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[Mar. 26th, 2011|12:02 pm]
Verminius Rex
Last night and today I'm playing around with a few side projects that have been on the back burner for ages. The first was a sewing sampler for making costume armor. Back in the 90's at ConQuest someone was wearing Klingon armor, and I found it fascinating because it was just upholstery vinyl of black and grey sewn in a way that highlighted depth using both contrast and the way it was sewn. My sampler is interesting but not the most aesthetic (I used a rust colored fabric I didn't care about, it was just a heavy enough twill for what I wanted) but it has given me some ideas for future experimentation. My overall goal is to be able to make armor out of easily acquired and fairly inexpensive materials like twill or upholstery vinly, which also doesn't weigh too much and is not too uncomfortable to wear. I don't need it for combat.

The other experiment that has currently colored my fingertips gold is using Rub n Buff to metallic up one of my wooden swords. It would probably be better if i primed or painted it up first then used the Rub n Buff for highlights, but I have the Rub n Buff on hand and plan to do a coat of furniture wax later for overall shine. If I like the results I may experiment to see better ways to make a wooden sword look more real, but the current objective is to finish something in a matter of an hour rather than spend hours priming and sanding.

There was a burst of snow earlier, none of it remained and none of it accumulated. But it's still cold out and that annoys me.