Arranging hoops

This isn’t what I planned to do with the hooplas, but they’re better up than in a pile on a shelf, so I decided to put them up in my craft room for now

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I’ve got a couple of hand made “bits” from post cards and stuff that I’m considering adding to it, but I’m uncertain. They’re pretty but lack the same type of history. I’ve at least put some of them in water to get rid of the papery bits still stuck to the edges, like with this one

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We’ll see what I get around to doing with it!


I Kill Giants

So when most people hear “superhero party”, they’ll probably go dressed as their favorite standard super hero. And I do have very clear ones of those. But that requires a lot more effort or money to pull off something that looks sort of okay. And I like being fringe.

My choice?

Barbara Thorson. I Kill Giants.

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It’s being made into a movie now too, that I fear won’t at all have the soul of the comic, but I still think it will be fun.

I actually grabbed a ton of screenshots from the comic (on comixology, woot) but this one turned out to be my prime base image.

For good and bad, my host said I’m not allowed to bring a weapon the size of myself, because we wouldn’t have the space for it. So. No giant wicked hammer to show off, BUT, no giant wicked hammer that had to be made.

But anyway.

Let’s start with those ears, shall we?

I bought galvanized steel wire, a cheap, plastic headband, and some plush fabric, then got going.

I used a board with nails and some violence to shape the ears.

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i don’t recommend this type of sharp, violent jig if you don’t know what you’re doing and you don’t have really good control, because the wire WILL want to spring that nailed board into your face. But it does work reasonably.

I only had reasonable freeze tape around, so I used that to fix the position and test it out. Then made the other ear.

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This would later be reinforced with proper gaffa tape, but it works to get started with shape and dress.

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To make the actual ears, I made an ear sandwich with padding, and stuck it to the back…

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…then I double folded the edges over and ladder stitched it together with black thread. And a day or so later I’d gotten my gaffa tape and taped down the remainder a lot better.

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After this I started with the shirt.

I grabbed the print from the screenshot above, made it black and white, cleaned it up, and printed it.

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A rough print is fine, I just taped overhead plastic over it anyway and used it as a guide – exact lines are less important.

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I had bought this lovely turquoise paint that I dabbed on in two or three layers. That’s a newspaper you can see sticking up out of the shirt – otherwise you’ll get a really messy back print too.

And on the plate, on top of the paint, there’s some cleaning foam sheet thing to even out the paint. You only want to “stamp” your sponge with paint, not PAINT with it.

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Once dried and ironed, I finished off the ears. I used the cover taken off the original headband for measurements, but it got far too small with all the tape and things on. But! It got wide enough to hide everything on the top, after slicing it open for the ears.

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(I also added some extra padding to cover for the fact that I slit it around the ears – you can’t see that, and the picture below, of the inside with the “hair band” glued back on, is not seen anyway so that’s fine)

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The only problem was that I never had time to make counter weights for the weight of the ears, so they REALLY wanted to tip forward, but at some strange uncomfortable angle they really stayed on, so I left it like this

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The bag was a one day haste job, the same day as the party. I grabbed some inner and outer fabric, a zipper, a sloppily painted shape, lace, paint… and just threw it together. It’s reasonably suitable. I was never going to make a heart shaped semi-hard bag in this time, nor actually stitch the hammer like she does, but I’m satisfied with my painted equivalent.

And the thorn looks pretty legit.

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All in all, I might not in any way look like her, nor have been able to find the right kind of shirt, and so on and so forth, but it’s a pretty reasonable likeness side by side!

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So I got further than usual. But you can see my attention peetering out at the end.









You may notice 9 is missing. It’s in the pad, but it’s not finished, and I don’t have a picture of it. 9 is “screech”, so I pulled up an old Saved By The Bell reference, and I did a pretty decent outline in my gifted red pen, but I was never in a good place to ink it before I lost attention.

Maybe I’ll finish it some day. Maybe I’ll even post it.

Doorway wardrobe

We have two doorways leading into the same “room”. This is nice and airy and light, but we’re also missing any actual closet in the hallway! But since we have an open stairway, we don’t really want to make the hallway-slash-dining room darker (it’s open straight between them, and the dining room connects to the kitchen). So we decided to put a wardrobe into one of the doorways.

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It’s not at all finished, we need to fix the wiring and the door trimmings and put distances in, but having slightly demolished the doorway and put the wardrobe into position, it looks pretty nice already! It’s promising!

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(yeah we’re going to move that electrical adapter to another socket before locking it in, but right now there’s no reasonable socket on the other side)

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Also, I love my crowbar.

A gift of pencil

Jesper got me a pencil! He’s one of our graphical artists, and I was admiring and pretend-stealing his new pencil (because I’m a pen hoarder), and not long after he got me my own! So I tried it out by drawing the squirrel that lives in our back yard, in my work calendar.

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And the day after it was windy and I brought my umbrella in case it was going to rain, so I added a ladybird struggling with an umbrella (because there are a lot of ladybirds in my garden, even though it’s autumn and cold)

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Oh and I bought a house

As you may have noticed…

We moved in to our new house the other week! And this being a not-super-much-modernized 60’s house, there’s no ventilation! Just windows completely without isolation!

Yeah, the air gets pretty bad in here compared to how it COULD be (though it’s a large and airy house and we can have the windows slightly open, but that gets super cold fairly quickly)

So we drilled some ventilation! Unfortunately there’s not a lot of pics. But here’s the gist:

Find a good place to put your ventilation. Above a radiator, preferably, and where it will move the air through the room before passing on to the central circulation of the house.

Make sure there are no studs where you want it. A multi scanner is good for this. Practice with it somewhere you know there are studs so you don’t get false results.

Grab a drill (standing inside the house), and with a level, make sure you angle it downwards. You want any water to run out, not in.

Drill through only the inner layer in the periphery of your location to once again make sure there are no studs. Then drill the center all the way through.

Grab a hole saw of the right size for your ventilation and drill through from first the inside, and then from the outside, to get a nice, non abrasive hole.

This is where your wall looks funny.

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(that wire housing is another funny thing about this house – they run in these wooden curtain hangers above the windows)

Now the interesting thing that comes next is that what your vent tubing will often state how long it can be, and that you cut it down to size, but it does NOT say anything about what the minimum length is! And it turns out the one I bought has a minimum length that’s longer than the thickness of our walls. We have thin 60’s walls. Not your fancy modern northern housing walls.

So I had to go buy another set, which was an adventure on its own because I’m fun like that, but before I turned in at night, I had it all set up.

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Only five more to go that I can do myself, and at least two more needed later when the house gets painted anyway and someone will be here with something to stand on for the upper floor…

Blackboard frames

Amir was commenting how we needed something to write down things we should remember when going through the door, so my mind immediately went to blackboard paint and frames. It turned out quite nicely if I may say so myself!

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I made one for myself as well, to have in my craft room

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Partially because I wanted to prove that it was a better look for our hallway with this style frame, but in the end Amir’s looked so good I didn’t even argue the point.

Problems encountered:

  1. This paint is an environment hazard. Washing brushes properly is a new thing to learn.
  2. I slabbed on a bunch of magnet paint first, but I must either not have stirred it well enough first, or I did too few coats, or SOMETHING, because our weaker magnets don’t even CONSIDER sticking to it.
  3. I should really sand them down, because the surface is so gnarly from my heavy paint brushes that they’re a pain to wipe off.

Also you may notice the hole at the top of the top frame. That’s how the frame came, honestly. I just painted straight on the backing (after removing it from the frame of course – and the glass is in my room waiting for other use). And that one happened to have a corner in that style. Probably to make it easier to pick up?

Screwy nails

I tore out a built in wardrobe in one of the rooms, and the nails are fascinating. These aren’t even the most twisted ones, but they’re the ones that gave me the most trouble. I bust the hammer as you can see.┬áHad to utilize my fancy, Gordon Freeman esque crowbar to get them to budge. (seen underneath the hammer – which of course I should have done to begin with, I just didn’t expect the hammer to fail before I even had to use any particular muscles on it)

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When whoever upgraded the ceiling did that work, they didn’t bother fixing it above the wardrobe. In fact, the wardrobe stuck up ABOVE the ceiling, and was nailed in place both into the floor (lift upwards) and into the side boards, so it was quite a hassle to get it out. But manage, I did! Now I have to paint the room, too, ’cause we’ve got some original wall paint going there…