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Halloween 2010 by tajniwolf Halloween 2010 by tajniwolf
Halloween 2010

A bit of steampunk influence, obviously.. but you know I always like to put a bit of a horror twist into all my costumes. =)

My hubby's got some in-progress shots of his lovely rifle on his DA page, here: :iconobi-wan8403:

So, as last year I was leaning towards "vampire," this year it was more towards "demon."

Many hours went into making this.

You can't see many details in this photo, but if I can stay focused (and if anyone cares, lol) I may submit a few more.

Vest, shirt, corset belt, bustle, skirt, underskirt, and spats were all handmade by yours truly. (Black faux suede vest was not finished yet)

Accessories included a net sling belt holding an antique elixir bottle, metal-and-wire trinket box, a (fake) mini skull, a small wire cage with chicken bones and feathers inside, a set of copper keys, a turkey leg bone , and a potion bottle filled with shells, small bones, stones, and various metal curiosities. I also brought along my favorite bronze lantern, and wore metal wrist cuffs with chains added (supplies purchased at various hobby stores), earrings handmade by myself that featured copper hoops, chicken vertebrae and copper-toned metal gear stampings, and a necklace (which I also made) featuring fox jaw bones wrapped with bronze-toned wire, with a vintage thrift-store necklace taken apart and integrated into the design.

Hat was a cheap, plain black felt hat from a costume shop to which I added the pleather with corset lacing, fabric scraps and trim, feathers, silk flowers, clock parts, wires, chicken bones, and an ermine skull.

And yes, of course, I wore my synthetic dreads and my white cat-eye contacts. =)

Whew.

I'm actually kindof glad Halloween is over with. This costume was a lot of work for just one day. Here's to hoping I'll have other opportunities to wear it! Perhaps at conventions or something.

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Photos are me, Tajni Wolf
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epoch-zero Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
I'm loving these costumes, and it's great to see some really good steampunkery occuring.
Especially on some gorgeous people, rawr
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Navare Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome costumes! they look great- you made the horror/steampunk mix really well!

I was wondering if you could give me some costume-making advice... I want to make a steampunk costume to go with this mask that I made- [link] but I"m really not sure how to go about it. I've never done any serious costume-making, apart from a few pieces here and there. Any tips on making steampunk-ish stuff?
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tajniwolf Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry that it's taken me so long to reply.. I don't check DA nearly as often as I should!

Thank you for the compliments!
I was a bit disappointed that I didn't get to finish this costume nor did I have nearly enough time to do detailed makeup like I'd have liked to do, but it worked, I guess.

Oh, wow! That's a really great mask! (And I absolutely LOVE that it's made from all recycled parts!)

Hmm.. a costume to go with it?

I'm no expert my any means, so I may not be the best person to ask advice from.. much of my stuff is just thrown together quickly and never actually gets completed! haha!

Were you wanting suggestions for designing a costume or actually making it (as in putting it together, sewing)?

As far as designing, I always found that the easiest way for me to dream up a costume is to figure out a character concept first, then figure out what that character might wear. That's always easier for me than just trying to pick out random pieces of an outfit/costume that look like they might go together "just because."

This one formed by taking a demoness character I already had, and trying to imagine what she'd look like in a more steampunk-ish world. In the design, she ended up more human-looking than she was previously, with just a touch of a voodoo-ish feel. Sketched out the concept, then ATTEMPTED to make a costume based on that concept. (sortof failed. But oh well!)

So, what sort of a character would wear a mask like the one you made?

Alternatively, I suppose, you could just try to find inspiration by looking around.

Occasionally, I'll see something somewhere that I absolutely LOVE --be it a material at the fabric shop or a skirt I saw someone wearing in a photo, even just browsing through the sewing patterns at the craft store-- and by taking that one thing I like, I will base an entire outfit around it.

As far as putting a costume together? Thrift stores are your best friend! (And garage sales!) You have no idea how many useful bits and pieces we've found at the local Salvation Army and Goodwill stores! Not only can you find interesting clothing, but if you can't really afford any crazily-priced brand new material at a fabric shop, occasionally you can find sheets and blankets with really nice "used" look that, when cut and sewn into a piece really gives it a bit of a nice old worn look. =)

Do you know how to sew? Or have a sewing machine?

But I'm rambling an awful lot for not knowing exactly what you're asking! Haha! (Sorry. It's almost 2am and my brain's not exactly running at full speed!)

I should probably go to bed and come back to these comments tomorrow when I might be able to make sense! ^^;

-CTW
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Navare Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the advice!! (don't worry, it all made sense ;)) i'll definitely try to get a sketch of the costume, they, to the thrift-store I go!! :giggle:

Thanks :) And I'm glad you like the mask too ^^
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tajniwolf Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That mask is brilliant, actually.

Using aluminum cans is such a great idea.. I can't believe it had never crossed my mind!

Was it difficult to work with? (the aluminum, I mean!)

Also, do you know how to sew from a pattern? (just out of curiosity)

-CTW
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Navare Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank-you very much! I put a lot into it, so I'm delighted to hear all the positive feedback ^^

The aluminum was slightly dificult to work with, because it's not too malleable, and blowtorching it made it even less bendable. The thing that really saved me on this one was that the plaster base I'd made was over half a cm thick, which meant I could shape the aluminum on it with a good amount of force, without being scared it would damage the mask or the metal.

I've never tried, so no... but I would be willing try xD
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tajniwolf Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I was wondering how you got such a nice curve to it in some areas. I guess a plaster-sort of base would definitely be a necessity for something like that! I, personally haven't worked with any actual sheets of real metals before (including alumninum)--I'm just so used to working with plastics that we paint to LOOK like metal-- but you've now got me thinking about what pieces of my next projects could benefit from incorporating a bit of actual metal! (we've got quite a few soda cans lying around, so why not? haha!)

Haha! You actually used a blowtorch on it? XD That's kindof awesome. ( /pyro )

Sewin's not all that hard, I suppose. I mean, heck, if you have enough creativity to make a mask out of stuff you have just laying around, I'm sure you could pick up the art pretty easily.

Reason I was asking is that if you're like me and hate to spend tons of money on custom made costume pieces, Fabric/craft stores usually carry a ton of neat sewing patterns that could be modded into something steampunky with the right fabrics and accessories. (And if you have some place like JoAnn's Crafts or Hobby Lobby, they often put $8-$16 patterns on sale for $1 - $1.99 for a week at a time every once in a while).

Then again, they may not have exactly what you'd want.. and some of the best costumes pieces are self-drafted. =D

Buuuut if you don't have a sewing machine, it could get a bit complicated (or just take forever doing it by hand!)pattern or not.

I'm rambling again. Sorry!

-CTW
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Navare Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the great thing about soda cans- just go to any recycling bin (I don't drink soda) and you can find tons

And yeah, I do have some pyromaniac-ish tendencies xD I just love fire soo much.... xD
But the real reason I used the torch (apart from the flame) is that just regular tin cans turned inside-out are just too "brand-new" looking. The aluminum is perfectly shiny and clean. I tried rubbing it in dirt, but that didn't work, so I went with the torch xD that's what gives it all those nuances, and also adds a bit of texture. The tricky thing is getting the right amount of blowtorching- too little won't give color or anything, but too much will just turn it into a brittle black mess.

Thanks ^^ I will try to pick up some stuff- I also have a friend who does lots of costuming work, so I'll definitely be going to her for advice as well, when it comes to the actual sewing

for patterns, I've looked at them, but I'm a little reluctant to invest in a pattern, is it turns out I can't use it at all... I do have a machine though, which is always helpful ^^
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GreyAreaRK1 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
You guys look great!
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Freelana Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
*sobs* i want your amazing and wonderful outfits! both of you!
and i so want your finger claw thingies <3 lol
you look freaking amazing!
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