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Boba Fett Costume entered in 2010 contest at Coolest Homemade Costume website

My LEGO Boba Fett Costume has been entered in 2010 contest at Coolest Homemade Costume website.

Follow the link below to see my page there! :)

http://www.coolest-homemade-costumes.com/coolest-homemade-lego-boba-fett-halloween-costume-42.html

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Also…

My entry from last year, for LEGO Princess Leia, can be viewed at the following link…

http://www.coolest-homemade-costumes.com/coolest-homemade-princess-leia-lego-costume-29.html

How I Made my Boba Fett Costume

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I work full-time, and attend College part-time.

I’m a creative Artist/ Sci-Fi geek/ Star Wars Fan who wanted a funny original homemade costume!

What can you make out of cardboard, paper mache’, tape, fabric, Velcro, hot glue, paint and a LOT OF TIME?\

JUST about the coolest costume EVER

My inspiration was a Star Wars mini-fig of Boba Fett.

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Inspiration LEGO Boba Fett mini-fig

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Here’s how I did it!

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For the HELMET OR HEAD…

I needed something that I could use as an armature that resembled a Lego Person’s head.

I found that an empty propane tank was perfect!

Paper Mache Propane Tank

First, I covered it with plastic wrap.

Then I watered down some Elmer’s Glue.

I dipped my newspaper in the glue-water, and began covering the tank, smoothing the paper flat.

After one or two coats I let it dry over night then repeated this application two more times.

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Cut out Eye space

Once dry I used a utility knife, and cut one long opening from top to bottom, then removed the paper from the tank.

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Then I cut a horizontal strip out for my eyes.

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Add a Temporary Spacer

I expanded the cut, to allow for the vertical slit in the helmet, and propped it open use a rolled up paper tube.

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Then I used more strips of paper mache to seal the upper cut section back together.

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I used a balloon to close up the top so that I could cover it with paper mache.

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Using a spackle knife, I applied joint compound (plaster) to any uneven or hollow areas.

Add Plaster - Sand Smooth

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Fill in holes with plaster - Sand

I let the plaster dry overnight.

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Finish Sanding and wipe all dust off

Then I sanded the plaster smooth with fine sand paper.

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Prime with quality primer

I cleaned the surface, and spray painted it with a quality primer.

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For the interior head rest, I hot-glued some Styrofoam on the inside, so that the cut eye slits lined up with my eyes.

Green Base Coat (3 to 4 coats)

I hand painted the helmet to match the Lego fig.

I used acrylic craft paint (purchased at Michael’s)

Tip:      Buy the closest color to your needs. I DO NOT recommend mixing your colors yourself. I used 3 bottles of this paint. Now after I have worn the costume, there is some minor damage to it. So I can easily touch up the paint chips, using the same exact pre-mixed color. Also, be sure to save extra for this purpose.

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Add other Paint Details

It was helpful to use painters tape in some areas.

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I attached, with hot glue, three layers of window screen on the inside; enough so that I was not visible from the outside.

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For the Hands:
I bought two 3″ PVC fittings (available at a Home Improvement store) and cut an opening in each one. Then I drilled a pilot hole at the back. I attached the 10 inch long wooded dowels with a wood screw. Then I primed and spray painted the hands with the same flesh tone color. I attached a white Velcro to the back of one hand.

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For the Gun:
I used found household items that would make up the shapes that I needed to match the Lego gun! When I could not find the right parts for the front of the gun, I cut cardboard circles and glued them together. I then filled in the hollow gaps in the cardboard with joint compound. Let dry, tape off, spray paint red & black, let dry, attached black Velcro to back of gun handle. Now the gun is removable!

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Making the Body & Legs:
Were a challenge to shape! Lego people are very short! Their body proportions do not match a person. Luckily I have access to a computer program where I was able to trace an image of a Lego figure and stretch it making it taller to fit me perfectly. This required a lot of measuring and planning. Then I had the correct length, width and height of each part of the body and legs! I started cutting up cardboard and used packing tape to attach it together. I also reinforced the corners with additional cardboard.

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Detailing the Legs:
I used my sewing machine, and covered the legs in gray cotton fabric and attached with Velcro. The circles where then painted on using acrylic craft paint. I attached straps at the top of the legs that attach to my belt so that the legs lift up when I walk.

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Hand Paint LEGO Body Details

Detailing the Body:
I used my sewing machine, and covered the body in gray cotton fabric and attached with Velcro.

I hand painted the front of the body’s fabric with acrylic craft paint using a photo as a guide.

All the cloth is removable and washable!

I use scraps of gray fabric to sewed two long-sleeves.

(You’ll need enough to cover your hands and hold the wooden dowels in.)

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The Jet Pack…

Create lightweight armature

I used recycled Styrofoam to create the basic flat shape of the jet pack.

I then used the flexible cardboard from cereal boxes to make the cylinders.

I paper towel tube and two small balloons were also used.

Before hot-gluing it all together I cut hole through the back and tied a string through the back.

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Paper Mache (2 to 3 coats)

I covered the entire jet pack with 2 to 3 layers of paper mache’.

I painted the entire pack green (3 to 4 coats to cover).

To attach the jet pack to the body I cut holes through the material and cardboard and tied it on.

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NOTE: My main goal with this costume was to get everyone who saw it to laugh and wonder who the heck is in there?! So none of me is actually visible when I have it all on! Which means? I can’t speak, or I’d give it away!

Adding sound:
I recycled an old birthday card that already had the STAR WARS theme song on it! At Radio Shack I bought a button and soldered it in place. I also bought a Digital Voice Recorder that will record and play 20 seconds of sound. I loaded up sound bites of Boba Fett from the Star Wars movies. I recorded the sound and then attached both voice players with their speakers and batteries inside the body of the costume. All of these parts are attached with Velcro, so they are removable and easy to repair!

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Lego Boba Fett - Finished

This Homemade Lego Boba Fett Costume took me 2 months to complete! I managed to keep it secret from ALL my friends. I threw a huge Halloween Party where I greeted each guest at the front door, in FULL costume, playing the STAR WARS theme and pointing my Lego gun at them. As you can imagine, everyone DID laugh and smile a LOT! Mission accomplished!

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Now my costume decorates one corner of my art room and inspires me to challenge myself everyday!
May the Force Be With You!

Good Luck making yours!

Lego Boba Fett - Finished

Weeki Wachee Kayak Clean-up

Lauri & I with the Weeki Wachee River behind us!

The Weeki Wachee River is such a beautiful river to kayak on!

We joined our Kayaking Club on Sept. 18, 2010 and help clean up!

Unfortunately, there is a lot trash that needs to be picked up from the shoreline.

I’d say that 95% of the trash is beer bottles and cans.

So, if you go camping or boating, remember to always pick up your trash plus try to find additional trash.

Help make the planet a little cleaner while you are out enjoying it!   :)

The day our Kayak Paddle Club did this clean-up, it was perfect weather!

We saw four manatees that day too!

My friend and I were mentioned in this article in the St. Petersburg Times!

Please Read! :)

It’s pretty cool to see your name in print!

http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/volunteers-pick-up-trash-along-weeki-wachee-river/1124121

Our Kayaing Club can be found  at: www.kayaknature.com

Here are some more photos we took that day! :)

Lauri and I with our full bags of trash! That is my Super-Gwynne pose! HA!

Lauri seems to float on top of the clear water! MAGIC!

Here I am enjoying the river

Cleaning up Florida can be fun!

Notice the top edges of the wrappers in this photo!

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If you liked my cupcake wrappers with the Blue Dots on the Brown background, that I used for my Baby Shower Cupcakes, and want to use the same cupcake wrappers, by printing your own, YOU CAN!

First, check out my Baby Shower Cupcakes Blog Post!

Copy/Paste this link into a new browser window…

http://gwynnebrunet.com/wordpress/?p=18

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This Cupcake Template has a front and back (2 PDFs Required).

Note:

Hold down the “Ctrl” button on your keyboard to open these PDFs in a new browser window!

DOWNLOAD IT FREE from GwynneBrunet.com!

Cupcake Wrapper_Template – DOTS (Front)

Cupcake Wrapper_Template – DOTS (Back)

Notes:

  1. The “Back” or inside of the wrapper has the dashed lines for cutting out. The “Front” is the outside of the template, with no visable lines.
  2. Print one side of your card stock with the “Front” pdf, then the opposite side with the “Back” pdf.
  3. You can cut the top line of the wrapper with straight scissors or pinking shears.
  4. Use clear tape to secure the wrapper in place to fit your cupcake perfectly!

Happy Baking!

-Gwynne

Gator Cupcake Templates

I created these Gators Cupcake Templates for a friend who wanted to create some Gator themed cupcakes. I figured, since I went to all the trouble of creating these, I should share them with my readers! :)

All you need to do is print these PDF’s on 8.5″x11″ card stock, cut them out, and use clear tape to hold them together! Have fun!

The first Template has three separate designs on it. The three designs are the three photos that follow.

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Here is the PDF Template for the three above depicted Cupcake Wrappers.

Cupcake Wrapper_Template Gators (3 Designs)

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I also created a Gators Template that is only one design (the Gator Logo), but it will print three per sheet!

Shown in the photo below.

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Here is the Template for the above photo.

Cupcake Wrapper_Template Gators (1 Design)

Happy Baking!! :)

I hope these cupcake wrappers dress up your amazing cupcakes!

-Gwynne

Surfboards & Woody Cars Gift Wrapping

Here is the wrapping paper I designed and printed for a baby shower, who’s theme was surfboards and woody cars. :)

First, I searched online and found a bunch of surfboard & woody car images.

Second, I assembled them and printed them out on 11×17 paper.

Third, I taped them together, wrapped the gift boxes. and used the ribbon to cover the tape seams.

Fourth, I had some extra time, so I cut out individual surfboards and hot glued them on to large curled wire.

I love the result, and so did our youngest cat! She love ribbons; eats them!

Since my gift was the last one to be opened at the shower, I consider that a great big complement! :)

I was told that it was too pretty to open. :) Yay! Mission accomplished!

Still Life – charcoal & pastels

This drawing was done using black charcoal and white pastels.

This drawing took about 2.50 hours.

The assignment here was to shade the closer items lighter and the farther items darker, regardless of the actual highlights and shadows.

I imagined that the viewer’s eye as the light source.

I have discovered that I really love drawing with charcoal and pastels!

Hoops & Yoyo Gift Wrapping

I have a friend who LOVES Hoops & Yoyo, so I wanted to really personalize her gift! Rather than going to the store and buying the standard gift bag (which is cheating) I took some time to design my own.

First, I jump online and search for images, and save them.

Second, I assemble them to look awesome!

Third, I print about color 11×17 sheets with my design.

This book that I wrapped here took four 11×17 sheets taped together.

I also design ribbon that is used to cover up the tape/seam lines.

Just get creative! There are no rules with this!

For example, Hoops & Yoyo are a couple pretty crazy characters, so I made the wrappings “over the top” and a bit crazy.

P.S. I did purchase the red wine gift bag. But, I did use ribbons and paper that I designed to tie the two gifts together!

Happy wrapping! :)

Hoops & Yoyo Gift Wrapping

Hoops & Yoyo Gift Wrapping

Hoops & Yoyo Gift Wrapping

Hoops & Yoyo Gift Wrapping

Still Life Drawings

Both Buddha drawings were done at home and each took about 15-20 minutes.

The Still Life of the cones, sphere, and cube were done in class, and took  about 2 hours.

I always enjoy drawing objects that I like. I understand why we start out with basic shapes and object. However, the task of drawing is much more pleasurable to me if like the subject of my drawing. In some cases you will be staring at the object for hours. It should be fun! :) Practice makes perfect! Try it!

Buddha_09-2010

Buddha_09-2010

Gesture Sketches

Gesture drawings show the internal dynamic of the thing you are drawing. If you have a friend or family member who can pose for you, ask them to take an active pose, and to change poses continually after one minute each. If you don’t have a model available, go somewhere where you can see people moving about – a shopping center, a park, a construction site? In the worst case, draw figures moving on television.

Here are some of my 1 minute Gesture drawings I did in class and at home. The figures were in class, and the cats were at home. :)

Try this! It is fun!

Gestures Figures_09-2010

Gestures Figure_09-2010

Gestures Cats_09-2010

Gestures Cats_09-2010

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