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18 July 2006 @ 02:48 am
Apparently someone decided to use my ear canals as a cement mixer. I went to the doctor today to have them irrigated, but that barely did anything, so she told me to put olive oil in my ears overnight for the next couple of days and come back on Wednesday. Let's hope this works.

Zhang He's armor is about 95% painted. All it needs are some touchups around the edges and on the "faces" on the gold butterflies. Then I get to figure out how to put it together. I also get to twiddle my thumbs and wonder why my feathers aren't here yet. My order did go through...I guess Canada Post really is that slow. I hope I have my foofy trim in time for Otakon, but if I don't, I'll bring the costume anyway. I did the base gold coat on one of my peacock talons, too.

I didn't really feel much like painting this evening because it's ridiculously hot and the paint tends to dry fast, so I worked on Zhu Rong's skirt instead. That pattern I thought was done? Nope. I copied it to Pattern-Ease and tried it on, and it rode up when I moved because it didn't have enough walking ease. Oops. With a moderate amount of frustration, I figured out how to fix that (split on hip darts and front center line, spread, graft in wedges - I'd do the back center, too, but it had enough room already), so hopefully tomorrow's version will be final.

Also, I got OMGWTFSHINY syndrome for Seung Mina's 1-player Soul Calibur III outfit. (The red and green one.) Yay cotton sateen! Yay Wonder Under applique!
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: nothing because my ears are clogged
Englebert Slaptyback: Joan and Abedrjayphd on July 18th, 2006 07:20 am (UTC)
Speaking of cosplaying... (Yes, this is who I was talking about on the Internets. Figured I'd save you the effort.)
arafel on July 18th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
Yay for Seung Mina cosplay!

When I read about the pattern modifications you're making for Zhu Rong, I realize just how little I know about sewing. XD
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on July 19th, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
Yay indeed. Your Seung Mina is perty!

The fancy-sounding modification stuff just comes from reading tons of random sewing articles and remembering bits and pieces when I notice that my garment isn't behaving the way I want it to. (The wedge grafting basically made the rectangular skirt pattern curve into something like a pattern for a cone, so it would flare out instead of hanging straight down and not leaving my legs much room to move.) I have a pretty good memory for the basic shapes of pattern blocks and positions of darts and whatnot, and I'm also good at remembering the official terms for sewing concepts, which makes me sound a lot more knowledgeable than I really am. =P
galenb3rgalenb3r on July 18th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
I've had interesting experiences with stuff sent through the mail from Canada. I ordered a reproduction 14th century belt buckle from a guy in Canada about a year ago. I wanted to get it shipped over night, but he told me not to waste the postage. I asked him why and he told me that the last time he had shipped one to a customer within the U.S. the US Postal Service had held it in quarentine for one week on grounds of national security. Fortunately I was able to get it within a few days through a friend of his that was coming down for the same event. If belt buckles now present a perceived threat to national security imagine what feathers could do.
Chroma Keychromal on July 18th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
Olive oil? hmm. I hope it works. If not, you could take the advise my physician gave me, which is, go to the pharmacy or supermarket and buy a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, pour a shot and mix it 1:1 with water, then turn your head sideways for each ear and let the peroxide sit in your ear canal for five minutes. (it'll bubble and tickle and sound weird) Afterwords, flush it with water from a rubber bulb water squirting thing. Do this twice a day in each ear.