June 17

The Making of a Mermaid

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ilikeshields posted a series of photographs of a university project she was involved with, back in 2013. (The one picture I’ve posted here doesn’t do the project justice. Trust me, go check out the series!) In it, she spent two days having a full body cast done so she could be turned into a stylized mermaid.

Some of the commenters didn’t like the extra fins the mermaid was given, but I think the finished project is amazing! It’s like they created a new race of mermaids. Humans don’t all look the same. Why should mermaids?

June 5

Andy Warhol’s “Marilyn”

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Just because it’s now June and almost officially summer, it doesn’t mean that we don’t need awesome blankets to snuggle up with. And Anderlance of British Columbia, Canada has crocheted an awesome blanket to share with us!

Anderlance had been waiting for her local store to get in their shipment of yarn, after finishing the first panel of this afghan over a month ago. The pattern is by Cindy Joe, and there are three more panels to go. The square in the picture is 115 stitches by 125 stitches, measuring 4′ 2″ wide X 4′ 5″ long.

May 29

Woodland Rabbit Hoop

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Roler posted this cute hoop to Craftster recently. She made it for her partner in the Woodland Creature & Enchanted Forest Swap. Her partner wanted an original creature that took on parts of its surroundings as part of its body.

A maple seed was created in the bunny’s ear, a leaf went onto it’s chest and a lotus flower became it’s tail.

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May 21

Girl Creates Freakishly Realistic Mermaid Scales With Makeup…

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just because she was bored. :)

Makeup artist Channing Carlisle proved she was more than up to the challenge of literally turning herself into a mermaid with the help of special effects products and some makeup brands you likely have in your own arsenal right now. She explained that she was inspired by fellow makeup artist Arianna Blean, who had posted a video where she painted fish scales onto a client’s leg. (What’s a leg except for a skin-covered fish tail that’s been split in two, right?)

But Channing didn’t stop at painting scales onto her leg, as she used SFX techniques to make it seem like her skin was being ripped open to reveal a glistening tail. To achieve the look, she used Inglot Cosmetics, Mehron Makeup, and Anastasia Beverly Hills products, among other brands. The result was a look so realistic, it went viral on Twitter and left some commenters confused as to what, exactly, happened to her leg.

But if you think this is Channing’s “grossest” work, you’d be far from correct. She pointed out that last October, she’d created a “maggot-infested wound” on her own hand. Yep, definitely the grossest. Mermaids have nothing on maggots.

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April 30

Where is Snoopy When You Need Him?

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In January, Rapola posted about the Radio Flyer scooter he turned into the Red Baron’s plane.

He took a new Radio Flyer scooter (from the 2000’s), got rid of the plastic parts and gave it a red baron inspired make-over. While it looks like a relic from the 1950’s, that is due to Radio Flyer making toys in China, to lower specifications than we have in the States. Rapola got this for $28 at a local auction.

Steel wool and stripper took care of the old paint. A couple things they were trying to accomplish with the fiberglass:
1. Patch all of the holes from the cheap plastic grill/steering column
2. Cover the ugly factory seam where the the two halves of the body meet
3. Lay foundation to better profile the scooter

This was actually the third scooter he’s done, last one was a P-40 Warhawk themed scooter. No word on if he sells them once completed, or if he keeps them for his own collection.