Here’s a tutorial for creating a Halloween decoration that’s really different and unique! Better yet, the materials are super cheap. The skeleton is from the Dollar Tree (and comes in a pack of 4!), and the butterfly wings are from a craft store. The only other materials you need are things you probably already have: some black paint (for aging the bones a little and darkening the eye sockets), scissors, and a hot glue gun. I’m thinking I might need an army of these little guys . . . .
Set designer and artist Raquel Rodrigo brings the macro details of cross-stitch embroidery to building facades around Madrid. Her colorful installations are prepared beforehand with enlarged cross-stitch techniques utilizing thick string wrapped on wire mesh before each is unrolled and affixed to a surface. The decorative pieces create a fun, pixelated texture that looks completely different close up versus at a distance.
I came across this Jaws necklace on Imgur the other day. There wasn’t any information about it. It couldn’t be too terribly difficult to make. Start with come clay, paints and get some chains. And as a fan of “Bruce the Shark,” I may end up giving this a try.
But I decided to take a peek on Etsy to see if I could find it. While I couldn’t find it on Etsy, I did find a very cool alternative.
The design on this slice of birch tree is a combination of colored pencils and ink. It’s been sealed with a high-gloss epoxy and coated with a matte varnish. Despite being sealed, Kahahuna doesn’t recommend getting this piece excessively wet because it may cause the wood to swell and damage the design. All buttons and pendants are made one at a time and none are exactly the same. Necklace is fitted on a 14″ link chain or hemp cord. The birch bark may unravel over time, but this does not harm the design and adds to the character. It’s available on brass chain or shimmery wire-wrapped hemp, both with lobster clasps.
Kahahuna also sells this necklace for only $20.00.
I had the pleasure of setting up shop at TopCon this past weekend, a small convention in Topeka, Kansas. It being their hometown, of course the IBOTKS were there (Iron Brothers of Topeka, KS). They’re a family cosplay group that’s built some amazing Ironman themed cosplays, along with many other costumes too. I just happened to catch this video of Ironman and War Machine getting their groove on with a T-Rex (and it’s hard to see, but there’s this little kid in the middle of it all dancing his little heart out too). Needless to say, it was a fun weekend. If you want to see more pictures from TopCon, head on over to their photo gallery!
More Links of Interest
- Find my video of IBOTKS Ironman and War Machine dancing with a T-Rex here.
- Find out more about the Iron Brothers of Topeka (IBOTKS) here.
- Find out more about Topeka’s original geek expo, TopCon, here.
- Find more conventions on Geek Crafts.
- Find more IBOTKS on Geek Crafts.
- Find more cosplay on Geek Crafts.
- Find more Ironman on Geek Crafts.
- Find more dinosaurs on Geek Crafts.
BenaeQuee of Brooklyn recently made this Batgirl-inspired purse for a friend to go with her Batgirl costume, for DragonCon. They went back and forth and BenaeQuee was given creative freedom to create this. Her friend already owns two more of BenaeQuee’s bag and several accessories, the friend knew something awesome was bound to happen.
This is the Swoon Rosie pattern and it was BenaeQuee’s first time making it. She had to create the bat from Pellon 808 backed yellow cotton fabric with HTV heat pressed on in gold and yellow. That was then appliqued onto the front flap by hand cranking her sewing machine. Rosie is a comfortable crossbody bag with a casual style. It features a long adjustable strap, two zippered pockets and a roomy main compartment.
Does he shoot spiders from his optic blasts? Ewwwwwwwwww, shudder! Was Peter Parker bitten by a radioactive Scott Summers? Spidey Matt’s thought was it was a spider bitten by a radioactive mutant. It wasn’t until Ben Gray (Uncle Ben / Jean Gray) died, that he became a hero.
If you check out his Facebook page, Spidey Matt has some really great tips on how to put together a good Spider-Man suit. It’s definitely worth a read.