fantasy crafting

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As winter approaches, looking back on some of the snow photography I’ve done! 

These are all sculptures made from polymer clay over wire and foil. They are all about 4-8 inches large. Made between 2011 and 2015. Hopefully we have some pretty days that I can do some snow photography this year too. 

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I’ve been feeling so crafty lately! I used the neckline cutout from the leather backplate I made to practice beveling and dying the leather before committing to the whole piece. I’ve also had a set of leather letter stamps in my tool bag for a while that I was eager to play with. I had no intention of keeping this scrap piece and honestly half assed the stamping and dying. But in the end it actually turned out to be really cute and I grew super fond of it, but had no idea what to use it for. Then the idea struck me to turn it into a belt pouch (you can never have enough belt pouches!) 

 I made the pouch out of a purple brocade and lined it with blue wool, then attached the leather piece by punching holes along the top and hand sewing it together. I’ve added a button and tassel for aesthetics and eventually will add another tie to keep the pouch closed, but nothing can fall out anyway because it’s so deep. I’m actually so pleased with how this turned out, and I feel pretty cutesy having something matching with John.

P.S. Happy New Year lovelies!

Armor making tutorial (leather used!)

So, this is my leather armor making tutorial! Some of you, my friends, could see it on DoA some time ago (I completely forgot that I posted it there ^^`), but still, here it is. 

SOME WARNINGS! This post is going to be long and picture heavy!^^`It contains photos of nude doll parts. Also, I use real animal leather for this project, please consider this, if you are sensitive to this subject.

The model for this armor was the “previous” version of Hilda, my OC. Now Hilda is a IOS Anima, but back then she was a Leekeworld Adolf, heavily modded and on Akagi 70 body modified from male to female.

In our story Hilda is not a rich person, with no money to buy an expensive armor, but she, herself was an blacksmith’s apprentice, and could create a pieces of armor herself. So this armor will not be very pompous, and I will try to keep it as simple as it can be. As a references for Hilda’s armor I thought about Brienne’s of Tarth from Game of Thrones outfit, some medieval armor pieces from different historical resources and my own imagination ^__^

For this project I needed a lot of things:

1. Big pieces of leather, this time I took brown color and 2mm thick.
2. Sculptural plasticine
3. Plastic film (I used food wrap)
4. Good firm thread, maybe capron, or any other, that will survive the tension
5. A pot with water and kitchen-stove, to boil the water
6. Furniture
7. Wood burning machine
8. A lot of eyelets, rivets, buckles
9. Linen fabric for clotes.
10. Some other stuff I might forget to mention, but you`ll see it in the tutorial.)




1. I re-stringed a doll, and left stringed only the torso part. While working on the armor pieces, it will be moved a lot, so legs and arms will be quite a disturbing things >_<

2. Wrapped the body around in the plastic film (I used regular food wrap, it worked just fine), to prevent color from leather damage the doll.

3. With a sculptural plasticine I formed armor shape. I need this armor be fitting, but not tight. So I need a little additional material to the body, because boiled leather will replicate all body curves, all joints and even the nipples. X) You can also make an armor or a leather piece of clothing that fits like a glove without using the plasticine.

4. After waited about 40 min. for plasticine to harden (a faster method: put the piece you are working on in a fridge for about 20 minutes) I wrapped the body once again.

Keep reading

Read an excerpt from Max Gladstone’s next Craft Sequence novel, Ruin of Angels.

The God Wars destroyed the city of Alikand. Now, a century and a half and a great many construction contracts later, Agdel Lex rises in its place. Dead deities litter the surrounding desert, streets shift when people aren’t looking, a squidlike tower dominates the skyline, and the foreign Iskari Rectification Authority keeps strict order in this once-independent city—while treasure seekers, criminals, combat librarians, nightmare artists, angels, demons, dispossessed knights, grad students, and other fools gather in its ever-changing alleys, hungry for the next big score.

Priestess/investment banker Kai Pohala (last seen in Full Fathom Five) hits town to corner Agdel Lex’s burgeoning nightmare startup scene, and to visit her estranged sister Lei. But Kai finds Lei desperate at the center of a shadowy, and rapidly unravelling, business deal. When Lei ends up on the run, wanted for a crime she most definitely committed, Kai races to track her sister down before the Authority finds her first. But Lei has her own plans, involving her ex-girlfriend, a daring heist into the god-haunted desert, and, perhaps, freedom for an occupied city. Because Alikand might not be completely dead—and some people want to finish the job.