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At this point in the process none of the seams should be sealed. The neck is only held tight by the string. When you cut the string you should be able to peel the fabric off of the form. You'll be left with 2 pieces of shaped fabric, the body and head, that you will need to attach in the following steps.
When it is dry you should be able to just pull the fabric off of the form (after untying/cutting any string holding the fabric around the neck). The glue doesn't stick to the plastic wrap.
Happy Halloween!We're finally ready for the trick-or-treaters.
The mask looks amazing! Well done!
I think I am going to try out your drywall mud and newspaper technique in the future. It didn't seem like the right choice for this workshop, but I have a big tub of drywall mud and plenty of future papier maché projects that I think it would be a good fit for.I didn't know much about the workshop participants, so I wanted to cater to the lowest level beginner. In the end we have some really talented makers in the class, but given the short time, I'm glad we kept things simple.The problem with the model magic was that pressing it onto the plaster mask base was causing the plaster to crack, and the model magic lifted off the plaster as it dried.The solution we settled on was reinforcing the bases with additional plaster strips, baking them in a toaster oven and then making sure p...see more »I think I am going to try out your drywall mud and newspaper technique in the future. It didn't seem like the right choice for this workshop, but I have a big tub of drywall mud and plenty of future papier maché projects that I think it would be a good fit for.I didn't know much about the workshop participants, so I wanted to cater to the lowest level beginner. In the end we have some really talented makers in the class, but given the short time, I'm glad we kept things simple.The problem with the model magic was that pressing it onto the plaster mask base was causing the plaster to crack, and the model magic lifted off the plaster as it dried.The solution we settled on was reinforcing the bases with additional plaster strips, baking them in a toaster oven and then making sure people were careful when applying the clay to the masks.The model magic was allowed to dry for about an hour, and then we wrapped the masks entirely in felt to make sure everything held together. The clay wasn't fully dry when covered with felt, so some participants smushed the featured they had sculpted while appliying the felt, but that could usually be repaired.
Home stretch!Things are coming together. We have started decorating our house in the hopes of luring more trick-or-treaters this year (we usually only get a few).One thing I'm really excited about are our teal pumpkins for the teal pumpkin project, which promotes giving out non-food treats to kids with allergies and special diets. We bought foam pumpkins on clearance last November and have painted and started carving them.
I love the butterflies on the headpiece!
The photos for how the backpack attaches are on step 4. You may need to alter how you attach the dummy to your pack to suit your needs.Experiment with a combination of ties, glue and tape until you are satisfied that it is securely attached and you can comfortably wear it.
I considered using pre-made masks as the base, but I'm being hired to run the workshop as a corporate team-building exercise, so I don't want to lose the collaborative part of the process. Covering a partner's face in plaster strips is the only real "team" aspect of the mask making, and it's also one of the most fun parts. I'm going to use microwaves and toaster ovens to speed up the plaster drying time.
I'm covering both the front and inside of the masks with felt.I experimented with a few options over the weekend and I am pretty happy with using balled up paper towel over the plaster base and then covering that with glue and felt.
Model Magic has a specific warning against putting it in a microwave or oven, so I'm not comfortable heating it up.I will, however use microwaves and toaster ovens to speed up the drying time on the plaster face casts that we are using as the base.
What a perfect topic for week 4! I really do need help and advice this week! I'm teaching a Halloween mask making workshop this month, but I've been asked to condense it into one 8 hour day. In the past I've always split up mask-making over a few days to allow drying time for plaster and air dry clay or paper clay. I'm simplifying things (doing half masks instead of my usual articulated jaw masks) but I can't figure out how to squeeze the sculpting into a few hours.This weekend I experimented with Crayola Model Magic and I really wasn't happy with the results.Are there any alternatives to air dry clay, paper clay, papier mache, and model magic that can be dried/set quickly or covered in felt while still not 100% set?Do you have any tips for getting good results with sculpting model magi...see more »What a perfect topic for week 4! I really do need help and advice this week! I'm teaching a Halloween mask making workshop this month, but I've been asked to condense it into one 8 hour day. In the past I've always split up mask-making over a few days to allow drying time for plaster and air dry clay or paper clay. I'm simplifying things (doing half masks instead of my usual articulated jaw masks) but I can't figure out how to squeeze the sculpting into a few hours.This weekend I experimented with Crayola Model Magic and I really wasn't happy with the results.Are there any alternatives to air dry clay, paper clay, papier mache, and model magic that can be dried/set quickly or covered in felt while still not 100% set?Do you have any tips for getting good results with sculpting model magic on top of a plaster mask?I'm based in the Yukon and don't have time to order specialty supplies online, but I have someone down south who can bring me anything available at Michaels in time for the class. My budget is about $20 per mask.
Hanger wire, either from some dry cleaner coat hangers or on a roll from the hardware store is poseable and fairly light weight. It will hold pipe insulation or pool noodles in the shape you want. If you need something stronger (if it needs to hold up something heavier than the foam), you can use pvc pipe and bend it into the shape you want with the help of a heat gun (but it will be fixed in one position).
According to the Pixar wiki, Kevin should be 13 feet tall, but my ceilings are not that high!I don't have an exact measurement, but for scale, we're 5'11" and 6'3" .
The subject line of a newsletter can also have a huge impact on how many people choose to open the newsletter and read it.
for *her* - Kevin is a girl, oops
Week 3 already!We finished Kevin (the bird from Up) this weekend and I've started drafting my instructable for him. The first step for me, when writing an instructable for a big project like this is to review all my progress shots, selecting the best photos and grouping them into steps. Then, after I have titled the steps and put them in the order I want, I start filling in the details.
If you don't have a laser cutter you can print out the pdf templates. I would recommend measuring your child's hips and then scaling the width of the plane to fit.
We're doing an Up themed birthday party this weekend and then repurposing the decorations for a cursed jungle Halloween theme. The monster bird is Kevin.
We've been collecting materials and working away on our decorations this week. Unfortunately it looks like most of what we ordered online won't make it in time, but we'll manage.The neighbours must be curious about what we're up to when they spot the monster bird in the works in the window...
I don't know if a spray-on sealer would have enough hold power on its own to keep the fabric in the shape you want, but used as a protective coat over the glue, it might help it hold up in the rain.
How it holds up in wet weather will depend on the glue you use. White glue won't last in the rain, but you can try to find a waterproof glue to help it hold its shape if it gets wet.
My son's birthday is in October so the challenge for us is to plan around 2 big costume/decoration events in one month, without going crazy. I originally wanted to do a How To Train Your Dragon theme for the birthday party which would transition well into a Game of Thrones/medieval Halloween theme, but as the almost-two-year-old is obsessed with balloons, we're doing an Up birthday instead. We're currently building an almost-full-scale Kevin (my ceilings are too low for a real 13' bird) with the intention of reusing it in a cursed jungle Halloween decorations theme. Costumes will be doomed explorers to go with the decor.
Your little Rey is so cute! Good luck with the blaster build!
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This class project was fun! I challenged myself to take pictures from angles I normally wouldn't use.
This is the first time I've ever tried switching my Canon Revel T3 off of the auto white balance. I'm still not sure I understand how to adjust the "custom" white balance, but I was able to switch between the various ligth source options.
It is a chilly rainy day today, so I didn't walk very far. This is a photo of the trees and woodpecker feeder in my yard.
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Plywood Hot Wire Foam Cutter
This looks fantastic!
This looks so good! I'm going to have to try this recipe.
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Cheese Ball Machine Gun
I like the changes you've made to the green onion instructable. The photos are much easier to understand now. If you're making the eggs again sometime soon, maybe try to get a photo of the finished eggs next to the bottle of maple syrup. Something like the photo in your ingredients step but with the cooked eggs. I think it would help people understand what they are looking at in the thumbnail (I really like the photo of the fork on the black background, but at first I thought it was a piece of bacon on the end)
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It might look larger in the photos, but the glass I used holds the same volume as a standard shot glass. All three ingredients are pretty easy to sip, if you don't want to down it all in one go.
This is super pretty! Congrats on your first felting project!
I would have loved this as a kid! I can see it as being also very useful for transporting pocket pets (hamsters, mice, rats, etc) to the vet without having to bring their larger cages.
This is really neat! I think I would wind up spending more time playing with it than writing in it.
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What a pretty way to organize jewelry!
Wow, this turned out really well! I hope your parents loved it.
I use the Epilog Fusion at YuKonstruct, our local makerspace.
Looks like it has been featured!
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Overall it looks like a very good instructable, with lots of detailed instructions. You might want to look at how you have titled your steps. The extra numbering "Step 5: 3:..." is a little odd. A really great photo of the finished model would probably help get this instructable featured. There's some good tips on taking feature-worthy photos at https://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-write-a-gre...Finally, I think you should add a photo to the last step, even if it is just the same picture of the finished model that you used in the intro.
Spicy Summer CaesarView Instructable »
Yum! Looking at this is making me hungry.
The dwg file is for AutoCAD. It is a 2 dimensional drawing of the plans.
Good catch! It is indeed Tank Girl on the side of the bar. There's another drawing of her on the bar top.
I'll have to give the cayenne a try, especially if I am using one of the less spicy brands of ginger beer.
I imagine it can't be much worse than everything else they are serving you (cutlery, glassware, the food you order... someone touches it all). Hopefully they are following all food safety regulations and laws. Here in the Yukon, food safety falls under Environment Health Services. They have a handy checklist available on food safety at home: http://www.hss.gov.yk.ca/pdf/foodsafetychecklistho...
Looks like the Mars Bars have been featured! I don't have any suggestions for the other instructable, the photos look delicious. Perhaps it will be featured soon.
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This looks fantastic!
Yum! This looks delicious!
Posting the same instructables for review multiple times is probably not the most effective way to get help quickly. Is there a reason why you need "feedback as soon as possible"? The Clinic is Instructables members helping other authors. It is all volunteers. Right now with the Makerspace Contest going on, there is more emphasis than usual being placed on getting featured. Many authors are more focused on getting their own instructables featured before August 31 than helping others improve theirs. If you want to improve your instructables, start by reading over all the helpful advice already available on the site: https://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-write-a-gre...
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