C2E2

Yesterday was the last day of C2E2, in Chicago. It was so much fun!
The first day was a lot of walking around and meeting celebrities, but the second and third days I cosplayed! It was so much fun!
I’ve never done it before, but I definitely will again.

I stuck with what I like: Steampunk (obviously).

This was my day 2 outfit:

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Day 3:
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So here is the breakdown of the costumes from top to  bottom:

Goggles:
I made using old swim goggles. I just used a sharpie to make the edges black, replaced the rubber band with a brown shoe lace, and took bits of leather and wrapped it around the edges.

Chopsticks
(day 2): A gift, but you can get them basically anywhere, I’ve gotten several sets from world market. As long as they’re smooth and sturdy you can use them in your hair.

Choker 
(day 2): I made it using a strap from an old tank top, and sewed on a button in the back, and the bezel pendant in front.

Necklaces: 
Hand made by me. If you look through the archives, there are better pictures of all of the necklaces.

Red tank top
 (day 2): hand-me-down, thermal tank top.

Blue Ruffle Tank Top
(day 3): I got this at target, a couple of years ago.

Corset: 
I honestly cannot remember where I got this. I know it came from a store in the mall, right before Halloween. If I remember, or find out where I got it, I will let you know.

Belts:
Hand made, by me. The thick leather belt was made from a piece of leather, from a scrap leather bag, from Hobby Lobby. I attached the buckle using rivets. As long as you have a way to punch holes in leather, it’s pretty easy to make (I used a hammer and nail). The second belt was made out of man made leather, which I just sewed together, and put belt rings on one end.

Military Pouch: I purchased this, a long with a few others from an Army Navy Surplus store in Downtown Chicago. You can go to almost any Military Surplus Store to find something similar. I suggest going in person, rather than ordering online, because you can find some amazing deals.

Skirt: Hand made, by me. You can find photos from me making it HERE.

Leather Cuff Bracelet (day 1): Hand made by me. I also used leather scraps from Hobby Lobby for this project. I found a piece that was the right sized rectangle, and punched holes in the back (using a heavy duty hole puncher), and laced it using another piece of leather. The front was made using a gear charm, and spray paint.

Lace Cuffs: Hand made, by me. Using lace from Hobby Lobby, and little metal gears.

Leather Scrap Bracelets: Hand made, by me. Better pictures of one of them can be found HERE. They were incredibly easy to make. I just cut leather cord, all the same length, and wired the ends together, and made clasps. If you’re not up for making clasps, you can buy them.

Arm Warmers (day 3): I found at Sock Dreams. They are amazing. You should look at their website. The ones I had on were the Sorcerer Sleeves.

Leggings (day 2): Target, but again, you can get them anywhere.

Lacey Shorts (day 3): I got these at Gordman’s. But I’ve seen them so many places.

Socks: Sock Dreams.

Brown Leg Warmers (day 2): DSW.

White Leg Warmers (day 3): Gordman’s.

Combat Boots (day 2): The Army Navy Surplus store.

Thigh High Boots (day 3): Macy’s Clearance.

I think that’s everything! Let me know if you have any questions!

Jonathan’s Art

So you see my art and crafts all of the time, so today I wanted to show off my big brother’s creations!
Jonathan is a chef, but in his free time he loves creating unique pieces. Including, boxes, jewelry stands, jewelry, paintings, and carvings.
Sorry about the quality, these are all cellphone photos (like, flip phone, not iphone), but I hope you enjoy them!

This first piece is a potato box, that he made for someone. It has a matching recipe box, but I didn’t get a photo that piece.
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This face is carved  and painted. (This is for sale, for $85. Please let me know in the comments if you’re interested!)
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These are earrings, which are almost finished (just missing earring hooks). They are amazing! (These are also for sale, at $20 each!)

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This last piece is a jewelry tree (or just a piece of art). I don’t remember the exact dimensions, but it is quite large. (Also for sale for $300)

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I hope you enjoy these!

New Jewelry for Wild Wild West Con

This is going to be a long post, but there are 2 exciting things to share!

First, my blog is now officially a website! emmspage.com!

Second, through connections (via my brother) it looks like some of my jewelry will be for sale near Wild Wild West Con in Tucson, AZ.
I will give you more details when I get them, but I am very excited!
On that note, here is some of what I made for the Con. Sorry, in advance, for the picture overload.

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Simple Steampunk Choker

Here’s something I threw together last night, it was super simple, but I think it’s cute. Just braided leather (I was going to make a macrame necklace, but I didn’t have any pieces long enough). Then I made the clasps, a couple of jump rings, and attached the charms. A very simple, but cute choker.
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I made some earrings.

So, I thought I’d quickly post about what I made tonight. They’re earrings, in case you didn’t see the title. Yeah, so they look super simple, and really they were, but they were slightly more difficult than they look.
I had an idea to do something like this, so I went to the store to buy chain, and they had nothing like what I was looking for, so I decided to make my own chain. They did, however, have these super cool gears and earring hooks, so I bought those, but I did make the chain, and I’ll show you how.
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I used 20 gauge wire, but I would suggest starting with something a little thicker to practice. I just wrapped it around an allen wrench, because you’ll get a precise size, which is nice. Then…

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You just start cutting straight into the coil, until they are all jump rings.
Then…
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Start connecting them. I like to use a pair of nylon pliers like these:  http://www.amazon.com/Pliers-Nylon-Flat-Straightening-44137/dp/B003U2IKWK to close the loops, because it doesn’t leave any nicks or dents.

Then you can make cool stuff like these fun steampunk earrings!:
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Okay, that’s all. Good night.