Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Paper Mache Sugar Skull

Today I finished a rad sugar skull that I'm pretty fucking happy with. Instead of over-explaining this one, I'm gonna just upload a few pictures and some very simple steps for you to give it a try.

Do it!


1. Mix 1 part flour to 2 parts water. Get all the lumps out.

2. Blow up a balloon (not all the way) and knot it. Cut a book page’s two right-hand corners off. Masking tape it to the balloon to form the jaw.

3. Shred newspaper into strips and dip into flour mixture.

4. Make a mess. Add strips going one direction all over the balloon, tape, and paper.

5. Allow to completely dry.

6. Add more dipped strips, going the opposite direction. Make another mess.

7. Allow to completely dry. Pop the balloon from the bottom with a pin.

8. Smooth all over with sandpaper.

9. Coat with gesso or primer. Allow to dry. Add a second coat and allow to dry.

10. Use an image search to find inspiration for painting the face.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

DIY Fascinator

You guys know I'm a sucker for vintage accessories, right? How about a handmade, upcycled vintage accessory? Umm, fuckin A!

Check out how to make a fascinator from Broke With Designer Taste!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wooden Tikis


This is a super easy project that has 1,000 or more variations.

Materials:

  • Block of Wood
  • Yarn or Rope
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Nails (for Franken-tiki)
  • Hot Glue or White Glue (hot glue for rope; white glue for yarn)
  • Brayer (for the golden tiki)


Franken-Tiki

Start with a block of wood and hammer a couple of giant fucking nails into the sides. Crooked and big are fine! Do a Google image search for franken-tikis to pick a good face to start with. Sketch it onto a block of wood using a pencil. It will leave a slight indentation on soft wood. Pick the best shade of ghoulish green yarn.



Paint it a sickly green. I mix yellow and black and add water so that the wood grain shows through.


When it's dry, outline the pencil marks with white glue. Cut the yarn to size and press it into the glue lines.


Add more paint in different shades of ghoulish green. The eyes should be white/yellow, and keep in mind that the low brow will leave a weird shadow just below it (that's why I didn't fill in the entire eye space; leave the tops of the eyes dark).


Using a dry brush, add a few more splotches of color, and make the hair black.


Rope Tiki

Draw a face onto a block of wood with a pencil.


Trace the pencil lines with hot glue and follow with cuts of rope.





Golden Tiki

Do the same as above, only use white glue and any motherfucking color yarn.



Use a brayer to add iridescent paint onto the yarn part only. If you use a brush, you risk getting the shiny shit onto the dull background.



Saturday, July 12, 2014

Strainer Earring Holder



I've seen lots-a earring holders that are cute and all, but most of them are mainly for dangle earrings. This one will accommodate both dangles and posts. Ready to make one? Listen up:



Materials
  • Cheap-ass Strainer
  • Pliers
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Rick-Rack, Sequins (not "sequence," dummy), Ribbon, etc.
  • Iron-on or Patch
  • Wire Cutters

Plug in yer hot glue gun so it has time to warm up.

I found this hand-held strainer at Daiso (goddamn, I love that place), but they are available in any type of dollar store in any strip mall. The idea is to bend the handle back so that it becomes a stand, leaving enough room for you to put the earring backs on. This one was a teeny bit tough to bend, and if yours is too, use wire cutters to snip a little bit of metal to allow the handle to fold back.


Use pliers to bend it if you can't do it by hand.



Play around with the handle as well as the 2 loopy-legs in front until it stands up by itself.


Now add your rick-rack, sequins, ruffle, fabric, beads, etc. around the outside of the circle. I started with black rick-rack...


...and used a coffee stirrer to press it into place. You may think you're immune to hot glue burns, but trust me, motherfucker, you aren't. Don't fucking burn yourself.


... then I added red sequins on top of that.


Finally, glue a patch or iron-on at the top, hiding the seams.



Tips:

  • Experiment with a necklace, fabric, fringe, pom-poms, chain, fur, etc. to glue around the outside, but be sure to start at the top. This way the patch will cover up where the two ends met.
  • Stick a bunch of patches or photos all the way around the outside.
  • These strainers come in lots-a sizes. Make some big ones, and some small. 
  • Spray paint the strainer.
  • If you're looking for a-fucking-dorable stud earrings, check out Metal Monk.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

"Die, Die, My Darling" Misfits T-Shirt Dress

Remember when I made a dress from my Horrorpops T-shirt? I'm doing it again with this Misfits shirt dress. I had this leopard skirt that I wasn't wearing a whole lot because it has an elastic waist. Since it looked good with the purple screen printing on this T-shirt I found at a thrift store, I *had* to fucking sew them together.


Materials

  • T-shirt
  • Skirt
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Serger (optional)
  • Pins
  • Dress form (optional)


The sleeves and neck were already cut off when I bought it, so if you want it to be a tank, chop them off. Also chop off any elastic that's on the skirt.


It helps to run the skirt through the sewing machine if there is a slip attached that you want to keep.

Try them on at the same time and decide how long the skirt should be and how long the shirt should be. They should meet somewhere around your natural waistline. Pin the two together with a safety pin so they are attached at the level you want.

Take it off and turn them both inside-out, still attached by the safety pin. Using straight pins, pin the rest of the skirt to the shirt all the way around, from front to the back. Don't skimp on the pins!


A dress form comes in handy here, but it's optional. Take it to the sewing machine to stitch all the way around the waistline. Make sure both are inside-out and that the printed sides of each are together. Sew in a straight line all the way around. If you're great at sewing, you can go straight to the serger here.


Using a serger is easy but threading the motherfucker is another story!

Trim any access "ruffle" fabric so that it doesn't look all bunchy when it's on.


Once the two are joined, turn it right-side-out and try it on. It took me a few more trips back to the serger to get the right length. Change it up if you need to.

When you're happy with the waistline, it's a good idea to do a topstitch. This means you turn it right-side-out and run it through the sewing machine *just* off of the line where the shirt and skirt meet. See the left photo? The skirt goes out, then down, making it kinda puffy. The one on the right has a topstitch, which makes it look finished and reduces puffiness.


Additional tips:

You really and truly don't have to be good at sewing to do a project like this. Just sew in as straight a line as you can, but if you get something bunchy, try again.


Still fucking up? Got strings and puckering and uneven lines? Cover that shit up with a belt.