More and more cosplayers are turning their attention on Sakizo and bringing her art to life. I too will be working on a Sakizo costume later this year. Many of her designs require the use of lace. Whether a Sakizo costume is in your “Future Cosplay” plans or something else requiring the use of lace, this info may be helpful in finding the right “frills”.
There are many types of lace on the market. The two major differences are in texture: The scratchy, synthetic lace that so many people avoid like the plague and the soft, cotton lace that name brand lolita designers use. But don’t be so quick to overlook the “scratchy” lace! If you’re purchasing lace by the bolt or just for trim and it’s too stiff for your tastes, simply let it soak in hand-washing detergent and dry it flat. This will soften the lace. Cotton lace (Venice lace) has a crocheted appearance and is usually preferred for appliques. Cotton lace can also be dyed very easily where as synthetic, not so much. However synthetic lace is usually offered in a wide range of colors. If you’re looking for something softer with a light texture, try chiffon or tulle lace. These are normally used for bridal veils or wedding gowns.
Lace is available in many forms:
Edging Lace - One side is straight, the other is scalloped or any variety of pattern along the edge.
Beading Lace - Has openings or holes for beading or ribbon.
Flat Lace - Exactly as it sounds, this lace can be bought on the bolt or as trim. It can also have a straight edge on one side or both sides may be decorative or scalloped.
Gathered Lace - Can be either elasticized or not. Either gathered along one edge or down the center.
Entredeux Lace - Used to attach lace to fabric, can either have a flat or scalloped edge. Also available as eyelet.
Now for some examples:
Gathered Lace (elasticized)
in which Totoro boops Mana Ashida on the head.
Japanese child actress Mana was embarrassed that she couldn’t pronounce Guillermo Del Toro’s name so he gave her special permission to call him “Totoro-san” instead.
OMG HE’S TOTORO
NEVER NOT REBLOG GUILLERMO DEL TOTORO
I wanted to share with you our Serbian traditional way of dying Easter eggs - no artificial colors or dyes needed.
Put any leaves you like on the surface of the egg and carefully place them in a stocking. Boil these eggs in water full of onion skins. The result are beautiful, earthly colors and interesting patterns.
Certain plants can purify the air taking out toxins or bad or stale air, these are some wonderful plants to keep around the home.
1. Bamboo Palm: It removes formaldahyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier.
2. Snake Plant: It absorb nitrogen oxides and formaldahyde.
3. Areca Palm: One of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.
4. Spider Plant: Great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldahyde from the air.
5. Peace Lily: Peace lilies could be called the “clean-all.” They’re often placed in bathrooms or laundry rooms because they’re known for removing mold spores. Also know to remove formaldahyde and trichloroethylene.
6. Gerbera Daisy: Not only do these gorgeous flowers remove benzene from the air, they’re known to improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen over night.
YAY for plants
mythology - undines or water nymphs
The origin of the Undines (or Ondines) can best be traced all the way back to ancient Greece wherein mythology cites a clan of nymphs called Oceanides claimed the waters of the world as their home. The water nymphs or water spirits, belong to the Water Elemental, are are usually found in forest pools and waterfalls. They are said to have beautiful voices, which can be sometime heard singing over the sound of water that entices those that hear it. These beings are believed to be the daughters of Titan and his wife Tethys. Their presence in the oceans was legendary among seafarers. Mostly beneficent, Oceanides would aid water-travelers in navigation and provide safe sea-ways.In European lore, Undines are fabled to be the wandering spirits of love-lorn women. According to some legends, Undines can receive a soul when they marry a human man and bear his child. This aspect of them has them to be a popular subject motif for romantic and tragic literature. Often with sailors being drawn to them by their tears of sorrow that composed the salty seas when wept having lost at love. Tales indicate that these female water spirits are enchantingly beautiful and reputed to be relatively benign, however, like most female spirits they’ve got a temper when crossed and can be force to be reckoned with.
Different knifes and their uses.
Hey hey here’s a new giveaway! This time there’s gonna be 5 winners!
The prizes are:
- 7-11 Set
- Campus Set
- Zodiac Set
- Flower Set
- 10 villager pics of your choice (shown above)
- 5 million bells
- All Gold Tools (minus gold slingshot) + Mystery Bag + 2mil bells
*Floors, wallpapers, trees and other furniture that are not a part of the original set/prize are not included
*Message me if you’d like a list of the villager pics in order as shown
BUT here’s the catch:
- First place gets to choose 5 different prizes
- Second place gets to choose 4
- Third places gets to choose 3
- Fourth places gets to choose 2
- Fifth place gets to choose 1 + 10 bonus hybrids of their choice
*Hybrids/flowers were not included in the above advertisement
This giveaway ends on… MAY 31st!! Yea, that seems long enough. You don’t have to be following me. Likes and reblogs count! Just make sure your ask box is open and you’re all set! Winners must respond 1 week after being contacted.
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This is the company I bought my purple lipstick from and it is WONDERFUL!
A great big list of where to buy this, that, and the other thing for all price ranges and size ranges! (Please note that not all of these shops are Lolita brands and not all of them sell exclusively Lolita. This is a collection of Lolita shops as well as shops that just happen to sell a lot of…
1 high temp hot glue gun
Silicon mold. You can use a fondant silicon mold (The ones used to decorate cakes) A soap silicon mold, or resin silicon mold. The mold MUST be made of silicon for this method to work
High temp glue sticks
Wait for the glue gun to heat up fully (I let mine sit for around 3-5 minuets) Once fully heated fill each mold up all the way. If a little goes over the edges that is okay you can cut he extra away.
Wait for each piece to cool fully before removing from mold. Once they are fully cooled you can lay them out to be painted. First layer is a primer. The choice of primer is up to you, I picked white. This is an outside part of the job as it calls for spray paint. Place each piece face up and spray a layer of primer on. I ended up spraying about 4 layers. You can also paint the underside if you wish.
Once the primer is fully dried you are ready to paint the detail. Depending on what you are doing you can either use a colored can of spray paint or you can hand paint the pieces with acrylic paint. I’ve done both methods as I needed everything to be solid gold for my Seth cosplay while for my White Rabbit cosplay as I needed a mixture of colors on one piece. Finishing can be, leave as is or add a gloss of your choice.
Adding the pieces to your project is really easy, just turn the glue gun back on and wait for it to heat up once more. Add glue to the back of the cast piece before carefully placing it in the proper location.
You can make everything from buttons, clasps, gems, to pieces that look like armor.
DISCLAIMER!!! THIS METHOD USES A HIGH TEMP HOT GLUE GUN WHICH CAN CAUSE A SECOND TO EVEN A THIRD DEGREE BURN. BE CAREFUL WHEN USING THIS METHOD. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOU BURN YOURSELF, SOMEONE ELSE, OR ANYTHING FOR THAT MATTER.
I hope this was helpful and please I would love to see photos of what you’ve created ^__^