DIY Cyberpunk Spikes. Monster of the grimdark future, you too can trap your enemies with this hypnotic glow!
Today’s DIY Friday feature’s a tutorial for making snow globes- or whatever little beautiful thing you’d like to call them. MacGuffins, perhaps? Or tiny mobile altars to one deity or another, where shaking them releases an area effect. They could also be used to create lanterns, if you filled them with small, glow-in-the-dark items as well as glitter; charge them up by a fire, and then you have a modest light in the darkness, increased by the refraction of the water and the reflections of the glitter.
Craft well, my friends.
Today’s DIY Friday features pin curls! If you watch the video, you’ll see an excellent example of pin curls at the end. The lovely instructor is doing a hairstyle that depends on thoroughly modern tools; however, the basic pin curl can be achieved with nothing more high-tech than hair pins. Don’t take my word for it; check out here and here.
The up version of the pin curl is a relatively recent trend, judging by the visual record; it’s a 20th century thing. However, pin curling is not just a hair style, but a method of hair styling. Once the curls are let down, they could be brushed out to get this look (NSFW), or left to curl, like this.
One warning: I have it on good authority (from my American Girl books) that sleeping on hair pinned up can hurt like the Dickens. Consider that before you experiment with the authentic, old-timey method.
Finishing up aviation week is a tutorial on how to make your own bomber hat! This, like the coveralls and bomber jacket, came into fashion in an era when flying could mean death- or just the loss of an ear to frostbite. Stay warm and fly high, my friends!
Note: This tutorial uses flannel, faux fur, and yarn for the flap strings. When ratcheting up your steampunk meter, consider replacing the fabric with leather, for extra warmth, or with satin or some other foppish fabric/pattern, for the gentlemen aviator. The one thing I wouldn’t do is add metal bits; this is something designed to keep you warm, and stray bits of metal near your face are a good way to get a gear stuck to your tongue!
Today’s DIY Friday is provided via the lovely Rusco! (He sent the link; the work, of course, is the author’s). It’s a fantastic tutorial on making your own cuirass. Enjoy!
What’s great about this design is that its super forgiving- sweater fabric is not going to show off your seams or anything. The downside is they aren’t in the slightest bit waterproof… so keep that in mind!
If you’re concerned about the color of the soles, you can always paint/dye/color them brown to given a wood or leather appearance, or you could match them to the color of the rest of the boot so it looks more like its all made from the same material. Speaking of material, you could do the same design but with, say, canvas… or anything on etsy’s fabric page. Enjoy!
Happy DIY Friday! If you larp in the US or Canada you’ve probably been experiencing some crazy cold weather lately, which is what has inspired this post. I spent a part of my childhood in upstate New York and I loved making snow tunnels and snow houses whenever the weather permitted. There are times when, even for my wintery disposition, it really is too cold to larp (relative to the equipment most of your larpers have), but if there is a break in the weather and sufficient snow, you could definitely run a shorter “survival” event where people made their own shelters!
If you’re interested in the master version of these snow houses, the igloo, check out this video too.
Today’s DIY Friday features not only an amazing Thranduil crown made from hangers, twist ties, and junk mail, but also instructions for his jewelry and his staff! You can see the step by step instructions here. Enjoy!
Today’s DIY Friday shows you an easy way to make your own herbal sachets! (This technique will be amusingly familiar for anyone who has ever made a spell packet.)
This post is being rerun as a part of my Yule vacation; it made my favorites list because a) this is basically a nice smelling spell packet and b) I love things that smell nice. Enjoy!