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Running of the Leaves Con Preparation

Running of the Leaves Con Preparation

I am very pleased to announce that the My Little Pony Heart Patches that I have been working on are finally completed!

Artwork from http://bamboodog.deviantart.com/ (who graciously gave me permission to create these)

The My Little pony heart patches!
Recently updated to properly match their colors and all set with iron backings.
These will be a convention exclusive. If you want to get your hands on them, get your Running of the Leaves tickets soon!!

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Upcoming Artist Alley Table

I apologize for not writing more often in here. I have, however, decided to try writing blogs ahead of time, and also stick to a schedule in hopes of keeping to writing.

With that being said, today’s blog will be an announcement of what’s coming up with Rabbit Tales.

On November 1st through the 3rd, Colorado is having its first My Little Pony Convention called Running of the Leaves. I have already reserved a table and am currently preparing all the items we plan to offer there. Some of the items will be available at the convention, and then after the convention while some items might become convention exclusives. Throughout the next few weeks, Wednesday posts will be unveiling the new items.

If you are located in Colorado or would like to visit, please stop by our table to see what I have! I hope to see you there!

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Cosplay in the Media: Why I don’t care

I’ve been asked by a few friends why I’m not upset about how the media is showing Cosplayers at this time. There is a new show out that focuses on cosplayers and news articles being written by people that have not done in depth research about the hobby. A lot of my friends have been upset about this, up to and including writing their own articles about how cosplay is given the wrong light.

I, personally, have been quiet and have been continuing on in my life like nothing is going on.

My reason? Because I don’t care what the media is saying about my hobby.

This isn’t the first time the media has shown something I do (or live by) in a bad light and this won’t be the last time this happens either.

Instead of standing on a soap box and shaking my finger at the media stating it’s wrong and giving my reasons why it’s wrong, I’d rather just keep going on like it doesn’t matter.

Let me give a past example about when this has happened before and what I did through it all:

I’m LDS (most people know the religion as Mormon), which has gotten a lot of attention by the media for many, many reasons and many, many times. I’m pretty certain that in the future, it will get just as much press coverage for something else. However, instead of standing up stating “the media has it wrong!” or “these are the facts!” I’ve learned to wait for people to ask me about it and get answers that way.

Time and time again, when people learn that I’m LDS, I start to get little questions that tend to end up in a fun, enjoyable, educational discussion about the religion. By the end of these discussions, most people have sat back and said to me “Boy, the media spun it in a completely different way.” Which causes me to laugh, nod and point out “Aren’t you glad you got it from someone that lives that lifestyle instead of just believe the media?”

Cosplay is the exact same way. Of course, cosplay is a hobby, not a religion, but the ideas of how to combat bad media is the same. Instead of standing on a soap box, writing articles and ranting and raving that “we’re not like that!!” I’d rather keep on with my life so when it does come out that I’m a cosplayer, the person has a chance to ask questions without feeling like I’m ranting and raving about the media being wrong.

I have a personal belief that cosplayers need to help one another to grow and progress if this is going to be an enjoyable hobby. The fact that people are expending their energy on writing articles about how the media’s giving us bad coverage instead of writing articles on how to create the best pleats ever, or how to find that perfect shade of wig, makes me a little sad. Since when did we care what “the normies” thought about us and when did it matter what people that haven’t sat down and asked us questions about why we do this think about us?

If we want to prove to the media that they’re wrong; that we have lives outside of cosplay, that we don’t spend our entire lives on this hobby, and that we don’t act how the media is showing them to act, we need to start by ignoring the media and going back to helping others in our hobby and enjoy our hobby that much more.

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Updates, life, and patches.

I apologize about the long delay in putting blogs up. Most of my time has been eaten up with some project(s) or another. However,  I know it’s very important to get back into the swing of blogs out on a regular basis.

So, to start this all up again, I’m going to post one of the reasons why I’ve become very busy:

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Attack on Titan Patches. I’ve actually created all 4 types available.

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All four styles are available on Etsy at this time in two sizes. Do note: Maximum size of all my patches is 4x4inch at this time. So, nothing bigger is available at this time.

To order, click here

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Dying Wigs with Ink

I’ve been dying wigs for about 3 years now and I’ve finally took the time to write down my general information on how to make a good dye. This technique also works great for dying synthetic furs as well.

Ingredients:

70% Isopropyl Alcohol (found in any health wellness section of anystore)

Acrylic Ink (Personal fan of Dr PH Martin’s Bombay Inda Ink. http://www.dickblick.com/products/dr-ph-martins-bombay-india-inks/ Found in Hobby Lobby {After a good hunt around, the current confirmed Hobby Lobby that carries it all the time is located at 80th and Wadsworth} or Amazon)

Recipe:

Roughly 8 droppers of ink for every 1 cup of alcohol

Variations/Lessons learned:

Want a lighter color? Less ink

Darker/richer color? Add more ink

Red and blue easily overtake other colors. (IE: after a pale green? 6 droppers of yellow, 1/2 a dropper of blue (maybe even less), slowly add more blue if needed.)

There is no such thing as black ink. It’s normally a dark green/red/purple. If you’re after black, you’re going to have to get Katie Bair’s wig dye (even then, I’ve never tested the black, so I don’t know if this is true)

Application types (GLOVES!! DON’T FORGET GLOVES!!):

Soak – Basic and easy. Fill a sink/bowl with the color (Note: Plastics WILL get dyed. Stick to metal or be willing to sacrafice a container), add wig or fur to the container. Swish around, pull out, let set somewhere to dry .

Spray – Fill a spray bottle with the dye (note: that bottle is now stuck for that color {or close variations} for the rest of its life. If you’re going to do this, go to Sally’s and get a cheap bottle from there) and spray wig/fur with the dye. (Note: This one can end up with spotty affects if it’s not saturated enough). For a wig, comb through. For fur, rub through. Let dry.

Paintbrush – With any brush (personal fan of foam brushes), apply the dye, section at a time (good for streaks, layers, blending, etc etc). Comb through material, let dry.

Drying information:

THE LONGER YOU LET THE DYE DRY, THE BETTER IT’LL STICK TO THE MATERIAL. I cannot stress this enough. If you add the dye, then rinse it off, it won’t have time to stick. It’s good for insanely pale colors, but if you want the color you see (or close to), let the material dry COMPLETELY.

Rinsing information:

Stick the fur/wig in running water until the water runs clear under. I prefer cold water since it doesn’t affect the material (hot water can alter a wig if it’s too hot, etc etc) but do what you like.

Personal step: Use shampoo and conditioner on the material. The shampoo pulls the last of the dye out and the conditioner seems to help reduce the damage the alcohol does to the material. Also gets rid of the alcohol smell.

Again, let try completely. Use/style as preferred.

Some Completed Wigs:

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I sew and I’m a Twenty-Something; Don’t Ignore Me.

This past Monday, I had a fluke of an accident happen with my embroidery machine. The needle bent and broke, damaging the bottom thread cutter. At the time I didn’t put two and two together and just understood that the thread cutter wasn’t working and sounded wrong. Insert the voice in the back of my head (That sounds like my mother, who taught me about sewing machines) telling me to check the normal problem areas: thread, needle, lint. Check, replaced, and check. I took the foot plate off the machine and tested the thread cutter a few times. There was nothing physical that I could see and fix. Which meant one thing:

Time to get the machine serviced.

Since the machine is under warranty, I went off the sewing store that was recommended to me by the sewing machine company. I had a shoulder bag that was large enough for my machine and made sure that it was safe and sound before I left for a 30 minute drive down to the store.

Here comes the fun part (Mind you, I use the term “fun” in a very, very loose manner).

 I hefted the bag onto my shoulder and walked into the store, going straight to the point of sales and waiting behind an older lady. The lady finished her transaction….

…and the sales associate ignored me and looked over to the lady on the other side of the point of sales with a smile and asked if she found everything alright.

This happened 8 times. I’ll say that again. I was ignored EIGHT times.

By this time, my shoulder was starting to get sore. 20 minutes of holding 20 pounds in one position will make anyone sore. I got up close to the point of sale desk and cleared my throat.

Want to know what I got from the sales associate?

“Was there something you needed?”

“Yes, I need to drop my machine off for repairs.”

“Oh, we’ll get someone here to get your machine from your car.”

“That’s not needed. It’s on my shoulder.”

“What??”

I twisted slightly to show them bag on my shoulder. “It’s not heavy unless I’ve been standing with it for a long time.”

“Oh….hang on then.”

It took another ten minutes and 3 more explanations before I relieved of my machine. Another explanation from that, and being informed that it would be 3 weeks before my machine would be ready.

Personally, I have no issues with waiting 3 weeks for a machine. I can understand things being busy with many projects. What I can’t understand is why a twenty-something was ignored, then spoken to like I don’t belong in that store in the first place.

No store should judge a person by how they look and their age. I know many 18 year olds that sew better than I can and I know 30+ people that can’t sew to save their life. Having this happen to me was both disheartening and frustrating. I know that once I receive my machine back, I will be doing my be to never had to have the machine serviced again lest that store gets a rather rude awakening before I let myself walk in there again.

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Dying Wigs with Sharpies – A Test

Arda Wigs has been doing an Iron Wig Competition that I have been avidly watching. Mostly because I enjoy styling wigs and love to see what other people do.

In round 2, the theme was dying the wig. One of the competitors took some in progress shots showing them use straight up sharpies to color their wig. This surprised me, and confused me for one very important reason:

Tutorial after tutorial after tutorial states that you need a carrier for the dye. Normally isopropyl alcohol is used after breaking the sharpie and using the ink casing for the color. Not once have I been told I can use to just the sharpie alone to dye a wig.

Which, got me very curious. Lucky me, I had a defective wig (Read: Wig I screwed up on and therefore planned to trash anyway) that I could test this on.

Insert me, asking my husband to color the bangs of a wig for me with sharpies. I want to test a variety of colors out and see what happens with them. So, off he went, coloring sections of the wig.

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(Rather fun looking, eh?)

After letting it dry, I asked him to wash the wig with regular shampoo until the water ran clear. Then shake out the loose water and see how the colors looked.

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Surprisingly enough, the colors still looked vibrant, so I tested the wig out with a piece of a paper towel. I lightly blotted the colors and checked what I got:

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Yep, some of the colors still bled through. Even after a washing and shampoo run. So, even if the colors look great, a small amount of sweat could leave your skin/costume colored a bit. Not really a good thing when it comes to costumes.

The wig after drying:

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It lost some of the color but wasn’t staining my hands while it was dry. However, I wasn’t done with this test. There was still one more thing I wanted to check on. After letting the wig dry completely, I did the “ultimate test.”

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Hairspray! Just a light mist across the fibers followed by a gentle pat from a paper towel.

The results:

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More dye was lost from using hairspray than after a wash! Something that isn’t too good if you’re interested in styling a colored wig after. So dying with just sharpies alone is a huge “No” in my books. Hopefully people can learn from this and not damage a wig in the process of testing something themselves.

More fun pictures:

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I ran my fingers across the still wet hairsprayed fibers and ended up with colored tipped fingers. Imagine if that was your face or a costume that this happened to!

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More Embroidery Patches

ImageI feel like this blog is behind on what I’ve been able to do with an embroidery machine. I’ll see what I can do to get it up to date.

One of the more enjoyable things that I’ve been able to do was create Sailor Moon’s Locket. Both the inside and outside of it. The idea is to have a front flap bag with the front of the locket on the top and the inside of the locket on the bottom part of the bag.

The idea is currently available for preorder here. And just to let people know, when products sell, it means I can make more idea happen.