Aug. 6th, 2016 01:25 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 surprised)


progress. or well, as much progress as i'd made before i decided it'd be easier to give the form a double mastectomy, finish reshaping the ribcage and hips and then give it completely new breasts. it was just proving too difficult to draw the reference lines for the new bust and underbust levels with the old breasts still present. i like how it was starting to look a lot more like a real body, though.

the upper chest shaping is perfect now, and so are the front chest, underbust and waist (but only because my waist is 3 cm lower than the form's and actually falls on the very top of its hips). the back'll need a lot of additional material for everything below the high bust and the entire form will below the waist. this is all keeping in mind that i'm actually working towards a set of measurements i haven't had for a couple of years and will add padding on top of this.

... i'm essentially making a sculpture of myself, aren't i. a fine example of my "hadn't occured to me that there might be reasons i wouldn't be able to do that" mentality.

Jan. 10th, 2016 05:16 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 surprised)
suddenly tempted to try drafting a cloth doll pattern because i've realised that except for the head, it's really just a bunch of basic clothing patterns merged together...

Jun. 2nd, 2013 06:50 am
elsewhence: (LEGO stormtrooper kittens)
     

so i made a hat, right? hats are cool.

i'd actually pretty much finished this in november, stopped working on it because the shape looked stupid, then decided to pick it back up a week ago, found that there were only three rows left to do, did that and the finishing work and now love it. this is actually a pretty typical rate for me to finish projects at.

(also this has got to be one of the stupider expressions i've ever made on a picture. hence why i'm linking and not embedding. see, i've done enough exposition on how shitty the white balance of this camera is, but that's what requires me to take a number of pictures to get at least one that's good enough to be able to halfway fix the colours on, and then shit like this happens...)

Mar. 25th, 2012 01:03 am
elsewhence: (too many doctors)
... do i still know how to crochet

please tell me that i do

(of course i bloody well do, the last pattern i worked on was a lace insertion from a 1910s pattern. from the antique pattern library, in case you find that kind of thing interesting. it's been a while, but if i can deal with that, i can deal with anything.)

(and maybe i could try these too while i'm at it.)

(i keep forgetting that i actually own a legal copy of lemmings for PC. i bought a used one of lemmings 2: the tribes aaages ago and it included the original game. it's very disconcerting every time i remember it.)

Mar. 21st, 2012 02:01 am
elsewhence: (four pyramids)


my swatches arrived. this is the better-looking one. i'd love to be able to say it looks okay like this, but fact is, it doesn't really. the line width in general is okay now, if only because it can't actually go any narrower - the lines only cover a single thread each now. except for the middle lines on the narrow vertical stripes, that is. that's an awkward description, but you can probably tell which ones i mean. they're twice as wide as they should be and i have no idea why. or is it actually meant to be like that? i have no idea anymore, it just seems weird. especially since the horizontal stripes don't do it. let me go back to my fuzzy episode stills. and i also think the colour could probably stand to be a bit lighter.

oh, i just found a capture that shows some details of the shirt pretty nicely. not so relevant here, but maybe later. that must be a pretty decent-quality shirt, the pattern matches across the entire front. i can also guess at how the placket was sewn from this. really, drafting the pattern and sewing it up should be the smallest problem with all of this.

so, how do i figure this out with the smallest investment possible? i mean, not that these swatches are that expensive, but. i guess the best approach would be to figure out what is making those stripes double up, fix it, then prepare and order a swatch that shows the same pattern in different lightnesses? then once i receive that, verify that the pattern works the way it should, choose the best lightness, prepare the hopefully final swatch and have that printed?

this would be a lot easier if spoonflower orders didn't take a month to get to me. :|

(oh yeah, the problem is present in the image i uploaded. and as far as i can tell, it's not meant to be like this. sfsfd. how did i not notice that?)

Feb. 26th, 2012 02:23 am
elsewhence: (invent the universe)
i've been working on this for ages. it's the fabric pattern of four's season 12 shirt. it can be seen pretty well in genesis of the daleks because he doesn't wear a waistcoat or cardigan in that story and i used the size of the buttons as a reference to scale it up (shirt buttons are standardised). i already had a swatch of the first take printed ages ago, but the lines were much too bold and dark, so i made the other two, but never got around to ordering swatches. i think i'll finally do it now that i have more money!

and then, you know, finally come up with a workable bodice block. only been working on that for years, too. the sad thing being that even the first attempts were extremely well-fitting compared to commercial patterns. damn perfectionism

Feb. 11th, 2012 01:32 am
elsewhence: (beauty)
i want one waah

seriously, just get me the empty ring and i will take care of the rest? doesn't look like you can just buy these though, so where'd it come from? my first thought would be part of a small light bulb sawed off and mounted on a regular ring base, but that would have to either fit so snugly i'm not sure it's even possible to do or be glued shut somehow, which would obviously prevent it from being opened again...

maybe i should just make a few moss terrariums again. wouldn't be quite as neat, but still pretty.

Jul. 10th, 2010 02:01 pm
elsewhence: (jawa harmless)
guys i just got the best idea ever. babel fish-shaped ear studs. i am totally going to do it.

Apr. 30th, 2010 09:59 pm
elsewhence: (look out of the window)
maybe i should try using a small empty snowglobe to make a moss garden in. open ones (sorry for the tiny image size, i don't have the full-scale one anymore) are much prettier because they allow for effects like that "vine" draping over the edge, but they seem near impossible to keep alive - they just require too much moisture, which is much easier to provide with closed ones because they're basically self-supporting. i've done ones using taller bead containers, turning them upside down and planting the moss in the lid, but i've been looking for a prettier alternative.

i should also replant the wardian case. the last attempt died after a while - i think it wasn't sealed off well enough to keep the water in. there's some decorative holes in the lid, i should try glueing clear sheeting behind them and see if it helps. and possibly do a trial run without plants first this time. i mean, i should still be able to see whether the water condenses and stays inside.

Jul. 31st, 2009 05:22 am
elsewhence: (Default)
okay, if liquid leaf can make an egg look like this, it's probably really worth a try. especially since the alethiometer's surface is smooth and somewhat shiny to begin with. i'm only worried about whether it's possible to apply the stuff without ruining the engravings. if it was regular paint, an airbrush might work, but this stuff would probably just clog it up. (nevermind that i don't have one.) i suppose i'll just try it with a regular paintbrush and start worrying if that doesn't work.

Jun. 16th, 2009 06:45 pm
elsewhence: (life in fiction)
oh, nice. that should tide me over until i get another pocket watch to tinker with. though actually, going from the model, the cover looks almost exactly like the one i really just bought for the chain and otherwise don't like much. whether the actual prop looked that way is a different question, though...

EDIT: nope, it didn't. i'm guessing the paper model was originally of a pocket watch and reworked later on. i have no idea how costly getting an actual watch to look like that would be - i suppose that if you had a clear image of the pattern, you could get it engraved...

Jun. 1st, 2009 01:34 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 surprised)
!
 
it would be a lot neater without that huge the golden compass text across the middle, though. but come to think of it. taking a pocket watch apart to get to the face and put a different one in isn't hard. i don't think i could bear doing it to any of the ones i already own, but new ones - plain, or one like this might be nice - don't cost much. and a good, high-resolution image of an alethiometer face? right here. you could probably use something like liquid leaf to embellish it, too.

hmm.

pity i threw that broken one away, it still would've worked fine for decorative purposes. i never liked the face of that one much, either. and it was at least broken in an interesting way - the seconds hand kept on jumping back and forth, the others didn't move at all. oh well.