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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It does look like it will be a very comfortable costume to wear. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Lora Skywalker"]It does look like it will be a very comfortable costume to wear. Smile[/quote]

Haha! That's partly how I pick my costumes!
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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've done a lot more blouse fabric research.

I found the perfect fabric in 2 places, ONLY one is in Germany and it would cost a ton and the other, doesn't have enough left! In fact, I just checked and they were sold out. UGH!
Still here's a link and photo of what I think is the perfect fabric.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/617263096/05-m-kokka-double-gauze-bordeaux?ref=landingpage_similar_listing_top-3



Since I can't get that fabric, I narrowed it down to these two. The first one is lighter rose-colored, which it looks like in a lot of our still photos of the actual costume. But on screen, and natural lighting the blouse is darker. So I have orderd the second one listed and will start on the blouse when I get it.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/669228683/organic-cotton-doublegauze-muslin?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_low-low_b-craft_supplies_and_tools-fabric_and_notions-fabric&utm_custom1=e57d6e3c-6b79-47f7-967d-880eb4b1384a&utm_content=go_6721326405_86204092784_388342220597_aud-496171762479:pla-295916403786_c__669228683&utm_custom2=6721326405&gclid=Cj0KCQjwhtT1BRCiARIsAGlY51KmFMd0q_sf0PRY3_F_AFTpLQYNHComxWBr_Szvga2CNCiiQy-h3YMaAvnmEALw_wcB



https://www.fabricwholesaledirect.com/products/cotton-gauze-fabric?variant=29178845036659

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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been fiddling around with hardware and jewelry parts for a few months now and think I finally have a way to make the belt. Not perfect, but it should work.
There are links here are for the parts I bought to make the jewelry/link part of the belt. (The buckle and leather and unseen parts of the belt will come later.)

bra buckle:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07K21XG8R/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

plastic tubing:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E6BD0G0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

brass sheeting:
https://www.acehardware.com/departments/hardware/metal-sheets-and-rods/sheet-metal/5686720

I cut 1 and 5/8" pieces of tubing and slit them lengthwise. The split tube then fits around one side of two links and joins them together. It's fairly strong. Then I am wrapping brass sheeting around the tubing.

The pictures show just the raw elements and very beginning of this process. The finished product will be more tarnished looking. (For some reason all my photos won't link. I'll try separate posts for the ones that dropped off this post.)

Tubing:



[img]https://i.imgur.com/gxgb3qf.jpg?1[/img]



[img]https://i.imgur.com/gxgb3qf.jpg?1[/img]

Links:

[img]https://i.imgur.com/EelEg4p.jpg?1[/img]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/EelEg4p.jpg?1[/img]

Brass sheeting:





The brass sheeting is loose in this photo. I haven't perfected how to tighten it yet, but it looks good.



Here's an idea of what a single run at about 8", 10 links, would look like.

[img]https://i.imgur.com/Y64eSbk.jpg?1[/img]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/Y64eSbk.jpg?1[/img]



I think that once the buckle is added, I'll only need 6-8 links each run.

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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of my photos from imgur just won't stick!
here is a link to my account so you see the rest of the belt making photos.

https://doinit4carrie.imgur.com/all
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm currently pulling my hair out over this belt!

I thought I had it figured out, but there are a couple of problems.

The brass sheeting is very difficult to roll down tightly and keep together. Placing it over the plastic tubing makes that piece look fat like big macaroni. I have experimented with just the brass, that doesn't work because it won't tighten enough to keep from having a gap. If I compress it tighter it just wraps around the links and doesn't create a tube.

I then decided to use metal tape around the plastic tubing. This seems to work. I had silver on hand, and some gold spray paint, so I painted over the tape to get an idea. It looks good but rubs off too easily. I'm thinking of trying gold tape with dulling spray and then brush with a black wash to get the patina look.

But the size of the tubing is bugging me too. If I get a thinner tube, the inside diameter is not enough and then the whole thing flattens out when trying to span over 2 links. Does this matter? Yes.

Then there is a matter of the size of the slide/link. The 1.5" looks good sitting in front of you, but add another set below and this makes for a very wide belt. But maybe that's okay. It's decorative. It also may just look a little big on me because I'm 5'1". With this in mind, I tried a shorter length slide/link, 1". But it's looking too square and frankly not so impressive as the larger one, even with two sets running one on top of the other. I also tried the original oval slide buckle idea with the metal tape covered tubing. It kind of falls into the same unimpressive looking category.

Conclusion? The larger links and larger tubing (that won't flatten out), covered with metal tape is probably best as a base. The links will get sanded and dulled and sprayed with a dull gray. I'll use gold tape over plastic tubing, either sanded or lay a dulling spray over them. Then the black spotting and wash for a patina.

Why plastic tubing? There are no brass beads or tubing available that are slit along the length to roll around the link sides. That's why I tried the sheeting.
I suppose a jeweler with the right tools could make the right wire for links and make the brass beads. But I am not a jeweler, so this is my best shot.

https://imgur.com/a/KiGCUYb
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