Mostly, because I bought sparkly glue gun sticks and wanted to test them.
This time, I’ve made glittery, fruit magnets!
Honestly, I can say the sparkly ones were a TOTAL PAIN, but okay to look at. They aren’t 100% clear, which was a bit of a bummer. They do, however, junk up your glue gun, so luckily I bought a separate one for this projects ( I was hoping to use the glittery ones again, but I’m not so sure after the project).
I probably wouldn’t use these much again (it took several sticks for each magnet! Even using clear ones for the bluk of the inside), but that could also be the new hot glue gun I got. Maybe it smaller or something? I got a new one so the glitter wouldn’t get stuck in my other ones.
Then, use the special glue sticks to fill the bottom of your mold. You may need to dip your finger in water, and use it to smooth the glue throughout the mold for the base layer, so you get all the details in the side. If you’re using multiple colors, you may need to take turns (as shown below). For instance, fill all the parts that need green first, rather than taking the stick out, switching colors, which ends up mixing, etc.
After that, fill with clear glue gun sticks (so you don’t waste the more expensive ones).
But, they gave me a bigger idea – I can use this method for SO MANY THINGS!! Even cosplay!
So, the first thing I did to test this method was to make little magnets. Now that I have my own space in my office, I like to decorate. I’ll be taking these little babies to works.
Here are the instructions!
First, everything you need is here.
It’s essentially a silicone mold (I used THIS ice cube tray from Fred & Friends), a hot glue gun and glue sticks, some magnets, paint and a paintbrush. Easy peasy. People still say this right?
From there, it’s even simpler. You fill the mold with hot glue using a hot glue gun. I’ve found it’s best to fill these intricate molds by letting your gun heat up fully, and then squeezing a thin, complete layer at the bottom, so you can get all the details. After that, you should be able to go slowly and fill up the rest (going slow will prevent air bubbles), going in layers.
Once you reach towards the top, but not quite, let it harden up a bit, so you have a place to rest the magnet, and fill around. If you overfill a little, it’s easy to trim off a bit, as shown. Then drop the magnet in and let it dry more.
After that, let them solidify (I left mine in the mold for 20 minutes), and then pop them out and paint them. I didn’t use a primer, but I did use 2 coats of paint.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t take care of my wigs as well as I should.
I know that may not give me much credibility as a cosplay source, but I think it also adds credibility when I say that this easy, (sorta) 2-ingredient, DIY wig detangling spray actually works.
I would know, because like I said, I don’t take care of my wigs very well initially, especially right after a con (when I’m too tired to do everything right). I’ll let them tangle up, lose their bags, forget to put them away- etc. You get the picture.
But, this always means that I have to detangle them before I can use them again, and that’s how I know that this spray works.
Plus, chances are, you already have the ingredients, and you may already use the spray in a soak form (if you’re like me and spend a lot of time on the internet).
Also, I say sorta 2 because one ingredient that you add is already pre-mixed for you, but it itself contains many ingredients. You’ll see what I mean.
So, one thing you need is a spray bottle (which I’m not counting as an ingredient). I’d recommend reusing an old bottle you have on hand, but only after you’ve cleaned it thoroughly.
I end up reusing my NYX Setting Spray bottles for things like this – they’re tiny, so I can take them with me, and it means I don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals like if I were using a leftover cleaning spray bottle.
The recipe itself?
1 part fabric softener (liquid) to 3-5 parts water.
That’s it. Mix and shake. Spray on wigs to coat the surface for easy detangling.
I got this idea mostly because of the internet. It may have been done before, but I tried this on my own recently after C2E2, and a particularly nastily snarled, long wig after a long Saturday of use.
Since I normally clean/condition my wigs by soaking them in fabric softener, I figured that should be the main, non-water ingredient in my detangling spray.
I typically use this mixture, with softener replaced with hair conditioner, to detangle my own, real hair, but that doesn’t work as well on wigs (if they aren’t real hair – the synthetic fibers don’t hold the conditioner like real hair does, so especially you need the fabric softener to make your wig slippery), and the water prevents it from getting too greasy.
Experiment until you find a ratio that you like. It’s your life. You have the power.
With my short wigs, I’d water I use 1 part softener to 5 parts water, so that my wig doesn’t get too weighed down.
On long wigs, when I really need that extra detangling power, I like to use 1 part softener to 3 parts water.
Since I’m using old make-up bottles, I typically only make small amounts at a time, which really lets me customize the mixture often, and play around with the ratios.
That being said, it also means I dunno about the staying-power of the mixture. I’m assuming it would keep for a long time, like fabric softener does, but I’ve just never found on my own. Lemme know, if you know.
Also, let me know if this works for you, or if you have other suggestions! As we know, I’m an Open Book Cosplayer, which essentially means I’ll tell you anything and everything I know about cosplay if you ask. I’ve got nothing to hide, no secrets to keep, and I love spreading the knowledge wealth. This is how I detangle my wigs, and I find it works for me!
Plus, I smell like clean laundry a lot.
As a word of warning, try not to use too much, especially if you don’t rinse our your wigs. If you have sensitive skin, and you use this on the scalp of the wig, all of your sweat mixed with the softener could make you break out.
It hasn’t happened to me, but it is something I just thought of while writing this out.
After a very long hiatus, I AM BACK.
Sorry for the delay.
Let’s jump right into it, shall we?
Tomorrow is another Geek Girl Brunch in Chicago, and the theme is Reopening the X-Files.
Needless to say, I’m absolutely stoked.
In honor of the brunch subject, and my new found obsession with the X-Files, I made you a little tutorial for a painting of the iconic ‘I WANT TO BELIEVE’ poster from the show.
It’s pretty easy to do, and I LOVE IT SO MUCH.
Check it out, here’s the finished painting:
So, gather your supplies.
I used a large cheap canvas (Got it on sale from Michael’s for $5!!), some cheap acrylic paint ($0.66 each from Michael’s) in the colors Hunter Green, White, Black and Bright Blue (to get the various shades, just mix the colors with black or white, depending on the look you’re going for), some paintbrushes (about $0.20 each, but I bought a big variety pack), vinyl letter (I used 2 inch) and some water.
So first, plan out your letters. I just drew some pen lines based on where I roughly though the letters belonged, based on my reference photo of the original poster.
Next, take the hunter green (or whatever bottom color you’ve chosen), and use it to lay the base layer of paint over the bottom 1/4 or 1/3 of the canvas. I used letters that didn’t stick very well, so my first layer is a little choppy looking, since I was trying to carefully paint over the letters. Once I did this, he letter stuck on the canvas, so I could use a rougher touch later (which is good, because I mixed hunter green and a little black together for the 2nd and third layers on the green parts).
Next comes the sky. First, ‘paint’ the rest of the canvas with water. Not enough to soak it, but this will help us blend the sky paint.
I mixed the bright blue paint with the white paint, not fully mixing the paint (it will look a little marbled – that’s the look I like). Slather it on the canvas, dipping your brush in a little water in you need it to smooth and blend it. It should look like a nice, smooth mix of shades of blue and white. niiiiiiice.
Now, add the rough shapes of the trees. I used the original poster as a reference for my shapes. Don’t worry about being perfect – you’ll paint over parts of them now, and fix the details later.
Add in some clouds. I basically started with plain white paint on a smaller brush and continually smushed it on the painting. Then, for the details, I made a little blue-gray paint by mixing white, black and blue- I used this as the darker parts of the clouds. Create whatever shades you want by changing the amounts of each color you use! This is your painting!
This next photos shows several steps.
One was adding the bottom of the UFO, to gauge the placement and shape between the clouds.
The other is that part I mentioned would happen a bit ago- slightly painting over the trees. In the original, there’s far off mountains/trees, that are shown by various shades of green/gray (depending on what version you look at). In my photo, I just show the random layers I made for those hills. The shades were created by mixing the hunter green with a little white, painting that layer of hills, and then mixing even more white, and then painting another layer on top. Does that make sense? I don’t communicate well. Just check the picture. Or as questions – I’m always here.
Next, paint the top of the UFO – I mixed black, white and green for a green/gray shade.
I also re-detailed the trees here and blended the paint down the canvas again.
Final details on the painting: for me, that’s some touches on the UFO, blending the bottom a bit more, and cleaning up the sky a bit. Use water if you want to re-blend.
Now, WAIT UNTIL THE PAINTING IS COMPLETELY DRY. I just did some other stuff around the apartment for an hour, then came back. When the painting is dry, peel off your vinyl letters from the bottom of the painting.
The letters may have gotten a little paint under them, so just freshen up the messy spots with some of the white paint.
You’ve got your own X-Files painting.
Put it on display, boo. Be proud.
I won’t lie, I was so happy, I kept giggling to myself. Alone. In my Apartment.
Like a loser.
+ Disposable pot/bowl of room temp. water (it is important that it is not cold, so the polish doesn’t hard on the water’s surface)
+ Nail polish colors of choice
+ Item to be paint (I chose a terra cotta planter I had painted white last week)
!! Try to do this project outside, if you can, so you don’t get overwhelmed by the smell of nail polish !!
Step one: Get your pot of water. Like I said above, it is important for it not to be too cold! Room temp. water, or even a little warmer is better, so that your polish doesn’t hard on the surface of the water before you even paint your planter. Also, get your object to be painted. I chose a terra cotta pot that I painted white.
Step two: Pick out your polishes. I choose three colors that went together.
A pastel purple I got from Five Below,
A teal blue I got from Rue 21,
and a hot pink/magenta color from Sally Beauty.
Step three: Slowly pour the polishes, one color at a time, on the surface of the water. Make sure you pour them out from fairly close to the water, of they will sink down the bottom and not help you out at all. You may want to stir the paint around a little to get better coverage. I learned I liked my designs better when i DID NOT stir it.
Step four: Dip it real good. Slowly dip your pot (or whatever object you’re painting) into the polish coated water. The polish will cling to the sides of the pot and ‘paint’ it. I dipped my pot two or three times, re-coating the water with polish each time.
You may not need to dip it multiple times!
My polish was older (which was why I used it), and not it good shape. Some were super thin, and some were that old and chunky type. In order for me to get goo coverage, I dipped it multiple times.
If you use a decent nail polish, and thoroughly coat the surface of the water in your pot, once may be enough!
Step five: Let it dry. I let mine dry outside, as well. Because I didn’t want my roommate to complain about a nail polish smell.
I have no picture of this. It would literally just be a standing pot.
Step six: Once completely dry, put a plant in it, and admire your creation!
It stands out among my other planters. it’s so cute. Also, I obviously need to paint the under plant disk thing white. What is it called? The name is failing me.
Any ways, I need to paint that white too, then all will be completed!
After some searching, I found that the original is from the lovely folks at Plaid Pigeon, I believe, so if you are gung-ho about purchasing one of these, take a look in their shop! Theirs include real plants, more color options, and more dinosaur (and even animal) options. Their store is lovely, so if you’d like to buy one, please visit them at Plaid Pigeon.
But now, the problem was that I couldn’t afford the cute planter on my own, but still wanted one.
For a DIY version, my instructions are below.
If you’d like to put in a real succulent, instead of the fake one I used, all you’ll need to do is follow the alterations mentioned below, as well!
Here’s what you’ll need for the Faux version:
-Paint color of choice
-Plastic Dino (Mine was $1 from Dollar Tree)
-Craft Knife (Be careful!)
For a REAL plant, please replace the Faux Succulent with a real succulent plant, along with gathering some small rocks, and some good cacti/succulent soil.
First step is to cut a hole in the top of your dino. I used a faux plant, so my hole could be really small.
For a real plant, make sure you cut out a large, even hole out of the back of your dino, and also cut a small hole in each foot (for drainage).
Next step is to paint that sucker. I used a cute blue. You can also spray a coat of clear spray paint or enamel when finished for protection.
For a real plant, make sure you don’t get paint inside the Dino.
Then, add your faux succulent, and VOILA!
For a real plant, add a bottom layer of small rocks, another layer of soil, and then nestle your plant inside. Then, as previously mentioned- VOILA!
I understand some of you may not be 21, so ignore this post.
BUT: For those of you that are, however, let me tell you about my fun DIY from this weekend.
On pinterest I kept seeing home bars, and thought about how convenient they must be for parties.
I’m not a big drinker, but I love to entertain, and typically, at parties, people who love to be entertained also love a little bit of a beverage themselves.
So I used a cart that I originally was going to use as my AV cart for my projector, spruced it up a little, and made my own home bar!
Everything used were items that I already had at home from my counter-top bar collection, so there was much to really show.
I just followed the advice of these others posts I found through pinterest, and created my own!
I still may use the cart as my AV cart in the future, and just move all the bar stuff back onto my counter, or I may keep it. We’ll see how well it plays out. I know I want to keep it for my graduation party in May, however.
As you can see, my fabric filing cabinet is nestled right next to my new bar. As you can also see, I’ve got a big thing for black and gold still.