Tails! - Stock, 2014
I’m slooowly getting through the huge piles of fur fabric that I’ve ended up with, and turning them into tails! This is the next batch for Etsy: felines, a canine, and a Fluttershy tail (which is a new pattern for a basic cosplay tail). I’ll take better photos soon and have these online for purchase. They will be £20.00 each.
Special Effects Mini Post - Gore!
This post has been tagged with gore tags just in case anyone is sensitive to the sight of blood, but I can assure you that all the products I used to achieve this effect are fake, and as far as I am aware they’re also veggie safe.
So, everyone loves fake blood, right? Delicious fake blood! Or at least that’s the hope; quite often your go-to for fake blood is the cheap fancy-dress type that is bright pink and stains everything it touches. After a lot of experimentation with types of fake blood I have a few brands and one recipe that I recommend outright:
Kensington Gore - available in ‘Venial’, ‘Arterial’ or ‘Aged’ colours, this is a mint-flavoured fake blood that washes out of clothes and off of skin with not much effort. It is sugar based, and eye-safe (it won’t burn if you get it in your eyes, you still want to wash it out fairly fast). The photo on the left (armoured) is using ‘Venial’ fakeblood that was poured onto the temple area and left to drip. This blood doesn’t really dry, and remains sticky.
Kyrolan ‘Fresh Scratch’ - It’s gooey, it has to be scooped out with a cotton bud or the end of a paintbrush, and it looks horrible, it’s Fresh Scratch! This stuff will cling to hair, but gives a long-lasting ‘open wound’ look without the drips. The photo on the right (fan) has a ridge of Fresh Scratch around the temple area, with venial in the centre so that the wounds would occasionally dribble if knocked or poked.
And finally: Hot Chocolate Fake Blood! This one’s great for Halloween parties as well. Take cocoa powder (not instant-chocolate drink), sugar syrup, water, red food dye and green food dye. You want to heat the water and syrup in a pan until it mixes, add a couple of spoons of cocoa for opaqueness (and flavour?), and red/green food dye in a 5:2 drop ration. As real blood isn’t bright-red-pink the green will help tone it back to a more realistic goop. Keep in mind that as the mix cools it will become thicker, so beware of accidentally making post-snake-venom viscosity mixes.
(You may have seen that armour being worn by a character who had horns. Yep, guess what happened to him! Ouch!)
Photo credits: Oliver Facey, Jo Perridge.
Monster Making - Puppets! Whatif? Whatiss?
I don’t make enough monsters. I’ve been playing about with some paper clay and supplies (read: whatever has been lying around in the workshop) to make monsters again. This puppet was intended to have a moving jaw mechanism, we’ll see how that pans out as it’s currently a bit wonky.
As it stands I’m happy that I remember how to sculpt in clays, and I’m pleased with the bits and pieces of new skills I’m picking up. This puppet is a ‘sketch’ creature: lots of scraggy bits, lots of flaws, construction is fairly rough but you can use it as a reference for better things.
Rose-Design Writing Box - Prop, Profound Decisions’ “Empire”, 2013-2014.
This was a prop made for a friend, and I honestly can’t remember if I’ve uploaded it already on here or not.. I apologise if this is a repeat! This little prop was made by taking a box that previously contained art pastels, sanding off the varnish, and using a pyrography pen to burn a basic design into the top. The box is just shy of A4 in width, and slightly over A4 in height.
The photos aren’t great for showing the inside, but it also has a leather-lined edge and a ‘pillow’ in the upper lid to ensure that the contents don’t go flying about. I included some paper roses and hand-stamped paper with this prop for the character to use. The initials ‘I.N’ were the first and last name of the character this was given to.
Overall this was a nice way to re-use some bits and pieces that I otherwise hadn’t got a use for, and be able to hand another player a tangible object to interact with as their LARP character.
Dr Who ‘Eye Drives’ Now on the Etsy shop - and reduced!
Yup, these are the old-style Eye Drives that I did a bunch of last year, for a few cosplay requests. These are now on my Etsy and reduced to £3.50 or less (about $5, they’re usually £5-6) because I’m working on a few more eye patch designs and these have been hanging about in my shop for a while now.
My Etsy is here: Click Meeeee! and also has some other new bits and pieces that I finally got around to photographing!
Odyssey - Dweller in the Deep -Armour, fur mantle, claw necklace, & quiver - 2014
Another set of lovely shots from the very talented Charlotte Moss: http://www.charlottemoss.co.uk/
This is the Caius Lorica on its second run through an active event, after being worn for three days straight last time. I yet again managed to fall over, combat-roll, slam into things, and sleep in this kit and it’s still holding up! The quiver is a bit worse for wear but after 2-3 years use on something made of £5 of materials I can’t really complain.
The fur mantle and claw necklace are the new pieces here. Both were made after ‘something’ happened to the character that I play (Caius). Yes, that is real fur, and it was reclaimed from a vintage item that I otherwise would not have worn. The necklace is a basic chain choker with painted Polymorph claws, and ribbon laced through the chain to provide stitching surface.
Fox/Canine Music Box - Profound Decisions’ “Empire”
An in-character commission! This is the prototype for a music box style that I intend to put together and sell as the character I am currently playing.
The out-of-character materials costs are an OPTIONAL payment if I am selling you an item in-character. If you wish to directly commission a custom item, I’d appreciate money towards the materials as the music box movements aren’t cheap.
This box has a hand-wound movement that plays ‘Castle in the Sky’. It has three sections inside for placing trinkets or small items, and the movement is boxed in for protection. The outer is decorated with a pyrographed and painted canine creature, and the base has a wool felt pad added to it for protection.
Oh good grief they’ve changed the bloody layout again… So that’s both Etsy and Facebook on new layouts, do excuse me whilst I get used to these. The Etsy store is now open again, though surprisingly empty thanks to Sunnycon! I am making more tails and ears to add this week.
Click me for the Etsy shop!
I will be away from the 7th-15th of July, any orders placed during this time will ship out after this point. I will still be able to answer emails and messages.
Phew, what a trip! I left on Friday morning and only got home at 11pm on Monday night. Thank you to all who dropped by the stall at Sunnycon, I hope you had a great time.
I’ll be unpacking and stock-taking for a few days in order to bring the Etsy back online. I am very glad that the new Cat Ears worked so well, and I will be making many more sets of those - and tails! - for the Etsy shop in the coming weeks.
Winged Serpent Mage Armour - …And a lot of MUD. Personal Kit, 2014
Photography by Tom Garnett ( @tomgarnett ) - find his Tumblr here: Click me!
The Mage Armour in it’s full and extremely muddy glory! This was taken on the last day of Profound Decisions’ “Empire” event 2 2014, when I had already been in one fight and suffered the damage to the shoulder of the armour (closest to camera). It being the last day also explains my sleep-deprived expression..
Mage armour sets start from £200 for shoulders, greaves and vambraces, a set like the one pictured would be priced on a case by case basis.
Other makers in this photo: Greaves and A5 pouch by Darkblade Ltd, purple star pouch by Evenlode Studios, staff by Medlock.