Costume & Crafting Help

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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by theCryptofishist » Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:07 pm

Remember--there are two kinds of glue gun glue. One melts hotter than the other. If they get hot enough they will become all melty again. So it's different than chemical glues, like epoxy, and I bet there are glues that interact with air somehow--I would not be surprised if super glue was like this. And then there are glues that dry--elmer's, the classic white glue, for instance. Getting the glues that dry wet again interferes with the bond, and getting the glues that go solid at lower temp hotter again will interfere with the bond...
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Post by Drawingablank » Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:11 pm

Savannah wrote:I just googled to see if there are spray sealants for your cut edges (I am more accustomed to fray check liquids, on small areas) and it turns out there are sprays! Fray Stop, Sprayway, etc.

You can also do your cutting with pinking shears (sawtooth scissors) to help limit fraying.
Spray check sprays work worse than liquids.

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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by PhoenixFemmeFatale » Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:42 pm

Also, some high temp hot glues will melt certain fabrics. If you decide to go that route test a small portion for heat tolerance before you put in a lot of time and effort!
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Post by FIGJAM » Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:02 am

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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by MyDearFriend » Sun Jun 09, 2013 12:08 pm

There is a product called (I think) Shoe Goo, that you can smooth with a wet finger right when you apply it and get a nice thin flexible plastic coating on whatever. I would use that along the edges of the flag fabric and then cut through the rubbery stuff; should leave you a nice clean non-fraying edge.

Then yes indeed use the screws like Figjam showed you. 8) Maybe a wider ribbon of goo along that edge, to give your screws something to hold on to.

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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by slvrnmph » Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:18 am

I have some new stuff I've made to share and get people inspired, but I need to take pictures of it first. For the moment. I want to share these Clover Wonder clips. I got a set of 10 to try and I have to say if your project involves bulky material or gluing stuff they are awesome. I supposed binder clips could work too. It's nice to have an alternative to pins. http://www.amazon.com/Clover-3155-Wonde ... nder+clips

Anyone else have some new tips on making crafting easier?
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by Ratty » Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:42 am

When you're sewing fur, break out that pair of forceps that you used in your hippie faze. It helps to keep the fur together right up till you sew over it. (I don't pin).
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Post by Drawingablank » Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:59 am

Well I actually pin fur, but I use large quilting pins (almost 2 inches long). I pin from the edge in, and sew right across the pins.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by slvrnmph » Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:34 pm

For sewing I use the super long pins too. This time I was gluing fur to a headband so pins wouldn't work and I needed to conform to the curve of the headband too.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by lucky420 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:28 pm

[quote="Ratty"]When you're sewing fur, break out that pair of forceps that you used in your hippie faze. It helps to keep the fur together right up till you sew over it. (I don't pin).[/quot

you mean roach clips? :mrgreen:
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by Ratty » Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:59 pm

NO. Forceps. Like scissors only they lock down on your...fur. Although roach clips would work if I could keep from sewing over the feathers.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by lucky420 » Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:38 am

Yep we use forceps for roach clips as well :mrgreen: :coffee: they make the best kind of roach clips because they lock down and the scissor handles pass well :lol:
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by mulch » Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:49 am

Remember--there are two kinds of glue gun glue. One melts hotter than the other
The best of the "hotter" glues for most crafts purposes that I have found would be the Latex based glue sticks. They are most commonly used as carpet glues in larger glue guns made for carpet work, but they fit in the standard gun. This is the type I like. I also like to get more than one glue gun if you are doing a lot of glueing. You can pump and pump and once the flow slows you switch guns and give the other gun time to warm up again.

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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by slvrnmph » Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:29 pm

Latest finished project - red panda tail. Image
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Post by Ratty » Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:28 pm

That is Awesome!! PLEASE tell me how you made it.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by theCryptofishist » Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:33 pm

*jaw drops--Ratty never needs anyone to tell her how to do it...*
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by slvrnmph » Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:57 pm

Fishy, I know! Very honored over here.

I started off by deciding on how long I wanted the tail and how wide around I wanted it to be at the widest point and the narrowest point. Then I pulled out my pattern paper and marked these measures down and proceeded to draw what basically looks like a giant beaver tail.

I then divided this up into strips and cut it all out. This ended up being my final pattern.
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You'll notice the bottom most piece is not beaver tail like. When I made tail version one I didn't get the shape I wanted keeping the beaver tail layout, it looked more foxish so I redrafted that piece. It's half the width of the bottom section. Also, this shape gave a slight downward curve to the underside of the tail, but I liked that look, so I kept it.

From there I cut out strips of fur in the colors I wanted and then began sewing them together. The bottom piece I cut out twice and sewed on side by side placed as the bottom pattern piece is in the picture. Starting with the bottom most piece I sewed up the long seam on the side and stuffed with batting, which is nice and light and gives the tail a nice swish when you walk. I barely had the hole at the top big enough to get my hand in to shove the batting down, so that's something to consider.

Once it was stuffed, I gathered the top hole and attached a swivel based clip with a small piece of leather. Here's a close of shot of the attach clip.
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And that's it. Since Ratty's request got me taking more pictures, I'm also including a shot of the ears I made to wear with the tail.

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Sorry the pics are a little blurry.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by Savannah » Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:47 pm

I love it!
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by Ratty » Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:14 am

I love it too. The ears are beautiful. Thanks for all the praise but you guys don't see all the failures I have to toss. I usually know before I start that a piece is doomed but so what. I have several fur tails on my Pinterest board but NOW I'm gonna make one.
slvrnmph, You are talented!! I can't get over those ears. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by MissSmee » Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:54 pm

That is one awesome looking tail!!! :wink:

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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by Savannah » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:14 pm

Ratty wrote:I love it too. The ears are beautiful. Thanks for all the praise but you guys don't see all the failures I have to toss.
All artists have "failures".

(I prefer to think of them as Experiments.)
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by slvrnmph » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:18 pm

Didn't anyone notice my explanation/instructions included a "tail version one"? Two of tail version 2 will be on the playa, one on me and one on a friend of mine. Tail version one goes to another friend of mine, not sure if he will be on playa this year or not yet.
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Post by slvrnmph » Wed Jul 24, 2013 3:15 pm

Just finished my blue galaxy bustle skirt to match the blue galaxy kilt I made a friend.

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Post by Ratty » Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:58 pm

BE U Ti Full. Gorgeous color too.
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Post by slvrnmph » Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:11 pm

It was a learning experience. First bustle skirt from instructions online. I also taught myself how to ruffle fabric on my serger (OMG so much easier than basting and pulling threads that always break on me) and I taught myself how to do a rolled hem on the serger for finishing. Very excited to be really learning my serger.
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Post by knowmad » Thu Jul 25, 2013 2:58 pm

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must have! [make] how hard would this be to sew?
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Post by Savannah » Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:00 pm

Ooo. Now I want it, too.

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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by slvrnmph » Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:23 pm

I think a good swim suit patter would make it not to bad. The biggest concern I see is preventing stretch from misshaping the bite in the middle, and a non-stretch bias trim might be enough for that. otherwise, I would go full suit swimsuit pattern, make that, remove bite mark, add bias trim and then teeth.
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Post by Ratty » Thu Jul 25, 2013 4:09 pm

I would start with a swimsuit. cut, sew done............LOVE IT!
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by slvrnmph » Thu Jul 25, 2013 4:15 pm

Lol, when I went to check what the update was, I was thinking of, "starting with a swimsuit would be even easier. . . " Not surprised Ratty beat me to it. :)
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