A Little Bug in a Big World

Cosplay: A lot of progress…but not much to look at!
April 11, 2011, 10:55 am
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I delayed this post because I was hoping to get something a little more substantial to share.  Unfortunately, I spent the weekend experimenting with a few techniques (wood burning vs. painting for the scroll edging, acrylic seal or just a nice oil for the leather) and acquiring mats for sewing the panel edging on.

Anyway – I spent last week treating my leather, then carving the scroll work in.  Spray, carve.  Spray, carve.  Then I painted the raised area in a goooorgeous, shiny gold.  It doesn’t sound like much, but it took HOURS.  LOL  I’m completely dreading this process on two more pieces!

Here’s the photo of the carving.  You can also see where I outlined the edges (which will be done in taupe suede) and the vertical piece, just to help me visualize where everything will be.  It’s not perfect, because they were basically free-handed, but from the beginning I have wanted this to be like real, used, armor.  I don’t want it to be perfect.  I’m not avoiding mars in the leather.  I’m enjoying the variations in texture.  So, when my hand slipped and part of the scroll work ended up a little thicker, I kinda went with it.

Here’s the first coat of paint.  1/2 paint, 1/2 water.

And here’s the scroll work (mostly) done.  I’ll probably go through and even out a couple of areas.  Then I’ll seal it up after I burn the edges in.

For anyone who doesn’t have an idea of what this is:

So there you have it.  Hopefully, this coming week will be:

  • burn scroll edging in
  • seal paint
  • oil leather

Which means…if all goes well…this weekend I’ll start working on the suede edging and maybe the fur too!  Stay tuned!


No excuses
August 2, 2008, 10:24 pm
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I don’t have any.  I just haven’t had anything to write about.

Life’s been a little rough.  Logan and I have both been working a lot of hours and that makes us both touchy and we overreact to each other’s grumpiness.

Life in WoW world is good, but gameplay has slowed down significantly.  The new has worn off and I’m not feeling the need to play all the time anymore.  This is good progress.

Life in the knitting world has picked up again.  I have been working on my phoenix shawl again.  I’m over halfway through the last body repeat….AND THANK GOD FOR THAT!  I still have a lot of knitting to do – but progress is progress and I’ll be happy to be out of the body repeats for good.  I also finished clue 3 of my Goddess Knits anniversary shawl.

It looks like all of that is going to be on hold for a while though.  Eileen is going to a super fancy wedding in California and may need me to do some emergency shawl knitting for her.  I’ve already picked the yarn and the pattern, I’m just waiting for her to buy her outfit so that I can confirm that she still needs it and the colors.  Should be fun!

Sometimes I wonder…
July 3, 2008, 1:02 pm
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I think the fact that my two current obsessions are melding in my subconscious is a sign of a HUGE problem.

I had interesting dreams last night. Very interesting.

My characters from WoW – Nerisa, an undead warrior (Horde), Kasadya, a Blood Elf Hunter (Horde), Minnini, a Gnome Warrior (Alliance) and Iradyl, a Night Elf Druid (Alliance) decided it would be good to put aside their differences and start a knitting club. Yup, WoW stitch and bitch.

So, it’s really far more intricate than that…Nerisa, being undead with ridiculously long finger nails, was just completely frustrated because she couldn’t manage needs and her nails. Minnini, who’s voice sounds like a completely attitude ridden valley girl, is laughing her ass off going “Not enough talent” a la her normal “Not enough rage.” All the while Kasadya is sitting there looking completely bored at all the going’s on. I guess I haven’t played with Iradyl enough yet (she’s only a level 8 ) to know her personality, because although she was there, she didn’t really say much.

So, Logan now thinks I’ve gone off the deep-end completely….and maybe I have…

A WoW-ified Weekend
June 22, 2008, 10:04 pm
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I’m sick.  No really.  I’ve caught a disease.  It might be contagious, you should step away.

Yes…this sickness is deep…I feel it pulling at me RIGHT.THIS.SECOND.

I am addicted to World of Warcraft.


I know.  I’ve let everyone down.  I’ve let myself down.  Yes…I have succumbed to the glorious sickness that is WoW addiction.  But there are so many quests!  So many new places to find!  So many new critters to fight!  It’s so fantastic!  I mean BAD.  It’s very bad.  I know.  I will never be cured until I can come to terms with how bad it really is.

So, in an effort to identify myself (and others in my predicament) I’ve come up with a solution.  I’m going to brand myself.  NO!  I’m not getting a Horde tattoo, relax.  I’ve decided that Logan, Jacob, Aaric, Jason and I will be receiving Horde symbol beanies for Christmas.  I figure it’s only fair to alert those around us of our sickness so that they are not accidentally exposed.