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Posted Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 04:31

Here's a full tutorial on how I made an adult-sized Cubone helmet for my GenCon costume. I love this piece, even though it's not perfect, and I'm excited to share how I made it. This is just a guide, and a rough one at that, but hopefully it will be useful if you're looking to make a similar project. This same process could be used to make other kinds of helmets or sculpture pieces, and I ended up using a similar process to make my Sans mask later.

finished cubone skull helmet


Posted Monday, May 30, 2016 - 03:17

Chelsea and I are doing Star Wars costumes for Gencon. We're actually doing three or four different costumes for Gencon, but one of them is a Jedi/Sith pair. I'm the Jedi, and we're going for a desert scavenger theme with my costume. Everyone's probably going to think I'm just discount Rey, but I'm okay with that.

We're sewing our robes from scratch - more on that later - and probably crafting our belts out of raw leather, too. With all the work we're putting into the rest of the costume, it seemed like a shame to carry one of those cheap toy lightsabers as a prop. But the nicer looking ones you can order online cost about a bajillion dollars, so we decided to make our own. It hasn't been particularly hard, or even particularly expensive, but some of the steps are a fair amount of tedious work. You should also be warned that, if you ever try this yourself, you're going to bewilder all of the employees of your local hardware store. So, you know, be prepared for that.

Posted Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 02:31

All of this started when I signed up for another RedditGifts exchange.

If you've never heard of RedditGifts, well, you should go check it out. Picture secret santa, but themed around your favorite fandom/hobby/what have you and at random, non-Christmas times of year. There's an actual Christmas/winter-holiday-of-choice themed exchange, which is I think how the whole site started, but it's expanded a lot since there. This is my third exchange and I'm so stoked, for these reasons:

  • The exchange is Game of Thrones themed. I've read the books and I love the show and I'm pretty excited to see what a smaller, more narrowly-themed exchange is like.
  • I had the greatest idea for my gift. More on this later - it'll probably be its own post. But I'd already been thinking of a great GoT-themed present, with nobody to give it to because most of my friends aren't nearly as nerdy about GoT houses as I am, when this exchange was announced. Which brings me to point 3...
  • My match is fantastic. I'm not going to post too much about her here, partially because she deserves some privacy and partially because that's a matter for another post. But she filled out a lovely, long profile that really helps pick out an exciting gift, and she pretty much explicitly stated that she would be down for the gift I had in mind. It's almost like she knew.

Anyway, this all started when I signed up for the Game of Thrones exchange, but this post isn't really about that. Long story short, I was worried I wouldn't get her real gift in the mail in time, so I came up with a quick craft I could send her so she'd know I didn't forget about her and also so that I wouldn't get kicked from the exchange. That's where these coasters come in.

laser cut wooden coasters for houses baratheon, martell, targaryen, lannister, stark, arryn, greyjoy, and tyrell