Flame gem embellishment is so HOT!

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With Matsuricon right around the corner, I’ve been adding the finishing touches to my Flame Princess costume. I am very excited to see it all come together. This has been a very stress-free project. Having time to lounge on my couch and add some tedious detailing, makes me one happy woman.

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I finished casting the resin gems, sanded them, and added a brief coating of red enamel spray paint for shine. (since I sadly could not get my clear resin casts to cure..) I drilled tiny holes around the exterior of the gem, with a 1/16 inch drill bit, and sewed the gem to the dress with embroidery floss. I also began adding some stitching in orange and red floss around the flame trim of the dress.

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Since glass beads are my new favorite decoration, I added pocks of them around the gem and flame trim. I might add some more around the tulle at the bottom of the dress (only if I get real bored this week…)

Next up:  tonight will be a brief styling of the wig and sewing in the second gem.

Also, cleaning up a couple other previous costumes to wear for the weekend. I will photograph and some detail shots for future posts.

For those interesting in attending the convention this weekend, August 19th – 21st:

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Frustrations Casting in Clear Resin

I only have a few things to post briefly about this afternoon, as I have no made much progress on my current project. My day job gets me pretty exhausted some days. I also sing in a band and get a little rowdy at practice on Wednesday nights. I’d like to think I’m working on my self discipline.

I have an extensive history in molding and casting in various rubbers and plastics. I majored in dimensional illustration in college, and have a brief background in freelance toy sculpture. I am not stranger to the chemistry. I love mixing plastic, and am quite proficient at making lasting molds.

The mold I am using to cast for my Flame Princess costume is the same mold I poured for my first rendition of the character a year ago. The mold is poured out of Smooth-On OOMOO 30. It has held up great! It is a simple one-sided mold, nothing crazy.

Among all of the toys and pieces I have cast, I have never dabbled in clear polyurethane resin. I purchased Castin’ Craft clear polyester casting resin a week ago, along with some red Alumilite dye. A week after my initial pour, the cast is still tacky and gooey.

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Looks pretty. Definitely do not touch.

I’m pretty bummed about the turn-out. Maybe next time around I will try a different brand, or maybe I’ll get lucky and the casts will harden up over the weekend!

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In the mean time I cast a couple opaque white gems, with Smooth On and the Alumilite red dye. They turned out wonderful, with absolutely no bubbles. I’ll paint these up with some red vinyl and a gloss coat.

For the future, I’ll stick to brands I know, and do a little research before buying a new resin. I read quite a few reviews after-the-fact, and most recommend this resin for small jewelry items. These gems are approximately 2×4 inches and an inch in depth, so it might just big of an item to cure.

Trial and error = another learning experience!

Flame Princess and Cinnamon Bun: An Update

Last night I made a huge jump in progress on my Cinnamon Bun purse for my upcoming Adventure Time costume.

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Just look at that adorable face!

The bag is about 10 inches in diameter and two inches in depth. It is constructed from simple felt and foamie squares from the craft section! His face is embroidered, (as my last post demonstrated in detail), sewn, and some parts are fashioned with hot glue.

Image one shows the foamie guts, hand sew together and later made more sturdy with hot glue. The second image shows the depth of the bag. Not too bulky, and will fit my wallet and cellphone nicely for walking around the convention! The third and fourth images show the felt pieces pinned and ready to stitch.

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For the little legs and feet I just free-handed outlines on a piece of felt. Stitched, turned inside out, and then sewed onto the body.

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The final Bun in all his glory. I am really stoked with how he turned out. Simple project, but I hope it gives a lot of laughs!

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The base of the dress is complete. I would still like to add embroidery to the top of the dress with some glass beads. I still have another week before this costume’s debut, so plenty of time for fun detail!

Detail shots of the chest and flames added at the bottom. I just gathered red tulle and stitched along the hem of the dress. The chest sure looks like it is missing the gem piece, right?!

Next time:  frustrations casting in clear resin….

Upcoming Costume WIP Flame Princess

I am impatiently waiting for my day to wrap up here at my job, so I can go home and get some real work done! My current project is another rendition of my favorite Adventure Time character, Flame Princess.

A year ago at ACEN 2015, I joined in on some Adventure Time group cosplay! I originally stuck with the OG FP outfit, with the tall flame hair and long dress. I chose to work with a lot of faux silk / satin fabrics and boy was it a nightmare. Since then, I’ve upgraded to a newer sewing machine that can handled nearly anything I throw at it. Nonetheless, I love what I did with the wig. The dress, not so much.

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This time around I’m making her short hair / short dress outfit from “Vault of Bones”!

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Below is progress so far. I am using a “vintage 50’s” dress pattern. My mannequin form is a lot bigger than me in the chest, which can be such a pain. Considering this is a strapless dress.

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So far to finish the piece I need to:

    • Install the zipper on the left-hand side.
    • Hem the dress and tulle.
    • Add red tulle to create flames at the bottom of the dress.
    • Mold and cast two clear red resin gems for the chest and wig.
    • If I have the time, embroider along the top of the dress with beads.

Last but not least, the best accessory to go with my cosplay:

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Cinnamon Bun!!
I am embroidering a small handbag to go along with the costume. Super pleased with how his little face turned out. It will be about 10 inches tall.

Polished photos of the complete project are to come!

WIP Cosplay: Tyene Sand

Another project I’ve put to a halt to work on another costume! I made it wearable for a Medieval Faire up in northeast Ohio, but then needed a break! This was my second applique attempt and was all done by hand. Unfortunately I did not think to purchase an embroidery hoop, so the fabric got slightly puckered.

Here is an image of the the costume in a “somewhat wearable state”. I would like to re-do the harness portion. The vinyl was cheap and did not work too great with my sewing machine. I also made it the night before going out of town for the festival. Projects never look good when rushed! I absolutely love the wig though. It is the Rocky style from Arda Wigs’ classic collection. arda-wigs.com. So many people believed this was my actual hair, and it also made me miss having a pixie cut, like, real bad.

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Please ignore shameless bathroom selfie, I did not have an opportunity to take a better picture of the costume!

Below I’d like to showcase my process of creating the embroidered applique. I still have a lot to learn, but it was an extremely cathartic activity. I am so into embroidering things right now.

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Step 1.  Sketch design in pencil and begin first layer of embroidery floss. (Tip: next time use a hoop..)

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Step 2. Completed layer of embroidered flowers.

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Step 3. Embelish with glass beads

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Step 4. Same process for the shoulder embroidery. Final vs. Sketch underneath.

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Step 5. Apply applique to the dress base.

I wish I would have embroidered directly to the dress, but definitely wanted to see if I could even tackle hand embroidery in the first place. Looks like I can, right? Next time, I promise, directly on the dress.