I started this ring with the end of a spoon handle that I found in our silver scraps pile. I liked the design on it, but I don't really like the whole "spoon ring that really looks like a spoon handle" thing. It's a good idea that's been done too much for me to get excited about it anymore, so I tried to give a slightly different spin on it.
I used a jewelers saw to cut it like so.
I heated those pieces until they were bright glowing orange then dropped them in ice water. This technique makes the silver much softer and easier to round out into a ring shape. Note that this technique does not work the same way for all metals! Some get harder when you flash cool them.
When I finally got the ring shaped, I wasn't paying attention to the solder I grabbed and I got the medium-temp solder and not the low-temp. This means I accidentally melted part of my ring trying to get the solder to melt. Oy. But after spending much more time filing than I wanted to, I fixed up my mistake and had myself a pretty neat ring that barely resembles a spoon ring! Aw yeah.
Ahoy there. Since my boyfriend and I are going to be zombies this year for Halloween, I knew this would mean three things: 1) I was going to be responsible for costuming and 2) I'd need to make us look crazy bonkers which meant liquid latex wounds and 3) I was going to spend too much time doing all of this.
I can excuse #3 a little bit, because as a busy nursing student (I swear you guys, I'm working my metaphorical butt off here) I don't have much time to be creative anymore. True, I have exams to study for. Clinicals to attend. Patients to terrify. But dammit when I brought that bottle of liquid latex home....I had to play around with it and I figured I'd give you guys a little step-by-step tutorial on how I did what I did.
MATERIALS: See above. All of these are as cheap as I could get them, guys. The makeup brush and foundation were cheap drugstore brand things I had lying around. The black eyeliner pencil was a dollar. The green concealer stick was like two dollars that I'd had lying around from another adventure in costuming. The facepaints are also from the drugstore, because holy crap facepaint is expensive at a party supply store. Do yourself a favor and just buy drugstore stuff. If you're good and just need subtle color, you won't need any kind of professional grade opaque paint anyways. The fake blood is currently one dollar at RiteAid, so go go go if you want cheap fake blood. BEWARE, IT STAINS LIKE A MOTHERTRUCKER. If you don't want it to stain, put it OVER the liquid latex or OVER some heavy makeup. Good greif. Lastly, the liquid latex. It was $20 for an 8oz bottle from the party supply store. You can find it cheaper online but I need this janx for Saturday so I don't have the luxury of hyper-frugality. Anyways, on to the wounds!
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And here's the finished product! A zombie bite, a younger sibling bite, or a "so-hungry-I-tried-to-autocannibalize" bite.
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Here's the wound close up with blood added. In between this photo and the last I added white paint to make "tendons" which my logic tells me would be visible with such an injury. I went pretty light on the fake blood here.
And tada, the final product! SSsspooOoOoooKkkkKyyyYy.
I was sitting here trying to incorporate some new-found knowledge or wisdom I've acquired during my time in nursing school thus far into my little spiel about this drawing of a ladybutt. But (no pun intended) when it comes down to it, this is just a drawing of a butt. I've seen a lot of butts in my clinical experience thus far, but that doesn't have anything to do with anything. I just drew this because I wanted to draw a back but (trooololol no puns no puns I swear) I ended up liking this part of this particular drawing more than the back.
TL;DR: this is a ladybutt and that is all.
My friend was planning on running the Tough Mudder this past weekend, and asked me if I'd give him some war paint since dressing up was highly encouraged. We settled on Skull Boy, the guy who tattooed himself to look like a skeleton. He pretty cray, but he looks cool. He is pictured above with Lady Gaga, who happens to be sporting similar war paint.
I used $3 black and white cream facepaint (the kind on a crappy plastic pallate) from CVS and one stick of waterproof $3 N.Y.C. eyeliner. The results were solid. Below is my friend and I practicing the makeup the night before the Mudder on half his face, the finished results, and the finished-the-race results of what little was left of his makeup.
The areas left behind were mostly areas that I'd filled in using that waterproof eyeliner, which let me tell you was freaking industrial strength waterproof. He couldn't wash it off. He went to a nice dinner with smudges still on his face.This makeup was the gift that kept on giving.
For a Halloween party thing this weekend my boyfriend and I are going to be a zombie doctor and nurse. I am preparing to go bonkers with zombie makeup. JUST YOU WAIT FOR PIX.