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April 5, 2012



Ver's been a busy bee...

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 5, 2012, 3:54 PM

Happy April, Watchers!!

Sooooo it's been about 3 months since I updated the journal and I have quite a bit of progress to add. For starters, I've finished* my Hobbit costume.

*I say "finished" because it's wearable, but there are things I'd like to add. A wig, for starters. It takes about 2 hours to get some curl in my hair and I would love to just be able to pop on a wig and go. Plus, my hair will not be blonde for Dragon*Con. I'll tell you in a minute. I also will add a cloak for the December premiere, and one day I'd like to mold some realistic Hobbit feet, but right now I don't have the skill for that. Here's the finished piece:

Elanor Gamgee - 01 by Verdaera Elanor Gamgee - 2 by Verdaera Elanor Gamgee - full shot by Verdaera

I've also made a fair bit of progress on my White Witch chainmail. I want to say it's 2/5ths done. I will be drafting the undercorset pattern soon and have been making a pattern for the crown so I can start sculpting that.

WW skirt progress 02 by Verdaera

And lastly, I TOTALLY added another costume to my list. Yes, I'm a bad girl. It happened by finding a couple replica items by chance. I have gotten completly obsessed with the Hunger Games. I've had the books for a couple years but never read them. I won them as a prize in the Young Adult Lit costume contest at D*Con with my Alice in '10. I started reading them this winter and couldn't put them down. I've also converted at least 5 people to the series. Cinna, of course, is a favorite since he designs clothes and costumes.

A couple things on this: The first picture is my own design. There is an official website called "" that has had a contest fr district stylists, and I decided to give it a go. The first is my design inspired by District 4. The results haven't been announced yet. Next, I decided to make Katniss' hunting costume from district 12. A costume we see her in for all of 2 minutes. But, Hot Topic offered a replica of that bow for sale so I snatched it up. Then I chanced across the perfect boots for it. I am still going to make the whole costume, but for now I have just the pants made. I might remake them, too, if I find more accurate fabric.

Capitol Couture- District 4 Dress by Verdaera Katniss Pants v 1.0 by Verdaera

Rohirrim journal skin.

Horse head 2009 - Grinmir-stock
Texture by kizistock
Knotwork by gbrgraphix
  • Watching: The Princess Bride
  • Drinking: Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Skin by Nobody (modified by Verdaera)
Swanky stuff! You can make some pretty good feet with simple methods out of liquid latex. I've made prosthesis- not around eyes, mind you out of the cheap stuff from Tripp Plastics. They call it "mold builder", and we literally created a sheath right ON the foot- then built it up with foam and more latex until it was right. To be done right, you'd make a mold of you foot, but we were using it basically once, and it was a good excuse to sit and watch the trilogy again... Funny thing is- these feet are still in service, whereas the "professionally" made ones another friend bought failed on the first night of wear...
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