This entry actually comes from a non-geeky place: Yahoo! News, in an article by Makenzie Koch. 8-year-old Hope Laliberte has been wearing leg braces for the past four years, but not just any leg braces. Her first pair had skulls and crossbones on the back. Her second pair featured Batman and Spider-Man.
When it was time to get new braces, Hope didn’t even consider princesses or hearts and rainbows. She only wanted one thing — Disney villains.
Hope wanted braces that showcased Ursula, the evil sea witch from “The Little Mermaid,” and Cruella de Vil, the fashion foe of “101 Dalmatians.” But the brace clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital where Hope has her braces fitted didn’t carry such designs, only a limited sample book from which children can choose from. “They offer all different types of little girl designs, but she wasn’t having any of that,” says the mom.
So Laliberte-Lebeau turned to family friend and tattoo artist Aaron Guillemette to make Hope’s wish come true. She ordered light pink braces, and sent them to Guillemette, who owns tattoo shop Up in Flames in Fall River, to do a custom design.
The light pink braces are made of a resin and acrylic plastic, which made the process difficult when Guillemette tried to apply paint directly to the braces, according to a story published recently by The Herald News. Instead, he drew the characters on sticker paper and painted them with acrylic paint. After several drafts, he attached the papers to Hope’s braces and coated them in polyurethane to protect the art work.
Hope’s new braces now have her two favorite Disney villains on the back complete with evil eels, Dalmatian spots, and Hope’s name.
Ever look in the mirror and wonder, “How can I make my hair nerdier?” Liz Tailor did, so she started a series of posts called, “30 Days of Nerdy Hair.”
“One day I was reading Shape magazine (a rather non-nerdy publication) and I read about a 30 day hair challenge where the author of the article tried a new hairstyle every day for 30 days,” she writes. “And I thought to myself, ‘Liz, you are terrible at doing your own hair! You should try this.’ And of course I had to find a nerdy way to do it!! So 30 Days of Nerdy Hair was born.”
Since back in 2012, she has been taking cues from movies, tv shows, video game characters and music videos, and recreating hairstyles herself at home. Inspiration has come from such varied sources as “Tomb Raider,” “Indiana Jones,” “Saved by the Bell,” Secretary Barbie, “Game of Thrones,” “Once Upon a Time,” and “Star Trek,” just to name a few. Featured above is Lagertha from the TV show, “Vikings.”
She’s currently in the middle of a new series of posts so be sure to hop over and check it out!
Whose nerdy hair do you admire and covet? Share in the comments below!
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NerdECrafter, a polymer clay crafter from Canada, has done a video tute on how to make your own mosquito, trapped in amber, a la “Jurassic Park.” She also gives a couple different options for the color and mold of the resin used, so you really can make your very own pendant.
Tholins posted a gallery of her Steampunk Dark Phoenix costume over on Imgur recently. She got this costume done just in time for Balticon 2015, and her boyfriend talked her into doing the masquerade.
There is a staggering amount of information that goes along with her gallery. It’s almost along the lines of a good tutorial (too much info to include here in this post), because she talks about the types of material she used for each piece.
Arachnea, a self-proclaimed geek from Ontario, posted this project on Craftster and called it, “The Geek’s Bedroom.”
She said she’s a geek and so is her husband, so she decided to create a roombox miniature of a geek’s bedroom. More specifically: a comic book geek. In the series of photos she posted, Arachnea included an amazing amount of details in her little room: furniture, a rug, a ton of books, comics, candy wrappers, a little t-shirt, an even posters and stuff on a bulletin board! It’s the kind of place I’d like to hang out.
With all the fantastic geek fabric hitting the stores and interwebs these days, you may be wondering what to make with it. Here’s an idea from Sasha of Tattooed Martha – add some flair to your favorite pair of shorts.
Her tutorial walks you through creating a custom panel for shorts you already love, with the bonus of Velcro tabs so you can switch the panels out! Genius! And extra bonus? It’s all NO SEW!
I would think this might also work to create interchangeable geek fabric pockets to attach to the front or side of skirts.
What geek fabric would you like to use to spice up your wardrobe?
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