it?

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About the disease costumes, it's going to be subtle and only the Chem Geeks will get it. The two pox are going to use a spotted element in their clothing, be it skirts or corset, we haven't figured that part out to the T yet. Then, we'll create a model of the bacteria that cause the condition and work it in somehow. I'm voting for having a larger one on a hat and smaller ones incorporated elsewhere.

For penicillin, my first plan is to have an agar colored base-skirt with over panels and eventually bustle in many layers the colors of the penicillin mold growing in the dish. My accessories will be scary, old style hypodermic needles.

The plan right now (we'll see how much spare cash we want to throw into this) is to hand out badge ribbons with Two Pox And Cure on them.

We're bandying about the idea of having wraith costumes, but I dunno. I think it will be hard to get the point across without going to extremes in makeup. My lesson learned from years of Ren- don't wear anything that isn't comfortable enough to live in 20 hours at a go.



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I want a very custom corset or cinch for my Baba Yaga costume, I might try the t-shirt thing for that- humm cheaper than buying but do I trust my sewing skills. . .
I am tickled you are doing a Raven as well- we can share the process! I think it will be fun to see multiple takes on the gothic monsters- and what folks come up with for breaking away from the classics as well! I think the diseases idea is brilliant! - but how are you going to go about it?

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StellarLights, I can only imagine that there will be a whole flock of Ravens next year. I'm making one too! I'm going show-girl style with mine. I'm excited to see how your costume evolves. Your costumes from this year were amazing.

For the next day's costume, me and the girls I'm going with are going to dress as syphilis, chlamydia and penicillin- two pox and sha-cure.

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Years ago, when we were making custom bodices for our Ren costumes, we would put on an old t-shirt, have someone tape us in, cut us out, and then we'd use the taped form itself as a pattern by cutting it where the seams would eventually be. Doing this, we'd get a custom fit without actually making the dress-form. Not sure if this hack will do what you're looking for, but it's great for custom costuming when you need a skin-tight piece.

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It could be a healthy choice as well as creative. A focus on quality family time, simpler handmade gifts, an Orange as a real treat instead of plates upon plates of cookies?. It may be worth some research time. . .
I've heard of a Charles Dickens fair a few times during my steamy web searches. I don't think it is a punk event but it is Victorian Christmas-y, and has steamers attention.

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A steampunk Christmas huh? Never thought of that possibility. I have thought Victorian stuff but don't know why the steamy spin couldn't be put on that. Maybe Santa in a reindeerless carriage - dirigible type thing? Need to think.

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No official plans to steam up my holidays though I was tempted at a thrift store to pick up some clear glass ornaments and then stuff little steamish objects inside. It is limited by what will fit through the narrow opening but I was thinking of strips of paper with calligraphy and some pen nibs, or watch gears and paper numbers. Ah, now I do want to do that. Humn.

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I'm hoping to get some good ideas at the steampunk convention tomorrow. If I do see something i'll take plenty of pics and post them for the group!



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So... any steampunky Christmas ideas?

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You have done a fine job describing the idea. I think you've all given me some good ideas to mull over. Now I'll be prepared to dive right in- just as soon as I find or make a head model. Of course I should be focusing on holiday crafts first, that deadline is closer. ..

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I have been looking for a photo that I saved somewhere that is similar in put up to what you are wanting. As I remember it, it was a Native American inspired critter skull. It wasn't a raven, but the mechanics of the mask were similar. I can't seem to find it.

Anyway, the designer used a gimme baseball hat as the basic part to build on. She put the brim in back and cut most of it off. Then she built the mask from there, attaching to the cap. She had feathers and some dark fabric in back that flowed over the bit of brim to keep them off the neck and cover her hair. She built the top part of the skull to hang over the forehead and attached a jaw bone to end a little bit above the wearer's mouth. She was able to open the mask in front (between the nose and jaw of the critter) enough that the wearer could see pretty well. She put a fine fabric that the wearer could see through over the face. If you looked very closely, you could see the wearer's face through it but most folks would be like me and be totally into the head mask.

I know I've done a poor job of describing it, but maybe something of what I remember will help you. I'll keep an eye out for the photo that I know I put somewhere.


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Ooh, Nice that looks great.
Raven mask would be worn more like a hat though once I get to a point where I can look in a mirror with it I'll consider hiding my face with make up, a hood, or something. Or I might not- If the mask is striking enough a mere human face wont distract from it.
I've been planning on making a Baba yaga mask from leather, and I hadn't ruled it out for the raven but was thinking I'd need it to be sturdier. Paper clay might be perfect- forgot I could sand it, haven't really used it much in the past.
My main hold up is that I need a sturdy head shaped base to work from. Styrofoam model heads are out because my face inst a close enough match to "model" face- and Mr HATES the sound of the stuff. I'm looking at making myself a noggin mold just like I would the personalized dressmaker dummies. A project all it's own so it may be a bit before I try that.

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Ah, now something like THAT is something that could be done with either wet and formed leather or paper clay. I would lean towards paper clay. They covered both methods in the same session. Paper clay is stronger, can be sanded, and painted.

This link is for an entirely different kind of mask, although I really like it. You may also find something in instructables that could help. aviannacosplay.wordpress.com/tutoria
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BTW - that is a super cool mask. Do you want it to cover your face or wear it more as a hat type thing?


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Oi, I just got lost in instructables again. Dangerous place. Thank you Stillflyin for the cool link and the memory jog. Sadly it isn't really what I was looking for. I am in the very early stages of contemplating mask making for my "Poe's raven" costume.
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There are so many great instructables videos. Hope this one gives you some ideas TABBYARTS.

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I mentioned that I attended a class at a sci fi convention on making a variety of headgear from wetting and molding leather. It probably wouldn't help for a flight helmet.

However, I believe it would not be hard to make a pattern and cut up a garage sale purse to make your helmet. Here is a link for one on instructables -
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A while ago Stillflyin mentioned somewhere going to a demo on how to make a flight helmet/hat? out of cardboard? Am I remembering right? If I am is that something I could find on-line or hear your summery of?

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Those boots are AWESOME! (i'd never wear them!) theylook like glorious torture devises!
I keep seeing one costume shop in El Paso. I haven't yet convinced Brie to stop in there. We are building replica vintage airplanes, so I'm sure that we will be getting her a pair eventually. She REALLY liked the steamship captain pin featured on Girl Genius. Perhaps I can get her involved?! Now I can't find the link with the pin,but here is some stuff from the the Foglio's Girl Genius collection
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They are comfortable enough- though I really wish they had a lower and wider heel. Fortunately they inspired me to get working on my chicken legged house because otherwise I'd be making a dress dummy in the wrong size just because I'm so impatient when I'm excited about stuff.

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FIrst off, those boots are wonderful STELLAR. As long as they are comfortable heels can be endured ( for awhile).
Secondly, what a great idea - the duct tape body form I mean. I have considered buying a form before but I may just give this idea a try. I think my kids would enjoy wrapping me up in duct tape. It would really give being their mummy a whole new twist. emoticon Sorry about that I just couldn't resist saying it. Must be the Halloween vibe in the air.

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I made one of those duct tape body forms a while ago. If you look back through my blogs, you can see my (as usual) long description on making it - with pictures. I've changed shapes now, so it is history (Yay!). I lost enough weight to actually buy a real, adjustable plus size body form at a garage sale. You will need a friend that you don't mind getting really close to put the tape on you. I wouldn't even try to do it myself.

LIke my friend that I mentioned earlier, I almost always make new patterns up in some cheap fabric to check the size. Patterns almost never fit me as presented. And I almost always make changes and rarely make what is shown in the picture, anyway. In my fitting try out, I take lots of shortcuts in sewing it and often don't do details like adding the sleeves and never closures.


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I was just looking at that pattern again, and decided again not to buy it- yet. I just don't quite trust my abilities enough to alter patterns to fit me right, leave alone changing it to be closer to what I want. Someday I'm going to make one of these personal duct taped dressmaker forms so I can see things and alter patterns on my own "body" without crazy contortions or borrowing my sister. www.threadsmagazine.com/item/3659/cl
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Cool shoes/boots. Too tall heels for me, but they will look fantastic on you!

Subject change - one of the women in my sewing group was cutting out Simplicity 2172 during our work day yesterday. There are a lot of pieces to that outfit and some complicated looking assembly. She's making her cheap fabric version before making the expensive and gorgeous version. She attended a session in corset making at a science fiction convention last year and we expect that will help on the bustier part.

I had already decided that if I used that pattern, I would be making significant changes. Now, I'm thinking even more so.


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Those are amazing!!! That is an great find at the local thrift store. I love thrift stores, it's like a treasure hunt every time.



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I've just gotta share because I am so excited and silly over the boots I just found. Rare enough that I find boots that fit me and I like at a thrift store but to find ones that actually say "Russian Steampunk Witch" absolutely nuts!
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They are brassy metallic, not so dark as in the photo. The heels are taller than I'd like but the witchy pointed toes don't actually pinch my real toes so I decided it wouldn't be too crazy to wear them, I was sold.
I am all excited and want to stay up late making her chicken legged house.

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The costumes have no specifications, but to make things easier i will be keeping the dress's the sizes they currently are. There is one I figured will remain the same, i am going to make the dress look like a series of gears with the top looking like the top of a steam machine. Hopefully it will actually work.



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Wow! It does sound like a fun challenge with the wedding dresses. Are your finished pieces going to be for certain people or certain sizes?


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That sounds like a wonderful challenge! I have seen some really beautiful steampunk wedding gowns. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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I was recently given 5 wedding dresses by a friend of mine. She challenged me to make a few steampunk wedding dresses. I'm still working on the sketches of what I want to do with each one.



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Oooh! what are you planning?
Just as a tiny word of warning- I just cleared a bunch of items out of the craft closet, and am now realizing I don't actually have a costume closet or a steampunk one. Huh, darn.

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I am about to start on my first true in depth costume and I love the idea of a list. I have no choice but to get these outfits done so i can get them out of my craft closet!




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