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02 May 2004 @ 04:24 am
I'm not dead!  
Weeeeeee. Anna is up for the week, so we're having lots of fun. The costume is going quite well. Apart from the claws, both feet are done. The horn is nearly fully clayed (it just needs to finish drying so I can sand it). Pauldron #2 should get its ring tomorrow. The bikini top is almost done - I just have to put a couple of stitches in the corners of two fur pieces, attach the bra straps to the underside of the fur straps (well, sort of - I'm not going to sew them directly on because I want to be able to adjust the straps if necessary, so I'll just sew strips of bias tape across them), and figure out how to finish off the back part where the hooks are. There's plenty of fur left over back there, and it will overlap and snap or Velcro somehow for seamless coverage, but I need to work out the exact details of that. Some of the glove pieces have been cut, Sharpied, and dried, and I just finished the remaining part of the glove pattern (the blue strip that goes across the back of the hand and scoops down on the palm side) earlier tonight. I've been working on my hair, too. I just finished caulking a packet of Kanekalon into a weft, which I'm going to cut up and style into bangs that I can pin into my hair. (The pins will be hidden under the headband, so I don't even have to worry about making that part look perty.)

Speaking of the headband, that's my biggest worry at the moment. I know how I'm going to make most of it (I have headliner for a smooth, substantial base and nice fabric to cover it with), but that horn weighs 2 1/2 pounds (I actually got on the scale with it), and I'm worried that it will make the headband droop weirdly or sit uncomfortably on my head. I already know that my neck is going to get tired (aergryph had that problem with her clayed Berserker horn), but I can deal with that. I have a bunch of heavy wireform mesh and thick armature wire, so I figure that I can make a headband base out of mesh, poke the wire into the horn, and use pliers to wrap its ends tightly around the mesh. That should work. I hope.

In other news, my shoulder has decided that it randomly hates me, so I'm not going to lift until it feels normal again. I tried to go on Friday. It sucked. I know that a week or two off from lifting isn't going to give me 20 extra pounds of bodyfat and the strength of your average wet noodle, but it's still annoying, especially when you're only 5 pounds away from squatting your own weight. Oh well. At least I can jog without making myself owey, so I don't have to be a total couch potato in the meantime.
 
 
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カダージュ: anbu by kuiperaergryph on May 2nd, 2004 07:09 am (UTC)
I don't know how much my horn weighs...but my headband is simply fabric sewn together and velcros in the back ^_^;;
Then the horn is just hotglued (A TON of hotglue) onto the fabric and I've had no problems with it. Just gotta make sure the headband is on tight (but it's still comfortable). After a while, the horn does begin to take it's toll on my ear it kinda rests on but I was surprised that after a full day of wearing the costume, my ear/head felt fine after taking it off. No soreness or anything ^_^

The hotglue seems to hold it fine too, I've kinda experimented with trying to pull it off and such, but it's stuck on there pretty good.
I wore a regular headband underneath Rikku's, so that it was hidden and it did help to pad my head/ear from the weight of the horn.

I found it amusing that I had a lot of people come up to me and ask where my other horn was, haha ^_^;;
The Heavy Metal Matador: frylockrydain on May 2nd, 2004 12:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info! ^_^ I never knew hotglue was quite that powerful...and I'll be ready for the "where's your other horn" people, too. =P
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The Heavy Metal Matador: frylockrydain on May 2nd, 2004 12:12 pm (UTC)
The joint advice is not out of place at all! I really appreciate your input and suggestions. ^_^ The joint does click intermittently. Namely, I can sometimes get my shoulder to click by doing a Cuban rotation sort of movement with that arm, but it will only click once unless I stop and start moving again a little while later.

*is flattered by your costume-related compliments* ^_^ Sewing really isn't tough to get into. Practice your accuracy by drawing lines on some paper and running the machine over them without any thread (the needle holes will show you how well you did), and when you make something, be patient and don't hesitate to use the hand wheel if you need to sew something that's curvy or has a teeny seam allowance or is too bulky to go through the feed dogs well. The hand wheel has been indispensable to my work on this costume. Fake fur doesn't always play well with machines. =P

It would be lots of fun to make costumes for theater productions and whatnot, but I really can't make stuff for anybody else at the moment because I am S-L-O-W. =P I'm not yet at the level of those folks who can assemble a well-crafted costume in a weekend...but I am working on that. Stef and I want to take sewing classes this summer, which should give me lots of practice with making nicely constructed garments and not taking hours and hours to do so.
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The Heavy Metal Matador: frylockrydain on May 2nd, 2004 06:35 pm (UTC)
You guessed right. I'm a righty, and my left shoulder is the one that's acting up. It does indeed click in that 150-180 degree range that you mentioned. Should I rest that arm until it doesn't click like that any more?

BTW, where did you learn all this good stuff? Inquiring minds want to know. ^_^