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princess spaghetti costume dilemmas

There's so much fab dress-up in this book that I thought I'd better get together some sort of space princess costume to wear to comics festivals. Ellen offered to help me put together a silver space dress this weekend, but I'm not so sure about the big fluffy blond wig Scholastic gave me. It's AMAZING, but when I put it on this morning and sat in front of the mirror on my wardrobe, I had to come to terms with that fact that because I'm so tall and not exactly sylph-like, it makes me look like a total drag queen instead of a princess. Boo. :(

But I could still wear Princess Spaghetti's tiara! I'm trying to figure out how to do the little baubles in it, they need to look like a cross between big jewels and sweets (or just big bits of plastic, in a pinch), but I'm not quite sure what to use, or how to find them very quickly. Help! Any suggestions?



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Feb. 26th, 2010 11:41 am (UTC)
Raid the Christmas tree bauble stockpile, if you have any? Unfortunately baubles are a bit out of season at the moment. :| Failing that, uh, maybe a florist or hobby/craft store might have something suitable.
Feb. 26th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'll have to go on the hunt for something, and figure out a way to attach wires to a headband so I don't spend my whole days trying to prop up makeshift drooping baubles.
Feb. 26th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
Wires are the tricky bit I'd have thought.

Sandwich bag ties, too floppy.
Coathanger / Garden wire, too rigid.

I reckon the cable from a sprial bound notebook may do the trick.
Feb. 26th, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC)
Polystyrene balls?
Florist sounds like a good suggestion. I have a long-lost recollection that they use something like polystyrene at the centre of some arrangements that could maybe be cut into bauble shapes and then painted? Or appeal to friends and family for Christmas baubles!
Good luck!
Feb. 26th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Polystyrene balls?
Thanks! Funny, I don't think I own a single Christmas bauble. I need a stash of pink and orange as well as red. Maybe ping pong balls are the way to go, they're a bit smoother than polysterene. But I don't think they come in two different sizes, that's a problem. Hmm.
Feb. 26th, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)
In terms of the hair, is yours long enough to make corkscrew curls out of? That wig is nice, but it doesn't do your character any justice...

Looking forward to seeing how this turns out though!
Feb. 26th, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
I'd suggest spray-paint styrofoam balls, then screw in a piece of wire each (bend the end with needle-nosed pliers first). Make holes into a headband with an awl, stick other end of wire through, bend it into a circle with needle-nosed pliers to make a base and fix that with a bit of duct tape at the bottom (or to be neat a strip of fabric). You'd need to use wire that's not easy to bend or else the baubles will stick in all directions pretty soon.
Might be hard to get the styrofoam to look glossy, though, solvent-based paints will eat them.

I would use plastic planets actually - you could buy one of those "make a solar system mobile" kits! - Science museum shop? (Maybe too nerdy.)

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Feb. 26th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
Just a suggestion, I could be way off the mark, but how about using something like FIMO polymer clay, you can get it in loads of different colours and or effects i.e. glittery, transparent e.t.c. You can mold it into the right shape and size you want and then bake it in the oven for about 30 minutes and it hardens. If you can find the right kind of wire you can insert it into the clay before you bake it. It has a nice smooth finish as it is or you can varnish it. It's not very expensive and is fairly lightweight? Just an idea.
Feb. 26th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
Whenever I think of Princess Spaghetti's hair I always think of something like this wig.
Feb. 26th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
making tiaras
I make wedding tiaras - where are you based? If you're in London, go to Covent Garden Bead Shop - there were also several thai/chinese bead shops in the vacinity last time I visited. That will sort your beads out.

As for making them stick up - don't use wire that is too thick or it will be uncomoforable to wear (btw it is easier to attach them in line with the tiara band and wear that wedding style, rather than at 90 degree angle to the band as in your picture) pick a medium thick but soft beading wire 0.8mm is a good general thickness - go through the bead, back down the other side and twist - the twist provides the ridgidity you require. Hope that helps - find me on twitter if you need more help - Craftilicious
Feb. 26th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
saw something like those baubles at Habitat today...they were out door lights and prob not safe to cut up to make a head band but would be so cool if it lite up.

Worth checking the threadbanger forum...peeps on there know how to make anything. They have one tiara video but the baubles are a little on the small side - http://www.threadbanger.com/tb-projects/episode/THR_20091030/make-a-tiara-threadbanger-projects
Feb. 26th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
actually just had a thought...is there a hen party supply/party shop near you? They might have head boppers like these - http://www.props-n-frocks.co.uk/proddetail.php?prod=D072S...could buy a bunch and take them apart, spray them the colour you want and connect to one headband.
Feb. 27th, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)

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