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Posts tagged ‘costume design’

A pox on Mrs. F’s Hands!

Last season, Mrs. F.  contracted some mysterious allergy or condition or other whacky circumstance that made her hands swell up… well, of course, we couldn’t just use oversized Micky Mouse gloves… oh no!  With a pair of gloves as a liner, a little cotton batting, some nylon hosiery, and a red magic marker… voila!!!     

This is Darlene, our Frederick Campus  Mrs. F,  modeling the results.     

Gotta hand it to Mr.s F!


 Add a little hot glue and some rhinestones and BAM! instant wedding ring!  Darlene was SO patient with this!  We love you, Darlene!     

hugs, V-     


Japanese paper lanterns – application to costume making

Hi!  I was thinking about storage problems for costumes, and I realised being able to compress costumes that use a sphere as a base to a flat shape for storage might prove to be very useful. I was thinking about shapes that collapse for storage and two ideas came to me. 

#1 Scarlet O’Hara’s hoop skirt
#2 Japanese lanterns 

Whale bone is a little hard to come by these days, so the Scarlet idea is impractical, BUT… the Japanese lantern idea seemed to have some merit.  http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Japanese-Paper-Lantern 

I found a helpful little how-to at the link above, and decided that this design, made with floral wire and plastic sheeting (like the cheap picnic table cloths you get in party supply stores) could provide the simple circular shape (or ANY shape, really) for making light-weight, collapse-for-storage designs that could stand up to more wear and tear than paper-covered lanterns. 

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I can imagine this use for making a “globe”, the moon, a tomato or blueberry, the watermelon idea I came up with a little while back, an ice cube, a stone block, any costume based on a sphere, rectangle, square, or pyramid shape could be created using this technique I think. The trick would be faux painting the outside pattern and finding paints that would work for more complicated designs. 

hugs, v-

Idea for “Broken” costume

You know how, as Christians, we want to be broken for Christ, which I TOTALLY get.  But sometimes, my friends and I wonder how God can see beauty in our broken-ness.  We’ll  I found this on the web today.      

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Beauty in broken-ness.


Fantastic. I wonder what adhesive the artist used.


I thought these would make a great costume, so I nabbed them for future reference.  Just the cool factor alone!  Imagine this costume made out of colorful broken tile or shards of terra cotta pottery.    

Photos are attributed to a photographer called “silversky”.   Can’t you just imagine an inspirational music video?  Making three of these costumes, starting with simple broken clay and progressing to the mirror shards?    

What Bible verses would work with this?  What songs?   

hugs, V-

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